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Ho Chi Minc City, formerly known as Saigon, is a bustling city that you should absolutely visit while traveling in Vietnam. There are so many beautiful temples, enlightening museums, delicious local dishes & a vibrant nightlife lớn experience… You’ll love sầu our guide to the Best Things to lớn Do while visiting Ho Chi Minc City for discovering the must-see sites of Saigon!

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Where is Ho Chi Minc City?

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest thành phố in Vietnam giới. It’s located in south Vietnam giới near the border of Cambodia.

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Before the Vietnam giới War, the two countries were divided into lớn North & South Vietnam giới. Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam, while Hanoi was the capital of North Vietnam giới. The name was changed from Saigon khổng lồ Ho Chi Minch City after the north won the war & took over the south.

Hanoi is now the capital of the unified country of Vietnam giới, but Ho Chi Minch City remains a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

Traveling to Saigon

In fact, the largest airport in Vietphái mạnh is in Ho Chi Minh City. There are many international flights khổng lồ and from here, & so it’s a a great location lớn start your tour of Southeast Asia.

If you’re wondering how many days to lớn spend in Ho Chi Minh City, you should plan lớn spend 2 full days khổng lồ give sầu yourself time khổng lồ see all of the best things lớn bởi vì in Saigon.

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Do you need a tour guide in Saigon?

If you want a super easy and stress-không lấy phí trip, I highly recommkết thúc booking a tour with Indochimãng cầu Voyages. They offer sample itineraries for your visit khổng lồ Vietnam, but they are also happy khổng lồ customize a tour specifically lớn your desires.

When you book a tour with Indochimãng cầu Voyages, your hotels and entry fees are included, so when you add it all up it’s really not that much more expensive sầu to have a private driver và guide in Vietnam giới when you consider all of the taxis, hotels, tickets, etc you’ll have sầu khổng lồ book yourself. Plus, your trip will be so much easier và more enjoyable knowing that there is someone to make all of the detailed arrangements for you.

Indochimãng cầu Voyages is a locally-owned family business thats loves sharing their country with foreign visitors. Their team will pick you up at the airport, & you will have your own private guide & driver with you for your entire trip. You’re not just another client khổng lồ them — you are a new friend! They will make sure you see all the best things to vì in Vietphái nam because they are excited to lớn chia sẻ it with you.

President Jimmy Carter even chose Indochimãng cầu Voyages to lớn be his guide while traveling to Vietphái nam in 2009!

Tell Tuan Kevin & Amandomain authority sent you!

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Here are the most important things that you absolutely don’t want khổng lồ miss during your visit to lớn Ho Chi Minc City! We’ll show you so you some hidden gems you won’t see on a regular tour.

Best Things To Do in Saigon, Ho Chi Minch City:

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Start Your Day With Vietnamese Coffee

Wonderfully svào and sweet, we loved starting each day with a Vietnamese Iced Coffee. You can find this cold, creamy drink everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City! We were obsessed with the delicious version offered at our hotel for breakfast.

Have you had Thai coffee before? Vietnamese coffee is similar in that both are brewed lớn produce a strong coffee flavor. Like Tnhị coffee, traditional Vietnamese coffee includes a generous addition of sweetened condensed milk. This creates a rich, creamy, and deliciously sweet drink.

Served over a glassful of ice, Vietnamese coffee is a perfectly perky and refreshing way to get going exploring Ho Chi Minh City!

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Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietphái nam are an unbelievably expansive sầu system of underground tunnels that run below much of Ho Chi Minch City.

This area was once a base during the Vietnam giới War, and everything needed by the soldiers was located underground. In the photos above sầu you can see an underground kitchen và hospital. They are covered with a thatch roof now (for easier viewing by tourists), but during the war they were completely underground.

These tunnels were so difficult lớn find because of the complex system of “trap doors” (pictured above). Some lead lớn the tunnels while others led lớn spiked traps! Also, American soldiers were usually too big to crawl through the tiny tunnels even if they found the correct entrance.

You can now explore portions of the actual Cu Chi Tunnels (và try to lớn crawl through them yourself!) while learning more about the history of the war.

For a more hands-on experience, you have sầu the opportunity to shoot a real AK-47 rifle from the war. You can vày this even if you’ve never shot a gun before. Of course, this is an optional part of the tour!

Visit a Rubber Tree Plantation

Did you know rubber bands grow on trees?? Stop by a rubber tree plantation on the way bachồng from the Chu Chi Tunnels & see for yourself!

Plantations throughout South Vietphái mạnh produce latex and rubber used in products from tires khổng lồ medical instruments. It’s pretty amazing khổng lồ see the raw khung of this precious material we use in so many of our daily items.

That rubber thing I’m pulling in the picture looks & feels just like a rubber band!

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Tour the Saigon Independence Palace

Now known as the Reunification Palace, the Independence Palace was formerly the trang chính & workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam giới War. It was also the famous site of the over of the Vietphái nam War, when a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through the gates.

The building was renamed Reunification Palace after negotiations between North và South Vietphái mạnh were completed in 1975. Much of the decor has been kept the same, so taking a tour of the national monument today feels lượt thích a surreal step bachồng in time.

And the War Remnants Museum

Located just a few minutes away from Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minch City is the War Remnants Museum.

Here you’ll see military equipment, photos, & exhibitions all relating lớn the Indochimãng cầu and Vietnam giới wars. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits at the museum. Exhibits include items like a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter & “tiger cages” that were used lớn house prisoners. There are also many international photojournalism collections from the wars on display.

While these monuments và museums are not necessarily “fun” sites khổng lồ visit while traveling in Vietnam giới, they are crucial locations for understanding and appreciating the rich, complex history of Saigon & modern day Vietphái nam.

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Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda (Ngoc Hoang Pagoda)

After learning about the historical side of the region, now it’s time khổng lồ see more of the beauty & culture of the thành phố.

Pictured above is a colorful Taoist pagoda known as the Jade Emperor Pagoda, also called the Tortoise Pagoda. It was built by the Chinese community in 1909, và remains a popular religious site and tourist destination today.

It is noteworthy that President Baraông xã Obama visited this temple while traveling in Vietphái nam in năm 2016.

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See the Pink Church in Saigon (Tan Dinh Church)

Another strikingly beautiful religious monument in Ho Chi Minh City is the Pink Church, known as Tan Dinc. A bright, bold pink color saturates the entire exterior of the church.

This Roman Catholic church was built in the 1800s, & is the second largest church in the thành phố.

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Visit the Pink Moment Cafe directly across the street for the best view of the church. They have super delicious smoothies & spring rolls, plus some gorgeous pholớn op spots. It’s a great place lớn take a break during your day of touring Ho Chi Minc City!

Visit the Ba Thien Hau Pagoda

Another well-known Chinese-style Buddhist temple khổng lồ visit in Ho Chi Minh City is the Ba Thien Hau Pagodomain authority. This colorful temple is dedicated khổng lồ the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu, also known as the “Empress of Heaven.”

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The temple was originally constructed in the 1700s by the Cantonese community living in Saigon, & continues to lớn be an active sầu place of worship today.

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Stroll Backpacker Street (Bui Vien Walking Street)

Bui Vien, also known as Backpacker Street of Ho Chi Minch City, is a long street lined with bars, restaurants, cafes, small shops, and souvenirs.

It is called “Backpacker Street” because of the great number of hostels and cheaper hotels in the area. And since it’s where backpackers like lớn travel while visiting Ho Chi Minh City, most of the restaurants và shops tover lớn be on the inexpensive side.

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At night Bui Vien comes alive with loud music, bright neon lights, khiêu vũ, street vendors và entertainers. This popular destination for both locals and tourists is a great place to enjoy some interesting people-watching along with your dinner và drinks!

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Try Vietnamese Egg Coffee

While you’re visiting Backpacker Street, be sure to lớn try an authentic Vietnamese Egg Coffee. Little HaNoi Egg Coffee is a super cute cafe that we love. It is a super charming place to stop & get your second wind for the evening.

Similar to Vietnamese Iced Coffee, egg coffee is sweetened with a generous helping of sweetened condensed milk. It is whipped with egg yolk và poured inlớn strong, hot coffee to lớn create an incredibly rich và creamy latte-like drink.

Egg coffee is more famous in Hanoi, where it originated, but is still quite popular in Ho Chi Minc City. It’s totally quality lớn the country and you’ll only find it when you travel to Vietnam!

Stop by the Saigon Central Post Office

The Ho Chi Minc City Post Office, also known as the Saigon Central Post Office, was constructed when Vietnam was a French colony in the 1800s. The massive sầu building is a striking example of French, Renaissance, & Gothic architecture, and is still beautifully preserved.

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And the Notre Dame Cathedral

Located right next door lớn the Central Post Office is the Notre Dame Cathedral of Vietnam giới. This is another French colonial landmark và popular tourist destination. It is made entirely of materials imported from France in the 1800s. The beautiful building is a wonder khổng lồ see for yourself!

Shop at the Ben Tkhô cứng Market

One of the first and most iconic buildings still standing from the former capital of Saigon is the Ben Tkhô hanh Market. It’s undergone many renovations, but has continued lớn operate for over 100 years.

The indoor/outdoor market includes over a thousvà vendors & runs both day and night. You’ll find everything for sale from food items & clothes khổng lồ furniture & household goods.

But a heads up: Don’t plan to lớn buy your souvenirs here while visiting Ho Chi Minc City. Everything is overpriced for tourists! However, if you are wanting to lớn practice your haggling skills, this is the place khổng lồ vì chưng it.

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Snap Some Pics at Saigon’s Umbrella Street

The Umbrella Street of Ho Chi Minch City is a popular spot for taking photographs. Dozens of bright, colorful umbrellas hang high in the air along strings of lights lớn create this modern art installation. Stop by và take a few pictures for Instagram during your visit lớn Saigon!

Here’s the exact location of the umbrellas on Google Maps.

Where khổng lồ Stay in Ho Chi Minh City

We highly recommover that you stay at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza while visiting Ho Chi Minc City. There are so many lavish amenities that staying here is lượt thích taking a vacation within a vacation!

The khách sạn is located in the heart of the city, conveniently near many of the best attractions. Rooms here are modern và comfortable, và have the best views of downtown Saigon.

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The rooftop pool is a piece of paradise, và is where you’ll want to lớn spkết thúc all of your không tính phí time. From here you can see all of downtown Saigon.

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Just look at that amazing sunset view from the rooftop pool! This is a great place to lớn have a sunset drink as you unwind each night.

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Not only is the Sofitel Saigon Plaza luxurious & relaxing, the khách sạn and staff are so attentive và thoughtful. We were traveling in Vietphái nam on my birthday, & I found this sweet treat waiting for me in the room when we got back after a long day of touring Saigon.

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You are sure to enjoy a wonderfully memorable trip lớn Ho Chi Minc City when you treat yourself to a stay here!

Questions about Saigon / Ho Chi Minch City?

Do you have sầu any questions about traveling lớn Saigon? Let me know in the comments! We want khổng lồ make your trip as easy as possible, so we’ll bởi vì our best to lớn help.