23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!


Ho Chi Minc City – formally known as Saigon – is one of the best places lớn visit in Vietnam giới. From delicious food lớn beautiful French architecture to lớn an up và coming craft beer scene, you’ll find no laông xã of things khổng lồ vị in Ho Chi Minc City.

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Too often this booming metropolis is just a quiông chồng stopping point on many people’s Vietnam giới itinerary before heading lớn the north lớn Hoi An, Hanoi, & Halong Bay. But we think it’s a shame not to lớn spkết thúc at least a few days in this big, bustling đô thị. You can learn about the Vietnamese-American war at the War Remnants Museum, sip coffee at endless xinh đẹp coffee shops, và tiệc nhỏ at posh rooftop nightclubs.

After traveling all over Vietphái nam, we actually made the decision khổng lồ live in Saigon. And having explored all of the incredible things that this thành phố has lớn offer, we have compiled our các mục of the best things to do in Saigon. Enjoy!

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Ho Chi Minc City Travel Tips

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). At the time of writing the conversion rate was ~23,500 VND to lớn $1 USD. So if we say that something costs 100,000 VND, that’s just about $4.33 USD.
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The War Remnants Museum is an incredibly moving experience, one that will change the way you think about the casualties of the Vietnam War. As US citizens, most of us have sầu been sheltered from the atrocities that our country inflicted on Vietphái mạnh. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll leave sầu this museum feeling shocked và emotional.

The outside area contains a display of various vehicles & weapons that were used during the war. And the ground floor has a display of anti-war posters và memorabilia. As you climb up the stairs, the museum gets more interesting as well as more difficult lớn see.

Photos of the aftereffects of the chemical Agent Orange that was dropped all over Vietphái nam are incredibly sad and overwhelming. Disabilities that have sầu resulted due to lớn exposure to lớn the chemical have passed down several generations. The Requiem Exhibition of photos of journalists who were killed during the conflict are also heartbreaking.

A visit to the War Remnants Museum is sure to be an eye-opening và emotionally draining experience. It may not be a fun afternoon, but it is still one of best things to vì in Ho Chi Minch City.

Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30 – 18:00Entrance Fee: 40,000 VND per person

Another one of the best things to vì in Ho Chi Minh City is to sover a letter from the central post office!

The Ho Chi Minh City Post Office was constructed in the late 1800s with Gothic architectural influences. It is by far the most impressive sầu pieces of French architecture in the thành phố.

While the building is impressive sầu from the outside, the interior really steals the show. Marvel at the grvà arches inside, the beautiful marble floors, và the row of old wooden telephone booths on the left-hand side.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Post Office is actually still in use và on most days you’ll find it buzzing with activity. One activity that visitors to lớn Vietnam giới love sầu is buying a few postcard from one of the souvenir stands và sending them to lớn friends và family baông xã home page.

The post office is right near the Notre Dame Basilica, the city’s cathedral, which is also worth a visit.

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4. Shop Til You Drop!

The most popular place for tourists to siêu thị in Ho Chi Minch City is at Binc Than Market. lưu ý that we said it is the most popular place – not the best. We find it lớn be crowded, overpriced, và full of generic trinkets. Prepare khổng lồ get hassled by the overzealous ladies at each booth. And if you vị decide to buy something at Binc Than Market be sure to negotiate prices. You should pay 50-75% of their initial offering price.

For a more authentic market experience, you should kiểm tra out Binc Tay Market in District 5. We also like the following markets:

If you are more interested in shopping where the locals bởi, there are several large malls around town – Vincom Center Mall and Saigon Centre Mall are both conveniently located in District 1.

If you want something a bit more quality, we would recommkết thúc that you try out The New Playground (Address: 26 Lý Tự Trọng) for all of the lademo fashion from hip Vietnamese clothing brands. It’s located just across the street from Vincom Center Mall. We also love the Hello Weekend Market which changes location every few weeks – check out their Facebook page for more details.

We actually wrote a whole guide about shopping in Ho Chi Minc City that you should kiểm tra out if you want lớn vày some serious shopping while you’re in town.

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5. Embrace Saigon’s Coffee Culture

Vietnamese people are quite passionate about their coffee. And you’ll find cute coffee shops on virtually every corner in the city.

If you want to get some work done, check out The Workshop in District 1. They have sầu coffee-snob-worthy brews, reliable wifi, and plenty of seating for everyone. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy coffee shot, Padma de Fleur is a florist turned coffee cửa hàng where you beverage comes served with a tiny bouquet. And L’Usine is an upscale coffee shop with some delectable American breakfast classics.

There are also several reliable coffee shop chains around town if you just want to lớn get a quiông xã coffee fix on the go. Phuc Long Coffee (pronounced “phoop lawm“) is our favorite for classic Vietnamese coffee & Cong Caphe serves up some of the best coconut coffee in the country.

Also, while egg coffee may have sầu originated in Hanoi, you’ll still find plenty of cafes serving up amazing egg coffee in Saigon. Try the amazingly đáng yêu Goc Ha Nội coffee siêu thị is tucked down a little alleyway off of Bui Vien Street or the hip Okkio Cafe near Ben Tkhô hanh market.

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6. See the Skyline from the Tập Đoàn Bitexco Tower

At 860 feet in height, the Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest tower in Saigon to date. It provides absolutely spectacular views of the đô thị below and is a must-visit when the skies are clear! The Saigon Skydeck is the observation deông chồng on the 49th floor. Adults must pay 200,000 VND khổng lồ catch the view from the observation deông xã và children 4-12, seniors, and people with disabilities will pay 130,000. Combine with the World of Heineken for 50,000 VND more (includes 2 drinks).

If that cost seems steep just for a view, consider checking out the EON Heli Bar on the 52nd floor. It doesn’t give you the 360° views lượt thích the sky dechồng does, but it’s không lấy phí khổng lồ enter. Cocktails are rather expensive sầu by Vietphái nam standards but it’s a small price to pay for the amazing view.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9:30 – 21:30. Last ticket sold 45 minutes prior khổng lồ closing time.Entrance Fee: 200,000 VND/adult, 130,000 for children 4-12, seniors, & people with disabilities

Ho Chi Minch City has an amazing up-and-coming craft beer scene. Brewers from beer-capitals around the world are moving here to lớn try new & interesting flavor combinations. Tasting rooms are trendy and lively, and most also offer yummy snacks lớn complement their brews.

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8. Eat Seafood on Vinc Kkhô hanh Street

Have sầu you been dreaming about slurping snails out of their shells while sitting on a tiny plastic stool on a busy street in Saigon? Well, you’re in luchồng because Vinc Kkhô cứng street is lined with restaurants serving all types of fresh, tasty seafood. Figuring out how and what khổng lồ order can be tricky so check out our complete guide khổng lồ eating snails in Vietnam!

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9. Stroll along the Pedestrian Mall

Nguyen Hue Street is a wide pedestrian-only area that runs directly in front of the People’s Committee, all the way khổng lồ the river. It is off-limits lớn vendors & motorbikes so it is one of the only places in the đô thị where you can walk without being concerned about getting hit or hassled.

There is a large, picturesque statue of Ho Chi Minch and a fountain that puts on a show in the evenings. Not only is it a lovely place khổng lồ have a stroll, the street is also lined with quaint coffee shops, delicious restaurants, and shops. Be sure to lớn stop into Apartment 42 (sometimes called the “Cafe Apartments”) – an old apartment building that now contains trendy shops and eateries! If you’re facing the People’s Committee it’s on the right-h& side, you can’t miss it.

Bui Vien is the backpacker street of Saigon. It’s similar to Khao San Road, but not quite as crazy. Filled with bars playing dance music, small beer shops with plastic tables spilling inlớn the street, restaurants, coffee shops, và boutiques – you can see why backpackers love sầu it.

Bui Vien is labeled as a “walking street” but that is most certainly not true. The sidewalks are filled with parked motorbikes & restaurant tables so you’ll be forced khổng lồ walk in the street most of the time. And cars and motorbikes frequently drive sầu on Bui Vien so they’ll be whizzing by you while you make your way down the crowded street.

Start your evening at a bar with outdoor seating so you can watch the madness unfolding around you. And later you can wander into whatever bar seems the liveliest! No doubt you’ll be partying here until the wee hours of the morning.

11. Cheông xã out the Ho Chi Minh City Museum

If you want to lớn learn more about the history, culture, và tradition of Ho Chi Minch City, this museum is the perfect place to lớn spover an afternoon. Not only is the building itself quite beautiful, but it also has a variety of interesting exhibitions housing archaeological artifacts, currencies, and old ceramic remnants. The museum extensively covers Vietnam’s fight for independence as well.

Outside you’ll find several war machines including the jet that was used by a South Vietnamese soldier to bomb the Reunification Palace.

Opening Hours: Daily from 8:00 – 17:00Entrance Fee: 30,000 VND/person

There are quite a few lively music venues in Ho Chi Minch City where up-and-coming locals sing American hits. One of our favorites is at the Ben Thanh khô Street Food Market, directly across the street from the souvenir market that bears the same name. Every Tuesday & Saturday night from 7:30 – 9:30pm they have young artists performing your favorite hits. Plus they have sầu a bunch of food & drink vendors for you lớn choose from!

Yoko Cafe is another great music venue in town. They have a wide variety of acts from blues khổng lồ pop khổng lồ acoustic. The space is small so be sure lớn arrive early if you want a table. Cheông xã their Facebook page khổng lồ see what shows are coming up. Regardless of the artist, you’re sure khổng lồ have sầu a great time!

Chinatown is located in District 5 and is a great dining option if you are siông xã và tired of Vietnamese food. The dumplings here rival those that you’ll find at the best dyên sum restaurants in Hong Kong, và for a fraction of the price!

We loved Sủi Cảo Đại Nương (address: 125 Duong Chau Van Liem, Phuong 14, Quan 5) but ordering was a bit confusing. You can order your dumplings fried, steamed, or in soup (or order all three lượt thích we did).

Visiting the Mekong river delta is probably the most touristy thing you can vày around Ho Chi Minc City, but worth it if you’d lượt thích to see a bit of the countryside. It’s also easy khổng lồ get off the beaten path if you plan your own Mekong Delta trip.

If you vị decide to go with a tour group there are two standard tour options. The shorter tour takes you khổng lồ a small village where you’ll see a small honey factory và a candy siêu thị. You’ll get lớn enjoy music by the locals & take a short boat ride on the Mekong. You’ll be encouraged khổng lồ buy honey và candy và you’ll be asked for tips at the show và on your boat. It’s a bit off-putting but you can give a small amount or nothing at all if you prefer.

The longer tour takes you lớn a floating market in the Mekong river delta town of Can Tho. Or you can bởi a multi-day tour. No matter which tour you choose, expect a bit of a show but know that your tourism dollars are helping these communities.

15. Climb Through the Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are 75 miles of interconnecting tunnels that were used by the Vietnamese military during the Vietnamese War (or American War as they Gọi it). They served as hiding spots and as routes for communication & supplies.

Many soldiers even lived in these tunnels for periods although living conditions were bleak. Of course, air & water were not readily available, but they also had to deal with the creatures living underground. Many soldiers became ill while living in the tunnels & malaria was not uncomtháng.

Today, tourists are invited lớn crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnels to lớn experience what life was like for the soldiers during the war. If you have breathing difficulty or experience claustrophobia, this tour probably isn’t for you.

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That’s it – 15 of the best things khổng lồ vì in Ho Chi Minh City! Did we miss you favorite Saigon activity? Let us know in the comments below.