The 15 best things to do in ho chi minh city

Ho chi Minh đô thị is an overwhelming place – and not just because of the traffic. There’s so much vì here, whether you’re a lover of history, art, cuisine, culture or nightlife. With so many great options, many travelers worry they’ll leave something out. But don’t fret, here’s what you should do.

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Nothing can compare with the charm of a river tour – to lớn hear the waves lapping with a drink in hand and a cool breeze on your skin. Even if you’re on a budget, there are options, & if you have money khổng lồ spend, this is one activity we highly recommend you splurge on. The more reputable companies offer amazing dinner và drinks packages, & on boats you have to see to believe. We love the range of views you get from the river as well, from the skyscrapers of downtown to the lush jungle foliage mere minutes up the river. This is a very cool way lớn see this city.



If you only have one day in Ho chi Minh City, make time to visit this building. The elegance of this area is something khổng lồ see, especially next to the colossal trees in 30-4 Park & the colonial post office next door. The cathedral itself was built in the late 19th century, with materials imported from France, and offers a beautiful glimpse of a bygone era in this historic city. And since this cathedral is walking distance from the next vật phẩm on this list, you can fit a lot of sightseeing into one afternoon.

For history buffs, the Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, is an absolute must. This is the site of those famous images of tanks crashing through gates during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Aside from the stunning grounds & impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels like you’ve gone back in time. You can see where the southern government operated the executive branch during the Vietnam War – even the bomb bunker in the basement, where the maps still hang on the walls.

When you set foot outside around lunchtime in this city, you’ll understand why most people bởi everything they can khổng lồ avoid the midday sun. It’ll cook you in minutes, leaving you burnt & miserable. That’s why you should leave the best for dusk, when the sun glows orange on the smoggy horizon và the heat tapers off. For one of the best dining experiences in the city, head to lớn Thao Dien ward in District 2 và dine along the river. There are several excellent choices, including The Deck, The Boathouse & Villa song Saigon. Trust us, they’re worth the trip.



You probably won’t leave this museum feeling too good about humanity, but that’s the point. This museum is there khổng lồ remind us of the horrors of war. For most people around the world, the Vietnam War is something that happened in a faraway time and place – not for Vietnamese people, though. This museum takes an abstract conflict and shows us the real people it affected. It shows the struggles endured by the Vietnamese people. This museum plays an important role in the healing process for Vietnam, by showing visitors from around the world how the war changed this nation.

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Alright, so you’ve had a somber visit lớn the War Remnants Museum, now it’s time khổng lồ lift your spirits again. For one of the best looks at social và dating life in Ho đưa ra Minh City, head khổng lồ Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Here you’ll see families enjoying time together & young couples chatting away, taking more selfies than you ever imagined possible. This is a scene to lớn behold at night, when thousands of people come lớn mingle và enjoy a cool, downtown evening, surrounded by some impressive architecture: the looming tập đoàn bitexco Tower, the wall of cafes at 42 Nguyen Hue, the statue of Ho đưa ra Minh và even the old colonial đô thị hall.

Despite the massive influx of new vehicles, Vietnam is still a motorbike nation – so get out of the taxi and onto two wheels. There’s no other way to really feel the manic vitality of this mega city – & no other feeling can quite match the raw adrenaline of flowing along in crazy traffic. But driving in Saigon is also lethally dangerous, so let the professionals vị it for you. There’s many tour companies with experienced drivers who are also fluent in English. You could head out on your own, but we highly recommend you let someone else drive until you understand how the traffic flows here.

Most of the items on this danh mục are front and center in every travel guide, but not this one. New japan Town in q.bình thạnh District is a hip và upcoming area in one of this city’s coolest wards. Little Tokyo in District 1 is more famous, but we’re huge fans of Little Japan. It’s where Japanese entrepreneurs are setting up siêu thị these days. There are so many interesting little bars & restaurants in this area, whether you’re looking for Japanese or Vietnamese. As development continues khổng lồ change this đô thị at a crazy rate, look no further than the nearby vinhomes riverside Central Park, this is one area that still feels like authentic Saigon. To lớn find the area, explore north of where Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street almost touches trường Sa Street, near the canal.

If you find that the streets are too hectic for your liking, escape the madness by elevating your evening. There are so many excellent rooftop bars, so you’ll probably have a hard time deciding. If you’re in the backpackers area và don’t want khổng lồ stray too far, The View is exactly as advertised. But if you have some extra money lớn spend và want one of the best experiences in the city, check out EON51 in the landmark bitexco Tower. Lớn see most of the better options, go to lớn this article and kiểm tra out the section on rooftop bars.

When the night is winding down và the respectable places are shoving you out the door, you’re just in time for the peak weirdness of Bui Vien. This notorious stretch of lewd behavior never shuts down, and even if you want nothing to vì with the seedier aspects of Bui Vien, this street is a sensory overload that’s worth taking in at least once. There are fire breathers, strange foods, sidewalk bars, dubious mas sa parlors, beady-eyed “friends”, gangsters và enough bars lớn keep you hopping all night long. Keep your phones and cameras in safe places, though, as this is also the petty crime capital of Vietnam.

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