Ho Chi Minh attractions: Interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh attractions: Interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City

26-12-2016 11:46 Posted by: Thao Tran
Do you know tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City? Look at this list in order not to miss any best attractions of the city.

1. Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

1, Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Opening hours: 8:30 – 10:00 am, 14:30 – 15:30 pm (Mon – Fri).

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Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is always among Ho Chi Minh attractions of many tourists (Instagram/world_of_bryce)

Located on the main street line of district 1 in the downtown, this cathedral is one of Ho Chi Minh attractions featuring European architecture with roman and gothic style with a pair of biggest bells of Vietnam.

2. Saigon central post office

2, Cong Truong Cong Xa Paris, District 1.

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Unique architecture of arch inside the Central post office (Instagram/yeehuii)

As one of the best tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, the post office has two giant historical maps of Saigon on both walls. It features gothic architecture and has 35 stalls inside to serve customers. There are also stalls selling souvenirs including handicrafts showcasing the cultural character of Vietnam.

This office is situated next to many Vietnam tourist attractions that are the Notre Dame Cathedral and the shopping center Diamond Plaza and Cafe De La Poste.

3. Independence palace

135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

Opening hours: 7:30 – 11:00 am, 13:00 – 16:00 daily.

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Independence palace is the proud of all Vietnamese people (Instagram/oilicnidnam)

Once visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral, it is a miss if you don’t pass by a nearby another famous place in Ho Chi Minh.

The Independence Palace is ranked as one of the most well-known Ho Chi Minh attractions. This palace was designed in combination of Feng Shui and oriental architecture but it does present the modern and unique style.

4. Ben Thanh market

Opening hours: 7:00 am – 19:00 pm daily.

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Ben Thanh market is brightening in sunlight (Instagram/mapmapbeobeo)

Once setting your foot in district 1, you should not miss visiting Ben Thanh market - one of the most symbolic Ho Chi Minh City attractions.

The market has four gates facing towards Quach Thi Trang square and many other main streets. Inside the market, various traditional and modern commodities are available for sale that tourists can choose from as gifts for family members and friends.

5. Nguyen Hue walking street

Located in the heart of district 1, this crowded ward is one of interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Hue Street has many hotels and shopping centers.

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Nguyen Hue walking street is splendid when being looked from high above at night (Instagram/bhirtwish)

The square on Nguyen Hue Street is linked with Metro station, the theater of Ho Chi Minh city and the square of Thu Thiem urban area. Specially, it has free WIFI coverage over this street that assures multiple-access simultaneously.

Every day, mostly at weekends, this street attracts thousands of visitors who come here for entertainment, sightseeing and taking photos around this famous place in Ho Chi Minh City.

6. Bitexco tower

One of tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City near Ben Thanh market is Bitexco Tower. The tower was designed under inspiration of the national symbol which is a lotus rising up towards the sun.

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Majestic view of Bitexco tower (Instagram/gablegrip)

The tower is 262 m in height (68 floors) including offices, shopping mall, food courts, helicopter station and an observation deck, etc.

7. Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels are situated 70 km northwest away from Ho Chi Minh City and consist of two sites what are also favorite Ho Chi Minh attractions:

Ben Duoc tunnel: The Committee base & Saigon – Gia Dinh Military Zone are preserved in Phu Hiep hamlet, Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district.

Ben Dinh tunnel: The Committee base of Cu Chi district is preserved in Ben Dinh hamlet, Nhuan Duc commune, Cu Chi district.

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Complex of ancient architecture in Cu Chi tunnels (Instagram/kiwiile)

This is the spot zooming out the versatile battlefield of the army forces and people of Cu Chi in the fierce war of resistance throughout 30 years. These tunnels lie underground with multi-layers and lanes like cobwebs and accommodate rest rooms, meeting rooms and battleground in total length of over 200 km.

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These tunnels lie underground with multi-layers and lanes (Instagram/Enjoy.the.way)

8. The museum of Vietnamese history

2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 (next to Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden).

Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:30 am; 13:30 – 16:30 pm (Tue – Sun).

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Entrance of Museum of history (Instagram/banzanc1)

This is formerly the Museum of Blanchard de la Brosse built in 1929. The museum offers 25000 newspaper and book titles, as well as precious documents for the research of archeology, ethnology, history, etc. Once visiting this famous place in Ho Chi Minh, you will have chances to contemplate and study about thousands of valuable objects on display.

9. The war remnants museum

28 Vo Van Tan, District 3.

Opening hours: 7:30 – 12:00 am, 13:30 – 17:00 pm (daily)

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This museum still preserved many relics and items of the war (Instagram/yaroslavmoskin)

A visit here will certainly bring you genuine feelings about a fierce war period and chances to contemplate the objects on display such as jet fighters, guns, tanks, guillotines, tiger cages. Furthermore, a Southwest Border Defense War-themed exhibition room is also available.

10. Thu Thiem Tunnel

This is the biggest river-crossing tunnel in the Southeast Asia and over the East-West Boulevard. This tunnel has its own nice position which crosses a section of Saigon River where it flows in such a way to embrace this beautiful city.

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Thu Thiem tunnel - The biggest river-crossing tunnel in the Southeast Asia(Instagram/jet.pham)

11. Anh Sao Bridge

Positioned in the high-class Urban Area of Phu My Hung, district 7, this bridge crosses Thay Tieu canal which is designed in crescent shape.

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Sparking Anh Sao Bridge at night (dulichvietnam)

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The rainbow of water in Anh Sao bridge (Instagram/phuckenji)

At both bridgeheads, there are two squares in unique architectural design: a square featuring half-moon shape and the remaining featuring sun shape, and the middle is a cool lake.

12. Boarding tour on river

Experiencing a boarding tour in Saigon River will give you a chance to discover the rural and simple beauty in this exciting city. Notably, it doesn’t cost much for such a boarding tour.

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What an amazing experience while wandering along the river in the yatch like this (Instagram/hanny1993)

Address: There are many options for a boarding tour on Saigon River from Bach Dang Terminal in Ton Duc Thang Street (district 1, HCMC) or Saigon Port at no. 3, Nguyen Tat Thanh, district 4, HCMC.

13. Suoi Tien Theme Park

120 Hanoi Highway, Tan Phu ward, district 9.

Opening hours: 8h00 – 17h30 (Mon – Fri), 8h00 – 18h00 (Sat-Sun), 6h30 – 22h00 (holidays). 

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Suoi Tien looks like a fairy world where people can enjoy relaxing moments (Instagram/inthapaint)

Suoi Tien Theme Park is one of interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City that has a variety of entertainment actitivties to attract tourists to Saigon. That is why many people choose it as a must-visit place among many other Ho Chi Minh attractions.

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