What to do in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

You’ll never run out of things to do in a dynamic city like Ho Chi Minh. The whole city is filled with places to visit, food to try and wonderful people to interact with. As the most populated city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of things to offer to both locals and tourists. The beautifully designed restaurants, cafes and even sky bars are just great places to stop over and get refreshed before heading from one historical site to another.

Ho Chi Minh City was previously known as Saigon before its defeat from the North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam Civil War. Ho Chi Minh City preserved the colonial French buildings, some American offices and Vietnamese establishments giving the city a great fusion of architectural designs. What to do in Ho Chi Minh City if you only have limited time? Here’s our top 6 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City:

1. Discover Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels is the top tourist attraction in Southern Vietnam due to its pivotal role during the Vietnam War. The complex network of tunnels of Cu Chi made it harder for heavily equipped US and South Vietnamese troops to subdue the seemingly weaker Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces. Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels would open the tourists eyes to what people have suffered during the war and yet still have the resilience to move on and progress.

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2. Explore local market

Binh Tay Market

If you have not done it yet in any city in Vietnam, you better get your breakfast at Binh Tay Market. The market is a colonial building that was established in the 1880s. Binh Tay Market is busy early in the morning with locals buying their daily needs, smiling and interacting with each other; a wonderful sight to witness. Different kinds of Vietnamese soup are also being served here, a great way to start the day with an affordable pho or hu tieu.

Ben Thanh Market

Shopping has never been easy in Ben Thanh Market, the place practically has almost everything you’ll need. A perfect place to buy your souvenir before heading back home.

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3. Watch beautiful Sunset at Saigon Skydeck

A walk along the Saigon River in the late afternoon is relaxing before heading to the Bitexco Tower to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets at the sky deck. The observatory deck offers 360 degrees view of the wonderful city of Ho Chi Minh City. Drinks may be a little pricey on the observatory deck itself but visitors can always go to EON 51 Sky Bar to get their drinks and food.

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4. Visit different religious establishments

Giac Lam Pagoda

Considered as a historical site in Ho Chi Minh City, the Giac Lam Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda that was built in 1744. Giac Lam Pagoda is one of the oldest temples within the city with more than a hundred historical statues.

Cao Dai Temple

One of the most interesting temples in Ho Chi Minh City. Cao Dai is an indigenous Vietnamese religion that seeks peace and harmony between all religions. You will find that the religion follows the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism and western icons like William Shakespeare and Joan of Arc. 

What to do in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

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Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Established by French colonists between 1863 and 1880, the cathedral became one of the iconic tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City. Notre Dame Cathedral is considered as the legacy of France during the colonization of the country.

What to do in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

Mariamman Hindu Temple

The only active Hindu temple in Ho Chi Minh City. The colorful temple was built in the late 1800s by the traders from India to worship the goddess of rain, Mariamman. Other Hindu gods and goddesses like Vishnu, Brahma and Ganesha are also found in the temple walls.

5. Historical City Tour

War Remnant Museum

For history buffs, visiting the War Remnant Museum is a must. The museum exhibits the events during the American Vietnam War, the crimes committed and how the war changed the lives of Vietnamese people even up to now.

War Remnants Museum

Reunification Palace

One of the historic American buildings in Vietnam where American official studied and planned their war strategies. The palace is where the Vietnam Civil War ended in 1975 as the North Vietnamese Army crashed the gates and hung the flag.

Reunification Palace

Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office

A wonderfully preserved French colonial building in the center of the city of Ho Chi Minh. The post office is still functional so you can drop off your postcards.

Saigon Central Post Office

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