Are you wondering what to do when traveling to Ho Chi Minh City? Don’t worry; we’ve assembled a list of the ten things to do in Ho Chi Minh City from the times we visited this city in the past few years. Hopefully, with the suggestions below, you will have a great experience when coming to this city.
1. Walking in Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Walking Street, since its inauguration, has become a beautiful place for international tourists when coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Come to Nguyen Hue Walking Street; surely you will not feel bored because this place is really a “paradise” of activities such as music, sports, exhibitions, …
Besides, this area is also near to the coffee shop, cinemas, and eateries. So it is very convenient for you to have a perfect walk in the evening.
2. Visit famous places of the city:
It would help if you visited to learn more about the typical French architecture in Saigon, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, City Opera House, Saigon Central Post Office, City People’s Committee headquarters, Nha Rong Harbor, or Vietnam War Remnants Museum. You will easily visit all of these locations because they are located in the District 1 area of Ho Chi Minh City.
3. Take a boat on the Saigon River:
Take a boat on the Saigon River is one of the fantastic things to do in Ho Chi Minh City you should not miss. There are three options for you to make the journey to discover Saigon by waterway: Sign up for meals on restaurant ships, tour registration by boat, or yacht. Each option has a unique characteristic.
However, sign up for meals on restaurant ships is more economical and reasonable. If you still worry about the cost of the after-meal, you can choose to buy buffet tickets on restaurant ships. Tickets cost about 40-45 USD, depending on lunch/dinner.
4. Enjoy Coffee Bet
Located on the side of Notre Dame Cathedral, the 30/4 park is an informal meeting and chatting place for young Saigon people. Here, you will not drink coffee on tables and chairs that you will be given to a newspaper by the salesman to spread to sit on the ground. Next, you order a cup of coffee for yourself, with prices from 10,000 to 15,000 VND.
With comfort and a way to enjoy coffee, unlike anywhere else globally, “Coffee Bet” has become one of the unique ways to enjoy coffee that travelers should try once when coming to Saigon.
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5. See The View From The Bitexco Tower
Bitexco is the tallest building, the new symbol of Ho Chi Minh City will bring you many exciting experiences when you stand at the observatory located on the 49th floor. The altitude of the observatory helps you feel and admire the beauty, bustle of the most vibrant city in Vietnam. You can refer to information on buying tickets to visit the observatory here. If you are a photography enthusiast, visit the Bitexco Tower is one of the great things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
6.Explore Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike
A private motorcycle tour is an easy and most exciting way to discover everything this city offers. This is one of the great things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. You will find a strange Ho Chi Minh city as you go to through the street vendors, snack shops in the alley, old apartment buildings, slums. Until the end of the journey, you will suddenly realize that this city is not sleeping.
7. Conquering Cu Chi Tunnels:
Not only is it one of the longest tunnels in Vietnam, but Cu Chi is also among the top underground works in the world, voted by CNN in 2013.
When coming here, you should try some experiences: Conquer the tunnels with places where you must lie close to the ground to get through, eat some boiled noodles, and take a short nap in the hammock between the two trees.
Tunnels are located in Cu chi district, about 25 km from the city center. If you want to go there, you can ride a motorbike, hire a taxi or take a bus to Ben Thanh – Cu Chi market (from 5-17h daily).
8. Go on a street food tour
Ho Chi Minh City has been introduced by Food & Wine magazine as one of 10 destinations with the most attractive street food globally. Going to any street in Saigon, you will easily find a lot of sidewalk eateries.
Many foreign tourists have been conquered by street food simplicity but very delicious and easy to eat. If you want to explore Saigon’s street food, rent a motorbike, and go to the locations, I listed below:
- Hong Hoa Bread– 62 Nguyen Van Trang, Ben Thanh, District 1
- Bun Mam Mien Tay – 131, Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Binh Thạnh District
- Spring Rolls – 359 Le Van Sy, District 3
- Pho Le 2 303-305 Vo Van Tan, District 3
- Com Tam Ba Ghien- 84 Dang Van Ngu, District Phu Nhuan
9. Shopping at Ben Thanh Market
If Dong Xuan Market is a cultural feature of Hanoi, Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market and symbol of magnificent Saigon. It will be a great regret when you come here, but not visit Ben Thanh Market. The most prominent symbol of Ben Thanh market is the clock image at the south door of the market, like the Big Ben clock in London.
Ben Thanh Market is a great place to buy local handicrafts, decorations, try the best Vietnamese dishes, and other souvenirs. You should go with a local person to help bargain if you want to buy souvenirs.
10. Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife
When night falls, it is when Saigon wears an entirely different shirt from the day. High-rise buildings, architectural works, roads suddenly become more prominent with vibrant lights. Being named “The city never sleeps” of Vietnam.
Coming to Saigon in the evening, in addition to being able to immerse yourself in the vibrant melodies of night bars at Bui Vien Street or famous tea rooms, you can also choose for yourself a quiet and romantic place. At the park of Bach Dang Harbor, to feel a strange Saigon at night. This is one of the fantastic things to do in Ho Chi Minh City at night.