20 essential things to do in ho chi minh city

     
Ho đưa ra Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a vibrant and exciting đô thị that offers something for everyone. As Vietnam"s largest city, Saigon is packed full of Vietnamese history, culture, và the kind of crazy traffic you couldn"t find anywhere else.

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From delicious food lớn stunning architecture, there are plenty of things to see and do in this amazing city.

In this guide, we will explore 15 of the best things to vị in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. Whether you"re looking for cultural experiences or outdoor adventures, we have got you covered! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to lớn Ho chi Minh city right now!

1. Visit War Remnants Museum

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The War Remnants Museum in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị // Photo by DnDavis / Shutterstock

The War Remnants Museum is a fascinating museum that provides a unique và eye-opening look at the Vietnam War. This museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Ho chi Minh City. The exhibits provide detailed information about the war, as well as the current state of Vietnam.

What you can see at the War Remnants Museum:

Photographs and artifacts from the Vietnam WarExhibits about the role of women during the war.Information about Agent Orange and its effects on civilians & soldiers

Location: The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan, Ho đưa ra Minh City


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2. Explore the flora and fauna in Ho chi Minh đô thị Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Saigon Zoo has a number of things to bởi vì including a walk-in butterfly house.

The Ho bỏ ra Minh city Zoo và Botanical Gardens is a great place to lớn spend a day with the family. The zoo has a wide variety of animals, including elephants, tigers, & lions. The botanical gardens are home to beautiful plants và flowers from all over the world.

What you can see at Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị Zoo và Botanical Gardens:

590 animals of 125 species và 1,830 trees và plants of 260 species, some of which are over 100years oldA variety of plants & flowers from all over the world

Location: 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Bến Nghé, District 1


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3. Tour the Reunification Palace

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Independence Palace in Ho chi Minh đô thị // Photo by Leonid Andronov / Shutterstock

The Reunification Palace (Independence palace) is a must-see for anyone visiting Ho chi Minh City. This palace was the trang chủ of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This was also the place that marked the over of the Vietnam War when aNorth Vietnamese army tankercrashed through the main gate in 1975. It is now a museum that provides a fascinating look at life in South Vietnam during the war

What you can vị at the Reunification Palace

Tour the palace và learn about how Southern people lived during the warSee exhibits about the fall of SaigonWatch a short film about the reunification of VietnamRead some written documentation showing the horrific lengths that the American Army took in order lớn try and defeat the North Vietnamese Army.

Location: 141 Nguyen Thi minh khai Street, District Ho đưa ra Minh City


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4. Admire Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre-Dame Cathedral landmark in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị // Photo by Take Photo / Shutterstock

Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral that was built in the late 1800s. This cathedral is one of Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most famous landmarks & is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

What you can see at Notre Dame Cathedral

The cathedral itself, which was built in the late 1800sThe interior of the cathedral, which is decorated with beautiful stained glass windowsThe bell tower, which offers great views of Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Location: 135 nam giới Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District One


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5. Crawl through Cu đưa ra Tunnels

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A guide demonstrating how a Vietcong hide into the Cu chi Tunnel // Photo by Teo Boon Keng Alvin / Shutterstock

The Cu bỏ ra Tunnels are a must-see for anyone visiting Ho chi Minh City. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War as a way to move undetected around the city. Today, the tunnels have been turned into a museum that provides a fascinating look at life during the war.

What you can see at Cu đưa ra Tunnels

The tunnels themselves, which were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam WarExhibits about how the tunnels were used & their effects on the warA firing range where you can try out different weapons from the period

Location: Cu đưa ra Tunnels are about 60 miles from Ho chi Minh City và can be accessed by bus, taxi, or private car.


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6. Visit Saigon Central Post Office

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Saigon Central Post Office on xanh sky in Ho bỏ ra Minh // Photo by Nguyen quang đãng Ngoc Tonkin / Shutterstock

The Central Post Office was built in the late 1800s. This beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial architecture is one of Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s most famous landmarks and is a must-see for anyone interested in Vietnamese culture.

What you can vày at Central Post Office

Send postcards & packages from Ho bỏ ra Minh CityBuy stamps and souvenirsTake photos in front of the beautiful building

Location: Saigon Post Office is located at 2 Cong Xa Paris, next to lớn Notre Dame Cathedral.


7. Scale the tập đoàn bitexco Financial Tower

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Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho chi Minh đô thị // Photo by Spectral-Design / Shutterstock

The bitexco Financial Tower is Ho đưa ra Minh City"s 2nd tallest building at 269 m high & offers great views of the city from its helipad và observation deck on the 49th floor.

Consisting of 68 storeys, the tập đoàn bitexco tower is also trang chủ to a number of restaurants và bars, making it the perfect place to spend an evening in Ho chi Minh City.

What you can do at the tập đoàn bitexco Financial Tower

Visit the observation deck & take in stunning views of Ho bỏ ra Minh CityEat delicious Vietnamese dishes at one of the restaurants or bars in the buildingShop at the ICON 68 mall located in the buildingWatch the sunset on the 48th floor

Location: 68 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District One.


8. Shopping in Ben Thanh market

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Ben Thanh market is Ho chi Minh City"s most famous market và offers a wide variety of products for sale. This market is the perfect place to buy souvenirs or gifts for friends and family.

Be careful when shopping in Ben Thanh market as prices are negotiable, so always try to lớn negotiate a lower price.

What you can find at Ben Thanh market

Souvenirs, including T-shirts, hats, và postcardsGifts, including jewelry, paintings, & handicraftsElectronics, including cameras, phones, and tabletsClothes, including dresses, shirts, & pants

Location: Lê Lợi, Bến Thành ward, District 1


9. Explore Binh Quoi tourist village - Saigon"s hidden gem

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Binh Quoi tourist village is one of Ho chi Minh City"s hidden gems. In fact, there are 3 villages located along the Saigon River that offer a number of activities for visitors, including picnics with barbeques, boat rides, và walking around the wonderfully manicured gardens.

For the best experience, we recommend Binh Quoi 2 as it is one of the most instagramable spots in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

What you can do at Binh Quoi tourist village

Hire a small rowing boat khổng lồ paddle around parts of the Saigon RiverWalk through the villageEnjoy a buffet meal of over 50 different dishes chất lượng to the South of Vietnam.Take photos of the giant Lilly pads and cute wooden bridges over the river.

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Location: Binh Quoi 2, 1147Binh Quoi, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District

Binh Quoi tourist village is located about 15 minutes from Ho chi Minh City & can be accessed by taxi, motorbike, or private car.


10. Travel lớn the Mekong Delta

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Boat tour for tourists in the Mekong Delta near Ho đưa ra Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam // Photo by Jochen Netzker / Shutterstock

The Mekong Delta is located about two hours from Ho đưa ra Minh City và offers a look at rural Vietnam. This area is known for its rice paddies, canals, và floating markets, which make for an interesting day trip from Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

What you can vì in the Mekong Delta

Take a boat ride through the canalsVisit a rice paddy và learn about how rice is grownSample local delicacies, including fresh fruit và seafood dishesShop at the floating markets

Location: The Mekong Delta is located about two hours from Ho chi Minh City. There are a number of tour operators who offer day trips lớn the Mekong Delta from Ho bỏ ra Minh City.


If you want a more adventurous trip, check out our articles on thành phố parks and trekking destinations in Saigon!

11. Try a Vietnamese massage

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Vietnamese young woman enjoying head mas sa in spa salon làm tóc // Photo by dragon Images / Shutterstock

A Vietnamese mas sa is a great way to lớn relax after a long day of sightseeing. This type of mas sa uses pressure & stretching techniques, which can be quite painful but are said to lớn be very effective in relieving tension headaches and other aches & pains. Prices start from around US$12 per hour.

What you can expect from a Vietnamese massage

You will be covered with a sheet and the therapist will use oil lớn massage your bodyThe therapist will use pressure and stretching techniques on your bodyThe massage usually lasts for one hour

Location: There are a number of massage parlours in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố which offer Vietnamese massages.

12. Get wet in Suoi Tien và Dam Sen theme park

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People in outdoor swimming pool in children water park và historical theme amusement park Suoi Tien // Photo by Denis Moskvinov / Shutterstock

Suoi Tien & Dam Sen theme park are Ho đưa ra Minh City"s two main water parks. These parks offer a number of activities for visitors, including swimming, sliding down the slides, và playing in the children"s area.

What you can do at Suoi Tien và Dam Sen theme park

Slide down the water slidesTake pictures of Vietnam"s legendary figures & staff dressing up for entertainmentRide on the amusement park rides and roller coastersEnjoy 4d short films and aquariums

Location

Suoi Tien theme park: 120 XL Hà Nội, Thủ Đức city (formerly District 9, HCMC).


13. Walk on Nguyen Hue walking street

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Nguyen Hue walking street and flower street during Lunar New Year at downtown of Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị // Photo by Sing Studio / Shutterstock

Nguyen Hue street is Ho chi Minh City"s most popular walking street. Located just in front of the Saigon Opera House, this avenue is closed to lớn traffic on weekend nights và offers a range of activities for visitors, including live music performances, food stalls that sell street food, và shopping.

What you can bởi on Nguyen Hue street

Enjoy live music performancesSample Vietnamese cuisine from the street food stallsShop for souvenirs at the many stores & boutiques

Location: Nguyen Hue street is located in Ben Nghe ward, District One.


If you lượt thích street food, use our guide to find the best traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

14. Grab a drink at Bui Vien backpacker street

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Bui Vien Walking Street is popular among tourists and backpackers with numerous restaurants & bars // Photo by Simon Poon / Shutterstock

Bui Vien backpacker street is Ho chi Minh City"s most famous nightlife district. This area is trang chủ to a number of bars, clubs, và restaurants & is the place lớn go if you"re looking for a party. Showcasing a more modern Vietnam, Bui Vien is conveniently located just minutes away from the infamous Pham ngu Lao Street. Both areas are known for great restaurants & street food.

Into food? Try our roundup of the best restaurants and street food in HCMC.

What you can expect on Bui Vien street

An excellent culinary experience of Vietnamese food và drinks in a wide range of bars, clubs, and restaurantsLots of people looking to lớn have a good timePrices for drinks and food are usually more expensive than in other parts of the city

Location: Bui Vien backpacker street is located in Pham ngớ ngẩn Lao ward, District One.


15. Invite friends lớn rooftop bars

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Rooftop bar in Ho chi Minh thành phố // Photo by Lukas Bischoff Photograph / Shutterstock

Ho bỏ ra Minh city has a number of trendy rooftop bars that offer great views of the city. These bars are usually expensive but can be a fun place to spend an evening with friends.

What you can expect at Ho đưa ra Minh City"s rooftop bars

A relaxed và sophisticated atmosphereGreat views of the cityscapeExpensive drinks & food

Location: Some of Ho đưa ra Minh City"s most popular rooftop bars include The lighthouse, Glow Skybar Saigon, Skyxx Garden và Lounge

Related article: 10 best rooftop bars in Ho chi Minh City

Where should I stay when I visit Ho bỏ ra Minh City?

There are many amazing hotels khổng lồ stay at while in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, see our roundup of the best Saigon hotels, from luxury to lớn budget.

Conclusion

There are plenty of things to bởi in Ho chi Minh City, from exploring the city"s sights and sounds lớn relaxing with a massage or enjoying a drink at one of the city"s many bars & clubs. So whatever type of holiday you"re looking for, Ho đưa ra Minh city is sure to lớn have something to lớn offer.

Survival Guide lớn Ho cho Minh City

If you"re wondering how to lớn get around the city, our guide lớn Saigon transport has you covered.

If you"re looking for accommodation in Ho đưa ra Minh City, kiểm tra out these awesome rooftop pools for some great ideas on where lớn drink, stay, and các buổi tiệc nhỏ with friends.

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