THE 15 BEST THINGS TO DO IN HO CHI MINH CITY

     
Ho đưa ra Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a vibrant & exciting city that offers something for everyone. As Vietnam"s largest city, Saigon is packed full of Vietnamese history, culture, & the kind of crazy traffic you couldn"t find anywhere else.

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From delicious food lớn stunning architecture, there are plenty of things khổng lồ see & do in this amazing city.

In this guide, we will explore 15 of the best things to bởi vì in Ho đưa ra Minh City. Whether you"re looking for cultural experiences or outdoor adventures, we have got you covered! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to lớn Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị right now!

1. Visit War Remnants Museum

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The War Remnants Museum in Ho chi Minh city // Photo by DnDavis / Shutterstock

The War Remnants Museum is a fascinating museum that provides a unique and eye-opening look at the Vietnam War. This museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Ho chi Minh City. The exhibits provide detailed information about the war, as well as the current state of Vietnam.

What you can see at the War Remnants Museum:

Photographs & artifacts from the Vietnam WarExhibits about the role of women during the war.Information about Agent Orange and its effects on civilians & soldiers

Location: The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan, Ho chi Minh City


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2. Explore the flora và fauna in Ho chi Minh city Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Saigon Zoo has a number of things to vày including a walk-in butterfly house.

The Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a great place khổng lồ spend a day with the family. The zoo has a wide variety of animals, including elephants, tigers, and lions. The botanical gardens are trang chủ to beautiful plants & flowers from all over the world.

What you can see at Ho chi Minh thành phố Zoo and Botanical Gardens:

590 animals of 125 species & 1,830 trees & plants of 260 species, some of which are over 100years oldA variety of plants and flowers from all over the world

Location: 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Bến Nghé, District 1


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3. Tour the Reunification Palace

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Independence Palace in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị // Photo by Leonid Andronov / Shutterstock

The Reunification Palace (Independence palace) is a must-see for anyone visiting Ho chi Minh City. This palace was the trang chủ of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This was also the place that marked the kết thúc of the Vietnam War when aNorth Vietnamese army tankercrashed through the main gate in 1975. It is now a museum that provides a fascinating look at life in South Vietnam during the war

What you can bởi at the Reunification Palace

Tour the palace & learn about how Southern people lived during the warSee exhibits about the fall of SaigonWatch a short film about the reunification of VietnamRead some written documentation showing the horrific lengths that the American Army took in order to lớn try and defeat the North Vietnamese Army.

Location: 141 Nguyen Thi đường minh khai Street, District Ho bỏ ra Minh City


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4. Admire Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre-Dame Cathedral landmark in Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố // Photo by Take Photo / Shutterstock

Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral that was built in the late 1800s. This cathedral is one of Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most famous landmarks and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

What you can see at Notre Dame Cathedral

The cathedral itself, which was built in the late 1800sThe interior of the cathedral, which is decorated with beautiful stained glass windowsThe bell tower, which offers great views of Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Location: 135 nam giới Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District One


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5. Crawl through Cu chi Tunnels

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A guide demonstrating how a Vietcong hide into the Cu chi Tunnel // Photo by Teo Boon Keng Alvin / Shutterstock

The Cu bỏ ra Tunnels are a must-see for anyone visiting Ho đưa ra Minh City. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War as a way to lớn move undetected around the city. Today, the tunnels have been turned into a museum that provides a fascinating look at life during the war.

What you can see at Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

The tunnels themselves, which were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam WarExhibits about how the tunnels were used và their effects on the warA firing range where you can try out different weapons from the period

Location: Cu chi Tunnels are about 60 miles from Ho chi Minh City và can be accessed by bus, taxi, or private car.


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6. Visit Saigon Central Post Office

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Saigon Central Post Office on xanh sky in Ho bỏ ra Minh // Photo by Nguyen quang đãng Ngoc Tonkin / Shutterstock

The Central Post Office was built in the late 1800s. This beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial architecture is one of Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most famous landmarks & is a must-see for anyone interested in Vietnamese culture.

What you can bởi vì at Central Post Office

Send postcards và packages from Ho đưa ra Minh CityBuy stamps and souvenirsTake photos in front of the beautiful building

Location: Saigon Post Office is located at 2 Cong Xa Paris, next lớn Notre Dame Cathedral.


7. Scale the bitexco Financial Tower

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Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho bỏ ra Minh city // Photo by Spectral-Design / Shutterstock

The bitexco Financial Tower is Ho chi Minh City"s 2nd tallest building at 269 m high và offers great views of the thành phố from its helipad and observation deck on the 49th floor.

Consisting of 68 storeys, the tập đoàn bitexco tower is also trang chủ to a number of restaurants và bars, making it the perfect place to spend an evening in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

What you can vì chưng at the tập đoàn bitexco Financial Tower

Visit the observation deck & take in stunning views of Ho đưa ra Minh CityEat delicious Vietnamese dishes at one of the restaurants or bars in the buildingShop at the ICON 68 mall located in the buildingWatch the sunset on the 48th floor

Location: 68 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District One.


8. Shopping in Ben Thanh market

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Ben Thanh market is Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most famous market & offers a wide variety of products for sale. This market is the perfect place lớn buy souvenirs or gifts for friends & family.

Be careful when shopping in Ben Thanh market as prices are negotiable, so always try to negotiate a lower price.

What you can find at Ben Thanh market

Souvenirs, including T-shirts, hats, và postcardsGifts, including jewelry, paintings, and handicraftsElectronics, including cameras, phones, & tabletsClothes, including dresses, shirts, và pants

Location: Lê Lợi, Bến Thành ward, District 1


9. Explore Binh Quoi tourist village - Saigon"s hidden gem

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Binh Quoi tourist village is one of Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s hidden gems. In fact, there are 3 villages located along the Saigon River that offer a number of activities for visitors, including picnics with barbeques, boat rides, and walking around the wonderfully manicured gardens.

For the best experience, we recommend Binh Quoi 2 as it is one of the most instagramable spots in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

What you can vì at Binh Quoi tourist village

Hire a small rowing boat to lớn paddle around parts of the Saigon RiverWalk through the villageEnjoy a buffet meal of over 50 different dishes quality to the South of Vietnam.Take photos of the giant Lilly pads & cute wooden bridges over the river.

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Location: Binh Quoi 2, 1147Binh Quoi, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District

Binh Quoi tourist village is located about 15 minutes from Ho chi Minh City & can be accessed by taxi, motorbike, or private car.


10. Travel lớn the Mekong Delta

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Boat tour for tourists in the Mekong Delta near Ho chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam // Photo by Jochen Netzker / Shutterstock

The Mekong Delta is located about two hours from Ho đưa ra Minh City và offers a look at rural Vietnam. This area is known for its rice paddies, canals, và floating markets, which make for an interesting day trip from Ho chi Minh City.

What you can vì chưng in the Mekong Delta

Take a boat ride through the canalsVisit a rice paddy và learn about how rice is grownSample local delicacies, including fresh fruit and seafood dishesShop at the floating markets

Location: The Mekong Delta is located about two hours from Ho chi Minh City. There are a number of tour operators who offer day trips to the Mekong Delta from Ho đưa ra Minh City.


If you want a more adventurous trip, kiểm tra out our articles on city parks và trekking destinations in Saigon!

11. Try a Vietnamese massage

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Vietnamese young woman enjoying head mas sa in spa salon // Photo by rồng Images / Shutterstock

A Vietnamese massage is a great way to lớn relax after a long day of sightseeing. This type of mas sa uses pressure and stretching techniques, which can be quite painful but are said lớn be very effective in relieving tension headaches và other aches and pains. Prices start from around US$12 per hour.

What you can expect from a Vietnamese massage

You will be covered with a sheet và the therapist will use oil to lớn massage your bodyThe therapist will use pressure & stretching techniques on your bodyThe mas sa usually lasts for one hour

Location: There are a number of massage parlours in Ho chi Minh đô thị which offer Vietnamese massages.

12. Get wet in Suoi Tien & Dam Sen theme park

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People in outdoor swimming pool in children water park & historical theme amusement park Suoi Tien // Photo by Denis Moskvinov / Shutterstock

Suoi Tien & Dam Sen theme park are Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s two main water parks. These parks offer a number of activities for visitors, including swimming, sliding down the slides, and playing in the children"s area.

What you can vì at Suoi Tien and Dam Sen theme park

Slide down the water slidesTake pictures of Vietnam"s legendary figures and staff dressing up for entertainmentRide on the amusement park rides & roller coastersEnjoy 4d short films and aquariums

Location

Suoi Tien theme park: 120 XL Hà Nội, Thủ Đức city (formerly District 9, HCMC).


13. Walk on Nguyen Hue walking street

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Nguyen Hue walking street and flower street during Lunar New Year at downtown of Ho bỏ ra Minh city // Photo by Sing Studio / Shutterstock

Nguyen Hue street is Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s most popular walking street. Located just in front of the Saigon Opera House, this avenue is closed to lớn traffic on weekend nights and offers a range of activities for visitors, including live music performances, food stalls that sell street food, & shopping.

What you can bởi vì on Nguyen Hue street

Enjoy live music performancesSample Vietnamese cuisine from the street food stallsShop for souvenirs at the many stores & boutiques

Location: Nguyen Hue street is located in Ben Nghe ward, District One.


If you like street food, use our guide to lớn find the best traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

14. Grab a drink at Bui Vien backpacker street

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Bui Vien Walking Street is popular among tourists and backpackers with numerous restaurants and bars // Photo by Simon Poon / Shutterstock

Bui Vien backpacker street is Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most famous nightlife district. This area is trang chủ to a number of bars, clubs, và restaurants & is the place to go if you"re looking for a party. Showcasing a more modern Vietnam, Bui Vien is conveniently located just minutes away from the infamous Pham lẩn thẩn Lao Street. Both areas are known for great restaurants và street food.

Into food? Try our roundup of the best restaurants và street food in HCMC.

What you can expect on Bui Vien street

An excellent culinary experience of Vietnamese food và drinks in a wide range of bars, clubs, & restaurantsLots of people looking to lớn have a good timePrices for drinks and food are usually more expensive than in other parts of the city

Location: Bui Vien backpacker street is located in Pham ngu Lao ward, District One.


15. Invite friends khổng lồ rooftop bars

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Rooftop bar in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố // Photo by Lukas Bischoff Photograph / Shutterstock

Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị has a number of trendy rooftop bars that offer great views of the city. These bars are usually expensive but can be a fun place to spend an evening with friends.

What you can expect at Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s rooftop bars

A relaxed & sophisticated atmosphereGreat views of the cityscapeExpensive drinks và food

Location: Some of Ho chi Minh City"s most popular rooftop bars include The lighthouse, Glow Skybar Saigon, Skyxx Garden & Lounge

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Where should I stay when I visit Ho bỏ ra Minh City?

There are many amazing hotels lớn stay at while in Ho chi Minh City, see our roundup of the best Saigon hotels, from luxury to lớn budget.

Conclusion

There are plenty of things to vì in Ho chi Minh City, from exploring the city"s sights và sounds khổng lồ relaxing with a mas sa or enjoying a drink at one of the city"s many bars and clubs. So whatever type of holiday you"re looking for, Ho chi Minh city is sure to lớn have something khổng lồ offer.

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If you"re wondering how to lớn get around the city, our guide khổng lồ Saigon transport has you covered.

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