43 Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam On Your First Visit

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Ho Chi Minh City is an overwhelming place – & not just because of the traffic. There’s so much vị 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 – lớn hear the waves lapping with a drink in h& & a cool breeze on your skin. Even if you’re on a budget, there are options, & if you have money lớn spend, this is one activity we highly recommkết thúc you splurge on. The more reputable companies offer amazing dinner and drinks packages, và on boats you have sầu lớn see to lớn believe. We love the range of views you get from the river as well, from the skyscrapers of downtown lớn the lush jungle foliage mere minutes up the river. This is a very cool way khổng lồ see this thành phố.


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If you only have sầu one day in Ho Chi Minh City, make time lớn visit this building. The elegance of this area is something to see, especially next to lớn the colossal trees in 30-4 Park and 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 thành phố. And since this cathedral is walking distance from the next thành tích on this danh mục, you can fit a lot of sightseeing inkhổng lồ one afternoon.
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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 and impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels lượt thích you’ve gone baông xã 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 mix foot outside around lunchtime in this thành phố, you’ll understvà why most people vị everything they can lớn avoid the midday sun. It’ll cook you in minutes, leaving you burnt & miserable. That’s why you should leave sầu 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 đô thị, head to lớn Thao Dien ward in District 2 and dine along the river. There are several excellent choices, including The Deck, The Boathouse & Villa Song Saigon. Trust us, they’re worth the trip.


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You probably won’t leave sầu this museum feeling too good about humanity, but that’s the point. This museum is there to remind us of the horrors of war. For most people around the world, the Vietnam giới War is something that happened in a faraway time & 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 Vietphái mạnh, by showing visitors from around the world how the war changed this nation.

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Alright, so you’ve sầu had a somber visit to the War Remnants Museum, now it’s time to lớn lift your spirits again. For one of the best looks at social và dating life in Ho Chi Minch City, head khổng lồ Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Here you’ll see families enjoying time together and young couples chatting away, taking more selfies than you ever imagined possible. This is a scene 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 Chi Minh & even the old colonial city hall.


Despite the massive sầu influx of new vehicles, Vietphái nam is still a motorxe đạp nation – so get out of the xe taxi and onto lớn two wheels. There’s no other way to really feel the manic vitality of this mega city – and 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 vì chưng 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 sầu until you understand how the traffic flows here.


Most of the items on this danh sách are front & center in every travel guide, but not this one. New nhật bản Town in Q. Bình Thạnh District is a hip & 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 cửa hàng these days. There are so many interesting little bars và restaurants in this area, whether you’re looking for Japanese or Vietnamese. As development continues lớn change this city at a crazy rate, look no further than the nearby Vinhomes Central Park, this is one area that still feels lượt thích authentic Saigon. To 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 & don’t want khổng lồ stray too far, The View is exactly as advertised. But if you have sầu some extra money lớn spend & want one of the best experiences in the đô thị, check out EON51 in the landmark Tập Đoàn Bitexco Tower. To see most of the better options, go lớn this article & kiểm tra out the section on rooftop bars.

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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 khổng lồ 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 mát xa parlors, beady-eyed “friends”, gangsters and 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 Vietphái mạnh.


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