Dotted with colourful temples and spiritual sites, Go Vap is one of Ho Chi Minh’s liveliest districts. Schools like the University of Industry fuel a vibrant student population, which gives the neighbourhood an upbeat feel. Go Vap lets you escape the traffic and experience Vietnam through a local lens, particularly with its incredible food.
Things to do in Go Vap
Surrounded by the muddy waters of the Vam Thuat River, Phu Chau is one of Vietnam’s most unique places of worship. The floating temple can only be reached by boat, which transports you to its sea-green tiled roof and dancing dragons.
The Ngoc Phuong Tinh Xa Buddhist temple is a great place to spot saffron-robed monks, while the historic Sac Tu Truong Tho pagoda dates back to the 18th century. Once inside the pagoda, you’ll find a treasure trove of ancient relics and sculptures on display.
For a glimpse at local culture, head to the Đinh Thong Tay Hoi Communal House. Built in the 1600s, the rickety wooden commune is now a fascinating place to learn about Vietnamese architecture, art, history, culture and family life.
If you want to bite into Ho Chi Minh’s legendary food scene, Go Vap offers plenty of dining options. From sizzling shrimp pancakes to sweet iced coffee, the streets of Go Vap are strewn with family-run restaurants serving up authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Getting around Go Vap
Local buses are plentiful and will get you from Go Vap to District 1 in around one hour. Taxis and Uber are a convenient option and can whisk you to central Ho Chi Minh in around 30 minutes. Motorcycle taxis are also a great way to beat the traffic and zip around the city.