Top attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
Named after Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, the city formerly known as Saigon has emerged from its darkest days to become one of Asia's most exciting cities. It boasts vibrant street life, handsome buildings, and warm weather all year round. But what are the best things to do in this interesting city?
How did the Americans lose the Vietnam War? Your guide will lead you through hidden trap-doors to explore the Cu Chi tunnels that helped thwart the US army at every turn.
Modelled on the Petit Palais in Paris, this striking example of French Colonial architecture is easy to reach and regularly hosts some of the city's best concerts.
Saigon Central Post Office still operates, though it also serves as one of the city's top attractions, having been designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel.
Pilgrims flocked to this beautiful basilica in 2005 when its Virgin Mary statue was reported to have shed tears. We're sceptical, but there are better reasons to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, such as its superior architecture!
Originally built to demonstrate Vietnam's strength in the wake of Independence, it was torn down, replaced, and eventually renamed Reunification Palace after the fall of Saigon.
Though known as the backpacker district, the bustling Pham Ngu Lao Street attracts people from all walks of life with its bounty of clothing, war memorabilia, and other merchandise.
The War Remnants Museum paints a vivid – and often disturbing – picture of the country's 20th-century struggles. It's a must for anyone hoping to understand Vietnam's complex history.
With lakes, gardens, and so much more beyond the rides, Dam Sen is the perfect amusement park for people who don't like amusement parks, as well as those that do!
With its ornate carvings and constant aura of incense smoke, this is the pagoda to see if you've only time for one. Be sure to look over its gorgeous courtyard from the roof!
Located in the old Gia Long Palace, photographs and artefacts offer an exemplary account of Vietnam's bloody past. It's uncompromising without being gratuitous.
The cheapest way to get to the city is by taking bus 152 near the arrivals exit. It costs extra if your luggage weighs over 10kg, but will take you all the way downtown to the bus station near Cho (market) Ben Tanh. Taxis are located to the left of the terminal. Make sure you take a metered taxi and do not pay in any currency other than Vietnamese dong or you risk being ripped off.
One of the most charming things about Ho Chi Minh City is how the low-cost street food can so often outperform its best restaurants. You'll find many good ones on Dong Khoi, the lively stretch of shops and bars between the river and cathedral.
Ho Chi Minh City has several markets worth visiting as well as the aforementioned Pham Ngu Lao Street. The two largest are Cho Ben Tanh and Cho Lon. Cho Lon – the Chinese market – has a dazzling array of goods on offer and is the least touristy of the two. Ben Tanh is also fun to visit, and better regulated, with less knock-off merchandise and fewer pickpockets. That said, you should always be wary of both those things.
- CurrencyVietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+84
- Best time to visitSpring
Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City
Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
Cities in Vietnam
Other Sightseeing Options in Ho Chi Minh City
Want to discover all there is to do in Ho Chi Minh City? Click here for a full list.
What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City
We got picked up at our hotel on time. Our guide Steven was very polite and thoughtful. He talked about Vietnamese culture on the way to the tunnels which was very interesting. Big recommendation! Thanks Steven for making our day /Simon & Wendy
Alex was an amazing tour guide who spoke perfect English and knew everything we wanted to know about Saigon. He made our night fun and full of activities and I would highly recommend the tour to anyone!
Steven was our host and tour guide for the day. He was brilliant, had a great energy and while he had to remain focussed to keep the day on track, he was also relaxed and able to have some fun and chat with all of us. He was very professional, he did the tour company proud and gave it a good name. On this basis we would recommend the company and day tour! Some times these days can loose energy, especially towards the end, but Steven kept us informed about what's coming next so we could keep looking forward and he was full of information throughout the day. He had an entertaining way that kept they day light and fun too. And between Steven and the driver they always made sure we had refreshments etc.
Viet was a great tour guide, who shared interesting stories and perspectives both on the bus and at the tunnels. By booking online, the bus was able to pick us up at our hotel in District 1, which was extremely convenient. The tour was well worth the price, especially at the discounted low-season rate. The bus ride was longer than i expected (1.5+ hrs), but was well worth it to get a chance to see the tunnels.
After a day watching motorbikes zooming in and out of traffic and along footpaths, I wondered why I had booked this tour, but from the moment our guide Steve met us he put me totally at ease. What an amazing experience this was, visiting places we would never have found to experience the best of Vietnamese food, drink and atmosphere in amongst the local people. Our guides openly shared their knowledge of the local history, customs and culture. We felt comfortable and secure throughout our tour and could not have asked for better guides, Steve and Andy were brilliant and we recommend them very highly.