Two of Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest and most atmospheric places of worship, the Giac Lam and Giac Vien Pagodas, are tucked away in the hinterland to the north of Cho Lon – as is the thriving Phu Tho Racecourse, if you fancy a flutter. Also nearby is Dam Sen leisure park. The best way to get to these destinations is by xe om or cyclo, as they are hidden away in the backstreets.

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