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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.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City. We love it. Tour guide are super (Ms Vu) very experience. We had a great time.

Fu was a lot of fun and took us to some great spots!

This was a great tour for the price and for all the food we got to try. I was stuffed by the time we came back and really felt as though I had an understanding of Vietnamese cuisine. Fu was a wonderful guide and took time to talk to each member of our group individually.

Saigon Street Food: 3.5-Hour Evening Tour Reviewed by Alexa, 03/16/2018

A great way to see interesting sites in Vietnam

Exploring the tunnels and the Mekong Delta with our guide Nir was a fun adventure! We were able to explore beyond Ho Chi Mihn City and see interesting history and daily life. Nir’s English was excellent and he was a fun guide that knew the history well. With our limited time in Vietnam, we were happy we booked this tour so we could optimize our visit.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/14/2018

Ken was a fantastic guide and made a dark subject entertaining.

Would definitely recommend Ken and his ability to make the tunnels interesting but also informative. He also has a great sense of humor and the tour group laughed at his jokes the entire time.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Half-Day in Small Group Reviewed by Alexa, 03/11/2018

Interesting insights into the gruesomeness of war

The tour was great, we were able to see the Vietnamese side of the war and understand more about how the Vietnamese (and more specifically the Viet Cong people) lived during the war. They tried to present the facts, without being too opinionated, which was great. At Cu-Chi tunnels we were able to go through the tunnels several times, also to fire a few rounds with several guns (we chose an AK47) at a decent price (around 27 USD for 10 bullets; 10 bullets is the minimum, and they can be split between two people). Overall, a great experience. Also the service was good (both lunch and the bus), and the tour guide was very honest and knowledgeable.