Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

What to See in Ho Chi Minh City

One factor that makes Ho Chi Minh City exceptional is the contrast between the old and the new. This is the country’s business centre, and there are many areas under development, but there are also many places and buildings from earlier eras that are well preserved and well worth visiting to see the French colonial influences as well as ancient Buddhist sites.

From fine art (Mariamman Hindu Temple) to war memorabilia (Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum), the list of things to see in Ho Chi Minh City is seemingly endless.


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Top 10 Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh Top 10 Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh

With our guide to the Top 10 Best Attractions in Ho Chi Minh you can get all of the information you need to ensure you don’t miss anything this fascinating city has to offer. Read More...

Most Popular Attractions in & near Ho Chi Minh

Ben Thanh Market Ben Thanh Market

Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Read More...

 
Bitexco Financial Tower & Sky Deck Bitexco Tower & Sky Deck

This Tower stands 262 metres high at the centre of the city’s business district and offers visitors an unparalleled city view from its Sky Deck. Read More...

Cao Dai Temple Cao Dai Temple

The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same.  Read More...

 
Cholon - Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown Cholon - Chinatown

It’s obvious when you arrive in Chinatown as all the shop names are in Chinese characters. And you will hear a few merchants of the older generation speaking Mandarin Chinese. Read More...

Cu Chi Tunnels Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are basically a huge war museum offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Cong-era soldiers. Read More...

 
Dong Khoi Street Dong Khoi Street

Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was called Rue Catinat. Read More...

 

Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office

The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Read More...

 
Giac Lam Pagoda Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an important historical site in 1988. Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Zoo & Botanical Gardens Ho Chi Minh City Zoo

Founded more than 100 years ago, Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Gardens (aka Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens) are listed as one of the oldest zoos in the world. Read More...

 
Jade Emperor Pagoda (Tortoise Pagoda) Jade Emperor Pagoda

The Jade Emperor Pagoda, also known as Tortoise Pagoda, was built at the turn of the 20th Century by a community of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzho. Read More...

Mariamman Hindu Temple Mariamman Hindu Temple

Situated close to the Ben Thanh market, the Mariamman Hindu temple serves the small community of 100 or so Chinese and Vietnamese Tamil Hindus living in Ho Chi Minh City. Read More...

 
Notre Dame Cathedral Notre Dame Cathedral

In a quiet corner of bustling downtown Ho Chi Minh City stands Notre Dame Cathedral, the one remaining stronghold of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Read More...

Vietnamese Street Vendor Pham Ngu Lao Street

The Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1 is where most backpacking travelers first land in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a similar scene to Khao San Road in Bangkok, but on a smaller scale. Read More...

 
Opera House Opera House

The Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant, colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. Read More...

Reunification Palace Reunification Palace

The iconic Reunification Palace made its name in global history when in 1975 a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its main gate – thus signifying the end of the Vietnam War. Read More...

 
Saigon River Saigon River

A boat tour round Ho Chi Minh City on the Saigon River offers the chance to see the varied lifestyles surrounding this busy metropolis.  Read More...

War Remnants Museum War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War with many graphic photographs and American military equipment on display. Read More...

 
Water Puppet Shows Water Puppet Shows

Traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Shows remain one of the cultural draws for most travellers to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Other Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Bink Quoi Tourist Village

As the name suggests, this village is tailor-made for package holidaymakers, but nonetheless offers a pleasant choice of activities including water puppet shows, boat rides, and river cruises. It was built in 1994 by the Sai Gon Tourist Corporation on the banks of the Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District, eight kilometres from the centre of Saigon. Generally considered the largest tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, it has an evening dinner cruise with cultural show. 

Central Post Office

The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Gustave Eiffel – the renowned engineer who also designed the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower – and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century. Read More...

Cong Vien Van Hoa Park

Formerly a club for the French colonists, this elegant tree-shaded sports club has numerous tennis courts and a swimming pool which are open to the public for a reasonable fee. There is also a gym and table tennis facilities. In the early morning, there are usually groups of locals practicing the art of thai cuc quyen (slow-motion shadow boxing).

Address: 115 Nguyen Du St, District 1

History Museum

The History Museum was built in 1929. It was expanded and thoroughly renovated in 1975, when it was renamed the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum. It houses a good collection of displays and illustrations depicting the cultural evolution of the country from ancient times plus valuable artifacts from Angkor Wat and household implements, clothing, ceramics and weaponry from Vietnam’s past.

Location: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1.

Ho Chi Minh Opera House

The Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant, colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays. Performances are advertised around the building and information can be found in the state-operated tourist information centre Saigontravel close by. Read More...

Revolutionary Museum

The many interesting exhibits inside this beautiful white neo-classical building illustrate the Communist-inspired struggle for independence from French and then American dominance. Construction of the museum began in 1885 and was completed in 1890 under the eye of French architect Alfred Foulhoux. It was put to a variety of uses over the next 90 years before becoming the Ho Chi Minh City Revolutionary Museum in 1978. 

Location: 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1.

Xa Loi Pagoda

This pagoda, the largest in Saigon, was built in 1956 to contain fragments of bone from The Buddha – Xa Loi means “sacred bones”. The pagoda was a centre of political protest against the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem and in August 1963 it hit headlines around the world when troops attacked monks and nuns barricaded inside at the start of a campaign that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Buddhists around the country. 

Location: 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street in District 3

The Fine Art Museum

The 16-room Fine Art Museum exhibits a broad spectrum of exhibits including contemporary paintings, some of which are for sale, along with older, fascinating works of art, including some valuable Cham, Indian and Khmer pieces. The museum is at 97A Duc Chinh street, District 1, just a few blocks from the traffic circle in front of Ben Thanh Market

Address: 97A Duc Chinh street, District 1

The Quoc Tu Pagoda

The pagoda is next to a children’s amusement park. Built in 1962, is has seven storeys, though usually only the first two are open. Visitors are welcome to view the beautiful shrine and Buddha statues inside. Around it are lakes and gardens. 

Location: 244 Ba Thang Hai Street, in District 10

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Ho Chi Minh City Tours & Excursions

If your schedule does not allow you to spend many days in Ho Chi Minh City, you should at least take a Saigon City Tour. A good way to start the day is to join the local people in Vietnamese-style morning exercise, followed by a visit to one of the local markets, a lesson in cooking traditional Vietnamese food or a tasting homemade honey-tea session. Read More...

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