THE 10 BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR TAN DINH CHURCH, HO CHI MINH CITY

     
So you’ve blown all your money at a Cambodian casino, or maybe you had a few too many Singhas in Thailand. No problem, Vietnam giới is an excellent place to bring your holiday baông chồng on budget. Let’s see just how much money we can save you in Ho Chi Minc City.

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This famous church on HBT Hai bà Trưng is a striking sight, mix apart from the boutique shops & blvà cement buildings around it. The church was completed in 1876 and is still a popular spot for both parishioners & tourists alượt thích. The area also has a cool vibe, so be sure to lớn walk around after you’ve taken all your selfies.

Spover a night at Turtle Lake

Lake is a bit of a stretch for this landmark – pond would be more appropriate. At night, hundreds of people hang out on the strange cement structure, which is meant to be a fabled sword jabbing into lớn the bachồng of a turtle. This is a great spot for people-watching and street food.

Turtle Lake, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minch City, Vietnam


Wander around Bui Vien

Even if lewd businesses and rowdy backpackers aren’t your scene, Bùi Viện provides some of the weirdest sights you’ll find in this đô thị. The people running this street won’t be happy if you try lớn sit anywhere for không lấy phí, but the sidewalk is always available. Be careful with your belongings, though. This area is petty crime central.

Bùi Viện, Phạm Ngũ Lão Ward, District 1, TP HCM City, Vietnam


Pholớn op at the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

This is a must see in the city. It really is an impressive sầu building, and with the colossal trees in the adjoining park, you bởi vì feel a sense of old world charm. The inside of the church is not all that impressive sầu, so don’t worry if it’s closed.



The park itself isn’t all that big, but you’ll usually find it packed with young people taking a break from their studies at one of the nearby universities. Rumor has it that certain professors give assignments lớn their students to lớn find foreigners and chat with them to practice their English. This is a nice way khổng lồ get insights inlớn the lives of young people living in the city.

Look at Independence Palace through the fence

Getting inlớn the compound isn’t không tính tiền, but you can still take some nice pictures through the front gate. For history buffs, this is the exact gate that came crashing down when a tank rumbled through it during the Fall of Saigon.



If you’re at all bothered by aggressive sầu shopkeepers, then you should probably avoid this one. It’s interesting, but make no doubt about it, there will be women grabbing your arms và shouting at you in shrills voices khổng lồ come into their siêu thị. If you vì chưng find something you like, barter – and barter hard. A 30% markup for foreigners is pretty well expected.
While it is worth a visit, the Bến Thành Market is basically a tourist trap these days. To see a local market, stray over to District 5 & visit the An Đông Market. It’s hectic, stuffy, warm and about a 45 minute walk from Bùi Viện, so be prepared for a sweaty excursion.

Play đá cầu on Phạm Ngũ Lão

In the small park on Phạm Ngũ Lão, where all the coach buses drop off tourists, there are usually groups of young people playing đá cầu – also known as foot badminton. The birdie has feathers & a weight, but it doesn’t hurt your foot at all. The point is to keep the birdie in the air with creative sầu kicks. It’s a bit difficult at first, but it sure feels good when you l& a solid hit.

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Phạm Ngũ Lão, District 1, HCM City, Vietnam



Walk down Đề Thám Street to lớn the river

We see this all the time: Tourists who are looking to get away from Bùi Viện Street will turn down Đề Thám and try khổng lồ find the real Ho Chi Minc City. Then they come lớn the corner with Trần Hưng Đạo và just stop. After a few seconds of weighing their options, they turn around and head baông chồng lớn Bùi Viện. Don’t stop, though. Keep walking. It doesn’t look like much at first, but you will come lớn neat area that really isn’t touristy at all.

Đề Thám Street, District 1, TP HCM City, Vietphái mạnh


Take in Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street

At night, Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street is alive sầu with crowds out enjoying the cool evening air. There’s intriguing architecture, street artists and enough people-watching to lớn keep you happy for hours. Don’t bother in the middle of the day, though. It’s too hot and nobody’s there.

Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street, District 1, HCM City, Vietnam



If you’ve ever wondered what it would be lượt thích to shop for zippo lighters that were used by American soldiers in the Vietnam War, then the Dân Sinh Market is the place khổng lồ go. You can find patches, uniforms, equipment and all kinds of tools. The shopkeepers aren’t as pushy as they are at the Bến Thành Market, so it’s less stressful.

Stray over to Võ Duy Ninc Street

To see what a real Saigon backstreet looks lượt thích, we recommkết thúc you make your way lớn Võ Duy Ninc Street in Bình Thạnh District. The street is narrow, crowded and lined with shops selling food và all kinds of weird things. It’s a good walk from the touristy areas in District 1, though, so you might want to consider taking a taxi.

Võ Duy Ninh, Q. Bình Thạnh Ward, Sài Gòn City, Vietnam


After you’ve sầu had your fill of Võ Duy Ninh Street, make the short hike over to lớn the Thủ Thiêm Bridge khổng lồ see one of the best views of the downtown skyline. We recommover you bởi vì this in the early evening because the buildings light up with spectacular colors. This is a very popular spot for locals as well.

Stroll through Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is loaded with seedy mát xa places & little backalley haunts. This neighborhood has a distinct vibe, and if you’re a night owl type, then there’s plenty khổng lồ keep you entertained. You might get a sense of criminality, but it’s actually safe.

Little Tokyo, Lê Thánh Tôn Street, District 1, HCM City, Vietnam


Take in the sights and sounds of Tôn Thất Đạm Street

Hiding in the shadow of the Tập Đoàn Bitexco Tower, Tôn Thất Đạm Street is a lively little market that seems lượt thích a holdout from a different Saigon, lined with stalls selling every kind of Vietnamese fruit & vegetable. This street is as dingy as it is colorful, và we love it.

Tôn Thất Đạm Street, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam


Visit the Flagpole as you walk along the Saigon river

We recommend you start at the Trần Hưng Đạo statue near the Bach Dang Pier & make your way south. To be honest, the river and the far bank are nothing special, but the cool breeze & the buildings of downtown Saigon sure are. There’s the Majestic, which was featured in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (1955), as well as the Colonial City Hall down at the kết thúc of Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street. The flagpole is the same one the French used to signal ships on the river well over a hundred years ago.

Flagpole, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


A bit farther down Võ Vnạp năng lượng Kiệt Street and you’ll find a bridge designed by Gustave sầu Eiffel. The bridge is a popular phokhổng lồ spot for young couples & provides for nice views of the downtown.

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If you haven’t had your fill of walking, then check out one of the miễn phí walking tours offered by university students and non-profits. A quiông chồng search online và you’ll find numerous such tours. The guides are usually university students looking to lớn practice their English.


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