No visit would be complete with visiting the 10 Top Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City is more commonly known as Saigon to the local people. This huge city is located in the south of Vietnam. There are many reminders of the role of that this city played in the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese people call the American War. Visitors should see what happened, and many of the recommendations, while slightly disturbing are a part of this city’s great history.
Saigon is a beautiful and very busy city. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial hub, yet Hanoi, which is also beautiful yet different is the capital city of Vietnam. The Old Quarter is worth exploring in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh is known for many things including its French inspired architecture and boulevards, and the food stalls that line the streets. It is also a city where the traffic is crazy, but where you quickly get used to walking through the motorbikes to explore more of this fascinating city.
While there are a lot more things to recommend, and I will be doing this in another article, for a first-time visitor to Ho Chi Minh city, these are the 10 Top Tourist Attractions you will definitely want to see.
An amazing way to see these sites is to let a local show you. Hop on the back of a motorbike and let the local people take you to these sites, and explain their history. We recommend One Trip Adventures, a company we found by accident but one that gave us an amazing experience.
- 1 10 Top Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
- 2 War Remnants Museum
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City
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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular museums in Vietnam, with disturbing exhibits and reminders of the war.
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC
Official site: http://warremnantsmuseum.com/
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre
Water puppetry originated in rural villages in the Delta and has been performed in Vietnam for more than 1,000 years. It is an iconic thing to do when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Official site: http://www.goldendragonwaterpuppet.com.vn/
Thiên Hậu Temple, Chinatown
This is one of the oldest Chinese temples in the city, dedicated to the Lady of the Sea. You can find it in ChoLon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City
Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
The twin square towers rise almost 60 meters above the city. The Notre Dame Cathedral was built from 1877 to 1883, as a symbol of the power of the French colony.
Address: Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Bến Nghé, tp. Hồ Chí Minh, Ho Chi Minh
Saigon Opera House
Located on the stunning tree-lined Le Loi Avenue, it was built as Opėra de Saigon in 1897 by Eugene Ferret. The only way to see the inside of the theatre is to purchase a ticket to a show.
Address: 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
This is also known as Independence Palace, and shows the historic events that took place during the war, not mention the opulence and the grandeur of the privileged people. On April 30, 1975, a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through the iron gates bringing an end to the Vietnam War. The Palace has stayed mostly in this state.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh Market & Saigon Square
It is quite touristy yet there are many local things to enjoy at these very busy markets. The local food stalls have very cheap and very good food/
Address: 32 Phan Bội Châu, Bến Thành, Hồ Chí Minh City
Jade Emperor Pagoda
This is in the back streets of Ho Chi Ming City, and manu locals now call is Obama Temple, as the ex-President of the US visited there. There is a lot of incense as many local worshippers, and candles light candles to pray for a good life.
Address: Đa Kao Quận 1 Vietnam, 73 Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Hồ Chí Minh
You can get to have an aerial view of the city of Ho Chi Minh from the tower.
Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 21:30
Address: 36 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office
Across the road from the Notre Dame Cathedral is the French colonial-style post office. It was built by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris . The post office is still in use today.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00 Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
These are the 10 Top Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, and there are more experiences to be had within the city, and not far away from city, like visiting the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels.