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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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +84
  • Best time to visit
    Spring

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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City

wonderful way to see ho chi minh private city tour

This is wonderful way to see private ho chi minh city tour full day.great tour guide and very good driver.we were only in the city for a few days and decide to book the full day tour in order to see as much as possible.would definitely recommended
Private Ho Chi Minh City Full-Day Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/17/2016

Not to be missed if you want to glimpse the Vietnam countryside

We got this tour for maybe a third of the cost if it were another country. For 24 dollars, you get picked up at your hotel, ride a nice tour bus for 1.5 hours then a ferry ride crossing the Mekong, then a thrilling small boat ride. In between there's some livelihood demos, a free lunch, and lots more. It's definitely one of the best value tours I've been on.

One of the best private tours get outside the city

We enjoyed our trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and mekong delta day trip . Our guide Nhi was very helpful and informative in helping us to understand how the Viet Cong could successfully withstood the US invasion. I also like the side trip to a farm to watch and experience rice paper making. Highly recommended!

Great tour, friendly and knowledgable guide. new bus, very comfortable

Our guide Nhi was very friendly, very informative and fun. The tunnels were amazing and we loved the way he made sure we understood everything, thanks for a memorable time

This was the best tours of our trip. Would definitely recommend

We loved this tour! Thao was just wonderful - full of knowledge, patient and great fun. The tour itself was full of activity and delicious food! There were many things to see, do and taste We were well cared for and Thao constantly updated us on where we were, what we were doing and what was about to happen. All the food included was really high quality and the portions were generous. We had plenty of time at each stop to ask questions and make purchases very reasonable prices. A pair of good walking shoes is highly recommended and a big bottle of water is a good idea! It was very relaxing and we praise Thao highly. Definite highlight!!! A very big thank you to Thao -The best tour guide in vietnam who i met .

Ho Chi Minh City
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