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
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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City
I really enjoyed the tour mainly because of how well it was organized by our guide Sally and the others. I took the opportunity to shoot an AK 47, it was quite the rush.
This is a fantastic activity. The coffee shop is so lovely, beautifully decorated and a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Great coffee too and interesting and fun learning about the coffee and having a go at making it. Well worth doing or even just dropping in for a coffee.
Tickets are cheap. No queing. We went up just before sunset and plenty of room to get many photos
The location was not that fun nor great. Good thing our tour guide Johnny made it tolerable all throughout the tour. Good job for tour guide Johnny!
We had two amazing tour guides who were so friendly and welcoming. They told us heaps of cool information about the city and really made us feel like friends. My husband wasn’t keen on the tour to begin with because he preferred the idea of exploring the city ourselves but once we were half way through he said this was the best thing we could have done and there was no way we could have explored the city like this on our own. Definitely a must do in Ho Chi Minh!