Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is an important place in Vietnam… where for hundreds of years it has suffered the atrocities of being occupied by various nations.
But what’s remarkable is this… when you think about it, only decades ago did the Vietnam War end in 1975.
Yet, the Vietnamese people have risen above… to rapidly develop a vibrant, bustling city combining ancient landmarks with modern day delights.
This alone should make you appreciate what you have, and understand what others have gone through in sacrifice.
So let’s take a look at some of the amazing sites to see and things to do in Ho Chi Minh City!
Notre Dame Cathedral
This iconic cathedral was developed by the French in the late 1880s. Notre Dame Cathedral stands almost at 60 meters, and looks striking in the middle of Paris Square… especially on a clear day.
Bui Vien Walking Street
In District 1, Bui Vien Walking Street is best experienced at night, when there is more action… and a colorful, vibrant atmosphere. There are many bars to have drinks at… as well as many different cuisines along with the Vietnamese street food.
To find our more about Bui Vien, check out our blog HERE. There’s also a short video showing the action!
People’s Committee Building
The People’s Committee Building has beautiful architecture… and is a magnificent sight to see by day and night.
This brilliant building was constructed in the early 1900’s, and was formerly the Hôtel de Ville.
Yet, if you’re wanting to go inside and further see the amazing architecture… unfortunately tourists aren’t allowed in. So you’ll just have to see the beauty from the outside!
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
The People’s Committee Building is at the end of Nguyen Hue Street, which is a walking street only. And in front is a statue of Ho Chi Minh, with beautiful lush gardens behind him.
The photo below of Nguyen Hue Street is towards the other end…
At night, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is much more busy… as on either side of the street are bars, restaurants and shops.
War Remnants Museum
Outside the War Remnants Museum you can view the vehicles, planes, artillery, bombs, and other weapons.
Yet, on the inside is where you can discover the history Indochina and Vietnam wars. There are 2 levels of exhibits… and we must warn you that some of what you’ll see is confronting and shocking.
Ben Thanh Market
If you’ve never been to Vietnam, let alone Ho Chi Minh City, and you want a bustling big Vietnamese market experience… head on over to Ben Thanh Market.
A while you’re getting there, you can be part of the crazy Ho Chi Minh City traffic!
Inside Ben Thanh Market you’ll find almost everything from food, household goods to souvenirs. And if you want to buy something, you will need to bargain hard!
The Municipal Theatre, also known as Saigon Opera House is a grand building. Boasting French Colonial architecture, the first performance was held on 17 January, 1900.
If you have time, buy tickets for a show so you can see the Opera House in all its glory.
Central Post Office
Bitexco Financial Tower
The Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, you can get a bird’s eye view of the city on the Saigon Skydeck…
The Observation Deck is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm, but the last entry is at 8:45pm. You will need to buy a ticket to get access, and the price will vary based on your situation.
These are just some of the MANY things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. So enjoy your stay and let us know what you liked the best!