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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

Fantastisch view of the city and great location.

The view from the tower was amazing and also the architecture of the tower itself is great. We had some drinks at the bar on the 51st level while the sun was setting. I can only recommend this activity.

Tour was nice but unnecessary for the locations in town

The tour was good and went as described but if I had to do it again I would just do the Cu Chi tunnels and do the rest of the activities around town myself. I didn't think the post office or cathedral were worth visiting. It was nice to have a guide around the reunification palace but we were not guided around the war remnants museum and really you don't need a guide for that. Cu Chi tunnels was great, it definitely made things easier to go on tour and our group size was not huge so we got to make the most of our visit. There were parts that seemed a bit rushed but overall it was good.

An amazing way to see how people live on Mekong delta

We really appreciated the tour because you can see how people live on Mekong delta. Ut, our guide, was very kind and always available for everything. The top activity was the excursion at the mangrove forest near the Cambodia border. It was also a good way to get to Cambodia. We floated the Mekong river with speedboat and the guys of the staff helped us with the visa application. Definitely an higly recommended tour!

Excellent way to explore history in one day!

The tour, especially our guide (Yen), was wonderful! There were a great variety of historical stops included as well as some art and cultural stops (egg shell crafting and coffee tasting). Our only complaint would be there wasn't near enough time to spend at the War Remnant Museum and it was (unfortunately) raining when we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels. However, we would certainly book again and refer this Group Tour to others looking to explore Saigon in a day!

This was the best experience of my trip!

Tour guide was great-very friendly and informative, and the tour felt less like a tour and more a catch up with friend. Very nice way to spend 4 hours; lot of food and variety!

Top 10 dishes: Saigon Luxury Private Food Tour By Motobike Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/02/2017