Top Tours & Activities 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
- 1Cu Chi Tunnels
- 2Mekong River Delta
- 3Cao Dai Temple
- 4Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City
- 5Bach Dang
- 6Saigon Boat Tour
- 7Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- 8Independence Palace
- 9War Remnants Museum
- 10Can Gio
- 11Tao Dan Park
- 12Saigon Central Post Office
- 13Thien Hau Temple
- 14Dong Khoi Street
- 15Bình Tây Market
- 16Giac Lam Pagoda
- 17Bitexco Financial Tower
- 18Cai Be
- 19Ho Chi Minh City Hall
- 20Paris Square
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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City
We had limited time and this was a great way up see Vietnam delta region and get to Cambodia! Would definitely recommend! Knowledgeable guide who looked after us.
This was the best tours of our trip. It is a full day out experiencing Vietnamesse traditions, Culture, food and Music. Would definitely recommend.
Hello, I'm Faith from Malaysia. Let me share a little bit, All I can say is that I had an amazing experience during this tour, together with my partner. It was our first time in Vietnam and our first tour to Cu Chi Tunnel. We were both happy and amazed with the service provided during the day, very efficient with time, comfortable vehicle and ofcourse our tour guided by the funny MR Tiger!! =) He shared stories about histories of the tunnel, people and the country itself with us along the way when we're in the van and kept us awake with his jokes. The creation of those tunnels were amazing and we got the chance to enter them too, it was fun although we were tired but it was all worth it! I will definitely recommend friends and family to book this tour in the future! Thank You for the hospitality.
I must say the services was excellent from Thomas in the office who made sure everything went smoothly and he even call me to confirm .He extremely responsive no matter what time /day i contacted him by email or text .our guide on our trip was a very informative and friendly.bicycle sround mekong village was awesome .BBQ lunch was nice and delicious.we felt satisfied and grateful .if you come to ho chi minh city .please look for this tour services.i can garantee you will have no regret to bring home.
We had a really fantastic day, starting with our hilarious guide Nhi who was informative and funny (and has the best Louisiana accent in the whole of Vietnam). The market tour was great, fascinating sights and smells. The boat was comfortable and we had a super quick ride down the river, with fresh fruit and cold drinks provided the whole way. The crocodile feeding and loitering monkeys were a highlight, despite the fact that the are clearly accustomed to human interaction. Food was delicious, and our vegetarian contingent rated it as the best unexpected tofu degustation of his life :) Highly recommend this tour. Not the cheapest on the market, but definitely worth it!