Ho Chi Minh City teems with energy and activity. . . from towering skyscrapers to packed street markets
Ho Chi Minh’s French Indochinese splendours include the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Step into the Central Post Office and you step back in time to see the soaring vaulted roof, arched windows and ochre-coloured 18th century maps of this neoclassical building.
The experience of the Vietnam War (known here as The American War) runs deep in Saigon. Within easy day-trip distance, the Cu Chi Tunnels afford a gripping insight into the experience of war for the Vietcong – and you can even go into a Vietcong tunnel. Ho Chi Minh’s War Remnants Museum houses military hardware and war photography as well as disturbing exhibits which underline the horror of war.
Alongside the city’s historical sites modern bars, upmarket restaurants and glitzy shopping malls are steadily increasing, testimony to Saigonese commercial skills.
Ho Chi Minh City: Suggested Activities
Hidden Saigon at Night
Experience the innovative and fun A O Show, a modern circus performance, and visit an acoustic bar in a secret location to see talented Vietnamese musicians perform.
Mekong by Vespa
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Saigon and hit the back roads and trails along Mekong on a Vespa.
Speedboat to Cu Chi Tunnels
Take a speedboat along the scenic Saigon River to the Cu Chi tunnels on this half-day tour.
Cho Lon – A Photogenic Experience
Join a professional photographer who will guide you through the streets and narrow alleyways of Cho Lon, one Saigon’s most photogenic areas.
Saigon Insider (HD)
Explore lesser known parts of Saigon including the antique street, a Secret Bunker, a local market. Enjoy a local cup of tea or coffee with the locals along the canal.