Do the sounds of motorbikes
buzzing by and taxis and buses horning ever stop? No, but you can escape from
them, and you don�t even have to go too far from downtown HCM City. To be
precise, you have to travel three kilometers.
Then you reach Van Thanh Park.
Inside the park, quietness and peacefulness surround you. You can sit in one of
the pavilions on the lakes, wander on the green lawn along the river or look at
stone-carving, weaving and pottery-making village replicas.
Apart from this asset and a host
of entertainment services, several restaurants sit on the spacious area,
covering some 5.5 hectares of land and 2.5 hectares of water.
Altogether those can serve 3,000
guests at a time. Thien Thai seats 500, Hoa Su 450 and Hoa Vang 200, and there
are many more.
A stunning 60-odd dishes,
specialties of northern, central and southern Vietnam, are put up for Saturday
and Sunday buffets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The choices include chem chep
mo hanh (oysters broiled with onion), ca nuong xien (grilled fish),
ca basa nuong me (basa fish broiled with sesame) and oc buou nhoi thit
(snails stuffed with meat).
Eating at the buffet costs
VND89,000 for adults and VND59,000 for children. Additionally, the restaurants
offer reasonably priced breakfasts.
Many city dwellers come to eat
breakfast by the river and lakes in the fresh morning atmosphere, although,
unfortunately for some, many travel companies have chosen to drop off
tour-takers at Van Thanh for breakfast before they leave the city.
Besides this for the most part
individual dining, Van Thanh has also successfully organized large food and
The park is now preparing to host
the largest-ever food and culture program in HCM City from January 6 to 8.
Ngay Hoi Que Toi (festive
days in my hometown) will recall the daily life in many Vietnamese villages in
the past and introduce hundreds of Vietnamese dishes from many corners of the
One of the past highlights was
the Ve Kinh Bac (back to the northern citadel) program in September last
year, through which visitors learned about the culture and lives of people in
the former Kinh Bac region.
Almost 5,000 people came to the
park for another event, the �Saigon � When I Was 30� banquet this April where
Vietnamese born on April 30, 1975, received congratulations and a piece of
Saigontourist and many other
companies organized the party to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of
Saigon, present-day HCM City.
Van Thanh Park, 48/10 Dien Bien
Phu Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District. Tel: (08) 512 3026. Email: