Almost everyone in Ho Chi Minh seems to be talking about Thu Duc City, the newly formed city. Thu Duc is a city that was established after the merger of three districts, District 2, District 9, and Thu Duc. Each district has its own highlights and combining all three of them in one city makes Thu Duc City more interesting to visit.
Ever since Thu Duc City was formed, several young visitors have come to the city to explore its sights and attractions. The new city is home to some luxury shopping malls, cozy cafes, restaurants, and some unique and historical and cultural sights.
If you are thinking of going to Thu Duc City but not sure where to go, here are some of the best places that are truly worth checking out.
1. Wat Buu Long
Wat Buu Long is a beautiful Buddhist temple that’s tucked away in Thu Duc City. In 2019, the temple was declared as one of the top ten most beautiful temples in the world. This temple is about 20 km. away from the center of Ho Chi Minh City and attracts tourists of all kinds.
The architectural style of this pagoda is similar to the temples you would find in Myanmar and Thailand. It’s because the followers of this temple practices the Theravada branch of Buddhism that’s similar to that in Thailand. The temple’s brilliant gold stupa glows magically in the sky and can be easily seen from afar. In fact, this is often the first thing that visitors see upon visiting the temple.
The Wat Buu Long Pagoda is located in District 9 at Nguyen Xien in Long Binh. It opens in the morning but closes at 11 AM, before opening again at 2 PM. If you want to take great pictures when visiting the temple, try to schedule your visit in the morning. This is also the time when there are not too many visitors that can be a distraction.
2. Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park
The Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park attracts all kinds of visitors, especially families with kids. It’s a Buddhist-themed amusement park that’s decorated with colorful statues of mythical creatures, including Buddhist shrines and edifices. On New Year’s Day, Suoi Tien has launched several incentives that would attract both foreign and local tourists.
The Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park is located in District 9 and opens from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. There are waterslides, roller coasters, 4D Theater, and several other amusement facilities. What’s even more entertaining is that some of the staff is dressed as golden monkeys, which amuses both adults and kids.
From January 1st to May 31st, the resort is offering promotions, which you should take advantage of if you plan on visiting Thu Duc City soon. During the promotional period, kids under 1.4 meters tall can enter for free. Visitors will also be given a gift voucher worth 300,000 VND for every purchase of ten adult tickets.
3. Thong Nhat Street Shops
Thu Duc City is home to several good cafes and most of these cafes can be found in Thong Nhat Street. Here, you will find chic and cozy cafes serving a wide selection of coffee and other refreshing drinks. Some cafes have spacious gardens that open to beautiful views. There are also air-conditioned teashops, perfect for those who want to hang out with friends while avoiding the heat.
4. Family Garden
Another family-friendly destination in Thu Duc City is the Family Garden. Located in the heart of District 2, this 5,000 square meter garden is known for its quiet and serene atmosphere, ideal for those who want to relax to escape the chaos of city life. Here, families can have picnics and do some other fun activities.
Located in District 2, the Family Garden offers visitors a chance to take part in some nature activities, such as tree planting, fishing, gardening, and harvesting agricultural products. Even if you will not take part in any activities, you will have a great time sightseeing at the Family Garden. The most popular attraction in the park is the Oishi Town Japanese Street, a Japanese-themed street.
5. Sala Park
The Sala Park is inspired by Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and has plenty of giant concrete sculptures inspired by Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s a popular destination for young visitors who wanted to take Instagram-friendly photos. Some of the sculptures in the Sala Park are about 25 m high, including sculptures that depict Buddha meditating under the protection of a seven-headed snake called Naga. The other highlights of this beautiful park are the giant flower viewing station, as well as the surrounding modern works, and of course, the lush green landscape. If you are looking for a place in Thu Duc City that can help you to relax, away from the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Sala Park is the best place to be.