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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Market
“A popular market at city central, where you can buy some souvenir and try local food”
  • 209 locals recommend
Museum
“The palace is like a time capsule frozen in 1975. You can see two of the original tanks used in the capture of the palace parked in the grounds. Reunification Palace was the home and workplace of the French Governor of Cochin-China. It has lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture, and a command bunker. Opening hours: Daily 08:00 - 11:00 & 13:00 - 16:00 Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City”
  • 172 locals recommend
History Museum
“The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City first opened to the public in 1975. Once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’, it's a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War. Graphic photographs and American military equipment are on display. There's a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft. You can also see a conventional bomb that weighs at 6,800kg. American troops had used these weapons against the Vietnamese between 1945 and 1975. Opening Hours: Daily 07.30 - 12.00 & 13:30 – 17:00 Location: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City”
  • 155 locals recommend
Church
“Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Located in Paris Square, the name Notre Dame was given after the installation of the statue ‘Peaceful Notre Dame’ in 1959. Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00 Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City”
  • 182 locals recommend
Bar
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“The bar with great view - 5 mins from the Studio :) A bit pricey for the drinks though.”
  • 115 locals recommend
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 Alfred Foulhoux and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century. Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00 Location: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City”
  • 112 locals recommend
Opera House
“Opera House is on Dong Khoi street and it's right in the center of the city.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Department Store
“It can be said that this is a luxurious business center. Compared to other shopping centers, in Takashimaya there are quite a lot of luxurious chain stores from clothes, shoes to food or cafes. In particular, what many people love about this place is its luxurious and eye-catching architecture with fully exploited green space.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This mall have Zara, H&M so many clothes brand and the price is much cheaper than other countries. Movie theater and convenience supermarket included. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Pub
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“Located in the heart of District 1, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham are the destinations of dust tourists when visiting the most crowded city of Vietnam, West Saigon is always bustling with visitors from The West Road is not only home to foreigners but also tourists in the country. Here your first impression will be the noisy and bustling with all kinds of languages, all skin color.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Museum
“Housed in a grand colonial-era mansion, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum holds an impressive collection of art from Vietnam and beyond. Paintings (on silk and in oils), sculpture, ceramics and lacquerware all feature. You can view contemporary works by some of Vietnam’s most important artists, as well as historical pieces, some dating from as far back as the fourth century. Cham art from the seventh to the 14th centuries is also on display. The yellow and white mansion is a work of art in itself; built in the early 1930s, its captivating details include stained-glass windows, marble floors and lofty ceilings. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Zoo
“You can use the bus at the zoo to have a downtown tour at a very good price. You can stay at downtown to walk to Ben Thanh market & come back to the bus destination at the park & come back to the zoo”
  • 58 locals recommend
Park
“Park with a dining area, cheap shopping and a variety of souvenirs with rooms in the way of Vietnam The park is located right next to Bui Vien street”
  • 35 locals recommend
General College & University
“Bitexco is the second tallest building in Saigon. it is highly recommended for tourists”
  • 99 locals recommend
Park
“Leafy public park featuring manicured gardens, a Buddhist temple, play areas & sports facilities. Favorite places by the youth and the elderly to hold any outdoor activity ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later. ”
  • 65 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Japanese pizza, pasta, very fresh and orgarnic ingrediants, fresh cheese, fresh salad. Noted: you need to book a table before came there Location: 5mins from our building”
  • 78 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“CUC GACH QUAN I ‘Cuc Gach Quan’ literally means ‘at my grandmother’s’. This charming 2-storey villa was converted to give an authentic Saigonese home to give a ‘homestyle cooking’ experience. If you want to experience how it is to eat in your Vietnamese granny’s country-side home, come here. The space is warm and inviting and the food is unpretentiously presented. Book ahead! TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence”
  • 94 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“The food is great paired with a really good vibe from the open atmosphere and colorful lanterns of the restaurant. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking for a nice authentic Vietnamese meal but with a slightly hip and modern vibe. Check this place out. Tucked all the way on a rooftop of an old building (inside an alley), Mountain Retreat is definitely worth the 4 storeys climb. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“This is a famous Vietnamese restaurant. Let try it if you are interested with Vietnamese food. Thank you.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
“L‘Usine stocks a unisex collection of contemporary fashion, combined with an art gallery and one of the coolest coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City on the second floor. This is a great place to pop into for a coffee, lunch, drink or a snack, it also contains a concept store retailing emerging Vietnamese labels as well as contributions from abroad”
  • 37 locals recommend
Boutique
“If you are coming down to Saigon and you must definitely try pho (Vietnamese beef soup). There are many places selling pho, you can literally find pho everywhere in Vietnam but this restaurant is very famous in Saigon for its tasty pho. The beef soup here is like made in heaven. The beef tendon is so soft that it melts in your mouth. They sell many varieties of pho besides beef. There is a humongous vegetable plate that comes with the noodle. The smoothies here are excellent too. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“One of the finest and upscale Vietnamese vegetarian place. There's a lot of attention to details from the interiors to the foods. This place is perfect if you feel like having a more curated and special vegetarian dining experience. Or perhaps a date night? ”
  • 46 locals recommend

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