Once an entirely separate city, Cholon, which literally translates to 'big market', is the focus of the Chinese community in Saigon. It remains a thriving commercial centre.
See Cha Tam Church where President Diem sought refuge shortly before his assassination in 1963. Visit the impressive Thien Hau Temple dedicated to the goddess of the seas, who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. Here huge coils of incense hang from the ornate ceiling, and can burn for up to three months at a time. Visit Binh Tay market and the surrounding area, which bustles with trading activity.
The many Chinese temples are perhaps more distinctive than their Vietnamese counterparts and are best visited in the morning when the faithful are at prayer.
En-route back to the your hotel, stop at a tiny Cao Dai temple, where one small sect of this eclectic religion worship daily.