5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Jul 22, 2021

Justly famous as the cradle of revolutionary movements, Vietnam is also Vietnam: it has a dynamic culture, magnificent scenery, diverse traditions, and tropical climate. For those looking to relax and enjoy a little luxury in Asia, the sun and sea in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city, make it the perfect place to do so.

The place to start in the former French colonial city is the famous Lycée Hoc Mai (Hoc Mai High School). Then check out the Saigon Museum, which houses magnificent ancient ethnic minority architectural treasures, and the neighboring Notre Dame Cathedral. And after an afternoon of relaxation and exploration, if you're looking for something active to do, why not sign up for a tour or some surfing?

No matter what you're into, make sure to try Vietnamese cuisine and the refreshingly invigorating A-La-Bas. Vietnam is one of the most fun destinations you'll find on Earth! Plan your trip with our guide to the top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Ben Thanh Market

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The best place to buy souvenirs in HCM City is the Saigon Central Market, Ben Thanh Square. The square itself is a collection of boutiques and small shops that sell clothing, furniture, crafts, food, jewelry, and art. Beneath the south-facing terrace is the Ben Thanh Market, a lively place that offers a true taste of HCMC. Among its wares are spices, cooked rice, incense, silk products, and other Vietnamese treats. The market runs every day from 8:30 to 18:00 and is a useful stop for souvenirs and souvenir-shopping. For more boutiques and shops check out the Ben Thanh Night Market. This takes place every night from 19:00 to 24:00 along Tha Tien on Street, the third and last street leading to the river from Phan Boi Chau.

War Remnants Museum

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The War Remnants Museum (gày màu chiến trấn thuật Việt Nam) was opened in 1976. Located on a former battlefield, it focuses on displaying weapons, weapons, and more weapons that were used during the 20 years of violent warfare that ravaged Vietnam until its signature capitulation to the United States on April 30, 1975. More than 60,000 people were killed in this period. Although it has been rebuilt after a 1979 attack by a group of Buddhist monks, it is still regarded as the museum that symbolizes the military-imposed regime that lasted from 1945 to 1975. The museum opened to the public in 1995 and remains a brutal display of weapons and military uniforms that are meant to symbolize the brutality of this period.

The Reunification Palace

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The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City is a fascinating collection of buildings that symbolize the power and oppression of the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. The unembellished government buildings built during the French colonial era give no clues about what went on in the non-public rooms of these buildings. The mementos of the tragic struggle of a young Vietnamese people against the old colonial regime are left for the curious visitor to discover. It is a great memory trigger and can send you back into a state of panic about war.

Hoi An Ancient Town

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Hoi An Ancient Town is a picturesque center-city that's more than 1,500 years old. More than 300 wooden houses with creaky floors and ornate doors lined its streets. One of the oldest cities in Vietnam, the town is in many ways still a picturesque warren of old lanes and alleyways with fascinating sights and the backdrop of a gorgeous tropical landscape. Enjoy meals in local restaurants in old French-style houses or dine on the best French-Vietnamese cuisine. Travel between Hoi An's main attractions can be done by boat or motorbike as the city is bordered on the north by the Binh Xuyen River.

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Built during the late 1950s, the Cu Chi Tunnels were built by the Viet Cong as living quarters, a hospital, a hospital and pharmacy, and several military barracks. In total, this long network of tunnels and underground chambers is 40 kilometers long and was used as a hiding place from the French troops during the Vietnam War. The tunnels offer visitors the chance to get a fascinating glimpse into life during the Vietnam War as well as the fascinating sight of over 40 intact underground rooms, complete with their original furnishings. The best way to see the tunnels is to follow the guided tours. The tours are pretty informative and can be arranged through travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City or local tours companies.