Exploring District 2: Where Vietnamese Overseas and Foreigners Choose to Settle Down

During your visit to Vietnam, if there is a feeling of a stranger to Saigon vibe, you can head to District 2, a famous miniature Western city amid Saigon. Though the start when this place becomes foreigners’ preference remains vague, the land’s living standard rises rapidly and concurrently with these changes. However, on the contrary, all those things do not turn District 2 into an isolated oasis but a welcoming destination towards everyone with luxurious and modern dining and entertainment venues.

Saigon Outcast

Address: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien ward, District 2.

Saigon Outcast. Source: Kenh14

It is no exaggeration to say that Saigon Outcast is the first “landing zone” in Saigon for the Vietnamese and International youth. Originally a spacious vacant lot of land, Saigon Outcast has brought a new vitality to the whole area with containers painted in cool style and medium walls of vivid Graffiti. The place is the convergence of people who like vibrant and colorful contemporary and street art. On weekends, Saigon Outcast is always flocked by hyped crowds for noisy music and entertainment activities that help connect people.

The Factory Contemporary Arts Center

Address: 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien ward, District 2.

The Factory Contemporary Arts Center can be considered as the first and only contemporary art center in Saigon till now. Stepping here, you will immediately feel the artistic atmosphere with enchanting beautiful paintings, sophisticated statues, or unique works of art. In addition to the exhibition of artworks, it also organizes meetings between significant artists in the profession and workshops so that people can study and cultivate more artistic thinking. Besides all those things, there is also a cafe, bar, and a library in elegant decoration, which will give birth to countless vivid photos. Now, if you are an art enthusiast, what are you waiting for without immediately put The Factory on the list of must-go places right away!

The Factory. Source Kenh14

Diamond Island

Address: 1, Street No. 104, Binh Trung Tay Ward, District 2.

Diamond Island is an amusement park with an airy space completely separated from the hustling dusty city. It is the only natural island of Saigon. On the island, there are not only modern buildings, unique domes with many entertainment and party areas but also a field of meadows to fly kites and take shoots freely. The best time to visit the beautiful scenery here is at dusk because Diamond Island is probably the best place to watch the sunset in Saigon.

Đảo Kim Cương. Photo by Phước Thịnh Holding

Thu Thiem Tunnel Park

Address: Cay Bang Street, Tran Nao Ward, District 2.

Công viên hầm Thủ Thiêm. Source VnExpress

If you are searching for a weekend picnic location, you cannot ignore the name of Thu Thiem tunnel park. The park is the paradise of green and great scenes to take pictures, sing together, or hold a party with friends and family. Not only has a spacious space to have fun, but the place also offers a romantic scenery of District 2 with skyscrapers, shimmering street lights, and bustling boats on the Saigon River.

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