Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide 2019)

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide)
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Discover things to do and popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Here’s everything you need to do in incredible Saigon!

 

If it’s your first time travelling to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), be prepared for a knockout experience that engulfs your senses. This former French colony is a city that rarely sleeps, and its complex history is evident in the exquisite architectures scattered throughout the city.


1. Visit the Independence Palace

The Reunification Palace, or Independence Palace, symbolises a gruelling victory of North Vietnam against South Vietnam.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Independence Palace

Inside this former presidential palace, you will be mesmerised by a distinctive Western modernist architecture that’s inspired by Communist symbols and Indochinese styles.

Entrance Fee: 30,000 VND
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 11 am, 1 pm – 4 pm daily. Close during large official events.
Address: 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
How to Go: 10-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market


2. Go Back in Time at War Remnants Museum

Even if you’re not a history buff, this educational museum is a must visit for every tourist who visits Ho Chi Minh City, to understand the decades of conflict which the Vietnamese people has painfully endured.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) War Remnants MuseumPhoto by Wikipedia

The War Remnants Museum exhibits relics and visuals from the Vietnam War, including Agent Orange, an atrocity that plagues generations even after the war has ended.

Entrance Fee: 15,000 VND
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 6pm daily
Address: 28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3
How to Go: 10-minute walk from Independence Palace


3. Instagram the Saigon Central Post Office

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Saigon Central Post Office

Built during the late 19th century during French Indochina, the Saigon Central Post Office remains as a busy post office even till today.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Saigon Central Post Office

The iconic architecture is extremely popular among tourists, including the interior that displays a portrait of the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. You can write and send postcards to your loved ones, or even do some souvenir shopping of trinkets and stamps!

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 7 am – 7pm daily, except Sunday 8am – 6pm
Address: Số 125 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
How to Go: Right across Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica


4. Attend Mass at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Built entirely with imported materials from France in 1880, the famous Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (Cathedral of Notre Dame) sits right opposite the prominent post office.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Heaps of tourists flock to the cathedral not only because of its iconic red bricks, but also to admire the intricate Roman style interior. Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica remains as a popular wedding location in Ho Chi Minh City for locals and tourists alike.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 7 am – 7pm daily, except Sunday 8am – 6pm
Address: 01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
How to Go: 10-minute walk from Independence Palace


5. Watch a Performance at Saigon Opera House

Constructed in 1897, the Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre) remains beautifully preserved in its French colonial style.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Saigon Opera House

It hosts one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most critically-acclaimed performance known as the A O Show, a captivating performance that encompasses bamboo cirque, contemporary dance, acrobatics and folk instrumental live music.

Entrance Fee: 700,000 VND – 1,600,000 VND for show tickets
Opening Hours: Check official website for show times and to buy tickets online
Address: 07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1
How to Go: Located on Dong Khoi street


6. Shop at Ben Thanh Market

The buzzing Ben Thanh Market is popular among tourists and and locals alike.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Ben Thanh Market

Regarded as a central landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find almost everything Made in Vietnam in these tiny stuffed lanes. Don’t miss the popular Vietnamese coffee beans and powder!

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 6am – 6pm daily indoor market, 6 pm – 12mn daily night market
Address: Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
How to Go: The heart of Ho Chi Minh City!


7. Crawl through Cu Chi Tunnels

This incredible network of tunnels were dug by the Viet Cong to combat against the American and South Vietnamese forces.

Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City (Itinerary Guide) Cu Chi Tunnels

The extensive network was used to house troops, transport supplies, mount surprise attacks, and escape carpet bombings. You can get a peak of the underground life by crawling through cemented and widened parts of the tunnels.

Entrance Fee: 135,000 VND – 450,000 VND, depending on length of tour
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm daily
Address: TL15, Phú Hiệp, Hồ Chí Minh
How to Go: Book a tour with the hotel reception


Conclusion

Walking around Ho Chi Minh City is truly fascinating, especially when classic French architecture remains part of its strong identity, alongside perfectly maintained war relics that feels like the past coming to life. Visit Ho Chi Minh City with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded culturally!

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