Things To Enjoy In Ho-Chi-Minh City-Best Day Tours

Ho Chi Minh or as locals prefer to say Saigon is Vietnam’s biggest city and a travel destination for many tourists. The city as a lot to offer, from traditional architecture to modern sky-scrappers. Some of the best attractions in Saigon centers on the events of the 20th-century war and conquest. It might sound somber to many and believe us, it is in parts, but that is what attracts most of the tourists as there are a few truly fascinating historical activities that are suitable for all ages. When you’re walking on the streets of Saigon you would see many interesting sights that will bring the past back to life such as classic French architecture to finely maintained American warplanes.

things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh city

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Date: May 3, 2015.

As mentioned earlier, Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city and along with being the business capital. Therefore times have changed and today you could also see many sky-scrapers among the clouds, all of this combines the new with the old. Thus giving out a unique result which is purely Vietnamese. A new visitor might get confused where to go first because the city is filled with breathing sites and historical buildings. Therefore we’ve made a guide of the top 5 things to do in Ho Chi Minh. Take a look below so that you don’t miss out on anything fascinating.

A look into the past

There is one thing about Vietnam which can’t be forgotten is its war-torn history. Vietnam in the war day has faced a lot of bloodsheds and if you want to know and experience the past then the Ho Chi Minh City Museum has several informative exhibitions that illuminate the country’s bloody past through, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. All this is done sensitively, without glossing over any of the atrocities. Everything that’ll give you chills is housed in the Gia Long Palace, where the named Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem spent his last hours in power before he was assassinated in 1963.

thins to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh city

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City Museum.
Date: May 23, 2008.

This museum isn’t all flowers and sunshine, in fact you would feel a little grisly while visiting this place nevertheless it is equally significant as it a reminder of the local atrocities. Here you could find almost everything, from eerie bomb fragments along with first-person accounts by the war veterans to a bloodied decapitate and photos of horrific napalm burns, all this is a frightening reminder of life here not-too-long-ago.

Opening Hours: Daily from 07.30 to 12.00 and 13:30 to 17:00

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Reunification Palace

By 1954 the French left this place and Ngo Dinh Diem built the Independence Palace all because he wanted to demonstrate his country’s sovereignty and strength, but unfortunately it was later pulled down after an attempt to murder him. The formerly known Independence Palace was later renamed as The Reunification Palace after Saigon’s fall in the 1970s.

things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh city

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Location: Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City.
Date: March 7, 2017.

A huge part of the place has remained unchanged since the 70s, and though the musty library and the shiny rosewood-clad meeting rooms are interesting, possibly the most captivating relic exist in the garden. Here, you could see the tank that crashed through the gates of this palace on 30 April 1975, which declared the fall of the Saigon regime.

Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 16:00

Cu Chi Tunnels

This extraordinary tourist attraction allows visitors to experience what soldiers felt back then in the war days when they had to use a widespread network of tunnels that allowed them to move around from one place to the other undetected by their enemies. You don’t have to imagine all that up as there is an informative movie that you can watch and then it is followed by a guided tour of some mock remakes of everyday life for the Viet Cong hiding in the forest.

things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh City

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Location: The Cu Chi Tunnel.
Date: August 7, 2015.

The Burnt out tanks do make for a great photo prop and everyone also get a chance to crawl through a small section of the tunnels which has been much widened and is also supported with concrete.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City 70km Northwest.

Address: +84 83 794 8820

Opening Hours 07:00 to 17:00 Everyday.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

If you’re into ancient architecture then Saigon is the place for you. Here you could find one of the most valued temples in Ho Chi Minh. It was originally built in 1909 by the Chinese immigrants, this Taoist temple has an incredible atmosphere and greets all Buddhist worshipping, it also has incense smoke hanging heavy in the air that is hard to miss. You could find carvings, intricate architecture, statues of Gods and Goddesses and different Chinese characters that creates a timeless and exotic and ambiance.

things to enjoy in Ho Chi Minh City

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Location: Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City.
Date: February 13, 2008.

Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 3.

Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 whole week.

A quick Coffee Stop

You might believe it or not but Vietnam is the largest coffee exporter in the whole world. If you want to have an exceptional cup of coffee then Vietnam is the place you should go. The coffee here is cheap and outstanding and the best of all it is available almost everywhere. If you want something strong then go for black coffee with ice (ca phe da) it is sweet and strong with a nearly chocolate-like richness.  You can add condensed milk which will give you coffee milk ice, or locally known as ca phe sua da.

The city’s culture and the coffee shops go hand in hand. From side-walk shops to street vendors too, it is quite difficult to not have a cup of coffee while on the road at Ho Chi Minh City. Prices range are around 33 cents from a street vendor, to around $3 or more at the city’s top places. The Deep-roasted Trung Nguyen is probably the most popular local brand.