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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

Good insight to the life next to the river

Our guide was extremely nice and informative. I really enjoyed we got the opportunity to join pray ceremony at Buddhist temple. Our son was very exited about the snakes. Fantastic food and overall a very pleasant trip I recommend for anyone

Convenient way to see authentic highlights of the Mekong Delta.

Our tour guide Max (his English name) was amazing. He was friendly, helpful and really fun. Definitely rent a bike and try the rat on the second day. Positive that we would not have seen all these gems without this tour. There are lots of optional and worthwhile add-ons, so be sure to bring extra dong along!

Awesome tour with an awesome guide (Max is the best!)

We had an amazing time on this tour, which took us to some awesome sights and packed in so many fun and interesting activities as well. Great value and Max was a funny, phenomenal tour guide. He even came out for drinks with us one night despite the fact he does not drink. Highly recommended!

Very good trip, only way to see the Mekong

Very hands on all day visiting various places and travelling on all kinds of boats. You need to be very fit to do some of the activities in the heat. Fast boat to Phnom Penh is a must.
Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/04/2016

I couldn't have asked for a better experience!

Our guide was wonderful as was the boat ride, lunch, the tour ... They were able to get me in the night before, which I greatly appreciated. Definitely worth every cent!
Cu Chi Tunnels & VIP Speedboat Tour Reviewed by Ilka, 12/28/2015

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