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Named after Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, the city formerly known as Saigon has emerged from its darkest days to become one of Asia's most exciting cities. It boasts vibrant street life, handsome buildings, and warm weather all year round. But what are the best things to do in this interesting city?

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Cu Chi Tunnels

How did the Americans lose the Vietnam War? Your guide will lead you through hidden trap-doors to explore the Cu Chi tunnels that helped thwart the US army at every turn.

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Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theatre)

Modelled on the Petit Palais in Paris, this striking example of French Colonial architecture is easy to reach and regularly hosts some of the city's best concerts.

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Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office still operates, though it also serves as one of the city's top attractions, having been designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel.

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Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

Pilgrims flocked to this beautiful basilica in 2005 when its Virgin Mary statue was reported to have shed tears. We're sceptical, but there are better reasons to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, such as its superior architecture!

Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

Originally built to demonstrate Vietnam's strength in the wake of Independence, it was torn down, replaced, and eventually renamed Reunification Palace after the fall of Saigon.

Pham Ngu Lao Street

Though known as the backpacker district, the bustling Pham Ngu Lao Street attracts people from all walks of life with its bounty of clothing, war memorabilia, and other merchandise.

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War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum paints a vivid – and often disturbing – picture of the country's 20th-century struggles. It's a must for anyone hoping to understand Vietnam's complex history.

Dam Sen Park

With lakes, gardens, and so much more beyond the rides, Dam Sen is the perfect amusement park for people who don't like amusement parks, as well as those that do!

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Jade Emperor Pagoda

With its ornate carvings and constant aura of incense smoke, this is the pagoda to see if you've only time for one. Be sure to look over its gorgeous courtyard from the roof!

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Located in the old Gia Long Palace, photographs and artefacts offer an exemplary account of Vietnam's bloody past. It's uncompromising without being gratuitous.

Planning Your Ho Chi Minh City Visit

How to get to Ho Chi Minh City from the airport?

The cheapest way to get to the city is by taking bus 152 near the arrivals exit. It costs extra if your luggage weighs over 10kg, but will take you all the way downtown to the bus station near Cho (market) Ben Tanh. Taxis are located to the left of the terminal. Make sure you take a metered taxi and do not pay in any currency other than Vietnamese dong or you risk being ripped off.

Where to eat?

One of the most charming things about Ho Chi Minh City is how the low-cost street food can so often outperform its best restaurants. You'll find many good ones on Dong Khoi, the lively stretch of shops and bars between the river and cathedral.

Where to shop?

Ho Chi Minh City has several markets worth visiting as well as the aforementioned Pham Ngu Lao Street. The two largest are Cho Ben Tanh and Cho Lon. Cho Lon – the Chinese market – has a dazzling array of goods on offer and is the least touristy of the two. Ben Tanh is also fun to visit, and better regulated, with less knock-off merchandise and fewer pickpockets. That said, you should always be wary of both those things.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +84
  • Best time to visit
    Spring

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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City

Fu was a great tour guide and the food was delicious

Fu was very knowledgeable about the food from the tour and answered any and all questions we threw his way. The food was tasty and unlike anything I have tried before. Two thumbs up!

Saigon Street Food: 2.5-Hour Evening Tour Reviewed by Sam, 06/11/2017

Amazing trip. Wonderful sites to see. Super tour guide. Great price.

This was well worth the money and an interesting, fun and easy way to travel to Cambodia. Our guide Yen was really helpful and full of interesting facts. It was incredibly well organised and I made some lovely new friends. I can't recommend it enough.

Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/09/2017

well organized, unique activities with enough time

Interesting activities especially 2nd and 3rd day. Guide was entertaining. Easy to follow with enough time for each activity

Great experience learned a lot from my tour.

Our tour guide MR. Bin from TNK travel and tours was nice,entertaining and very informative. I recommend this tour. Just that the traffic was unbearable from cu chi tunnel back to ho chi minh city,so better go in the morning. Overall experience was awesome!

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Reviewed by JULIE ANN, 06/01/2017

Awesome I'll recommend to have this activity,really enjoyed it.

My guide was so nice MR. Phong Nguyen from TNK travel and tours! He was so Friendly and shared with me some educational facts about few things to know about Vietnam history and culture. Thanks! I really enjoyed my tour.

Water Puppet Show & Saigon Dinner Cruise Reviewed by JULIE ANN, 05/31/2017