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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

Very good value! Lots to do great way to get to Cambodia!

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.

One of the best times we had on our entire trip

This was the best tours of our trip. It is a full day out experiencing Vietnamesse traditions, Culture, food and Music. Would definitely recommend.

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/30/2016

Wonderful experience at Cu Chi Tunnel, Ho Chi Minh

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.

Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Reviewed by Fayth, 11/25/2016

Fantastic services and a great small group mekong one day tour

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.

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/20/2016

Perfect private full day national reserve of can gio .A Must visit.

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!

From Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day National Reserve of Can Gio Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/19/2016

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