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Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - ON THE RISE -

GET­TING THERE

Thao Dien is about a 20-minute drive from Saigon's cen­tral Dis­trict 1, and a 40-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

You can travel up the river on the Saigon Water­bus from Bach Dang Wharf in Dis­trict 1 to Binh An sta­tion in Dis­trict 2 for VND15,000. It's about a 30-minute walk from the water­bus sta­tion in Dis­trict 2 to Thao Dien vil­lage, so it's best to take a taxi. A metro line is in con­struc­tion, and op­ti­misti­cally slated for 2020. saigonwa­ter­bus.vn; wa­ter­buses run from

6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

HO­TEL

Villa Sông Saigon

A gor­geous lux­ury river­side bou­tique ho­tel with 23 unique rooms and suites, where guests can en­joy break­fast any time of day and avail of a free shut­tle river bus ser­vice when vis­it­ing down­town. vil­la­song.com; dou­bles from US$171.

EAT & DRINK

Bloq

An all-in-one ur­ban space for din­ing, drink­ing, shop­ping and—for some— pos­ing for self­ies! blo­qviet­nam.com.

Saigon Out­cast

This al­ter­na­tive events space hosts mu­sic shows, theater per­for­mances, flea mar­kets, out­door cinema nights, food and craft beer fes­ti­vals, and more. saigonout­cast.com.

Soma Art Café

Serves or­ganic cof­fee by day, creative cock­tails and craft beer by night, with reg­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tions of emerg­ing artists, and mu­sic per­for­mances. fb.com/so­ma­saigon.

Q Bar

A stylish cock­tail bar and club, serv­ing clas­sic cock­tails with a twist (the mar­ti­nis come highly rec­om­mended). Make sure to stop by for happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). fb.com/ qbar­saigon.of­fi­cial.

SEE & SHOP

Kokoïs

A mod­ern bistro, café, lounge and con­cept store in a leafy, ren­o­vated ware­house right in the mid­dle of Thao Dien. kokois.com.

The Fac­tory

Es­tab­lished in 2016 by artist Ti-A, The Fac­tory aims to be a dy­namic des­ti­na­tion for art, de­sign­ing in­no­va­tive pro­grams il­lus­trat­ing the creative crit­i­cal­ity of Viet­nam to­day. fac­to­r­yarts­cen­tre.com.

Vin Gallery

Ded­i­cated to in­tro­duc­ing in­ter­na­tional artists to Saigon while striv­ing to dis­cover and pro­mote promis­ing South­east Asian artists to the in­ter­na­tional scene. vin­gallery.com.

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