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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

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The tour is very good expecislly the guide is very helpfull, in love with Vietnam and knows a lot of things, hes name is huy, better known ad mr handsome and he really is handsome and i am anche eterosexual young man!!

Our guide Fa and his assistant were amazing!

Fa speaks very good english and was eager to share Vietnamese culture with us. The tour was well run on a timely manner and it was fun and informative. Definitely recommend to others!

Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Small Group Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 05/01/2018

Amazing tour, probably the best way to explore the city

This is a must-do tour when you're in Vietnam and I would highly recommend it!! Ben and Clover were excellent guides with perfect English, very nice friendly. They are very knowledgeable and showed us places that we wouldn't have found and gave us a first-hand experience of the life in Vietnam! They picked us up from our hotel at 5.30 and drove us with their motorbikes around many different neighborhoods, not just the city centre, showing us different foods that only locals know. The tour includes some sightseeing throughout various neighborhoods, so you get a pretty good idea of the city. The tour lasts around 4 hours, and I would highly recommend you skip lunch, if you want to try all the dishes offered. Driving on the back of a motorbike is probably the best way to explore the city, so I would highly recommend you just book as soon as possible

Brilliant way to get to know how to choose and eat street food in HCMC

We booked at very short notice but easily found the meeting place not far from our hotel. There were 11 people on the tour from various parts of the world- all great to talk to as we visited 8 different places with our expert and very helpful guide. We felt safe at all times thanks to careful briefing by our guide. All the food was delicious. Dont miss this one - there others that cost more.

Saigon Street Food: 3.5-Hour Evening Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 04/30/2018

Very interesting tour..good commentary along the way.

Good tour to do..piece of history. We didn't realise the drive between the tunnels and the river was a long drive .. but overall a good day tour Felt s bit unorganized to begin with until on the bus.. All the tour guides standing outside smoking and lying about is not a good look.