Ho Chi Minh City Discovery

Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city in Vietnam. It was considered as “the pearl of the Far East” for its beauty and specialty. In order to visit all of Ho Chi Minh City attractions, it will take you about 2 or 3 days. As visiting historical sites, amusement parks and Vietnamese restaurants, you can immerse yourself in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, gain exhilarating experience in culture and history, and enjoy one of the best cuisine in the world. The places below are ideal destinations that you should definitely come.

1. Notre Dame Cathedral 

Constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists, following their conquest of the city, the building reaches a height of up to 60m. Its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. At the time it was built, the Basilica was the most beautiful cathedral of this kind amongst all French colonies. All the materials were directly imported from France like red bricks of the outside walls, which retain their bright and lively red color until today. To people’s amazement, the two bell towers, each with the height of 60.5m and 6 bronze bells have just been added in 1895.

Source: Vietnam Online


2. Central Post Office

Located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City - at number 2, Paris Commune Street, District 1, The Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built around 1886 – 1891, based on the design of Gustave Eiffel – a famous French architect and has become a significant symbol of the city, just like its opposite neighbor Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been the busiest post office of the country. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations. By the first time, visitors may feel that they’re brought back to 20th century railway station in Europe, rather than a post office in an Asian country.

Source: Vienam Online


3. Reunification Palace

Palm trees surrounding, the 1960s architecture of this government building and the eerie mood that accompanies a walk through its deserted halls make this place an intriguing spectacle. The first Communist tanks to arrive in Saigon rumbled here on 30 April 1975 and it’s as if time has stood still since then. The ground floor is arranged with meeting rooms, while upstairs is a grand set of reception rooms, used for welcoming foreign and national dignitaries. In the back of the structure are the president’s living quarters. The 2nd floor contributes a card-playing room, completes with a round leather banquette, a barrel-shaped bar, hubcap light fixtures and groovy three-legged chairs set around a flared-legged card table. There’s also a cinema and a rooftop nightclub.

Source: Lonely Planet


4. War Remnants Museum

Formerly it was the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. It is now called the War Remnants Museum, which is consistently popular with Western tourists. When visitors come, they can see US armored vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons which are on display outside. One corner of the grounds is devoted to the notorious French and South Vietnamese prisons on Phu Quoc and Con Son Islands. They can also see a lot of artefacts including that most iconic of French appliances, the guillotine, and the notoriously inhumane ‘tiger cages’ used to house war prisoners. Coming inside, the visitors will be impressed by strong evidence of American and other wars in Vietnam. This place is considered one of the most impressive destinations in Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: Lonely Planet


5. Nha Rong Wharf

Nha Rong Wharf is a cultural site with special relics in Ho Chi Minh City, where late President Ho Chi Minh left to seek ways to save the nation 100 years ago. Nha Rong Wharf - Sai Gon’s trading port on the Sai Gon River – was built in 1863 by French colonialists. The building was a combination of Western and Eastern architecture. It has two dragons "dragons flanking the moon" so often referred to as "The Dragon", and the port is also called Nha Rong Wharf. After the French colonial were defeated in 1954, the port was managed by the South Vietnam government which repaired the roofs of the two houses and replaced the old dragons with two new ones that dace outwards. After Unification Day, the building became a historical relic and memorial area for President Ho Chi Minh.

Source: VietnamNet


6. Cu Chi Tunnel

The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

Source: Wikipedia


7. Ao Dai Museum

Honoring Vietnam's national dress, this large and private museum is located in District 9 that is very a long way from the city center. However, your mind will be blown by its surrounding scenery, which makes you feel like that you are now in Mekong Delta surrounded by water coconut trees and canals The private museum, belonging to a famed designer namely Sy Hoang, was established with the aim of helping both domestic and foreign tourists to learn about Vietnamese dress culture. The museum showcases a fantastic collection of "Ao Dai" in different periods, ranging from the earliest days to the modern time. They were owned by the kings, royal members, noted artists and actresses, etc. In addition, stories around these dresses and their owners are also highlighted. Sy Hoang’s collections that won major prizes at international contests, along with over 3000 photos of the tunic, are also on display. Visiting this place means going for a stroll around the section, which exhibits literature, music, cinema and art inspired by the traditional costume.

Source: Viet Fun Travel 


8. Ben Thanh 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. 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. Being one of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese.

Source: Vietnam Guide