If you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and have just a couple of days for sightseeing, here are some of the greatest landmarks and must-sees of Saigon.

What to see in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi MInh City is a popular travel destination, famous for its colonial charm and buzzing city life. Your choice of sightseeing in Saigon is what you pick from a broad variety of landmarks of different time periods. Saigon offers a range of parks, temples, museums and other attractions to fill your day.

Architectural landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City
No visitor of Saigon can evade the beautiful buildings from the colonial era. Every landmark tells a history, and every background story adds to your sightseeing experience. The city hall of Saigon is right at the center and built by the same man that created the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you cannot miss it.

The Central Post Office and the cathedral Notre Dame de Saigon, are just next to each other. Tourists can cover both of them in one go, and while the interior of the post office is enthralling like a window to the marvels of the colonial era, the cathedral is more interesting from outside, originally built with material imported from France. Other sights in Ho Chi Minh City that tell a history, are the widely known Reunification Palace, the scene of the final showdown that marked the fall of Saigon and the end of the American war in 1975, and the Saigon Opera House, built in 1897, nowadays the prime location where classical operas and concerts are held.

Famous markets to see in Saigon
No tour in Ho Chi Minh City is complete without a stop at one of the famous traditional markets. Ben Thanh market is the most well-known one, closely followed by Yersin market and Binh Tay market. One of the less known markets, but definitely worth a visit, is Chợ Nguyễn Tri Phương, the biggest traditional market in Saigon’s District 10. An Dong market in District 5 is also an interesting sight, especially if you plan to visit a tailor. It’s the biggest fabric market in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the big flower markets is in District 10 as well, one of the must-sees in Saigon if you love vibrant colors.

Museums in Ho Chi Minh City
To experience the history of Vietnam, visiting a museum is always a good idea. Especially during rainy season, the one or two hours you spend in a museum are better invested than sitting out the rain in a café. Very famous sightseeing spots include the War Remnants Museum, the Women’s Museum and the Fine Arts Museum.

Parks to visit in Saigon
If all the sightseeing and traveling around Ho Chi Minh City gets you tired, relax at one of the beautiful parks. Tao Dan park is probably one of the most beautiful parks in District 1 and you will see many Vietnamese jogging, playing badminton or relaxing on the benches in the shadow. The Saigon Zoo is a great option if you are traveling with children. Can Gio National Park is a nice destination as well, if you like to get away into the green.

Pagodas and temples in Ho Chi Minh City
The temples and pagodas are a wonderful opportunity to experience the culture of Saigon. For more information about including religious landmarks into your travel itinerary, please read here: What to see: Temples and Pagodas.

What to See in Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 - Point of Interest - Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 - Point of Interest - Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

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 ...

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District 2 & 7

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 ...

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District  5 or Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown

District 5 or Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown

The District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City, more popularly known as Cho Lon, is the 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 ...

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Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

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 building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Sightseeing & Shopping Even if you don't have a bundle ...

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Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai Pagoda)

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The famous central Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels. Erected exclusively with materials imported from France, it is one of the most popular things to see in Ho Chi Minh City for tourists, along with Ben Thanh Market and the Reunification Palace. The official name of the church ...

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23/9 Park

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Ben Thanh Traditional Market

Ben Thanh Market is the most famous shopping destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring every type of souvenir the spending traveler desires to buy. The attraction is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important landmark of the city. Bargain for the Best Deals Ho Chi Minh City's traditional Ben Thanh Market sells everything ...

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National History Museum

National History Museum

Established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot, the Saigon National History Museum is in a building that typifies Indochinese architecture. One of many museums in Ho Chi Minh City, this site offers a range of artifacts from Vietnam’s long history, and is a great attraction on your sightseeing itinerary. If you are interested in the past of a ...

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Saigon Botanic & Zoological Garden

Saigon Botanic & Zoological Garden

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, also called the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the world and a popular attraction for locals and tourists. Located on Nguyen Binh Khiem in District 1, it features a range of animals including rare snakes and birds. Besides hosting animals and plants, there are two fascinating monuments ...

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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

The largest Mahayana pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, a center for Buddhist beliefs and practices, and one of the city's most beautiful tourist attractions, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a must see when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. “Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm” (literally “Ever Solemn”) was built over a span of seven years, from 1964 to 1971. The complex, an area ...

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District 2 & 7

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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 ...

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Wildlife at Risk

Wildlife at Risk

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 are confiscated from the illegal animal trade. The Station is the first multi-species wildlife hospital and holding facility in southern Vietnam. Inside, you will find ...

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Yersin Market

Yersin Market

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, aka Dan Sinh Market, provides the goods you need without ...

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Xa Loi Pagoda

Xa Loi Pagoda

Xa Loi Pagoda lies in Saigon's District 3 on a plot of 2500 square metres. It is famous for its 32m-tall bell tower, the largest in Vietnam. A large statue of Gautama Buddha dominates the shrine. Xa Loi Pagoda served as the HQ of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association until 1981. The temple's name derives from the Vietnamese translation for 'sarira' ...

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Huyen Sy Church

Huyen Sy Church

Over 100 years old, Huyen Sy Church is the oldest and second largest Catholic church in Saigon. It was named after Huyen Sy, grandfather of queen Nam Phuong, the wife of Vietnam's last king. He died in 1900 before the building was completed. Off the nave are the tombs of Mr. and Mrs. Huyen Sy. The church is a tranquil ...

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Fine Arts Museum

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 rulers. The third floor shows older works from Vietnam's history. Check out the antique working elevator that slowly glides its ...

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City Hall

City Hall

In the centre of HCMC, at the end of Nguyen Hue, sits the magnificent office of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. Completed in 1908 by the French, the former Hotel de Ville's design is based on the Paris original. It remains as one of the most stunning colonial monuments especially when floodlit at night. Make sure to visit ...

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Dong Khoi street

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.

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Pham Ngu Lao Area

Pham Ngu Lao Area

Commonly called “Pho Tay” (street of foreigners), Pham Ngu Lao area in Saigon is a convenient place to find cheap accommodation, food and nightlife. Located in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, “Pho Tay” comprises of numerous thoroughfares, including De Tham, Bui Vien, and Do Quang Dao streets. This area is a familiar address for literally everyone from low-budget travelers ...

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Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

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 building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Sightseeing & Shopping Even if you don't have a bundle ...

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District 3

District 3

WHAT TO DO IN D3? Located right next to District 1 in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, District 3 is a great destination if you are looking for something other than a crowded, busy and fancy neighborhood. You will find that life in this Ho Chi Minh City district moves at a slower pace. Covered with tall trees ...

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Cu Chi Tunnels

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 the tunnel system large enough for a 40kg person have been widened to cater for larger bodies, but it's still ...

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The Archbishop's Palace

The Archbishop's Palace

With its imposing exterior, replete with wooden shutters and balconies, the Archbishop's Palace is said to be the oldest house in Ho Chi Minh City. Originally built in 1790 for the French Bishop of Adran, it was relocated in 1946 to its current site and last renovated in 1980. This colonial wonder is one of the best maintained examples of ...

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Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

The Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda was built by the Chaozhou Chinese population of Ho Chi Minh City. Hidden behind a sinister-looking gate, it is noteworthy for its gilded woodwork: a carved wooden boat hangs over the entrance and to the left is a large representation of Quan Cong's horse and groom. At the ornate altar, greet Quan Cong himself, ...

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Martyrs' Cemetery

Martyrs' Cemetery

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 is dotted with trees that provide respite from the burning ...

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Mariamman Hindu Temple

Mariamman Hindu Temple

With a colourful facade that jumps out amongst less ornate neighbours, Saigon's Mariamman Hindu Temple seems out of context. Inside, the atmosphere is lively and the powerful smell of incense hangs in the air. The temple is named after the goddess Mariamman, worshipped for miraculous powers including curing heat-based diseases and helping people find good spouses. There are two other ...

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Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda

Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda

Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda is located in Saigon's Chinatown. Built between 1939 and 1942 by Cantonese immigrants, this is one of the few Taoist pagodas in Vietnam. It is unique for its colourful statues of Taoist disciples. The main altar features a Yin and Yang symbol. Upstairs is a 150cm high statue of Chinese philosopher Lao Tse with a ...

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Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda

Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda

Tam Son Hoi Quan is a quiet pagoda located on a small street. The interior is loaded with beautiful ornamental figures, so bring your camera. The temple was built in the 19th Century by the Fujian Congregation in Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown. You may wonder why most of the visitors to the temple are women. It is because the pagoda ...

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District  5 or Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown

District 5 or Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown

The District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City, more popularly known as Cho Lon, is the 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 ...

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Thien Hau Pagoda

Thien Hau Pagoda

Also known as Chua Ba, this beautiful Saigon pagoda was built by the Chinese in the early 19th century. It is one of the most active temples in Cho Lon and has an otherworldly atmosphere owing to the smoking rings of swirling incense and majestic interior furnishings. It is dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the sea and protector of ...

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Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai Pagoda)

Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai Pagoda)

The 100 year-old Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of Saigon's most famous religious buildings. Put this atmospheric Cantonese pagoda, built in 1909, at the top of your HCMC attractions visiting list. The Jade Emperor, heaven's gatekeeper, watches over an incense-filled room while hidden chambers harbour woodcarvings and altars depicting scenes from Taoist and Buddhist myths. One hall houses the go-to ...

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Women's Museum

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 invaluable contributions of women to the fight for Vietnamese independence. Check out the library and boutique. The Women's Museum is ...

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Tan Dinh Church

Tan Dinh Church

Tan Dinh Church, or in Vietnamese, Nha Tho Tan Dinh, was built by the French in the early 20th century. Set in the heart of HCMC's Tan Dinh fabric market, the church is easy to spot thanks to its bright pink color and Roman style architecture. Tan Dinh is the second largest church in Ho Chi Minh City after the ...

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Bitexco Financial Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower

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 has full, breathtaking panoramas of the city available for VND200,000. ...

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

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 Thanh, later known as Ho Chi Minh, began his struggle for independence here. The museum is open every day except ...

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Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market

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 location burned to the ground. A memorial to the founder ...

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Fito Museum

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 traditional pharmacy. The museum regularly screens a documentary about the history of medicine.   When in HCMC check out The ...

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Russian Market

Russian Market

The newest center for bargains in Ho Chi Minh City, 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 disorganized and may require some digging around, ...

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Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions. Saigon's Reunification Palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam's former President, Ngo Dinh Diem, during the American War. The official handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the place became a monument to that fateful date. The highlight is the basement that ...

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War Remnants Museum

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 and the last guillotine used in Vietnam. Located in Saigon's District 3, the War Remnants Museum makes for an enlightening ...

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District  10 & 11

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 ...

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Ky Dong Church

Ky Dong Church

Once encompassing an entire city block, HCMC's Ky Dong Church has been downsized. However, the compound is still broad and boasts a school, religious souvenir shop and garden. As it may not be worth a special trip, only visit if you are already in the area or have some time on your hands. During Catholic mass, the church is packed ...

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The Flower Market

The Flower Market

Show someone you care with flowers, available in HCMC by the bucketload at reasonable prices, depending on your bargaining skills. Even if you're not in the market to buy, strolling along the narrow flower-lined alleys is a pleasure in itself. The flowers, from daisies to marigolds to orchids, come from Dalat and Hanoi and the alleys are worlds away from ...

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The Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. The other one is the Hanoi Opera House. One of Ho Chi Minh City's most prominent landmarks, the Saigon Opera House was custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret. In 1955 it was transformed into South Vietnam's ...

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum

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 photographic record of the Revolution in Vietnam, beginning with the French and ending with the Americans. There is also a ...

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Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque (Central Mosque)

Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque (Central Mosque)

Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque is one of 12 mosques serving HCMC. Built in 1935, it was constructed for Saigonese worshipers from southern India, but now Muslims from as far as Pakistan and Indonesia come to worship. Naturally, Friday draws the biggest crowds. The shaded verandah and cool stone floors make it an ideal place to sit in the heat of ...

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Tao Dan Park

Tao Dan Park

An ideal urban green space, Tao Dan Park covers 10 hectares of Saigon and is home to over 1,000 big trees. Early in the morning the Tao Dan Park is filled with people exercising, walking, and practicing tai chi. Look for the replica of Nha Trang's Cham tower and Hung King Temple, both perfect for photos. On the east side ...

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Can Gio National Park

Can Gio National Park

A nature reserve full of restored mangrove forests and eco tourists, Can Gio National Park is a great place to see the wild outdoors and its inhabitants. Check out a pack of monkeys hollering from their wooden perch, slink by a swamp full of crocodiles or just post up in a hammock and take it all in. An ideal place ...

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Thanh Da Island

Thanh Da Island

Eight kilometres north of District 1, Thanh Da has lush greenery, a rural feel and a serenity that belies its proximity to HCMC. Explore a couple of tourist villages created by the Vietnamese government in the 1970s: Binh Quoi 1 and Binh Quoi 2. Both feature verdant gardens and restaurants. Rent a boat from Binh Quoi 2 to see the ...

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District 1 - Point of Interest - Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 - Point of Interest - Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

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 ...

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30-4 Park

30-4 Park

This small, shady, central HCMC park takes its name from Vietnam's Reunification Day as April 30 marked the fall of Saigon. It offers a cool respite courtesy of its tall trees and it connects Reunification Palace with Notre Dame Cathedral. A hub of activity and a popular gathering place for locals, 30-4 Park is a splendid place to people watch. ...

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District 9 & Binh Thanh

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

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Exploring the Hidden Charm

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Whether you’re a long-term expat, Vietnamese traveller, newbie or just a passerby in Vietnam, certainly you’ve had interesting and remarkable experiences straddling the edge of a continent. There are 31 national parks, 3,260km of coastline, tropical lowlands, hills and densely forested highlands that leaves only 20% of the landmass as level ground. Surely, endless opportunities for...

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Local Insight: My Tho

Local Insight: My Tho

by Thoai Chau, Tony Nguyen & Ngoc Truong My Tho, once known as “Srock My Xo” in the old Khmer language, meaning “the place of beautiful girls”, is the capital city of the Tien Giang province and the gate to the Mekong, being the closest delta city to HCMC. Because of the nature of a river delta, it is advisable to avoid the wet season. The best time to visi...

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The Reunification Palace, stepping back in time

The Reunification Palace, stepping back in time

By the first half of the 1970s Vietnam was in the grip of the long and bloody war, fought between the People’s Army of Vietnam from the North backed by Viet Cong guerrillas and those of the South backed by American and other allied forces. On the 30th of April 1975 a tank from the northern forces broke through the gates of the then-called Independence Palace, signalling the end of a confl...

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10 Stunning Reasons to Visit Vietnam

10 Stunning Reasons to Visit Vietnam

Vietnam is far from perfect. It has its rough edges, its not so savoury moments. But it doesn’t hide them: it displays its quirks with a conscious pride. And for this, it’s like no other Southeast Asian country. Often called the country of contrasts, Vietnam is perfectly imperfect in its own way. Here are seven stunning reasons why. 1. Vietnam has a heart Vietnam does not have the...

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5 of The Best Views of Ho Chi Minh City As The Sun Goes Down

5 of The Best Views of Ho Chi Minh City As The Sun Goes Down

Some of the best views of Ho Chi Minh City are not necessarily where you might expect to find them. This is one of the most dramatic and vibrant cities in the world. Like most Asian capitals there is a sea change between day and night, as the street vendors change shifts, the shops wind down and the bars crank up. Some of the most drab looking buildings by day scrub up quite well at night; I gi...

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Pham Ngu Lao: The Changing Face of Saigon’s Backpacker District

Pham Ngu Lao: The Changing Face of Saigon’s Backpacker District

The whole industry of backpacking has exploded in recent years, with hundreds of holiday companies now vying for the very lucrative business of providing budget holidays to a mainly young clientele. The main aim of their target audience is, of course, to see those special places in the world that used to be the preserve of the ultra-rich. It is not so many years ago that the idea of a young stu...

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A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture

A O Show Saigon: A fascinating snapshot of Vietnamese culture

By Carmen & Jonah Ho Chi Minh City never struck me as a great place to see live performances. I always thought of it as a place to visit mainly for the historical aspect. Nope! Once again, Ho Chi Minh City proved us wrong. This time, while having a drink at Hotel Continental Saigon – we saw a bunch of people outside the Opera House I said to myself, “There must be a really goo...

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Family trip in Vietnam - Final Episode

Family trip in Vietnam - Final Episode

Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and adventures. Unl...

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Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 12: Can Gio Reserve

Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 12: Can Gio Reserve

Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and adventures. C...

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Saigon’s Famous Ben Thanh Market

Saigon’s Famous Ben Thanh Market

There’s a purplish tinge to the morning air. A fog surrounds Saigon’s famous Ben Thanh Market. Near its entrance, fitness buffs are engaged in a rousing choreography of gymnastics before the fierce afternoon heat strikes. Nearby, a speaker broadcasts a song praising Ho Chi Minh. I enter. A young salesman, cell phone glued to his ear, calls me: ‘Sir! Bun Bo Hue &ndash...

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A visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels

A visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a huge system of underground tunnels in the area of Củ Chi, one of the five suburban districts of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. They are located forty kilometers northwest of the city center and 25 km away from Tan Son Nhat Airport. The surrounding vegetation is lush. To access the famous tunnels and underground galleries dug by human hands, you must first traver...

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Lantern Galore at Saigon Sky Deck

Lantern Galore at Saigon Sky Deck

Saigon Sky Deck on 49th floor in Bitexco Financial Tower is organizing “Lantern Galore” event to celebrate the Mid-autumn festival from September 23rd to 30th. The event will display 200 hand-made lanterns created by participants at the tower’s restaurants during the week of the event. The best lanterns will also receive prizes such as dinner vouchers, Adidas shoes and backpac...

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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city

Before you set off for what could be one of your most memorable travelling experience to Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), do your homework reading City Pass’s Top 5 things to do in Saigon. Some further recommended readings for you are "Best time to visit Vietnam" and How to cross the street. If you time is limited, we invite you to read What to do in Saigon in one day and Things to do ...

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