Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still often called, offers fascinating sights to see and is also the gateway to various key attractions. On top of that enjoy great shopping and fantastic choice in dining.
Here’s our top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
1. Explore the historic French Colonial Architecture
Without doubt the French occupation of Saigon left magnificent photo opportunities and a great history to explore while in Ho Chi Minh City. Begin with a visit to the replica of the Notre Dame Cathedral before venturing across to the old Post Office, a colourful and intricate building. While there send an old-fashioned postcard back home!
2. Marvel at the Underground Tunnels
Number 1 on most people’s visit to Saigon is the trip out to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the myriad of tunnels showcases an ingenuity and resourcefulness that helped the North conquer the US led South during the Vietnam War.
Located around kilometres from downtown Saigon, a guided tour of the tunnels is the best way to experience them. Travel by road or join us on our speedboat excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. A half day of fascinating insight.
3. Shop shop shop!
Ho Chi Minh offers great shopping and as it is often the end of a tour for many people doing a full tour of Vietnam, Saigon is a great place to fill up your suitcase before heading home.
Choose from the top European labels and high-end boutiques around the old Opera House, Union Square Mall and around the historic Rex Hotel. Or for a modern easy shopping experience and great dining, the new Saigon Square mall is a great choice.
Then for all your bargain bags, clothes and knick-knacks head over to Ben Thanh Market, where at the end of the day you can venture outside to the street food market.
4. Head up for the view
Exploring Ho Chi Minh Cities streets delights the senses with the modern combined with older areas hiding delightful traditional shops and industries and around every corner you’ll see local street food, vendors and markets. But to really appreciate this megacity head up Bitexco Tower to the Saigon Skydeck.
The Tower is Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest building, standing at 262 meters, with the designed based on Vietnam’s national flower, The Lotus. The Observation deck is on the 49th Floor and shows you the sprawling city in every direction. Ho Tung Mau Street.
5. Eat and Enjoy
Ho Chi Minh City is fast becoming a culinary hot spot with a huge variety of stunning cuisine.
For a special night out take your pick from a range of 5-star dining including French Restaurants such as Carmague located at 74/7D Hai Ba Trung, District 1. Or for a banquet of incredible food for a great price you cannot beat the nightly buffet at Restaurant Nineteen located off the lobby in the 5-star Caravelle Hotel, Lam Son Square. Afterwards take the historic elevator to their rooftop ‘Saigon Saigon’ bar for open air drinks.
You can also choose from magnificent Italian, Chinese and of course local Vietnamese Cuisine, ranging from cheap street food to stunning dining by renown chef Luke Nguyen at Vietnam House on Dong Khoi Street.
Vegetarian are well catered for and one of the top picks must be Hum with several branches located around the city, while 4P’s deliver modern fire cooked Pizza’s.
Grab an appetite and head out, Saigon has much to taste as well as see!