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Ho Chi Minc City used khổng lồ be known as Saigon although this was officially changed after Ho Chi Minch unified Vietphái nam following the Vietnam War. As such, Ho Chi Minc City is a place that is steeped in some of the most important modern history in the world, & you will find references to this on every street corner. If you want to learn more about the period of reunification in Vietphái mạnh, then you can visit monuments, museums and spots used during the Vietphái mạnh War like the Cu Chi Tunnels, but you will also find a vibrant modern side khổng lồ the đô thị at the same time.

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Despite its historic & cultural significance, Ho Chi Minc City is also one of the most dynamic spots in Vietnam, and you can see this through the cutting edge buildings & the exciting nightlife on offer here. If you want to lớn sample some of the local delights, then the street food scene in the đô thị is also one of the best in the country, & you can happily spkết thúc your days eating your way around Ho Chi Minch City, or join a dedicated food tour.

Here are the 25 best things to vì chưng in Ho Chi Minc City

1. Try a bowl of pho

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You can’t come to lớn Ho Chi Minch City and not try pho which is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

The soup is made with stoông xã lớn which the noodles are then added & you can choose from a variety of toppings khổng lồ customize the dish.

You can also choose from a number of different meats to lớn add khổng lồ your soup such as beef or pork.

If you want to lớn try some of the best pho on the đô thị then your best bet is khổng lồ stop at one the many street food stalls that abound here.

If you are not sure where lớn start however, then you can try popular chains such as Pho 24 và Pho 2000.

Recommended food tour: Ho Chi Minc City Food by Night: Private Motorbike Tour


2. Visit the Giac Lam Pagoda

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Giac Lam Pagodomain authority has the clalặng to lớn fame of being the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minc City and dates from 1744. T

he pagoda is mix in a pretty garden và the name of the temple actually means ‘Feel the Woods Temple’. At the entrance of the temple you will find a graceful Bodhi tree which is sacred in Buddhism và was actually a present from a visiting monk from Sri Lanka in 1953.

You can walk around the grounds và admire the picturesque architecture here & take in the serene atmosphere at the same time.


3. Tour the War Remnants Museum

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The War Remnants Museum is one of the most moving sights in Ho Chi Minch City and is dedicated lớn educating visitors about the atrocities of the Vietphái nam War.

This is one of the most popular museums in all of Vietnam và more than half a million visitors come here every year.

Some of the items on display include old military vehicles lượt thích Huey helicopters as well as attaông chồng bombers & M48 Patton tanks.

Inside you will also find personal memorabilia of victims of the war as well as old photographs.

Suggested tour: VIPhường City Highlights: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh hao Market


4. Take a Bonkhông đúng River Cruise

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If you want to lớn take in the thành phố from the vantage point of the water, then head for a Bonkhông nên River Cruise.

Here you will get the chance to join a boat ride that includes dinner và takes you baông chồng lớn the days of elegant cruise dining.

The boat is actually a traditional dragon boat that dates from the 19th century và they serve a buffet dinner complete with live music.

Book online: Bonkhông đúng Cruise: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River

5. Visit the Central Office

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A post office may not sound very exciting but the one in Ho Chi Minh City was designed by Gustave sầu Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.

The building is designed in the Gothic style and dates from 1886 & is still one of the most famous monuments in the city.

Make sure that you go inside, as you will find a huge domed roof and grvà walls which are adorned with maps from the colonial period.

There is also a requisite portrait of Ho Chi Minch, the founding father of modern Vietnam giới.

6. Tour Reunification Palace

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Reunification Palace was the former home of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam giới War.

The building is also steeped in history as this is also the spot where the North Vietnamese invaded in 1975 & Ho Chi Minch City surrendered.

The building looks much as it would have done in 1966 và you can take a không lấy phí guided tour here which will fill you in on the cultural & historical significance of this monument to the Vietphái mạnh War.


7. Have sầu a drink in Psay đắm Ngu Lao Street

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Source: Richie Chan / shutterstochồng Pmê say Ngu Lao Street

If you are looking for some nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City then you need to head for Pđắm đuối Ngu Lao Street.

This is the central bar and coffe hub of the đô thị & you will find a huge range of watering holes here if you fancy a cold drink at the over of a long day’s sightseeing.

Three of the most famous hotels in Ho Chi Minc City are located here in the khung of the Rex, the Majestic & the Caravelle, and they all have rooftop bars with amazing vistas over the glittering city.

8. Grab a coffee in Tao Dan Park

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Vietphái nam is known for its delicious coffee so it stands to lớn reason that it has a strong cafe culture.

The signature brew here is known as ca phe sua domain authority which is an iced coffee made of a dark roast which is mixed with condensed milk and served over ice.

One of the best places to lớn try this is at Tan Tao Park and if you get there in the morning you can go for a walk & pick up a cup from a street stall.


9. Tour the History Museum

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The History Museum is located in a beautiful botanical garden and dates from 1929. The museum would have started off as a French colonial villa which has now been turned into lớn a museum & you will find artifacts here which date bachồng 4,000 years.

Many of the pieces originate from the Bronze Age và there are also items from the Cmê mẩn và Khmer kingdoms.

These include collections of weaponry as well as art pieces & gifts that would have been offered lớn Ho Chi Minh by visiting dignitaries.

10. Take a cooking class

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Vietnam giới is famous for its delicious food và Ho Chi Minc City is no exception.

With that in mind, you can spend your time eating your way around the thành phố, but if you want lớn know how to lớn make some of the dishes yourself then you can also sign up for a cooking class.

You will find classes all over town, & many of these include a market tour so that you can learn all about the local ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine.

Available class: 4-Course Hands-On Vietnamese Cooking Lesson in Small Group

11. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame Cathedral was built from 1877 & 1883 and sits in the heart of the thành phố.

The cathedral is designed in the neo-Romanesque style và you can kiểm tra out the towers here which soar to a height of 40 meters & are topped with impressive iron spires.

The cathedral got its name from the Virgin Mary & the inside is covered in devotional tablets và pretty stained glass windows.

Staff are on hvà during the week to lớn explain all the history of the cathedral khổng lồ visitors.

12. Travel lớn the Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta is made up of 39,000 square kilometers of waterways and this is also one of the most densely populated parts of Vietphái nam.

The center of the Mekong Delta is around four hours away from Ho Chi Minch City, và many visitors choose to lớn visit as part of an organized tour.

Here you will find floating markets as well as schools and homes & this is one of the most chất lượng sights in all of Vietnam.

Suggested tour: Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinh Trang Pagodomain authority & Rowing Boat

13. Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels

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Source: daphnusia / shutterstock Cu Chi Tunnels Entrance

The main draw in Ho Chi Minh City is the Cu Chi Tunnels which would have been used by the Vietcong guerillas at the time of the Tet Offensive sầu in 1968. The tunnels are made up of a series of underground chambers which stretch for 30 kilometers out of the thành phố và you can now visit sections of the tunnels and crawl through the small spaces lớn experience the conditions of the Vietcong during the Vietnam War.

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lưu ý that this is not an ikhuyến mãi place to visit if you suffer from claustrophobia as the tunnels are very small indeed.

Recommended tour: Cu Chi Tunnels: Half-Day in Small Group

14. Admire the Cao Dai Temple

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There are a number of Cao Dai temples in Vietphái nam although the one in Ho Chi Minh is said to lớn be the most beautiful of its kind.

The temple took some đôi mươi years to build và was finally completed in 1956. Inside you will find some ornate carved dragons but the real draw is the mix of religious statues here.

These include effigies of Christ, Brahman và Buddha, which reflect a range of faiths in one building.

Combo tour: Blachồng Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

15. Have sầu breakfast at Binc Tay Market

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Binh Tay Market is located in the Cholon district of Ho Chi Minc City & you will find a large clock tower here as well as a central courtyard.

The market was built in the 1880s during the colonial period và you can go for a walk and try out the food stalls here.

These include local dishes lượt thích noodle soups or you can just stop by for a coffee.

If possible, try to come early in the morning to lớn take in the bustling atmosphere.

16. Scale the Tập Đoàn Bitexco Financial Tower

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The Bitexco Financial Tower was designed by Carlos Zapata và is made up of 68 storeys.

The building soars khổng lồ a height of 262 meters and is meant khổng lồ have been designed to lớn resemble a lotus bulb.

On the 48th floor you will find the Saigon Skydeck và you can come here around sunphối lớn take in the stunning vistas over the city.

There is also a rooftop bar if you want to relax with a drink as you take in the scenery below you.

Book online: Bitexco Saigon Skydeông xã +The Heineken Experience Combo Ticket

17. Eat at Banh Xeo 46A

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If you want to try banh xeo when you are in Ho Chi Minc City then you need to lớn head lớn Banh Xeo 46A. Here you will find a local dish named banh xeo which consists of Vietnamese rice flour pancakes which have been stuffed with a mixture of pork, prawns & bean sprouts.

You can also get vegetarian versions if you prefer, or you can also try some of the other local specialties on the menu.

If you are feeling hungry, make sure not lớn miss the goi cuon which are summer rolls stuffed with pork và prawns.

18. Admire the Phoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

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Source: tanleimages / shutterstock Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagodomain authority

One of the prettiest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City is the Phoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda which is a riot of color và comes in a range of red, gold, yellow và gold hues.

The temple dates from 1902 and is covered in brass ritual ornaments as well as antique weapons.

Also make sure that you check out the intricate woodcarvings around the altars, walls and columns, as well as the large và aromatic incense coils.

You will also find colorful hanging lanterns here và the walls are lined with ceramic tiles that tell the stories of local legends.


19. Tour the Ho Chi Minc City Museum

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The Ho Chi Minh Museum was built in 1885, although at this time it would have been known as Gia Long Palace, and then as the Revolutionary Museum.

This is widely said to lớn be the grandest building in the thành phố và this is the place lớn come lớn learn all about the culture and history of Ho Chi Minc City.

Just some of the collections on show include ceramics, ancient maps of the đô thị, and marriage costumes that belong lớn the various ethnic groups in Vietnam giới.

As you would expect, there are also galleries dedicated lớn the history of the Vietnam giới War.

20. Browse in Ben Tkhô hanh Market

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Source: Richie Chan / shutterstock Ben Tkhô nóng Market

Ben Thanh Market is located in the center of Ho Chi Minc City & is a great place to lớn come khổng lồ siêu thị and eat.

On a visit to lớn the market you will find a range of street food vendors selling local snacks, as well as a dry area where you can pick up some souvenirs.

You can also siêu thị for items like local textiles & ceramics although bear in mind that haggling is expected so don’t be afraid khổng lồ bargain hard.

Available tour: Ben Tkhô giòn Market Tour and Cooking Class

21. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda

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The Jade Emperor Pagoda is dedicated to lớn the Taoist god known as the King of Heaven or Ngoc Hoang.

As you would expect from the name, this is one of the fanciest temples in Ho Chi Minch City và you will find statues of deities here as well as large coils of smoking incense.

The walls are lined with elaborate woodcarvings và the roof is also a work of art in its own right.

If you look up, you will find rooftop statues which show scenes from Buddhist và Taoist legends.

22. Grab a sandwich at Banh Mi Huynh Hao

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Banh mày is probably the most famous of all of Vietnam’s foodstuff as well as being one of the best loved sandwiches in the world.

Banh mày is made from crusty baguette which is then slicked with pate & then topped with chilies & coriander.

This hole in the wall joint is nothing fancy và there are no tables và chairs, but you will recognize it before you see it thanks khổng lồ the long line of patrons queuing up for one of the best sandwiches in the thành phố.


23. Admire Cha Tam Church

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Cha Tam Church was built in the 19th century và is painted a beautiful caramel color on the outside.

If you venture into lớn the church itself, you will find a plaque that marks the place where President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were seized in 1963 as they tried to lớn flee from the presidential palace.

With that in mind, the church is stepped in Vietnamese history & is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

24. Giac Vien Pagoda

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Source: чãvìnkωhỉtз / Flickr Giac Vien Pagoda

Giac Vien Pagoda is not the best known temple in Ho Chi Minh City, but it has also not been restored in the way that many others in the city have sầu been, which means that it retains a lot of its traditional charm.

The temple is located near to the Dam Sen Lake & was founded in the 1700s.

Local legend claims that the Emperor Gia Long who died in 1819 used lớn worship here và this is a great place khổng lồ get a glimpse of the Vietphái mạnh of old.


25. Explore the Fine Arts Museum

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Located in a colonial style mansion, the Fine Arts Museum is a great place to lớn come for anyone who is an art lover.

This charming museum features a range of Vietnamese art work that dates from the Bronze era all the way lớn the present day.

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Just some of the galleries that you can enjoy here include pottery, ceramics, sculpture, & paintings, & you will even find an exhibition that is dedicated lớn displays of ancient weaponry.


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