Top 9 Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh is one of the must visit cities when in Southeast Asia. It preserves its old charm as Saigon and its authentic Vietnamese customs and traditions amidst the city’s modernizing landscape. If you are one of the 30 million expected tourists to visit Ho Chi Minh, here are Our Top 9 Suggested Things To Do!

1.) Staycation in Luxury Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City offers luxurious yet affordable hotels for travelers. Our most favorite would be Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Read our blog here about our top favorite hotels in Ho Chi Minh. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

2.) Immerse with the Streetlife

Some of the authentic cultural experiences we tried on the streets are riding the cyclos, picture taking with bouquet of flowers, riding grabikes and more! (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

3.) Food Trip

Exploring the diverse array of cafes and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City is a a must. Make sure to try pho, their traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

4.) Visit The Independence Palace

The Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Convention Hall, stands as a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This iconic structure served as the former residence of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The building holds significant historical resonance as it was the site where North Vietnamese forces invaded in 1975, leading to the surrender of Ho Chi Minh. Visitors have the opportunity to take a free guided tour here, providing insights into the cultural and historical significance of this monument to the Vietnam War. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

5.) Engage with the Locals

Observing the daily lives of locals, witnessing traditional practices and exchanging intellectual conversations provide deeper understanding of Ho Chi Minh City. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

6.) Go on Souvenir Shopping

Ho Chi Minh City’s souvenirs are a delightful way to commemorate your visit to this dynamic city. Whether it’s traditional handicrafts or modern trinkets, Saigon’s souvenir options cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

7.) Church

The churches in Ho Chi Minh City showcase interesting architecture that can capture your attention. An example of this is the Notre Dame Cathedral, the largest church in Ho Chi Minh City. Its architectural design seamlessly blends Roman and Gothic styles, and it proudly houses the largest pair of bells in Vietnam. Another example is Tan Dinh Church, also known as the pink church. It’s the second largest church in Ho Chi Minh City, following Notre Dame Cathedral, and it’s also the most eye-catching due to its distinctive pink color. The church follows the typical construction of French Gothic architecture, incorporating elements of Roman and Baroque decoration. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

8.) Post Office

The Post Office (Buu Dien) in Ho Chi Minh City boasts a stunning European architectural design. Serving as the Central Post Office of Vietnam, it covers a vast area and is notably busy, attracting a constant influx of people. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

9.) Cityscape

A glimpse of the cityscape in Ho Chi Minh City is captivating and likely to make you fall in love with the scenery. The cityscape of Ho Chi Minh exudes warmth and a relaxing, easy-on-the-eyes ambiance, yet carries a gentle, nostalgic distance. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

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  1. Not exactly 16 hours but I stayed in Saigon as a transit city. Loved the war remnant museum. made a post about the same few days back. You may want to check it out 🙂

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