In the busy city of Saigon, these “4 little towns” not only attracts the curiosity of tourists but also make the culture of the city become more diversified.
Wherever “4 little towns” is located in the city, at any time you go to these “little towns”, surely you will feel the characteristics and unique features the places bring.
Little Japan Town
Have you ever heard about “Little Japan Town” in Saigon? It is located in the area of Le Thanh Ton and Thai Van Lung street in the center of Saigon. This place has more than 70 restaurants, spa and the business of Japanese community in Vietnam attracts not only the local people but also the tourists who want to explore the culinary culture of Japan.
The biggest difference of Little Japan Town and other little towns is no exalted image or no lively atmosphere in here. In Little Japan Town, you can feel the cozy space with the bold Japanese cultural features.
All of them are shown by closed wooden doors, hanging curtains or lanterns in the same colors of red – black – white. The quite space makes this place become more attractive and enticing especially at night.
This location is paid more attention by a small alley at 15B Le Thanh Ton street which is considered as a good place to take beautiful photos by young people and tourists. Especially, there is a map showing the way to this alley and how to park your vehicles. No noise and trash is another highlight of this place. You can enjoy any Japanese dish you like in this alley such as sushi, Ramen noodle, Udon and cakes… no longer need to search far away.
Cho Lon area (also known as China Town) is the familiar name the Saigon people use to talk about the Chinese area in District 5, District 6 and District 11, but mainly in District 5. In 1778, Cho Lon was considered to be one of the largest places gathering Chinese communities living and trading in Vietnam, until now it is also a popular tourist destination for tourists to discover Cho Lon.
Today, the cultural, architectural and religious values that the Chinese bring are still sustainable over the years. You can see the tile roofs; temples or condominiums… together with the characteristic architecture highlight a very classic beauty.
Not only having the ancient architecture, Cho Lon is also a crowded center of commerce, supplying goods to all districts of Saigon. If you pay attention, you can easily identify each section of the market or business market as private items such as medicine on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, Soai Kinh Lam silk, gold – silver street in Nhieu Tam – Nghia Thuc street, accessories in Dai Quang Minh. There is a certainty that you will not be able to control the appeal of extremely rich Chinese cuisine such as dimsum, Chinese tea and noodle… while going around Cho Lon. All these dishes can be found at any corner from the sidewalk to the upscale restaurant.
Western Town (Western backpakers area or Bui Vien area) is located on Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and De Tham streets in the center of District 1. This is the place where most foreigners gather when they visit Saigon. The atmosphere in here is very vibrant with many different languages. That is the first thing visitors feel when arriving in this Western Town.
Known as the “Non-sleeping town” in Saigon, it mainly serves foreign tourists, so the West Town is always packed with hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, bars / pubs, souvenir shops… Besides, the rental services of motorbikes and bicycles at reasonable prices create many options for travelers to explore the alleys of Sai Gon.
And certainly do not forget the extremely rich cuisine in here: rich from the pure Vietnamese dishes to the Eurasian dishes of many different countries in restaurants in the Western Town.
Little Korea Town
Not everyone knows that the Korean community living, working and studying in Vietnam is as much as the Chinese and Japanese communities. Instead of concentrating in an area like the above towns, Little Korean Town distributes on roads near the airport such as the Super Bowl, K300, or Pham Van Hai street in Tan Binh district, but mainly in Phu My Hung area (District 7).
Not very prominent compared to other foreign towns, but coming to the area where Koreans live you will easily recognize the Korean and Vietnamese signs. District 7 is home to a large number of shops selling Korean food or Korean restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons, convenience stores… You will even see some shuttle buses written in Korean and some schools are opened to teach Korean children.
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