A lot of travelers are shocked when they realize how modern Vietnam can be. Buildings like the Bitexco Tower in Ho Chi Minh are marvels of modern architecture. But a lot of visitors come to this wonderful country for the more traditional things, like the Ben Thanh market or Giac Lam Pagoda. Fortunately, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and offers many examples of how the old-style can coexist with the contemporary. And the best illustration of this is the Binh Thanh District in Ho Chi Minh City. Not only is it a great place to visit, but it’s one of the best places to rent an apartment.
Binh Thanh’s superior location
Binh Thanh can be found on the eastern side of the city and is tightly constricted into an hourglass figure by the Saigon River. It is north of District 1, west of District 2 and east of Phu Nhuan District. It is an interesting place to explore, full of narrow alleyways crisscrossing each other and it is surrounded by many canals. As it is one of the most ancient residential areas of Ho Chi Minh, the district is diverse and vibrant culturally. The pace of life here is peaceful, a nice contrast from the hectic rhythm of District 1, and the authentic ways of traditional life are still preserved.
In the last few years, the district has seen an increasing number of new luxury apartments and serviced buildings catering to a global crowd. Along with a growing international community, comes an ever increasing number of things to do.
Him Lam Golf Driving Range
Catch one of the best skyline sunsets in the city while practicing your swing at the Him Lam Driving Range.
With a capacity to welcome more than 1,000 visitors, this modern range includes putting greens and bunker practice areas. Clubs, balls and other equipment are available for hire at a reasonable price. And if you get hungry, the onsite restaurant offers a menu of Asian and Vietnamese dishes.
Van Thanh Park
Van Thanh Park is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best-kept secrets.
It’s one of several state-run “tourist parks” in Saigon, which all contain photogenic and nostalgic Ye Olde Worlde statues, gardens and ponds, as well as restaurants.
There’s also a swimming pool, tennis courts and a playground. The park fills up on the weekend, so weekdays are the best time to visit.
Little Tokyo v2.0
Fleeing the soaring rent prices of District 1, a lot of Japanese store owners have chosen to move out of Le Thanh Ton (commonly called Saigon’s Little Tokyo) and settle down in Binh Thanh. So much so that kanji characters are slowly replacing Vietnamese script in some places. Pho stalls stand directly next to Miso Soup kiosks and Sapporo beer glasses clanks against the ones filled with Saigon Beer… and the best sushi is now served in Binh Thanh, but at prices that have remained reasonable compared to District 1.
(Photo credit: Saigoneer)
Great apartment complexes all around
There has been a lot of construction going on in Binh Thanh, for the benefit of those who enjoy a more luxurious kind of life. Many apartment complexes have sprung up all over the district and we can wholeheartedly recommend the following ones:
Vinhomes Central Park brings the soul of Central Park, New York right to Binh Thanh. The compound is a luxurious space where home becomes an oasis, as it is completely surrounded by trees and stretches some 43.9 hectares on a prime stretch of Saigon’s riverfront spanning. It offers a total of 88 villas and spans three buildings.
Efficiently designed and aligned with nature, Vinhomes offers sophistication and comfort in a private, parkland setting, which includes Saigon’s tallest building, a hotel, apartment, and a commercial center.
It’s a peaceful nest for the children to grow up healthily and happily every day; a home for you to rest and relax in after stressful working hours; a place for elders to enjoy tranquility; it is where happiness is woven from the impeccable fabrics of comfort.
City Garden features three swimming pools, including a 50-meter lap pool with a swim-up bar, and a private gym staffed by internationally-trained fitness experts with top-of-the-line equipment. With a poolside restaurant and safe havens for children to play, friends and families have ample space to enjoy time together within the confines of a gated community.
The Pearl Plaza offers a luxurious, healthy and safe environment that is ideal for families and all generations. Pear Plaza’s waterfront views, spacious layout and private design tick all of the boxes that define premium.
Binh Thanh’s central location balances old and new, letting you enjoy traditional aspects of Vietnamese culture with modern conveniences – all within a short distance from your comfortable home.
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