Set to the west of Ho Chi Minh City’s central area, District 6 sprawls on the northern bank of the Kenh Lo Gom canal. This largely residential area is dotted with shops, eateries and schools and the perfect place to soak up the local culture.
Things to do
At the heart of the district lies Binh Phu Park, a leafy urban space that is popular with local joggers. It’s surrounded by cafes and Vietnamese restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat, as well as the MM Mega Market department store for all your shopping needs.
The Rach Lo Gomcanal stretches along the eastern edge of District 6, with a newly developed park and walking trail following its course. You can wander south along the canal to where it meets the Kenh Lo Gom canal and admire the Tịnh Xá Kim Cang temple.
If you’re interested in Vietnamese Buddhist architecture, then don’t miss a visit to the Hue Nghiem Pagoda with its 37-metre high Pho Dong stupa. It features a 2.5-tonne statue of Dia Tang Vuong Bo Tat, the King of Hell, made from a valuable and rare redwood.
Travelling with young ones? Head to Phu Lam Park in the west of District 6 that centres around a picturesque lake. It’s dotted with quirky sculptures and children’s play areas, as well as shaded benches where you can enjoy a picnic.
District 6 is connected to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City by frequent public bus services, with stops along all of its major thoroughfares. Moto taxis or regular taxis are also a convenient option for sightseeing in and around the district.