Top 6 Things to do and Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

After opening its doors to foreign investors, Vietnam is now an attractive tourist destination with many things to do and attractions, especially in Ho Chi Minh City. In this post, you’ll find out where to eat, stay and enjoy the things to do and attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

1. Shopping at Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square

There are 2 great places to shop at in Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square.

 Saigon Square Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Square Ho Chi Minh City

 Inside Saigon Square Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Inside Saigon Square Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

 Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City

 Inside Ben Thanh Market Vietnam
Inside Ben Thanh Market Vietnam

 Outside Ben Thanh Market at night - street stalls!
Outside Ben Thanh Market at night – street stalls!

At Saigon Square, you can get high quality shirts and bags at a fraction of the cost as compared to shopping centres. Not sure of its authenticity but quality is definitely good. Still using the bags we got from Saigon Square. No problems so far.

At Ben Thanh Market, it is centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City and is a venue to shop for local goods. You can get coffee, souvenirs and more here. The cool thing is that at night, the market itself closes but the street along it converts into a night market, bustling into life. Clothes at the night market somehow costs cheaper than the market itself during the day. Strange…

Last but not least, close by Ben Thanh Market, there’s an art gallery where you can get high quality art at cheap prices. For instance, we got a huge oil painting for 60USD including framing! Here’s a video of the artists at work…

2. Authentic Vietnamese Food

Tired of having low quality food that touts themselves as “Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine”? Fret no more! In Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be able to really savour authentic Vietnamese cuisine and here are some examples of the great Vietnamese food that you can get in HCMC!

 Lunch at this stall inside Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City
Lunch at this stall inside Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City

 Vietnam Coffee and Grilled Pork / Spring Roll Vermicelli for a total of 100,000 dong about 5USD
Vietnam Coffee and Grilled Pork / Spring Roll Vermicelli for a total of 100,000 dong about 5USD

 Prawn and chicken spring roll Saigon Centre Cafe Terrace
Prawn and chicken spring roll Saigon Centre Cafe Terrace

 Pork Vermicelli Saigon Centre Cafe Terrace
Pork Vermicelli Saigon Centre Cafe Terrace

 Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine Ho Chi Minh City
Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine Ho Chi Minh City

 Combination Dish @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine
Combination Dish @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine

Fried Vietnamese Spring Rolls @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine
Fried Vietnamese Spring Rolls @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine

 Chicken Pho @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine
Chicken Pho @ Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine

BBQ Pork at Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine
BBQ Pork at Lemon Grass Vietnamese Cuisine

Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

3. Cu Chi Tunnels

One of the biggest war memorial and attraction in Ho Chi Minh City is the Cu Chi Tunnels. Here you will learn about the Vietnam war and how the Viet Cong fought to hold off US attacks. You can also get to experience the tunnels by climbing through the cramped, 120km long tunnels. Of course just a stretch of it. Not all 120km. It’s really tiring and dark! Definitely not recommended for people who are not fit or have claustrophobic tendencies…

 Network of Cu Chi tunnels sub-divided into 3 tiers or layers
Network of Cu Chi tunnels sub-divided into 3 tiers or layers

 Entrance to one of the tunnels
Entrance to one of the tunnels

 Ventilation for the tunnels disguised as an ant hill
Ventilation for the tunnels disguised as an ant hill

 Entrance to the visitor tunnels
Entrance to the visitor tunnels

 Entering the deep dark abyss
Entering the deep dark abyss

Yes, we climbed through these tunnels and No, they're not brightly litted. Just Dark. Light came from the flash of the camera
Yes, we climbed through these tunnels and No, they’re not brightly litted. Just Dark. Light came from the flash of the camera

Traps deployed during Vietnam War
Traps deployed during Vietnam War

 A trap disguised as part of the terrain
A trap disguised as part of the terrain

A door trap
A door trap

4. War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum tells about the cruel realities of war. Be prepared for gory depictions of this reality. If you’re not prepared for the gruesome details, just scroll through the following and really treasure the peace that we enjoy today…

 War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh City

 Introduction to the War Remnants Museum
Introduction to the War Remnants Museum

 What to expect at the War Remnants Museum
What to expect at the War Remnants Museum

How a POW was treated during Vietnam War
How a POW was treated during Vietnam War

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Exhibition on the use of Orange Agent during Vietnam War

 Use of Orange Agent by the US forces, effects of which are still felt today
Use of Orange Agent by the US forces, effects of which are still felt today

5. Reunification Palace aka Independence Palace

The Reunification Palace was the home and workplace of the South Vietnamese President during the Vietnamese War and was also where the war ended in 1975.

 Reunification Palace also known as Independence Palace Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Reunification Palace also known as Independence Palace Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

 Garden with fountain taken from the Reunification Palace
Garden with fountain taken from the Reunification Palace

 Entrance fee of 30,000VND (approximately $2)
Entrance fee of 30,000VND (approximately $2)

 Conference room inside the palace
Conference room inside the palace

 A huge hall - probably for hosting of guests
A huge hall – probably for hosting of guests

 Historical equipment used in the war room inside the palace
Historical equipment used in the war room inside the palace

 Exhibits outside the palace
Exhibits outside the palace

6. Take a picture with one of these Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

There are several places tourist spots sprinkled throughout HCMC and you may want to take a couple of shots with these tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City..

 Ho Chi Minh City Attractions and Things to do Map
Ho Chi Minh City Attractions and Things to do Map

 Rex Hotel Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Rex Hotel – Drop off point of transport by Royal Caribbean Cruise

 City Hall Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
City Hall Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

 View of the HCMC City Hall at night
View of the HCMC City Hall at night

 Opera House Ho Chi Minh City
Opera House Ho Chi Minh City

 The Post Office Ho Chi Minh City
The Post Office Ho Chi Minh City

 Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh City

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Things to do and attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
Things to do and attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

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4 Comments on Top 6 Things to do and Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

  1. Wonderful list of amazing attractions and great recommendations! Saigon Square has recently opened up a second wing called Saigon Square 2, and it’s just as nice to shop in as the first! It’s really nice to visit the French colonial-style buildings you mentioned (e.g. City Hall, Opera House, Post Office) too just to take in the gorgeous architecture. Fun fact: the Post Office was actually designed by the same guy who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

  2. Really interesting and informative post. I agree with you Ho Chi Minh city is an amazing city to visit. I’ve been there several times but definitely have to come bạck for more.

    Thanks for sharing!

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