Another name of Ho Chi Minh City is Saigon. That’s a Vietnam’s commercial hub and busy city with motorbikes, car honking all the streets. All of entertainment here is developing exceptional Vietnamese cuisine, trendy cafes, sky bars, hidden charms and the desired shopping location. Since the French Colonial days to the Vietnam War, this city had a dark history, visiting to Saigon allow the travelers know more about the Vietnamese side of the story and how the local fought for liberation and independence. Spending more time on this city and exploring many famous attraction in Saigon.
Saigon Central Post Office
One of the leading attractions in Saigon is the Saigon Central Post Office, this is one of the most wonderful place and had an architecture of French. it still using despite constructed in the late 1800s. Inside the Post Office, there are the oldest government working structures in the city. In the center of the vast space, the big picture of Ho Chi Minh. Almost visitors want to visit this place is contemplate the architecture of French and know more about the working process of this Post Office on the past.
Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 7 AM- 6 PM
Notre Dame Cathedral
It located in the central and front of the Saigon Central Post Office, it was an architecture of French also and created by J. Bourad in 1870. The Catheral is one of the best place have to travel in Saigon. It quite popular with the Statue of Lady of Peace. On this locations, which is the place for the young people in Saigon gathered and meet up for lots of street foods and snacks in the evening. This is the photoshoot location for pre-wedding or graduation.
Notice: Outside visit is possible but the Notre Dame Catheral was closed for visitors until the end of 2017 for re-construct.
Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 8 AM – 4 PM
It can be call the Reunification Palace, this is one of the top attractions in Ho Chi Minh city. This is a home and workplace for the French during their colonial rule.
It quite famous that ended the war when the tanks of communist crashed through the iron gates. it symbol for the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
Inside the Independence Palace with many tropicals trees and gardens, it bring the visitors back to the 1960s when you are come there. There is an old helicopter used by the President of South Vietnam for emergency on the rooftop of this Palace. The Palace is still used for conference or many big national events.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Hours: 7:30 AM – 12 AM and 1 – 4 Pm
Cost: 40,000 VND
War Remnant Museum
If you love exploring about the history, this is place with many evidence of the war crimes and graphic might bring a compelling attention to you. It will give you process of Vietnam War. It displays many documented about the truth, historical rarely mention in Western history textbooks. Museum of American War Crimes is the name of this museum until 1993. This place is very popular with the travelers in Saigon, it brings a long story of historical, message of the costs of wars, and the effect of Agent Orange Dioxin for a long-term.
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 7:30 AM – 6 PM
Cost: 15,000 VND
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is the market was built by French and one of the market has a long time history in Saigon but still operating now. This is one of the famous place for travelers need to visit. There are over 3,000 vendors selling almost everything you might need from clothes, ceramics, souvenirs, handbags, Vietnamese noodle, sugarcane drinks, spring roll and fruits, etc. A general rule you should remember, you will need to bargain the price before buying something.
Until 6 PM, the market will close but around the market will appear many small vendors will start setting up a night market. This is one of the top night markets in Ho Chi Minh City.
Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 6 AM – 12 PM
Bui Vien Walking Street
This place as known as the backpacker’s area, it located in Pham Ngu Lao Street and Bui Vien Street. More and more day, there are lots of tourism and visitors know this place to explore the noise of Saigon with music, cultural of Vietnam, local people, etc. to promote the increase of tourism and travel, the leader of District 1 propose it has became a night walking street since July 2017.
The street are very noisy and busy at night. You can find a cheap meals, beers or meeting with other visitors come from different countries over the world. Keeping your personal belongings carefully when you walk around crowded places.
Adress: Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 6 PM – 2 AM
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
It has opened since 2015, on the street you can see the statue of Ho Chi Minh and the People’s Committee Building. This area is the place gather the young people, it very noisy and busy at night and this place is serving many food stalls that’s suitable to meet up with friend.
Vehicles are allowed to go along Nguyen Hue Street on weekdays, all kinds of transportation are restricted from 6 PM to 1 AM on the weekends.
Address: Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: All day
Thien Hau Temple
This is one of the top religious attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. It located in District 5 of Chinatown, you can visit this place by bus or taxi. You should visit it in the morning because you can see locals praying, worshipping their Gods and spirits. On the roof of the temple, many ceramic as well as the statue of Gods was decorated with a religious beliefs of local people.
You can join in the cultural activity by buying a spiral incense and writing you wish on the red paper at the back of the temple. The locals will help you take this paper on the top of ceiling. It will exist on a week before it burns out.
Address: 710 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
Binh Tay Market (Cho Lon)
The local people call it is Cholon in Chinatown, this place is one of the largest wholesale local markets in Ho Chi Minh City. It selling many things such as dried goods like fruits, seafood, nuts, cashew, etc. This place is messy local market, if you want to see the real trades by locals. it’s very crowdedness and narrow, you shouldn’t go with children because it can make the kids wounded or falls.
Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Cu Chi Tunnels (Ben Dinh & Ben Duoc)
It located on a Northwest of the city, it 45 KM – 65 KM from Ho Chi Minh city. There are 2 tunnel sites open for travelers: Ben Dinh Tunnels and Ben Duoc Tunnels. If you want to know more about the difference between the 2 sites, you can looking for this place for a tourism on Google. After visited this place, you can recognize how the local people can survive on the small tunnels and fighting against Americans. You can understand the Vietnam War better, it is unlike you imagine about the terrible war.
Notice: Claustrophobic or high blood pressure must not go.
Address: Phu Hiep Hamlet, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City
Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM
Cost: 90,000 VND
There are all of short brief information about 10 Tourist Attraction Place in Ho Chi Minh City, if you interested in the markets, local culture, architectures, art or history. You can make a plan to come there and enjoy the place to get new experience.