Top 7 Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh


Ho Chi Minh City, also still known as Saigon, is the most worthwhile place to visit in Vietnam. A large number of French buildings will give you a sense of being in Paris. As a transportation hub in southern Vietnam, the rich surrounding tour is also a major feature. The beauty of Ho Chi Minh can only be experienced if you have been there! What to do in Ho Chi Minh? Among countless things you could do in Ho Chi Minh, top 7 things to do in Ho Chi Minh listed below may be the best choices for your Ho Chi Minh trip.


1. Go to the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral to Pray

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the classic symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, which is sacred and beautiful in the hearts of the locals. Built in 1883, the Red Church is modeled after the design of the Notre Dame de Paris, and is majestic and magnificent. You can come here at the time of mass and feel the sincere prayer of the local people. The cathedral is open for public from Monday to Saturday morning and afternoon. If you want to attend a Mass, they are held twice a day on weekdays and seven times on Sundays. The Sunday morning mass is held in English. Please remember to dress appropriately.


2. Send a Postcard at the Central Post Office

Central Post Office

The monumental Central Post Office is next to the Red Church and has a history of 100 years. It is one of the oldest post offices still in use in the world. The vintage central post office is an important must-see landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, which was built at the end of the 19th century. Sending a postcard to your friends and family is undoubtedly the most desirable thing for visitors. Although free postcards are provided in the post office, the baskets for postcards are usually just a display. It is recommended to pick postcards in other places and then go to the post office to fill in and send. The postcards sent from here seem to travel through time and space.


3. Have a Drink on Pham Ngu Lao Street

Pham Ngu Lao Street

As a famous travel and business district in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao Street has been showing its vitality for almost 24 hours. Pham Ngu Lao Street still retains the narrow streets in the middle of the last century, the close-knit shops and the tangled wires of the air, and it is these very old Saigon-style scenes that attract a steady stream of tourists around the clock and experience the unique beauty of the place. This is the most popular area for backpackers and foreigners. The famous bars connect the streets in tandem. Have a drink in a lively bar and feel the life of the locals.


4. Enjoy a Saigon River Night Cruise

Saigon River Night Cruise

The Saigon River runs through the whole Ho Chi Minh City from the east to the west that is the source of life for Ho Chi Minh. The Saigon River night cruise tour is an essential part of a trip to Ho Chi Minh. Saigon River is veiled in the glittery neon lights on its banks. At this time, a Saigon River Cruise is one of the best ways to see all Saigon. Visitors can watch the performances on the boat while having dinner, or head to the plywood to enjoy the night view of the riverbank where the lights are everywhere.


5. Appreciate the Breathtaking Show at the Saigon Opera House

 Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. Whether it is the interior embossed decoration or the exterior shape, it is built according to the same kind of French opera house at that time. The Ho Chi Minh City Theatre has different styles of performances every week, from Eastern European gymnastics performances to classical music to traditional Vietnamese dramas. The performance usually starts after 8pm. If you have any doubts, you can check with the front desk of the theatre or the hotel staff.


6. Haggle for bargains in Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is the largest trade market in Ho Chi Minh City, from food, daily necessities, handicrafts, jewelry to souvenirs are all-inclusive. It is only 5 minutes’ walk from the Pham Ngu Lao Street. The quality is uneven, the price is relatively virtual, and the counter-offer space is large. If you’d like to buy souvenirs, Ben Thanh Market is the best choice.


7. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnel is one of the ten most enjoyable underground projects in the world. During the Anti-French War, in order to avoid the raids of the French colonists, the Vietnamese built underground tunnels in each village, and later the tunnels were connected to form more than 200 kilometers of the Cu Chi tunnel. Visitors come to the Cu Chi tunnel to experience the feeling of underground life. The tunnel is narrow and short, and explorers need to bend over, hold a flashlight, and even climb to pass.


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