Ho chi Minh City (Saigon) Travel Guide
Ho Chi Minh City Overview
This vibrant metropolis teems with energy and activity. From the towering skyscrapers to the densely packed street markets, this is where old age traditions meet modern living. During the day stroll down narrow alleyways past ornate pagodas, bustling markets, and ramshackle wooden shops selling silk and spices. Wander into ancient temples and sample traditional Vietnamese food at a humble street stall. In the evening dine at French restaurants and sip cocktails on rooftop bars before retiring to luxury riverside hotels.
Ho Chi Minh's Attractions:
Time really does seem to have stood still in the former Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president. This eerie building has been preserved since it was stormed by tanks on 30 April 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam.
War Remnants Museum
This popular museum contains comprehensive documentation of the atrocities that occurred during the long Vietnam-American War.
Emperor of Jade Pagoda
Built in 1909, the Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most colourful pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City and is filled with statues of grotesque heroes and exquisite woodcarvings.
Notre Dame Cathedral
This neo-Romanesque cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883 and has two 40 metre-high square towers tipped with iron spires.
Ben Thanh Market
This old market is where vendors display a vast variety of traditional goods and handicrafts.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Situated outside the city, these incredibly narrow tunnels over 200km long were never discovered by the American forces. Dug by hand by the Vietcong, they connected command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapons factories.
Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, this is the birthplace of the unique Cao Dai religion and is home to the striking Cao Dai Great Temple, built between 1933 and 1955.