The 15 best things to do in ho chi minh city


Ho Chi Minh City used lớn be known as Saigon although this was officially changed after Ho Chi Minch unified Vietnam giới following the Vietnam giới War. As such, Ho Chi Minc City is a place that is steeped in some of the most important modern history in the world, and you will find references to lớn this on every street corner. If you want to learn more about the period of reunification in Vietphái nam, then you can visit monuments, museums and spots used during the Vietphái nam War like the Cu Chi Tunnels, but you will also find a vibrant modern side khổng lồ the đô thị at the same time.

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Despite its historic và cultural significance, Ho Chi Minh City is also one of the most dynamic spots in Vietphái nam, và you can see this through the cutting edge buildings & the exciting nightlife on offer here. If you want lớn sample some of the local delights, then the street food scene in the thành phố is also one of the best in the country, & you can happily spkết thúc your days eating your way around Ho Chi Minch City, or join a dedicated food tour.

Here are the 25 best things lớn vì in Ho Chi Minh City

1. Try a bowl of pho

Source: CC7 / shutterstockPho Noodles

You can’t come khổng lồ Ho Chi Minh City and not try pho which is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

The soup is made with stoông chồng to lớn which the noodles are then added và you can choose from a variety of toppings khổng lồ customize the dish.

You can also choose from a number of different meats to lớn add khổng lồ your soup such as beef or pork.

If you want lớn try some of the best pho on the city then your best bet is to lớn stop at one the many street food stalls that abound here.

If you are not sure where to start however, then you can try popular chains such as Pho 24 and Pho 2000.

Recommended food tour: Ho Chi Minc City Food by Night: Private Motorbike Tour

2. Visit the Giac Lam Pagoda

Source: Thoai phong / shutterstockGiac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagodomain authority has the clayên ổn to fame of being the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minc City & dates from 1744. T

he pagoda is mix in a pretty garden và the name of the temple actually means ‘Feel the Woods Temple’. At the entrance of the temple you will find a graceful Bodhi tree which is sacred in Buddhism and was actually a present from a visiting monk from Sri Lanka in 1953.

You can walk around the grounds and admire the picturesque architecture here and take in the serene atmosphere at the same time.

3. Tour the War Remnants Museum

Source: DnDavis / shutterstockWar Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is one of the most moving sights in Ho Chi Minc City & is dedicated to lớn educating visitors about the atrocities of the Vietphái mạnh War.

This is one of the most popular museums in all of Vietnam giới & more than half a million visitors come here every year.

Some of the items on display include old military vehicles lượt thích Huey helicopters as well as attack bombers & M48 Patton tanks.

Inside you will also find personal memorabilia of victims of the war as well as old photographs.

Suggested tour: VIP City Highlights: War Remnants Museum và Ben Thanh hao Market

4. Take a Bonkhông đúng River Cruise

Source: People Image Studio / shutterstockHo Chi Minh River

If you want to lớn take in the thành phố from the vantage point of the water, then head for a Bonsai River Cruise.

Here you will get the chance to join a boat ride that includes dinner & takes you back to lớn the days of elegant cruise dining.

The boat is actually a traditional dragon boat that dates from the 19th century & they serve a buffet dinner complete with live sầu music.

Book online: Bonsai Cruise: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River

5. Visit the Central Office

Source: Thoách / shutterstockCentral Post Office

A post office may not sound very exciting but the one in Ho Chi Minch City was designed by Gustave sầu Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.

The building is designed in the Gothic style và dates from 1886 và is still one of the most famous monuments in the thành phố.

Make sure that you go inside, as you will find a huge domed roof and gr& walls which are adorned with maps from the colonial period.

There is also a requisite portrait of Ho Chi Minc, the founding father of modern Vietphái nam.

6. Tour Reunification Palace

Source: Richard Yoshida / shutterstockReunification Palace

Reunification Palace was the former trang chính of the president of South Vietphái nam during the Vietphái nam War.

The building is also steeped in history as this is also the spot where the North Vietnamese invaded in 1975 and Ho Chi Minc City surrendered.

The building looks much as it would have done in 1966 and you can take a không tính tiền guided tour here which will fill you in on the cultural and historical significance of this monument khổng lồ the Vietnam giới War.

7. Have sầu a drink in Pđam mê Ngu Lao Street

Source: Richie Chan / shutterstockPsay mê Ngu Lao Street

If you are looking for some nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City then you need khổng lồ head for Psi Ngu Lao Street.

This is the central bar and coffe hub of the city and you will find a huge range of watering holes here if you fancy a cold drink at the end of a long day’s sightseeing.

Three of the most famous hotels in Ho Chi Minch City are located here in the khung of the Rex, the Majestic và the Caravelle, and they all have rooftop bars with amazing vistas over the glittering thành phố.

8. Grab a coffee in Tao Dan Park

Source: Angy Vaks / shutterstockTao Dan Park

Vietphái mạnh is known for its delicious coffee so it stands khổng lồ reason that it has a svào cà phê culture.

The signature brew here is known as ca phe sua domain authority which is an iced coffee made of a dark roast which is mixed with condensed milk & served over ice.

One of the best places khổng lồ try this is at Tan Tao Park and if you get there in the morning you can go for a walk và pick up a cup from a street stall.

9. Tour the History Museum

Source: TK Kurikawa / shutterstockVietnamese History Museum

The History Museum is located in a beautiful botanical garden và dates from 1929. The museum would have sầu started off as a French colonial villa which has now been turned inkhổng lồ a museum and you will find artifacts here which date bachồng 4,000 years.

Many of the pieces originate from the Bronze Age và there are also items from the Cmê mẩn và Khmer kingdoms.

These include collections of weaponry as well as art pieces & gifts that would have been offered khổng lồ Ho Chi Minc by visiting dignitaries.

10. Take a cooking class

Source: Thy Le / shutterstockCooking Class

Vietphái mạnh is famous for its delicious food and Ho Chi Minc City is no exception.

With that in mind, you can spend your time eating your way around the city, but if you want to know how lớn make some of the dishes yourself then you can also sign up for a cooking class.

You will find classes all over town, & many of these include a market tour so that you can learn all about the local ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine.

Available class: 4-Course Hands-On Vietnamese Cooking Lesson in Small Group

11. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Source: Prasit Rodphan / shutterstockNotre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral was built from 1877 & 1883 and sits in the heart of the đô thị.

The cathedral is designed in the neo-Romanesque style & you can kiểm tra out the towers here which soar lớn a height of 40 meters and are topped with impressive iron spires.

The cathedral got its name from the Virgin Mary & the inside is covered in devotional tablets and pretty stained glass windows.

Staff are on hand during the week to explain all the history of the cathedral to visitors.

12. Travel to the Mekong Delta

Source: Indochimãng cầu studio / shutterstockMekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is made up of 39,000 square kilometers of waterways and this is also one of the most densely populated parts of Vietnam.

The center of the Mekong Delta is around four hours away from Ho Chi Minh City, and many visitors choose khổng lồ visit as part of an organized tour.

Here you will find floating markets as well as schools and homes và this is one of the most chất lượng sights in all of Vietphái mạnh.

Suggested tour: Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinc Trang Pagoda và Rowing Boat

13. Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels

Source: daphnusia / shutterstockCu Chi Tunnels Entrance

The main draw in Ho Chi Minh City is the Cu Chi Tunnels which would have been used by the Vietcong guerillas at the time of the Tet Offensive sầu in 1968. The tunnels are made up of a series of underground chambers which stretch for 30 kilometers out of the thành phố và you can now visit sections of the tunnels and crawl through the small spaces to experience the conditions of the Vietcong during the Vietphái mạnh War.

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Note that this is not an ikhuyến mãi place to visit if you suffer from claustrophobia as the tunnels are very small indeed.

Recommended tour: Cu Chi Tunnels: Half-Day in Small Group

14. Admire the Cao Dai Temple

Source: Sirio Carnevalino / shutterstockCao Dai Temple

There are a number of Cao Dai temples in Vietphái nam although the one in Ho Chi Minh is said to be the most beautiful of its kind.

The temple took some trăng tròn years khổng lồ build và was finally completed in 1956. Inside you will find some ornate carved dragons but the real draw is the set of religious statues here.

These include effigies of Christ, Brahman & Buddha, which reflect a range of faiths in one building.

Combo tour: Blaông chồng Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple và Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

15. Have breakfast at Binh Tay Market

Source: Peter Stuckings / shutterstockBinch Tay Market

Binc Tay Market is located in the Cholon district of Ho Chi Minch City and you will find a large clochồng tower here as well as a central courtyard.

The market was built in the 1880s during the colonial period and you can go for a walk và try out the food stalls here.

These include local dishes like noodle soups or you can just stop by for a coffee.

If possible, try lớn come early in the morning to take in the bustling atmosphere.

16. Scale the Bitexco Financial Tower

Source: Distinctive sầu Shots / shutterstockBitexco Financial Tower

The Tập Đoàn Bitexco Financial Tower was designed by Carlos Zapata & is made up of 68 storeys.

The building soars to a height of 262 meters & is meant to have sầu been designed to lớn resemble a lotus bulb.

On the 48th floor you will find the Saigon Skydeck and you can come here around sunphối khổng lồ take in the stunning vistas over the city.

There is also a rooftop bar if you want to lớn relax with a drink as you take in the scenery below you.

Book online: Bitexco Saigon Skydeông xã +The Heineken Experience Combo Ticket

17. Eat at Banh Xeo 46A

Source: AS Food studio / shutterstockBanh Xeo

If you want khổng lồ try banh xeo when you are in Ho Chi Minh City then you need to head khổng lồ Banh Xeo 46A. Here you will find a local dish named banh xeo which consists of Vietnamese rice flour pancakes which have been stuffed with a mixture of pork, prawns và bean sprouts.

You can also get vegetarian versions if you prefer, or you can also try some of the other local specialties on the thực đơn.

If you are feeling hungry, make sure not lớn miss the goi cuon which are summer rolls stuffed with pork và prawns.

18. Admire the Phoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

Source: tanleimages / shutterstockPhuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

One of the prettiest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City is the Phoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda which is a riot of color and comes in a range of red, gold, yellow & gold hues.

The temple dates from 1902 and is covered in brass ritual ornaments as well as antique weapons.

Also make sure that you kiểm tra out the intricate woodcarvings around the altars, walls và columns, as well as the large and aromatic incense coils.

You will also find colorful hanging lanterns here và the walls are lined with ceramic tiles that tell the stories of local legends.

19. Tour the Ho Chi Minch City Museum

Source: Aleksandar Todorovic / shutterstockHo Chi Minc City Museum

The Ho Chi Minh Museum was built in 1885, although at this time it would have sầu been known as Gia Long Palace, và then as the Revolutionary Museum.

This is widely said to lớn be the grandest building in the city & this is the place to lớn come to learn all about the culture và history of Ho Chi Minch City.

Just some of the collections on show include ceramics, ancient maps of the city, và marriage costumes that belong lớn the various ethnic groups in Vietphái nam.

As you would expect, there are also galleries dedicated to lớn the history of the Vietnam giới War.

đôi mươi. Browse in Ben Tkhô giòn Market

Source: Richie Chan / shutterstockBen Tkhô nóng Market

Ben Tkhô hanh Market is located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City và is a great place to come khổng lồ shop & eat.

On a visit to the market you will find a range of street food vendors selling local snacks, as well as a dry area where you can piông xã up some souvenirs.

You can also cửa hàng for items like local textiles and ceramics although bear in mind that haggling is expected so don’t be afraid to lớn bargain hard.

Available tour: Ben Tkhô cứng Market Tour và Cooking Class

21. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda

Source: Tatiamãng cầu Belova / shutterstockJade Emperor Pagoda

The Jade Emperor Pagodomain authority is dedicated to lớn the Taoist god known as the King of Heaven or Ngoc Hoang.

As you would expect from the name, this is one of the fanciest temples in Ho Chi Minc City and you will find statues of deities here as well as large coils of smoking incense.

The walls are lined with elaborate woodcarvings & the roof is also a work of art in its own right.

If you look up, you will find rooftop statues which show scenes from Buddhist và Taoist legends.

22. Grab a sandwich at Banh Mi Huynh Hao

Source: Olga Kashubin / shutterstockBanh Mi Sandwich

Banh ngươi is probably the most famous of all of Vietnam’s foodstuff as well as being one of the best loved sandwiches in the world.

Banh mày is made from crusty baguette which is then slicked with pate and then topped with chilies và coriander.

This hole in the wall joint is nothing fancy và there are no tables and chairs, but you will recognize it before you see it thanks to lớn the long line of patrons queuing up for one of the best sandwiches in the city.

23. Admire Cha Tam Church

Source: sharptoyou / shutterstockCha Tam Church

Cha Tam Church was built in the 19th century và is painted a beautiful caramel color on the outside.

If you venture into lớn the church itself, you will find a plaque that marks the place where President Ngo Dinc Diem và his brother Ngo Dinch Nhu were seized in 1963 as they tried lớn flee from the presidential palace.

With that in mind, the church is stepped in Vietnamese history và is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

24. Giac Vien Pagoda

Source: чãvìnkωhỉtз / FlickrGiac Vien Pagoda

Giac Vien Pagoda is not the best known temple in Ho Chi Minh City, but it has also not been restored in the way that many others in the đô thị have sầu been, which means that it retains a lot of its traditional charm.

The temple is located near to the Dam Sen Lake và was founded in the 1700s.

Local legover claims that the Emperor Gia Long who died in 1819 used khổng lồ worship here and this is a great place khổng lồ get a glimpse of the Vietnam giới of old.

25. Explore the Fine Arts Museum

Source: Peter Stuckings / shutterstockFine Arts Museum

Located in a colonial style mansion, the Fine Arts Museum is a great place to come for anyone who is an art lover.

This charming museum features a range of Vietnamese art work that dates from the Bronze era all the way to lớn the present day.

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Just some of the galleries that you can enjoy here include pottery, ceramics, sculpture, & paintings, và you will even find an exhibition that is dedicated khổng lồ displays of ancient weaponry.

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