Binh Thanh District was placed 32nd on the Time Out list, which surveyed over 38,000 city-dwellers around the world based on their experiences.
Time Out, a U.K.-based global magazine, described the district as “a standout corner of frenetic Ho Chi Minh City.”
“On Phan Van Han Street, established street-food stalls rub up against higher-end spots such as SuShi Nhí, Captain Phook, and Here and Now. Similarly, the Saigonese culture of streetside coffee shares space with upper-end options like Café Tartine, Café Co, and Nha Saigon,” Time Out wrote.
It also mentioned Landmark 81, which opened for business in 2018, as “Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper.” The mixed-use building includes hotels, apartments, offices, a shopping mall, restaurants, and bars.
“Don’t forget to head to the seventy-fifth floor to hang out at café-bar Blank Lounge inside the 81-floor building.”
For the morning, Van Thanh Tourist Site on Dien Bien Phu Street is a welcome green oasis, it recommended.
Binh Thanh, just a few kilometers from downtown Saigon, is home to 500,000 residents and a major transportation hub linking the city center with neighboring provinces to the south.
Other Asian neighborhoods that made the list include Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong, Hannam-dong in Seoul, Chula-Samyan in Bangkok, Bugis in Singapore, Gongguan in Taipei, and Kabutocho in Tokyo.