Exciting Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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 the colonial era, which explains the wide, tree-lined boulevards and frequent parklands. On a visit to Saigon you could spend all your time in District 1 exclusively and never ...
markets | Ho Chi Minh City
This bunker-like building on Yersin Street near Saigon's backpacker area in District 1 sells army gear, boots, gas masks, electronics and even imported industrial equipment. Find anything you might need for a camping trip, a military dress party or a burgeoning private army. Mostly a hassle-free, surplus-shopping experience, Yersin market, ...
architecture | Ho Chi Minh City
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 be greeted by statues looming at the end of a long walkway. The vast cemetery ...
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
The newest centre for bargains in HCMC, the Russian Market, like its name implies, caters to visitors from Russia. Boasting the largest stock of discounted winter gear in Saigon, you can renew your wardrobe of ski jackets and accessories at a fraction of the cost back home. The merchandise is ...

Premier museums in Ho Chi Minh City

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...