9 Top Tourist Attractions In Ho Chi Minh City

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9 Top Tourist Attractions In Ho Chi Minh City

Are you planning to come to Ho Chi Minh City and looking for places to visit here? The following 9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city will give you the answer.

Ho Chi Minh City leaves a deep impression on anyone who comes here. The streets are flooded with lights, colorful signs, pubs, cafes, sidewalk beer pubs, busy vehicles on the road, or entertainment areas that are open until late at night...that makes Saigon become "Paradise of entertainment, shopping and food" of Vietnam.

1. Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market has long been associated with Saigon people, many tourists love and choose special items that are not sold at any market. Discover Ben Thanh market with our Ho Chi Minh city tours to see what this place sells to get information about items in the market for visitors a meaningful trip.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - In front of Ben Thanh market
In front of Ben Thanh market (image: sayhi)

Usually, the clock tower located at the main gate is considered the main symbol of the Ben Thanh market. Operation time: The market started to operate from 4am.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Inside of Ben Thanh market
Inside of Ben Thanh market (image: internet)

It can be said that there is no market in Vietnam that attracts high-density and multinational tourists like Ben Thanh Market. One of the reasons why Ben Thanh market is always bustling is due to its central location and Ben Thanh brand name.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Souvenirs for sale in Ben Thanh market
Souvenirs for sale in Ben Thanh market (image: internet)

Most travel companies in Vietnam include Ben Thanh Market in their tours.

2. Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Walking Street

Bui Vien walking street is really bustling at night, there are many bars, pubs, cafes, or street food stalls on the sides of the road with lots of tables and chairs set close together, bring joyful and bustling atmosphere.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Walking Street (image: internet)

Visitors to the pedestrian street Bui Vien will enjoy 4 free services, including: Toilet, Wi-Fi network, information lookup service and free support by happy young volunteers. In addition, there are many free art activities to serve tourists every weekend.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - A food shop at Bui Vien walking street
A food shop at Bui Vien walking street (image: internet)

Although mostly serving tourists, the price at Bui Vien area is very popular and listed specifically, visitors can comfortably shop here without worrying about the price.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Bui Vien Walking Street is always crowded at night
Bui Vien Walking Street is always crowded at night (image: internet)

Featured in the pedestrian street of Bui Vien are barbecue stalls. There are all kinds of seafood, goats, cows, wings or chicken legs, only from $ 1USD. There is also a motorbike rental service. Renting scooters costs 200,000 VND/day (9 usd), other types cost 180,000 VND/day (8 usd). Services like massage cost from 100,000 to 150,000 VND/hour (4-7$), beauty services, nail polish cost only 120,000 VND (5$). In order to stimulate consumption, many stores also have discount programs to attract customers.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Services on Bui Vien walking street are quite cheap
Services on Bui Vien walking street are quite cheap (image: internet)

Many tourists enjoy sitting and drinking coffee, watching people and vehicles on the street walking Bui Vien. Not only enjoying specialties, to Bui Vien pedestrian street, visitors also enjoy special music programs, street art performances. This is really an attractive destination every night for domestic and foreign visitors.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - A store selling takeaway items on Bui Vien walking street
A store selling takeaway items on Bui Vien walking street (image: internet)

3. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue walking street has long become a destination that not only attracts tourists but also local people. Located in District 1, Ho Chi Minh city, beside the main street, there are many interesting things around that you may not know.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Nguyen Hue walking street
Nguyen Hue walking street (image: internet)

Nguyen Hue Street is compared to some modern street in a foreign country, no wires on the head, no garbage, neat streets. The long road is paved with clean granite tiles with 2 fountains, a system of green trees and flowers are displayed vividly.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - On weekends, Nguyen Hue street only allows walking
On weekends, Nguyen Hue street only allows walking (image: internet)

In the evening, especially on Saturdays or Sundays, you will see street artists performing in front of an audience. From the folk monochord to the deep guitar or a hiphop performance. Occasionally there is a big show, you will see a spectacular staged stage, a professional sound and lighting system, and the number of people coming here will increase many times.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Nguyen Hue walking street on weekdaysNguyen Hue walking street on weekdays (image: sayhi)

According to the ancients, in the late 20th century, this place was a place to trade flowers for traditional Tet. Now, this street is no longer a flower trading place but becomes a flower road that attracts thousands of tourists on Tet. The flowers are carefully selected, most elaborately arranged, creating beautiful spaces, typical for each year, so this place is called Nguyen Hue Flower Street.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Nguyen Hue flower street
Nguyen Hue flower street (image: internet)

4. War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum is a place to collect, storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum (image: internet)

Vietnamese Wars possibly the only thing in mind of foreigners before coming to this nation. Though the country has changed itself and the prejudice has somehow been replaced by a new modern developing image, it’s crucial for tourists to look at the war from a different perspective. And this famous museum is where they can transform an ordinary visit to an intellectual yet remarkable trip.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - International visitors at the museum
International visitors at the museum (image: internet)

Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibition frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Military aircraft at the museum
Military aircraft at the museum (image: internet)

5. Bitexco Financial Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Built at a time of unprecedented growth of Vietnam's economy, Bitexco Financial Tower was built to represent the country's aspirations, it is also a symbol of a new and dynamic Vietnam.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - From the Sky Deck, you will have a panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh city
From the Sky Deck, you will have a panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh city (image: internet)

The "Saigon Sky deck" observation area is located on the 49th floor and offers sweeping views across the city and the winding Saigon River. Above on the 50th floor is a good café and restaurant. There are also local art exhibitions held on the Sky Deck, where you can also purchase souvenirs, including textiles and locally produced tea.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Bitexco Financial Tower
Bitexco Financial Tower (image: internet)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Address: 2 Hai Trieu, Ben Nghe, 1 District
Opening hours: Daily from 09:30-21:30
Entrance fee: adult/children 200,000/130,000d

6. Cu Chi Tunnels - Underground Maze

The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels
Cu Chi tunnels (image: internet)

From 1948, the work never stopped and resulted in a massive collection of tunnels that were eventually used in the war with the American also. The tunnels were used as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - A tunnel at Cu ChiA tunnel at Cu Chi (image: internet)

The tunnels were designed with several levels and effective air filtration systems to help them to survive the Cu Chi carpet-bombing by the Americans and were dug so deep that tanks could pass overhead without causing any damage to the tunnels.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Tourists go down the tunnel at Cu Chi
Tourists go down the tunnel at Cu Chi (image: internet)

The complex of Cu Chi tunnels is a destination not to be missed in Ho Chi Minh City. Today many of the tunnels have been enlarged to allow visitors the dirty and claustrophobic experience of crawling through a portion of the underground network, past secret trapdoors and booby traps laid against invasion.

7. Duc Ba cathedral

Located on the main road of the city center. This cathedral looks striking with European architecture combining Roman and Gothic styles. Duc Ba cathedral is not only an important cathedral of Saigon diocese, it is also the pride of people in Ho Chi Minh City today.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Duc Ba cathedralDuc Ba cathedral (image: Thanh Nha)

8. Reunification Palace - Independence Palace

Independence Palace (also known as Reunification Palace) is located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, quite close to some other attractions. You can go from there to the Saigon's Post Office or the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to do some shopping, it is also not far from the luxury department store Diamond Plaza.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Independence Palace
Independence Palace (image: internet)

From the outside, it’s hard to guess the building’s purpose, although simply by its size and the spacious lawns in an otherwise cramped Ho Chi Minh City, you can tell it was important.

Independence Palace is a symbol of the victory, the peace, and the territorial integrity of Vietnam country. Thanks to its historical significance, it is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Tourists take photo at the independent palace
Tourists take photo at the independent palace (image: internet)

Today in most locals' minds, the palace is remembered vividly as a marked end to the war, just like the fall of Berlin Wall, as the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on April 30th, 1975.

The Reunification Palace is open all the week from 7.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM. Entrance ticket is VND 30,000 (about $1.4). Guided tours in English are also available. Getting there is extremely easy by taxi, motorbike or walking, as the palace is so well-known and right in the center.

9. Tao Dan Park

Located in Ho Chi Minh city's District 1, behind the Reunification Palace. Tao Dan Park is one of the ideal hidden place for escape from the busy atmosphere in Ho Chi Minh city.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - Tao Dan park
Tao Dan park (image: internet)

A park most visitors to the city will walk through, as it offers a quiet path from the Saigon backpacker area to Ben Thanh market, 23-9 Park is a thin park that stretches the length of Pham Ngu Lao. Feel the serenity of the lush green space as you go for an early morning or evening stroll. Bask under the shady trees in the afternoon.

9 top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city - There are monuments in Tao Dan park
There are monuments in Tao Dan park (image: internet)

We have just discovered 9 attractive tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh city. Wish you have a wonderful trip to Ho Chi Minh city. If you need a Ho Chi Minh city tour, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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