There are more things to do in Ho Chi Minh City than travelers might imagine. While initial activities may consist of exploring historical landmarks, museums and motorbike-packed streets, as well as trying out the city’s various delicacies and favorite street eats, the bulk of Saigon’s activities remains to be discovered by new visitors.

Tours and excursions are must-dos for visitors stopping by for a day or two. Those planning to stay longer will be surprised to find plenty of activities besides sightseeing. Saigon’s nightlife is active every night of the week, with everything from low-key hipster bars to rooftop glamour lounges each sharing much appreciation among the city’s party-addicted crowd.

While bars, clubs and karaoke joints of Western and local variety reign supreme at night, things tend to tone down a bit during the day; Fortunately, activities are no less plentiful. Stop by the park for a quick read, play a variety of sports with the locals, join a live detective game, discover lesser-known districts like Cho Lon in District 5 (Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown), take a cooking or crafts class, experience the city’s massage parlours and much more.

Families will be happy to know there are numerous venues and activities that cater to all ages and sizes, including Ho Chi Minh City’s many malls, like Vincom Center and VivoCity, as well as cinemas with the latest Western movies and outdoor and indoor markets packed with interesting knick-knacks for both kids and parents.

Those planning on going suit or dress shopping and have a bit of time have the chance to get a bespoke suit crafted by a skilled tailor. Our guide on finding a tailor in Saigon should help you navigate the initially daunting task of getting great custom-made clothes.

Thanks to the city’s central location, many adventures await on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, offering endless weekend getaways possibilities. Madagui Forest City, only a few hours away, is nearly as large as a national park and contains camping grounds, team activities and many hiking trails. Beaches at Vung Tau and Phan Thiet are no more than several hours away and offer excellent opportunities for whiling away an afternoon kicking the sand and watching the waves.

Whether you’re a backpacker, expat or exploring with your family, you will never run out of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

What to Do in Ho Chi Minh City

A O Show

A O Show

A O Show is a unique blend of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, and theatrical visual drama, which depicts the beauty of Vietnam lives in villages and cities. Live traditional music which echoes of rural work songs, scenic and lighting design makes the A O Show, which performes at the historic Saigon Opera House, worth seeing when you visit Ho Chi ...

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Chats Slot Gaming Center - ITC

Chats Slot Gaming Center - ITC

The International Tourist Club (ITC) sits at the annex wing of New World Saigon Hotel, and features the Chats Slot Gaming Center and the Catwalk nightclub next door. Gaming centers in Vietnam are the name given to what we would call casinos in Europe or America. The difference is that there are no croupiers, no table in Vietnam: All is ...

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Saigon South Golf

Saigon South Golf is a nine-hole par 3 course situated behind FV hospital in HCMC's District 7, Phu My Hung. Perfect for a short jaunt onto the green, Saigon South is the closest course to District 1 and its executive style and professional facilities ensures that a day out will not be too time consuming. On site amenities include a ...

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Vietnam Vespa Adventures

Vietnam Vespa Adventures

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Gaming

Gaming

Care to try your luck? Along with independent venues, many of the top hotels have gaming rooms. Gambling is alive and well in Ho Chi Minh City, but only accessible to those with international passports. Slots, poker, roulette - name the game and you will find it in Saigon. Bear in mind, however, that most gaming involves electronic machines, not ...

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Bochang Dong Nai Golf Resort

Bochang Dong Nai Golf Resort

Fifty kilometres north of HCMC, Dong Nail is a 300-hectare golf resort that boasts a 27 hole course. The entire resort area covers some 260 hectares and is situated next to a 1,000 hectare natural lake, alongside which the first five holes of the 'A' course snake. Enjoy amenities such as a driving range, clubhouse, lockers and showers and a ...

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Sen Spa

Sen Spa

Nurturing in the pureness of nature, Sen Spa is a sanctuary for those who seek the ultimate Zen experience. Lose yourself in a sensory haven and wash away the pressures of Ho Chi Minh City life at Sen Spa.

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Start at the Rex Hotel on Nguyen Hue and go through the /median park, pausing at the statue of Ho Chi Minh. In front is City Hall. Turn right on Le Thanh Ton and walk to Dong Khoi. Turn left past boutiques and art studios. After two blocks, you will see Notre Dame Cathedral. Cut diagonally right to Saigon Central ...

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Nails

Nails

The beauty of appearance depends on style, fashion and confidence, from the top of your head to the tips of your perfectly painted toenails. Nails need care for health reasons, and colour just for fun. It's conceivable that the Vietnamese paint more foreign nails per capita than any other country. Standards are high in HCMC's nail salons and prices are ...

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An Lam Spa

An Lam Spa

Pamper yourself at An Lam Private Residences with a variety of treatments derived from the therapeutic traditions of Vietnam, Bali, China and India. An Lam Spa accommodates couples and families with a variety of options and packages. Book in to an exclusive spa treatment room that overlooks the river. Head back to the real world feeling rejuvenated with a tantalising ...

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The Spa at New World Saigon Hotel

The Spa at New World Saigon Hotel

The Spa at New World Saigon Hotel understands their customer base. The know the high-tension businessmen and women that stroll through their doors on the 2nd floor of the 5-star hotel feel a bit like Atlas sometimes, holding the world on their shoulders as they run from task to task with little time to unwind. City Pass sent a few of our ...

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South Asia Travel

South Asia Travel

Offering tours all over Vietnam (especially the Mekong Delta) and Cambodia, South Asia Travel provides affordable tours with customisable itineraries for the discerning traveler.

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Chats Slot Gaming Center - ITC

Chats Slot Gaming Center - ITC

The International Tourist Club (ITC) sits at the annex wing of New World Saigon Hotel, and features the Chats Slot Gaming Center and the Catwalk nightclub next door. Gaming centers in Vietnam are the name given to what we would call casinos in Europe or America. The difference is that there are no croupiers, no table in Vietnam: All is ...

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A O Show

A O Show

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Bike Tours

Bike Tours

When we say bike, we don't mean the motorised kind. We're talking about pedal power, sans internal combustion engine. Free-wheeling from Ho Chi Minh City to the hills of Dalat or coastline of Phan Thiet gives a totally different perspective on Vietnam and provides a glimpse of Vietnamese rural life, smells included. In Saigon, check out Vietnam Bike Tours for ...

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Beauty

Beauty

Nurture the Vietnamese art of saving face in more ways than one by treating yourself to a purifying facial, new hairstyle or neck and shoulder massage. Beauty is big business in Vietnam and in Saigon you can find both renowned international brands like Yves Rocher, and Vietnamese brands made with local organic ingredients. Feel great about yourself by caring for ...

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Dam Sen Water Park

Dam Sen Water Park

Dam Sen Water Park is a great way to beat the Saigon heat. Rides include water slides, a wave pool, and the terrifying twister space bowl that spins and dumps you on a soft mat. Once you're waterlogged, go next door to the Amusement Park. The park is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entrance fees vary depending on ...

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Equinox Fitness and Leisure Centre

Equinox Fitness and Leisure Centre

Equinox Fitness and Leisure Centre in Ho Chi Minh City's Hotel Equatorial is a professionally managed health and fitness club featuring fully equipped gym, sauna, massage and Jacuzzi. Good news for early birds as the Centre operates from 5:00 am to midnight. Splash about in the refreshing swimming pool and bask on the beautiful sun deck, open to members, hotel ...

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Vietnam Vespa Adventures

Vietnam Vespa Adventures

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The Spa at The Reverie Saigon

The Spa at The Reverie Saigon

The Spa, together with the fitness centre, encompasses 1,200 square metres (12,900 square feet) of the 6th and 7th floors of The Reverie Saigon. Within this space are 10 treatment rooms - four for couples and six for individual therapies - each with city and river views. Steam and sauna facilities, as well as a beauty salon, round out the ...

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Dancing

Dancing

So you think you can dance? There are a number of places to dance, or learn how to in Ho Chi Minh City. From Salsa to Swing, ballet to belly dancing, Saigon can dance. On Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm try Cafe Molinari at 5 Le Duan for a free basic swing class. Drop by La Salsa at 212 Nguyen ...

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Cai Luong

Cai Luong

A traditional form of folk music, Cai Luong is similar to Western operettas. Performers wear spectacularly ornate costumes and makeup and sing and dance their way through comedies and dramatic storylines. The unique sound combines guitars and Dan Kim, a traditional stringed instrument. There are modern and ancient forms of Cai Luong, both of which emphasise Vietnamese moral values such ...

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Boat Tours

Boat Tours

For a different perspective of Ho Chi Minh City, splurge on a trip with Les Rives. There are daily scheduled journeys to the Cu Chi Tunnels that exchange the standard bumpy bus ride for a one hour scenic speed boat voyage up the Saigon River. A private English-speaking guide ensures a leisurely pace, and your day is capped by a ...

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Best Karaoke and KTV

Best Karaoke and KTV

The Vietnamese take their singing seriously, so if you are a keen crooner, belter, screamer or wailer, check out some of Ho Chi Minh City's karaoke bars. Prices average between VND100,000 to VND120,000 per hour, depending on the room size. Drinks and snacks are available. A few brews or inspired cheerleading from enthusiastic hostesses may help motivate you to take ...

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Menard Spa

Menard Spa

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Water Puppets

Water Puppets

Though not having originated in Saigon and south Vietnam, this lively theatre performance/art form swaps the traditional stage for water. The water puppets glide, float, fly, swim and perform short folk tales and stories accompanied by a traditional orchestra. Puppeteers sing and bring the characters to life. Although the performances are in Vietnamese there is enough going on with all ...

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Hair Salons

Hair Salons

Get your locks washed, snipped and coiffed to perfection at one of HCMC's world-class hair salons. For men, pavement barbers do a precise cheap cut, but for western styles, comfort and attention, stick to the fine salons and choose male stylists if possible. Men can pay less than VND100,000 for a wash and haircut. For women, salons of international standard ...

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Diamond Plaza Bowling

Diamond Plaza Bowling

Typifying a modern, noisy and fun bowling alley, Diamond Plaza Bowling in Saigon's Distric 1 has state of the art machines, 24 wide lanes and your choice of bumpers or no-nonsense gutters. Lanes are priced by the hour and you can rent socks and shoes, good news if you showed up in flip-flops. After a game or two, throw down ...

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Massage

Massage

Massage therapy is an ancient medical practise. The skin, endowed with multiple nerve endings, is the largest organ in the human body. Ancient therapists realised that massage effectively invigorates soft tissue and helps to achieve relaxation. This knowledge is entrenched in the Vietnamese culture, with all variations of massage therapy available in HCMC. Whether you seek Vietnamese traditional, Thai, Swedish, ...

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Song Be Golf Resort

Song Be Golf Resort

Twenty-two km north of Saigon, Song Be Golf Resort features the first international standard championship course in Vietnam. Lakes, tree-lined fairways and subtly undulating greens await you. The 27 hole course offers a challenge for any level of golfer. The three 9 hole sections are named Lotus, Palm and Desert for their surrounding features. Knock some balls at the driving ...

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Saigon South Golf

Saigon South Golf

Saigon South Golf is a nine-hole par 3 course situated behind FV hospital in HCMC's District 7, Phu My Hung. Perfect for a short jaunt onto the green, Saigon South is the closest course to District 1 and its executive style and professional facilities ensures that a day out will not be too time consuming. On site amenities include a ...

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Vegas Club

Vegas Club

Vegas Club is one of our Top 10 Casinos in Saigon. Located inside Caravelle Hotel in the heart of Saigon, Vegas Club is an electronic gaming venue that offers the latest in modern slots with the most frequent mystery jackpot hits in Ho Chi Minh City. Other games include VIP roulette and international game tables such as baccarat and blackjack. ...

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The Escape Hunt Experience

The Escape Hunt Experience

The experience is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Ho Chi Minh City. There are 3 games, each game with 2 identical rooms – 'Murder in the palace', 'Blackmail in the bar' and 'Kidnapping at the opera'. ...

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Club 9 E - gaming

Club 9 E - gaming

Club 9 E-gaming is a cosmopolitan gaming club in a vibrant and high-energy environment. Located only 5 minutes from Tan Son Nhat International airport, Club 9 is one of the newest and largest e-gaming clubs in town.   Club 9 provides a new wave of gaming experience with state-of-the-art technology from multi-denomination roulette machine to all time favorite table games ...

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Galaxy Cinema

Galaxy Cinema

Galaxy Cinema Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City’s original big cinema chain since 2005. Movies include American blockbusters (with Vietnamese subtitles), foreign films (again, with Vietnamese subtitles), 3D movies and, of course, Vietnamese flicks. Two of the theaters reside in District 1, one in District 6, one in the Go Vap district, and one in the Tan Binh district. Galaxy ...

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Club Royale

Club Royale

Club Royale Casino and Bar is a luxurious entertainment complex located on two floors of the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon. It includes a music bar, a karaoke and a gaming center (name given to casinos in Ho Chi Minh City). Joker, the gaming centre, delivers excitement above the odds: It features over 70 slot gaming machines with the most updated ...

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Vietnam Bike Tours

Vietnam Bike Tours

Cycle the Mekong, climb mountains on dirt roads or cruise bustling Saigon by bicycle. Vietnam Bike Tours offers offbeat group or private tours to the real heart of Vietnam. First class on two wheels, this company provides treks that are truly unique experiences including tours to Cambodia, Thailand and multi-country excursions. Enjoy yourself, but be sure to look out for ...

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T's Spa Lounge

T's Spa Lounge

Located smack dab in downtown HCMC, T's Spa Lounge provides a selection of high standard body care and skin treatment. Therapies include facials, body scrubs and wraps, aquatherapy and packages. Yoga is also offered. Especially recommended is the hot stone body massage that will unravel any knots you may have accrued after a long day's sightseeing in Saigon. Like its namesake ...

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Q Spa and Salon

Q Spa and Salon

For the last seven years, Q Spa & Salon has been providing the highest level of service to both tourists and the business and local community of HCMC. Set in a beautiful French villa on one of Saigon's most charming and well traversed roads, the combination of Indochine ambience, old world charm and staff expertise will transform you completely. Try ...

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Huong Sen Spa on Huynh Van Banh Street

Huong Sen Spa on Huynh Van Banh Street

There’s no tipping in Huong Sen Spa for two very smart reasons: peace of mind and equal treatment. When a customer is getting a foot massage or a deep-cleansing facial, the last thing she needs to think about is how much to tip based on the masseuse’s performance. Customers should remember the experience, not what they paid for it. Since ...

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The Landmark Health Club

The Landmark Health Club

Those looking to keep fit in Ho Chi Minh City need to look no further than this fully equipped health club. Equally popular with Vietnamese and expatriates living in the city, the club offers a rooftop swimming pool, an international squash court, male and female changing areas and saunas along with weekly classes in the fitness studio. Located on the ...

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Grand Club

Grand Club

Visit the brand-new gaming club in the classic Grand Hotel, equipped with a wide range of the latest electronic gaming machines to keep you enthralled during your play. Open to foreign passport-holders only, the Grand Club rewards loyalty players with its Platinum, Gold and Silver memberships that offer exclusive promotions, valuable complimentary offers, free play vouchers and more.

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Vietnam Golf and Country Club

Vietnam Golf and Country Club

Ho Chi Minh City's most popular and accessible golf course, Vietnam Golf and Country Club is the country's first 36 hole course. The club caters to golfers of all levels. Part of the Ho Chi Minh Golf Trail, the Vietnam Golf and Country Club is just 20 kilometers from central Saigon. Situated on a natural layout of 300 hectares, the ...

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Indochine Spa

Indochine Spa

Situated in the heart of Saigon near the corner of Thu Khoa Huan and Nguyen Du, Indochine Spa provides clients with a serene atmosphere of aromatic scents and lulling melodies. Customers are pampered by qualified therapists in an Indochine style environment. Treatment options include Vietnamese traditional massage, body, feet and face care, steam bath and scrubs. One hundred percent natural ...

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XO Tours

XO Tours

Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Saigon and Vietnam from the back of a motorbike with XO Tours. Female tour guides in traditional Vietnamese ao dai take you around town for an insider's look into life in Ho Chi Minh City. XO Tours offers four unique day or night motorbike tours and will definitely provide an experience that ...

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Saigontourist Travel Service

Saigontourist Travel Service

Saigontourist provides quality tailor-made excursions and daily coach tours around Ho Chi Minh City and other parts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Services include classic tours, beach leisure and relaxation, trekking, mountain retreats and more. Whether you need help booking domestic or international air tickets, hotel or resort rooms or an interpreter, Saigontourist can help. Their professional services, enthusiastic ...

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Saigon Street Eats

Saigon Street Eats

Fun and friendly small group tours that take you off the tourist trail to eat – and laugh – like a local. Explore Vietnamese food and culture on a morning walking tour or one of their evening eating adventures.

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CGV Cinemas in Ho Chi Minh city

CGV Cinemas in Ho Chi Minh city

CGV Cinemas delivers a premium movie going experience with ten cinemas in some of the foremost shopping centres of Ho Chi Minh City. Originating from Korea, CGV Cinemas is the newest chain of movie theatres in Saigon, and they are rapidly expanding. Choose between standard theatre seats, a lovebox (specially designed chairs for couples) and private VIP screening rooms for ...

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Vietnam Cookery Center

Vietnam Cookery Center

When in HCMC learn the secrets of Vietnamese gastronomy with a hands-on cooking course. Meet your instructor chef at Ben Thanh Market and discover local produce. Then head out to the school to master authentic Vietnamese cooking. The classes, held inside the school's spacious 1930s colonial building, are fun, relaxed and delicious. What better memory to take home from Saigon ...

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Les Rives - Operated by Saigon River Express

Les Rives - Operated by Saigon River Express

Let us take you on a journey to some of the world’s most significant sites. Visit the historical Cu Chi Tunnels, the laidback backwaters of the lussh Mekong Delta and the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve. Les Rives specializes in offering authentic experiences in areas that can only be accessed via the region’s scenic waterways. Cruise between verdant rice paddies ...

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VJT Adventures

VJT Adventures

Take a unique adventure tour of Saigon and surrounding areas in restored US army Jeeps. Feel the wind in your hair while passing by historical spots of the city, driving through rubber plantations on the way to Cu Chi Tunnels or gliding by rice paddies in the Mekong Delta.

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Intrepid Travel Vietnam

Intrepid Travel Vietnam

Uncover back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights with Intrepid Travel. Intrepid provides outings to the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels along with other unforgettable adventures in and out of Ho Chi Minh City. In Vietnam, Intrepid Travel operates in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

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T & I Golf Club

T & I Golf Club

Located in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7, this school offers classes for looking to improve their golf game. If you have a budding pro in your family or just want to improve your handicap, T & I have instructors are qualified and experienced to fit all levels of play. Their teachers have over five years in teaching experience in ...

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