Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Being the most dynamic city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is an attractive destination for foreign tourists traveling in Vietnam. With many special attractions, Ho Chi Minh City has never disappointed tourists who fall in love this land. Specially, in Ho Chi Minh, you can experience many memorable moments with various things to do. Below is list of top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City that you should not miss in any your trip.

Visit War Remnants Museum to face up to the past

The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Operated by the government, the museum was opened in September 1975 as “The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government”, focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Since then, it has undergone many changes and renovations due to the process of normalization of relation between Vietnam and the United States, such as the change to its current name in 1993. Indochina tours

Visiting War Remnants Museum is the first thing to do for almost foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City

Visiting War Remnants Museum is the first thing to do for almost foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City

The museum is one of the most famous history museums in Vietnam and visiting the museum is the first thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City for almost tourists visiting this city. It comprises several buildings storing military equipment, as well as disturbing photographs about the traumatizing consequences of Agent Orange, napalm and phosphorus bombs. There are also pictures about atrocities such as My Lai massacre, a guillotine used by Southern Government of Vietnam. Visiting the War Remnants Museum brings foreign tourists many chances to learn more about wars in Vietnam and look at the war from a different perspective.

Wander Dong Khoi Street

Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was the centre of glamour and was called Rue Catinat. Now Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the city’s commercial life. It is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street. Vietnam travel packages

Wandering Dong Khoi Street is a must-do thing in Ho Chi Minh

Wandering Dong Khoi Street is a must-do thing in Ho Chi Minh

In any trip to Ho Chi Minh City, you should walk along Dong Khoi Street to admire what is left of the colonial architecture. You will start from the southern end on the bank of the Saigon River; and have a look along the way at the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, the Caravelle Hotel, the stunning Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office, and the Hotel de Ville, which is now the People’s Committee Building, ending at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris Square.

Enjoy the street food

Vietnam’s reputation as one of the world’s tastiest street food nations is well deserved.  While many of the pricier restaurants can be disappointing, the street food will be an ideal choice for you with reasonably prices.

Street food is very popular in Ho Chi Minh City

Street food is very popular in Ho Chi Minh City

Sumptuous street fare abounds on every corner, but for fine dining that will not break the bank; you should try Tib Restaurant, which hosted former US president George Bush in 2007. Standouts include lotus shoot salad with shrimp, crab in tamarind sauce and grilled chicken in fermented beancurd, all served in a tastefully ornamented setting befitting the Nguyen kings. Cuc Gach, set in a quaint converted French villa that is a blend of Indochinese and Vietnamese styles, is another popular contemporary Vietnamese option for dinner.

Experience Ben Thanh Market

Being a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset, Ben Thanh Market is absolutely a good thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City, the most dynamic city of Vietnam.

Ben Thanh Market, the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market, the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There are huge numbers of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests dishes freshly made to the order. Here, tourists can taste various kinds of local dishes such as: banh xeo, banh cuon, banh beo, cha gio, hu tiu, etc.  In the evening, while all stalls inside the market are closed, sidewalk restaurants around the market open and make it extraordinary lively area. One of the most recommended foods by tourists is deep fried whole fish, so remember to try it at least once when you dine here. Besides, you can also taste seafood and enjoy cool beer at cheap price (only $1-2 for a beer only).

Travel further afield

Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect starting point for exploring southern Vietnam, as well as further afield around South-East Asia. The graciousness of the people living in the “countryside” is quite refreshing after being stuck in the city for long stretches of time. While most of the action is centered in the downtown Districts of 1 and 3, venturing beyond the city’s leafy boulevards is well worth it. You should take a cycle tour to visit Districts 5 and 6, HCMC’s Chinatown, where Vietnamese script gives way to brightly-colored Chinese characters, traditional medicine shops and ornate Chinese pagodas. Phuoc An Hoi Quan, Quan Am and Thien Hau Pagodas are at the heart of the community and well worth a look. Or you can take the Saigon Bridge to An Phu, a neighborhood of buzzing bars, spas and eateries. Besides, you can visit some other places which is next to Ho Chi Minh City such as: Can Tho, the Mekong Delta, Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, etc.

Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City

Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City

Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, you will have chances to be introduced to a dramatic meeting of old and new culture, a dynamic metropolis of skyscrapers and traffic juxtaposed with a wealth of ancient temples and traditional markets. Whether you are traveling to Ho Chi Minh City for a quick stop en route to other parts of Vietnam or are planning a visit to the city exclusively, you will be won over the city’s frenetic energy and the many local gems just waiting to be discovered. Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City will contribute to make your trip more wonderful and complete.

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