Late night markets, a sea of motorbikes, wandering street vendors and bustling sidewalks, these are just a few of Ho Chi Minh City’s trademarks. Even if you’ve only had an hour in Saigon it’s enough to leave you in awe of its hustle and bustle. It really is a city that never sleeps, but believe it or not Ho Chi Minh City does have a quieter side.
Saigon is never boring, that’s a fact! And living here has given me tons of time to explore the downtown core as well as venture out into its lesser known districts. Not too far from District 1 you’ll find a countryside oasis in the middle of this big city. District 9’s lotus pond, Đầm sen Tam Đa, is not only a dreamy destination, but a perfect spot to get out into nature and shoot some amazing content. I can’t believe this place is basically in my backyard.
Đầm sen Tam Đa is located at Tam Đa, Trường Thạnh, Quận 9, Hồ Chí Minh City and is only a 40 minute drive from the downtown core. The entrance fee is 30 000 VND per person and this lets you roam around freely all afternoon! Although Saigon’s lotus season usually runs from the end of March through April, it really is beautiful here all year long.
I look for any excuse to wear my áo dài and because the lotus is Vietnam's national flower I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rock it alongside a pond full of them. Đầm sen Tam Đa is definitely a different side of Saigon, with its huge green leaves and bright pink flowers, it makes for a nice little afternoon getaway. I like to think of it as an oasis dropped in the backroads of Ho Chi Minh City and I’m sure you can see why!