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.