Thao Dien is bordered on three sides by the Saigon River, and while most of the waterfront property has been swallowed by glitzy developments, there are still places where you can watch as debris floats by in the murky river current. And conveniently enough, some of those places also serve great cocktails. For the best, try The Deck, BoatHouse or Villa Song.
If you have no idea where Thao Dien even is, look for the giant Vincom Mega Mall on the Hanoi Highway. They have men’s and women’s clothing, home decor, jewellery and so much more. But, for some real fun, head to the top floor, and skate on the only ice rink in Ho Chi Minh City. Even if you’ve never skated before, the feeling of ice on your bottom is a nice change from the never-ending heat outside.
Vincom Thảo Điền, 159 Xa lộ Hà Nội, Thảo Điền, Vietnam, +84 28 6285 2299
As soon as you see the exterior of The Factory, you know that whatever is inside has to be interesting. There are upturned shipping containers, murals and a constant stream of hip young Vietnamese posing for photos outside. For the artists in the city, a trek out to The Factory is an absolute must if they want to maintain their credibility. They’ve featured exhibitions on light, poetry, self and philosophical questions. Keep an eye on their website so you don’t miss out.