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Best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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.”
132 locals recommend
Museum
“Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập), also known as Reunification Palace (Vietnamese: Dinh Thống Nhất), built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Saigon, Vietnam. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, when a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through its gates.”
151 locals recommend
Market
“Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day but all the same its well worth a look. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese. ”
168 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. In 1962, the Vatican conferred the Cathedral status as a basilica and gave it the official name of Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Measuring almost 60 metres in height, the cathedral’s distinctive neo-Romanesque features include the all-red brick façade (which were imported from Marseille), stained glass windows, two bell towers containing six bronze bells that still ring to this day, and a peaceful garden setting in the middle of downtown Ho Chi Minh City District 1.”
152 locals recommend
Bar
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“Highlighted on the terrace of the AB tower, Chill Skybar is a place with the ideal space for bursting moments. Chill Sky bar is divided into many areas such as restaurant, smoke-free area and outdoor space with beautiful view. Chill Skybar also offers delectable cocktails and fine dining with carefully selected ingredients and skilled chefs. Make sure you don't wear short and flip-flop please.”
110 locals recommend
Department Store
“Shopping mall complex with a nice blend between luxury and other merchandises.”
67 locals recommend
Opera House
“The Saigon 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 central close by.”
87 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. ”
102 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. ”
61 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.”
108 locals recommend
Museum
“The Fine Arts Museum is indispensable for those who are keen on Vietnam arts and culture. Although the museum itself is not big and modern enough, its abundant collections can make up for these mistakes. The museum focuses on collecting, keeping, preserving and displaying fine artworks typical of Vietnamese people, especially Ho Chi Minh City and the South. Worth the go for its French-Chinese architecture.”
56 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
Zoo
“Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a plant and animal conservation park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is the 8th largest zoo in the world.”
54 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 ”
32 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The beauty of Saigon was once inspired by French architectures during the last century. As a desire to bring back the resonance of the immemorial Saigon. Not only delicious pizzas but also great experiences in the poetic space here. ”
79 locals recommend
General College & University
“one of the highest tower in Viet Nam, you can go to the EON51 Cafe, which is The Highest Café – Restaurant – Bar in Saigon. ... consecutive levels 50-51-52 of Bitexco Financial Tower”
96 locals recommend