Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Top 10 Places to Visit

Ho Chi Minh Saigon City Vietnam

1. War Remnants Museum

Being one of the top best museums in the world, the War Remnants Museum is a must-visit destination in Ho Chi Minh. Pay a visit here to know what happened during the Vietnam War, or the American War. They eventually tell the story through exhibits like photographs, soldier uniforms, retired military vehicles, etc.

War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh
War Remnants Museum | LaLuna Saigon

2. Bến Thành Market

Chợ Bến Thành or Bến Thành Market is a popular landmark located in District 1. With more than 3000 stalls, the market serves fruits, vegetables, textiles, handicrafts and local cuisines to the locals as well as tourists. Besides, the building’s historic structure has also made it a beautiful background for photo-ops.

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh | © Christina’s
Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh | © Christina’s

3. Saigon Central Post Office

Also known as Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, this gorgeous building is well preserved since the French colonial era. Travelers can find tons of specially designed postcards, be it photographs or hand drawings in the souvenir shops of both wings. Then, just post them back home as a token of memory.

Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office | Asia Web Direct
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City | © Richard Yoshida/Shutterstock | The Culture Trip Ltd.

4. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

From the post office, you will notice this impressive red-brick building just right at the opposite. The building’s color is well kept until today, in which the building materials are all imported from France. Other than the two identical bell towers, visitors often take photos in front of the cathedral with the Virgin Mary statue.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Virgin Mary statue in front of Notre Dame Cathedral | Asia Web Direct

5. Củ Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh

Stretching 30 kilometers out of the city, the Vietnam soldiers has utilized this network of tunnels during the wartime. Some sections of the tunnels are open for the public to visit. Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience crawling through the small spaces and also fire an AK-47 rifle.

Cu Chi Tunnel Fire Gun
Activity near Cu Chi Tunnel | Klook Travel Technology Limited

6. Bitexco Financial Tower – Saigon Skydeck

If you are looking for an overview of the city, this tower is the perfect place to go! Enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree view on the Saigon Skydeck, 262 meters from the ground. Furthermore, you can also opt to try the cocktail at the sky bar while watching the sunset view.

Bitexco Financial Tower Saigon Skydeck
Bitexco Financial Tower | Fayfay.com (Vietnam) Limited
Bitexco Financial Tower | Bitexco

7. Jade Emporer Pagoda

This is one of the most spectacular Taoism temples in Saigon. You can explore the chambers, each with own unique design and sculptures. Furthermore, enjoy the silence atmosphere here, one of its kind compared to the noisy city environment outside.

Jade Emperor Pagoda Saigon
Jade Emperor Pagoda Saigon | Travelux

8. Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh

This historic building was the residence of South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War. It looks almost just like when it was completed in 1966. Take a free guided tour to learn about the monument’s cultural and historical influence on the war, likewise, you can just look around leisurely.

Saigon Reunification Palace Vietnam
Independence Palace | Wikipedia

9. Cao Dai Temple

Different from Jade Emporer Pagoda, this is another beautiful temple in Ho Chi Minh city. The temple was completed in the year 1956 after some 20 years of construction. While the drawing inside the building is a mix of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism influences.

10. Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh

The Mekong Delta is one of the most densely populated parts of Vietnam. It is around 4 hours away from the city center. This 39,000 square kilometers waterways also feature floating markets, local schools, and homes. Lastly, visitors often visit the place through organized tours.

Mekong Delta Floating Market
Floating Market of Mekong Delta | TourRadar