Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon is the biggest city in Vietnam and the powerhouse of the Vietnamese economy. Ho Chi Minh City is 2 hours’ flight from Hanoi. There are several flights between Ho Chi Minh City and tourist destinations in Vietnam and major international hubs in the world.

 Since Vietnam is back on the travelers’ map, Ho Chi Minh City has always been among the top tourist destinations in the country for foreign visitors. Senior travelers travel to the city to find something of Old Saigon and young tourists spend days in Ho Chi Minh City getting soaked in the energetic vibe. Everyone ends up having a good time and words of mouth spread hence the popularity. Below you can find a list of what to do in Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon.

The Reunification Palace, Saigon Vietnam
The Reunification Palace, Saigon Vietnam

- Taking a historical tour learning about the city’s history: the History Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the War Remnants Museum, the Re-unification (or Independence) Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. These sites provide you good information related to the history of Ho Chi Minh City since the beginning, the French arrival and influence, the most recent wars…

- Taking a Vietnam War Tour by visiting the former combat sites: the Cu Chi Tunnel and the Iron Triangle including Cu Chi and Ben Cat ( or “Bear Cat” in Binh Duong), American Embassy and the Tet Offensive, Nui Dat Long Tan (in Ba Ria Vung Tau).

- Getting to know the lifestyle of the biggest Chinese community in Vietnam in Saigon China Town: the Thien Hau Pagoda, Binh Tay Market.

- Taking a food tour with visit to a local market to get materials for your cooking class, often the visit is done at the Ben Thanh Market, right in the city center. Alternatively you can take a scooter night food tour tasting different dishes in hidden corners of chaotic Saigon.

- Enjoying a night walk on the flowery street of Nguyen Hue and buzzing nightlife at Bui Vien Street with funky bars and sidewalk cafes.

- Enjoying a dinner cruise on the Saigon River. There are different cruises to suit different budgets.

- Getting soaked in the amazing beauty of Saigon at night from the rooftop bars or the old famed Saigon Bar, or the tallest city highrise.

- Enjoying a cultural show at the Municipal Theatre to learn more about the Vietnamese contemporary arts and performances.

- Taking a day tour to nearby tourist attractions: Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple, the Mekong Delta, the seaside city of Vung Tau, the cajeput forest of Can Gio...