The District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City, more popularly known as Cho Lon, is the city's Chinatown. Unfortunately, it is decidedly less Chinese than it used to be due to the anti-Chinese campaign in the late 70's when many fled the country. Saigon's District 5 is home to the largest market in Vietnam, a deluxe shopping mall and charming Chinese pagodas such as Nghia An Hoi Quan, Tam Son Hoi Quan, Thien Hau and Khanh Van Nam Vien.
Cho Lon literally means 'big market' and you'll discover that with a shopping trek to Binh Tay Market, the country's largest. Make sure to bring your camera as there are many distinctive temples in the area. Pagodas of note include Nghia An Hoi Quan, Tam Son Hoi Quan, Thien Hau and Khanh Van Nam Vien.. District 5, or Saigon's Chinatown, occupies an area of 4 square km on the west bank of the Saigon River. It is a short drive away from central Saigon's District 1.