Exciting Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Todays' point of interest 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 point of interest in Ho Chi Minh City

  • District 1

    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 ...

  • Dong Khoi street

    Formerly known as Rue Catinat during the French colonial days and Tu Do in the 1960s, this street was reborn during Doi Moi as the centre of Saigon’s commercial and shopping district. Local boutiques compete with international brands, and restaurants ...

  • District 9 & Binh Thanh

    Venturing into Saigon's District 9 and Binh Thanh district allows you to catch a glimpse of daily Vietnamese life. It's a great place to soak up the atmosphere and browse through markets, cafes, tailors and houses that double as shops. ...

  • District 5

    More popularly known as Cho Lon, this is Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown. Unfortunately, it is decidedly less Chinese than it used to be due to the anti-Chinese campaign in the late 70's when many fled the country. Saigon's District ...

  • District 3

    Bordering District 1 in the centre of Saigon, District 3 is quieter, more local and a touch more scenic than its disorderly neighbour. The tree-lined avenues snake around a smattering of foreign embassies, French colonial buildings and up and coming ...

  • Pham Ngu Lao Street

    Saigon's version of Bangkok backpacker haunt Khaosan Road, Pham Ngu Lao Street in Saigon is a convenient place to find cheap accommodation, food and nightlife. With a plethore of bars and restaurants, Pham Ngu Lao Street is popular with tourists ...

  • District 10 & 11

    Saigon's Districts 10 and 11 are little visited by tourists, but they are gaining popularity with working foreigners as a place to live due to the areas' proximity to HCMC's centre. These districts move at a slower pace than downtown ...

  • District 2 & 7

    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, attracting a healthy Western expat ...