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Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City can be crazy, to put it mildly! With motorbikes driving on the sidewalk to buses blocking the way, it can make even the most social butterflies want to stay at home. So why not let Saigon be your oyster and rent an apartment in the city’s most central location? Phu Nhuan District is considered to be the center of the Vietnamese metropolis. There are many excellent reasons to make this central district your home; here are three:
Of all the nineteen urban districts of Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Nhuan is one of the most densely populated. It is also situated in a very central location in the city, with Go Vap District in the north, Binh Thanh District and Tan Binh District in the East and West respectively. And just to the south are Districts 1 and 3.
Two major arteries run through Phu Nhuan: Le Van Sy and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Both streets carry you swiftly to District 1 or the airport. In fact, Phu Nhuan is only 15 minutes from the airport, making it an ideal location for frequent flyers.
Phu Nhuan is getting more and more popular for expats and young Vietnamese professionals due to the low rent prices. It is an agreeable place to go for a walk alongside its many canals. It also hosts the foodie’s most preferred location
Named after a leader who fought the French invasion in the 20th century, this street is one of the biggest commercial avenues in the whole city. While it offers many international brand stores, its real beauty lies in its ability to answer the eternal question: “Where should we eat?”
From popular food chains and trendy restaurants to street stalls and food carts, Phan Xich Long has it all: Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Western style cuisine… And be sure to visit the street at night to see an incredible selection of street food vendors taking over the sidewalks. Chances are you will find any food you are craving!
Also of interest: Around Phan Xich Long street is an area where streets are named after flowers, contrary to the usual heroic figures.
Phu Nhuan District is also famous for its many secret cafés. Why secret? It’s because while being unassuming from the outside, once you get in, these cafés reveal what they were hiding: a verdant garden usually featuring a pond or a waterfall. Some have outside seating alongside air-conditioned rooms. And if you worry about the fact that many of these places seem to focus their attention on the décor instead of the beverages, remember this: you are in Vietnam, so even the most unassuming places offer great coffee!
We recommend checking out the Trầm Café, where you will discover an oasis of lush vegetation hidden away from the busy streets of the city. Also, pay a visit to The Fig Café and sit next to its tranquil pond surrounding a meditative Buddha statue.
Have a look at these serviced apartments for rent, all available at very reasonable prices:
This 40 m2 apartment is fully furnished, offering a comfortable and brightly lit living environment in a modern building. It’s decorated in soothing pale grey and beige tones and has opaque curtains on every window.
With a great black and white motif decoration, modern and stylish furniture, this 40 m2 apartment comes fully furnished as well. The living room, dining room and kitchen all meet in one open-plan room, making everything you need easily accessible.
This one-bedroom apartment is 55 m2 of sleek, high contrast interior design. It has a king-size bed, wooden floor in the bedroom and access to great amenities: Outside pool, gym, sauna and free motorbike parking.
If you need more living space, this apartment is 75 square meters and has two bedrooms. It comes fully furnished in a modern building that offers ADSL connection, cable TV and cleaning three times per week. Nicely decorated and comfortable, you are sure to enjoy some peace and quiet between its walls.