Photo: Scenes of everyday life.

A day in Cholon

Our rating:

Cholon is Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown but it’s far more than just a traditionally Chinese settlement.





For centuries it was a powerhouse that dominated export and import, its industry driving development for the entire region. To this day, the atmospheric neighbourhood has its own distinct characteristics and residents still speak Chinese dialects. A visit is a must, and here is our take on how to spend a day exploring Cholon.

Pace yourself. Photo taken in or around A day in Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Pace yourself. Photo: Cindy Fan

Before there was “Ho Chi Minh City” there was Saigon and Cholon, two distinct areas. While the French did their administrative stuff in Saigon, west of the river was where the money was made. Cholon literally translates as “big market”.

The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the late 17th century, with additional waves of immigrations and settlement, Chinese from different provinces fuelling growth throughout the centuries. They were powerful players in Saigon’s world of trade right up until the end of the Vietnam War.

On a slow burn at Mieu Nhi Phu temple. Photo taken in or around A day in Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

On a slow burn at Mieu Nhi Phu temple. Photo: Cindy Fan

Today Cholon is spread over District 5 and 6 and it is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam. We recommend starting early, departing downtown no later than 08:00 to arrive at the first stop, Binh Tay market (Cho Binh Tay). (Note: if on your own motorbike, we suggest you park at Mieu Nhi Phu temple at 264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong St for 5,000 dong and then walk 750 m west to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to Travelfish.org to read the rest of this article, or log in here.


Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


By





Location map for A day in Cholon

Start planning your holiday today

Sent every Monday, our newsletter is full of travel advice, news & special deals. Read past issues.

   

Popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Ho Chi Minh City.



Best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.


What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Ho Chi Minh City.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Ho Chi Minh City.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Ho Chi Minh City.
 Read up on how to get to Ho Chi Minh City, or book your transport online with Baolau.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Ho Chi Minh City? Please read this.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.


See below for more sights and activities in Ho Chi Minh City that are listed on Travelfish.org.


Top of page


Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ho Chi Minh City? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


Top of page