Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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This seven-tier pagoda is revered as the home of a Buddha relic and a Buddhist publishing centre. Built in 1956, the pagoda was the centre of opposition in 1963 when 400 monks and nuns were arrested for civil disobedience. Thich Quang Duc, one of the monks to protest by self-immolation, has a memorial nearby. Check out the 32m-tall bell tower, the largest in Vietnam.   Xa Loi Pagoda lies in Saigon's District 3 on a ...
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 ...
Put this atmospheric Cantonese pagoda, built in 1909, at the top of your HCMC temple visiting list. The Jade Emperor, heaven's gatekeeper, watches over an incense-filled room while hidden chambers harbour woodcarvings and altars depicting ...
Wildlife At Risk (WAR) is a non-profit organisation based in Ho Chi Minh City. The group aims to ensure the long-term conservation of Vietnam's threatened biodiversity. Its Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station rescues animals that ...

Premier point of interest in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pham Ngu Lao Area

    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 and locals alike looking for a cheap night out.

  • 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 was designed by French architects during the colonial era, which explains the wide, tree-lined boulevards and frequent parklands. On a ...

  • 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 litter the street set in beautifully restored French colonial buildings.

  • 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 community. In the past, it was one of the poorest parts of the city and still has ramshackle areas that ...

  • 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 dining venues competing with District 1's historical advantage. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, the largest in HCMC, and Xa Loi Pagoda are ...

  • 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 Saigon. Within its confines and worth visiting are Hoa Bien Park and the Vietnam National Pagoda. Some attractions in the ...

  • District 9 & Binh ...

    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. It's less hectic and more affordable than HCMC's centre. Check out Thanh Da Island in Binh Thanh and Martyrs' Cemetery ...

  • 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 5 is home to the largest market in Vietnam, a deluxe shopping mall and charming Chinese pagodas such as Nghia ...

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