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The largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of modern influence and traditional Japanese and Vietnamese culture. It is home to a sanctuary and a seven-floor, 40-metre high tower. People come here to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha himself, and Samantabhadra, the Lord of Truth and Manjusri. Make sure to leave time to visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda when sightseeing in Saigon. Saigon's Vinh Nghiem Pagoda was built between 1964 and 1971 ...
A nature reserve full of restored mangrove forests and eco tourists, Can Gio National Park is a great place to see the wild outdoors and its inhabitants. Check out a pack of monkeys hollering from ...
District 2, also known as An Phu and Thao Dien, is about a 20 minute drive northeast of Saigon's centre. District 2 is a rapidly changing area with modern and luxurious villas springing up everywhere, ...
Halfway between HCMC and Bien Hoa is the Martyrs' Cemetery, dedicated to the memory of those who sacrificed themselves for national liberation in the American War. You enter the grounds through a large wall to ...
Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh Market sells everything in a packed grid. Clothes and fabric in front give way to kitchenware and souvenirs, backing on to food and produce. Be prepared as sellers here ...

Premier museums in Ho Chi Minh City

  • National History M...

    Established in the 1920s as the Musee Louis Finot, the Saigon's National History Museum is in a building which typifies Indochinese architecture. Occupying an area of more than 2,000 square metres, the museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people with displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Display text is written in Vietnamese, English and French. When in HCMC, make ...

  • Fine Arts Museum

    The Fine Arts Museum of HCMC is set inside an exquisite French colonial villa. The first floor hosts rotating exhibits of contemporary art and the second floor features sketches, paintings and statues, many of which focus on resistance to colonial rulers. The third floor shows older works from Vietnam's history. Check out the antique working elevator that slowly glides its ...

  • Women's Museum

    Dedicated to Vietnamese women, the Women's Museum in Saigon has exhibitions covering three floors and focuses on ethnic dress, jewellery and women's struggles. The museum is well laid out with signs in English and there is a tour showcasing the invaluable contributions of women to the fight for Vietnamese independence. Check out the library and boutique. The Women's Museum is ...

  • Ho Chi Minh City M...

    Built around 1885, this elegant yet understated building has been called, at various times, the French High Commissioner's Office, Gia Long Palace, the Supreme Court, the Revolutionary Museum and finally the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. It contains a photographic record of the Revolution in Vietnam, beginning with the French and ending with the Americans. There is also a ...

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi Tunnels are a vast network of underground tunnels from the 1940s, expanded by guerrilla Viet Cong during the American War. The tunnels were hiding places, as well as communication and supply routes, hospitals and living quarters. Sections of the tunnel system large enough for a 40kg person have been widened to cater for larger bodies, but it's still ...

  • War Remnants Museu...

    HCMC's War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses provocative displays of weapons and photographs. Established in 1975, the War Remnants Museum focuses on remnants including U.S. armoured vehicles, a fighter jet, a tank, bombs, infantry weapons and the last guillotine used in Vietnam. Located in Saigon's District 3, the War Remnants Museum makes for an enlightening ...

  • Fito Museum

    The Fito Museum in Saigon is the first museum of Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 items dating back to the Stone Age. Exhibits include tools used to prepare medicine, knives, mortars and pestles, documents and objects from a traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine.   When in HCMC check out The ...

  • Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Once a French shipping company known as Dragon House Wharf, the Ho Chi Minh Museum hosts an eclectic collection of the former leader's possessions. On display are Uncle Ho's sandals and radio, among other items. Twenty-one year old Nguyen Tat Thanh, later known as Ho Chi Minh, began his struggle for independence here. The museum is open every day except ...

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