4 Little Towns in Saigon bringing the cultures of other countries

In the middle of the vast city, the 4 little towns in Saigon are considered as very attractive destinations for curious visitors and also the features contributing to the diverse in culture of the city. Let’s do a roll-call the names of these 4 towns:
 

A warm corner of Little Japan in the center of Saigon.1.    Little Towns in Saigon – A Little Japan

Have you ever been to the Little Japan Town in the center of Saigon? Nestled in the area around Le Thanh Tong and Thai Van Lung Streets in the center of the city, the town is the complex of over 80 restaurants, spa and business houses of Japanese community living in Vietnam. The town has attracted not only the locals but also tourists wishing to discover the cuisine culture of Japan.

One of the most significant differences between the Little Japan Town and other foreigner towns is the lack of vivid and exciting images and atmosphere. In Little Japan Town, you will feel the warm that is typical for the Japanese culture.

Those cultural features are shown in the closed windows made of wood; the curtains or lanterns in 3 typical colors of red, black and white. The quiet space makes this town attractive, fascinating to visitors, especially at night.

The town is impressive for a graffiti lane at No. 15B Le Thanh Ton Street which seems to be an ideal destination for the young to take photos.  Especially, there is a guiding board showing the direction to come to the lane and the way to park their vehicles. No noise and no garbage are also the impressive features of the town. You can have chances to enjoy many different Japanese dishes on the little lanes including sushi, ramen noodle, udon noodle, cakes and so on without making so much effort to find them out in other distanced places.  
 
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The street of herbal medicine in the area of Chinese in Saigon - one of 4 little towns in Saigon.2. Small China Town in Saigon

The area of Cho Lon is often called as China Town – the familiar name that the locals in Saigon talk about the Chinese community living in district 5, 6 and 11 but mainly in district 5. Cho Lon was founded in 1778 which is considered the largest gathering place for Chinese community living and working in Vietnam. Until now, it remains an attractive destination for visitors desiring for discovering the culture of the Chinese.

At present, China Town in Saigon is the place where the cultural, architectural and religious values brought along by the Chinese remain intact by the time. You will see many tiled roof, temples, and assembly halls in the typical architecture of China which are attractive in ancient beauty.

Serving as not only the complex of ancient architectural constructions, Cho Lon is also a large and busy trading center, providing various types of goods for all the district in Saigon. If you pay attention, you will find that different types of products are presented for sales at different streets. For example, Chinese traditional medicines are on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, fabric on Soai Kinh Lam fabric market, silver and golden jewelry on Nhieu Tam – Nghia Thuc street, Quang Minh materials and accessory market and so on. It is certain that, you shall not be able to control yourself at the Chinese cuisine street with various attractive dishes including dimsum, Chinese sweet tea, Chinese noodle. Those dishes can be found anywhere in Cho Lon, from the street stall to the luxury restaurants. 

You will get more fun with the crowded bars in Bui Vien Street.3. Litlle towsn in Saigon: Crowded streets for Western tourists

The Western Town is located on the streets including Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and De Tham in the center of district 1. This is often the gathering place of almost every Western people coming to Saigon. The vivid and busy atmosphere with different languages shall be the first impression when you come to visit the Western Town.

Dubbed as the sleepless town in Saigon, the Western town serves mainly for the demands of foreign visitors, especially those from the Western countries. The town is then the gathering place of a number of hotels, restaurants, travel agents, bars, pubs, souvenir shops and so on. In addition, the service of bike and motorbike for rent at appropriate price is a bonus of the town which give tourists more options to discover the little lanes and corners of Saigon.

It is also a fact that the cuisine in this town is very diverse, from traditional Vietnamese foods to Asian and European foods served at various types of restaurants in the town.  

Little Korea Town in Saigon.4. Little Korea Town in Saigon

Not many people know that there is no less Korean people living in Vietnam than the Japanese and Chinese. However, they do not gather in the same street as Chinese or Japanese but are allocated on the streets nearby the airport including Super Bowl, K300 or Phan Van Hai Street in Tan Binh District. One of the most crowded areas for Koreans is in Phu My Hung in district 7.

The little Korean Town is not as outstanding as other town of foreigners in Saigon, but it is easy to be identified with name boards in both Korean and Vietnamese. District 7 is also the place where many shops for materials, grocery from Korea are concentrated. Korean restaurants, hair salons, beauty salons or department stores are also available there. You can even see some shuttle buses with titles in Korean and some schools opened for Korean children. 

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