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Top 10 things to do 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?

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Cu Chi Tunnels

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.

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Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theatre)

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.

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Saigon Central Post Office

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.

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Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

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!

Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

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.

Pham Ngu Lao Street

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.

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War Remnants Museum

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.

Dam Sen Park

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!

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Jade Emperor Pagoda

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!

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

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.

Planning Your Ho Chi Minh City Visit

How to get to Ho Chi Minh City from the airport?

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.

Where to eat?

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.

Where to shop?

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.

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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City

Very interesting half day trip- well worth it

Cu Chi tunnels is a fascinating Vietnam War- relate locale just it of Saigon. The tour included transport and good explanation of the site. W
Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour by Bus Reviewed by Peter, 10/25/2016

Meeting point was not clear, but the tour was great.

Some initial problems with hotel bookings, but your Vietnam agency sorted it out and followed up with a courtesy phone call.
Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/14/2016

Wonderful. Would certainly recommend this personalised class

It was just our group of three. Loved that we went to the local street to purchase the food and then to cook in the chef's home. Very hands on and yummy traditional Vietnamese food prepared and cooked And eaten by us!
Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Local Cooking Course Reviewed by Annette, 10/08/2016

Good place to visit for short trip from Ho Chi Minh City.Very relaxing

From Ho Chi Minh city, we book private tour with private car and guide took around 1 hour to Vung Tau beach city.It is very nice and clean beach. We can walk along the beach at sunshine or sunset, it's awesome. In the morning, we can see fisherman selling fishes. We can visit local market, or walking along the path leading to top of the mountain, Nui Lon & Nui Nho, we can enjoy seafood at cheap price or visit night local market....Highly Recommended.Thank you so much Miss Thao our perfect Guide and Mr.Tung our helpful driver .
From Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Private Vung Tau Escape Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/06/2016

Our guide Sang, was excellent. Very informative and well conducted.

We would recommend this tour. Our guide was very informative, helpful and looked after individual needs with care. This tour gives great insight into the war and the determination of the Vietnamese people in defending their country. Very worth doing. Value for money Thank you

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