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
- 1Mekong River Delta
- 2Cu Chi Tunnels
- 3Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City
- 4Cao Dai Temple
- 5Bach Dang
- 6Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- 7Independence Palace
- 8War Remnants Museum
- 9Saigon Boat Tour
- 10Can Gio
- 11Saigon Central Post Office
- 12Dong Khoi Street
- 13Thien Hau Temple
- 14Tao Dan Park
- 15Bình Tây Market
- 16Bitexco Financial Tower
- 17Ho Chi Minh City Hall
- 18Giac Lam Pagoda
- 19Paris Square
- 20Pham Ngu Lao Street
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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City
I've been to the tunnels before and this time was much busier. The guide did a great job finding space so he could tell us about what happened.
The whole tour was a nice experience, we got a nice introduction to the live in mekong delta ! Coconut and honey factory were really interesting and the samples absolutely delicous. The nature looks absolutely stunning and the guide was kind and spread a lot of his knowledge about the delta and local people with us ! It seemed a bit annoying to us that many of the local people wanted to get some tipp for each service and in addition to this we felt really sorry for the horses which had to carry 7 people with a coach looking quite starving and weak ... But all in all we had an amazing day with awesome people and great adventure ! We would for sure recommend the optional speedboat tour back to ho chi minh , because it's way faster than the bus and you can see even more of the nature and living conditions of people over there. The Bus came early and there were no complications with the pickup and drop off at our hostel ! A day remember , defenetly recommended !
Fantastic tour! Well worth the experience. Our tour guide Lilly was absolutely lovely. Very knowledgeable and interested in making sure everyone had a good time. Lunch was better than expected. Bring small notes for tips to the locals along the way (completely optional), but even the small notes would be greatly appreciated.
Fantastic tour! Well worth the experience. Our tour guide "Hi" was very knowledgeable and informative. Was great to meet other travellers along the way as well. Only advice would be to pack some snacks as lunch is not included.
Like other people have commented, the boat ride is only a small part of the day, but I loved the variety of things we saw!