Dong Khoi Street
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Take a leisurely stroll down this colorful street full of fancy shops for a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City at its most polished.
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Mar 2020
This is one of the main shopping streets in the centre of HCMC. Plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants along here as well as a few of the major hotels. There's also the iconic colonial era Opera House to see here. Metro still wasn't finished when I visited in March 2020 - seems to be taking a very long time for that to be completed.
Written June 18, 2020
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SteveByfleet
Leatherhead, UK372 contributions
Feb 2020
Dong Khoi, formerly Catinat Street (in french times) is THE walk for this city. The old sites are the true highlights of the old town. Stop for coffee at either the Majestic or the Continental, or even both. Then cocktails at the Bitexco Tower near the river
Written February 15, 2020
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ECJ1968
Melbourne, Australia187 contributions
Jan 2020
As the lunar new year approaches many parts of Saigon are decorated to the max. This street was all lit up at night and is a pleasant walk and gives you many chances to make that dreaded challenge of crossing the road. Pick your moment and cross steadily without hesitation. The drivers will adjust to you as long as they know what you are doing. If you hesitate and stop and start then there is more of a chance of something bad happening.
Written January 21, 2020
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YANIRA06_66
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam16 contributions
Mar 2021
Dong Khoi was very famous during the Vietnam War and named Tu Do Street. You have to visit the Majestic Hotel and Maxim's. Of course the History was Continental Restaurant and Caravelle. I also recall the Brinks BOQ disaster. Not as many Bars as during the war but many restaurants and massage parlors remain. If you like Art, there were plenty of Art Studios. See this area once a week.
Written April 1, 2021
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC720 contributions
Feb 2020
Some parts of this area are walkable, but you still need to be hypervigilant, even on the sidewalk as motorbikes are apt to drive on it even when the road is completely empty. Not a safe place to walk with kids or a stroller. Be mindful and be careful.
Written February 27, 2020
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G z
Calabasas, CA156 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
This street was lined with many small shops 8 years ago. Today their are few clothing shops and the ones remaining have high prices. I am sure you can do better in the states. Where the shops once stood are now large hotels and designer shops like Chanel, Ralph Lauren and more with barely a customer in sight.
Minh Khoa who was once known for couture frocks now only does wedding dresses and the clothes he once designed are no longer. Creation and Thai Silk are there but very pricey. This city it is now trying to be upmarket without many shoppers looking for that.
Written August 12, 2012
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WAW-Traveler
Warsaw, Poland2,742 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
While Dong Khoi is by far not the longest, widest or liveliest street in Saigon, it is the city’s most historical and sophisticated street with all kinds of historical buidlings and other sights, upmarket hotels, high- end shopping facilities and trendy restaurants and bars. In my opinion, it represents a modern and prosperous face of a city and country which are quickly emerging from their tragic history and communist misgovernment into a modern country and society focusing on economic growth and tourism. Nowhere else in Saigon and probably the whole country are the changes as evident as on Dong Khoi and its neighbouring streets and squares.
Dong Khoi street runs from Hotel Majestic by the river to Notre- Dame cathedral. It takes about 20 minutes to cover the distance but I recommend to dedicate at least a few hours to explore all the beautiful architecture and historical buildings en route. I was astonished to see how many buldings survived the war and all those political crises in recent decades and how clean, cultivated and well- preserved everything looked like. On one end, Notre Dame cathedral dominates the city scape. It’s a European- style neo- gothic church and stands for more religious tolerance in a communist country. The cathedral is surrounded by a huge park, several high- rise buildings and international hotel brands are located in its proximity. On the way to the riverfront, tourists pass numerous attractions as for instance the old post office, the opera house with its lovely cultivated little park and fountains in front of it, the historical Caravelle hotel, the gorgeous façade of the Park Hyatt hotel and the former city hall with the Ho Chi Minh monument. This is also the area where all those designer stores and international fashion brands are located. Although I did not use my time for shopping, I noticed that prices seemed to be much more moderate than elsewhere. When continuing towards the riverfront, Dong Khoi street gets narrower and probably less refined, however visitors will find lots of cozy bars and art shops there. Hotel Majestic, also worth a visit for its old- world charme and interior is located on the other end of the street.
Even though not located on Dong Khoi, Bitexco Financial Tower and several other skyscrapers, some still in the stage of construction, are clearly visible from everwhere and make a sharp contrast to the historical architecture.
To sum it up, I loved walking on Dong Khoi street exploring all the attractions it has to offer. It is the place to be in Saigon.
Written June 3, 2014
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BySouth
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
Most of the shops are similar to any mall in the world. Parkinson's prices are generally 30% - 50% cheaper than Australia: ie. Nike runners, Raybans - cheaper than the airports too. The staff are incredibly bored out of their brains yet somehow some of them still can't pretend be of kind service to potential customer (note: gay men in beauty sections are rude the world round - actually found it quite comforting to feel like I was at home again unlike the conservative north). Of course like the rest of Vietnam some of the service is exceptional. Don't be surprised to be followed like bees to honey.

A couple of must visits even if you don't buy is Mai Lam Fashion Design house @ 132-134 Dong Khoi. Her designs are fabulous and the art is inspiring. Plus the Art Book Shop opposite Grand Hotel 8 Dong Khoi - excellent Vietnamese movie posters and a great array of Vietnamese history, art, novels and biographies. Of course it has the normal flood of Ho Chi Minh books like most others however the diversity cateres for many. Note; be nice to the staff - we had a great chat with the women their however, we also saw westerners being rude which got them "I don't speak English response" and of course they left annoyed.
Written March 15, 2013
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India999
Scotland, UK55 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
Love it love it love it but pennyless when finished shopping. Wide range of genuine designer items and bargain prices!
Written July 20, 2012
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JS_HCMC
San Francisco, CA18 contributions
Jul 2011
Not an attraction in itself- a throughfare street that linking the Notre Dame Cathedral at one end to the river at the other. Has a few souvenir shops, a couple of the bigger hotels, a few bars and restaurants etc.. Nguyen Hue street nearby is a more main street, and has better selection for shopping and other activities. Tricky to walk down Dong Khoi street too, busy with bikes.
Written July 11, 2011
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