Exciting Saigon

Todays' museums and attractions in Saigon/HCMC

District 1 is the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Most travellers will spend the majority of their time here. Home to most of the major sights and an expanding number of bars and restaurants, District 1 was designed by French architects during their rule, which explains the wide tree-lined boulevards. On a visit to Saigon you could spend all your time in District 1 exclusively and never want for any restaurant, ...
architecture Ho Chi Minh City
One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Even ...
markets Ho Chi Minh City
Binh Tay Market is the central market of Cho Lon, the Chinese district in Saigon. A mix of French and Chinese architecture, this market, built in 1928, is the largest in Ho Chi Minh City, spanning four blocks. The new market was built by a Chinese businessman after the old ...
markets Ho Chi Minh City
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 are particularly intense. There are cheaper markets in town, but Ben Thanh's history and central ...
architecture Ho Chi Minh City
Inaugurated in October 2010, the 262.5 metre high Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Vietnam. Located in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City's business and entertainment core, the tower has 68 floors, a 50th floor helipad, and 3 basements. And on the 49th floor, Saigon Skydeck ...

Premier museums in Ho Chi Minh City

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • National History Museum

    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 ...

  • War Remnants Museum

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Museum

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...