Top Tours & Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyVietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+84
- Best time to visitSpring
Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City
Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
- 2Cu Chi Tunnels
- 3Cao Dai Temple
- 4A O Show
- 5Ben Thanh Market
- 6Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
- 7Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City
- 8Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- 9Independence Palace
- 10War Remnants Museum
- 11Saigon Central Post Office
- 12Can Gio
- 13Bitexco Financial Tower
- 14Thien Hau Temple
- 15Bình Tây Market
- 16Paris Square
- 17Pham Ngu Lao Street
- 18Dong Khoi Street
- 19Tao Dan Park
- 20Ho Chi Minh City Hall
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What People Are Saying About Ho Chi Minh City
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!
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.
Interesting activities especially 2nd and 3rd day. Guide was entertaining. Easy to follow with enough time for each activity
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!
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.