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Best Places to Visit in Ho Chi Minh of 2017

  • 01 Independence Palace

    Independence Palace
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    If you are a history buff and loves to explore the ancient part while in Vietnam then Independence Palace is definitely the best spot for you. The palace isn't utilized much any longer like it was before; it's a chronicled relic of a period that finished just 40 years prior. In the sprawling grounds are clear indications of how everything finished, with a tank smashing through the front door and conveying the Vietnam War to an end.

    Highlights: The Reunification Hall Management Agency was built up on June 14, 2013, as an income producing unit, by Decision No. 709/QD-VPCP of the Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Government Office, and entrusted with the administration, protection, rebuilding of the Independence Palace.

    Location: 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 02 Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Port

    The main city cruise port is locally known as Phu My, and previously it was known as Saigon. Some local even use this name today, and it is one of the popular attractions of the city. It is a commercial port where cruise ships are docked. Mid-sized and smaller sized ships can navigate in the Saigon River and connect to the City Center.

    Highlights: The Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Port is fast paced and quote innovative. Skyscrapers can be witnessed along the brightly colored Hindu and Buddhist temples. The French colonial buildings are also quite popular and prominent here. The rise of the city along the Saigon River can be prominently witnessed. Plenty of tours are conducted from here, and therefore, it is a popular site of attraction for tourists.  


  • 03 Mekong River Delta

    Mekong River Delta
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    Also known by the name south-western region or western region, Mekong River Delta is the region where the Mekong River breaks into different tributaries. This river flows in the south western Vietnam and the delta covers a large area of south western Vietnam.



    The size or the region that water covers largely depends on the season. Popularly known as ‘biological treasure trove’, exotic ancient as well as new species like Laotian Rock Rat, Lizards, Fishes, Plants, and Mammals have this place as their origin. It is also referred to as ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam as it produces rice crop in large quantities along with other vegetables and fruits. Also, this area is rich in green vegetation and the lifestyle that people of this place follow is serene and relaxing.

    Highlights: Tropical Wildlife Species, Lush Green Vegetation, Rice Crop Plantation, Biological Treasure Trove, peaceful and serene pace of life.  

  • 04 Dong Khoi

    Dong Khoi
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    Visit Dong Khoi: Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was the center of glamour and was called Rue Catinat. It became Tu Do or Freedom Street during the Vietnam War. When the Communists took over Saigon in the late 1970s, the name changed again to Dong Khoi, which means Total Revolution. Now Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the city’s commercial life. It is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings, although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street. Walk along Dong Khoi Street to admire what is left of the colonial architecture. Starting from the southern end of the bank of the Saigon River, have a look at the way at the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, the Caravelle Hotel, the stunning Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office, and the Hotel de Ville, which is now the People’s Committee Building, ending at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris Square.




  • 05 Cao Dai Temple

    Cao Dai Temple
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    Visit Cao Dai Temple: Just outside Tay Ninh and 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect. Cao Dai is a syncretistic Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. Most people visit on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Cao Dai) is a syncretistic Vietnamese religious movement with a strongly nationalist political character. Cao Dai draws upon ethical precepts from Confucianism, occult practices of Taoism, theories of karma and rebirth from Buddhism, and a hierarchical organization (including a pope) from Roman Catholicism. The Great Temple was built between 1933 and 1955. A Cao Dai army was established in 1943 during the Japanese occupation of Indochina. After the war the Cao Dai was an effective force in national politics; it first supported, then opposed, Premier Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1955–56 Diem disbanded the Cao Dai army and forced the sect's pope, Pham Cong Tac, into exile. Cao Dai followers strive for inner peace and harmony in the world.

     


  • 06 Saigon Central Post Office

    Saigon Central Post Office
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    Found ideal in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, The Central Post Office is one of the most seasoned structures in Ho Chi Minh City. It was worked around 1886 – 1891, in light of the plan of Gustave Eiffel – a renowned French modeler and has turned into a critical image of the city. It works daily from 6AM to 10 PM.

    Highlights: Being a blend of Gothic, Renaissance and French impacts, this building captivates travelers by its regular pioneer French elements, from outside to inside enhancements. The inside plan is considerably more exquisite with the telephone corners, which are quite recently the same since the provincial time frame.

    Location: 2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 07 Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Ho Chi Minh Museum
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    Built in the year 1863 by the French authorities this former custom house is also known as the Dragon House ( Nha Rong).This museum holds some of the Ho Chi Minh’s personal effects, including some of his clothing, his sandals and spectacles. The Ho Chi Minh Museum is situated in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is an exhibition hall devoted to the late Vietnamese pioneer Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's progressive battle against outside forces. It was developed in the 1990s.

    Highlights: On the inside of the museum one can see Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho's body lies in state under a glass sarcophagus, managed by a respect monitor of four sentries remaining at every side of the coffin. The treated body is exceptionally very much protected, and wearing a khaki suit. His face and hands are lit up with spotlights; whatever remains of the room is faintly lit.

    Location: 19 Ngách 158/193 Ngọc Hà, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

    Price: The approximate price is 10,000VND


  • 08 Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)

    Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)
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    This temple is renowned as a sacred relic of the Buddha built in 1956. Temple of the Buddha's Relic is steeped in history and architecture, and this in turn attracts the attention of large numbers of people to visit this temple from far and wide.

    Highlights: On full moon and new moon day, special prayers are conducted from 7 am to 9 am and from 7pm to 9 pm. Apart from that, prayers are held every Sunday from 8am to 10 am. Chinese characters present in front of the temple makes it highly prominent and it is pronounced as Xa Loi Chua. The giant golden historical Buddha can be witnessed by taking the staircase on the right by women and the left by men.

    Location: The temple is situated at 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan

    Price: The entrance is free for all.


    Top Things To Do in Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)

  • 09 Ben Dinh Tunnels

    Ben Dinh Tunnels is one of the most visited and a popular point of attraction in the Ho Chi Minh City. This site is a renovated section near the village of Ben Dinh, and it is located about 50km from the main city. The section of the tunnel system that is currently open to visitors is about few hundred meters from the visitor’s center. There are various chambers that snake up and down to finally reach the tunnel.

    Highlights: The tunnels are about 1.2 meters high with a width of 80cm. This is also a good place to understand how clever the Vietnamese were in terms of the tunnel system. Visitors are given an idea of how people lived and fought from inside the tunnel during the war.

    Price: Various trips are conducted to the tunnel and the prices might be approximately about 160, 560 Dong.  


  • 10 Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

    Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
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    Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is a wetland and is listed in the biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It is an important wildlife sanctuary and it is characterized by mangrove forests and many rare species. The Reserve gives the opportunity to carry out advanced environmental protection ranging from coastal areas to the boundaries of the city. Mangrove dwelling invertebrates along with fish and shellfish can be found here. In the recent times, it has become a popular point of attraction and it is said to be the green lungs of the city.

    Highlights: Before venturing into the wilderness of the Reserve, travelers are often made to see the Riverside marker and the Can Gio Museum.
      
    Location: The wetland is about 40 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

    Price: The nature of the trips varies, and it can be approximately 85000 Dong. These include transportation, entrance, meals and guides.


    Top Things To Do in Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

  • 11 Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc

    Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
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    Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc: With golden sands, rolling inland dunes and clear waters, this beach makes a tempting place to stop. There's one big hotel resort here, very much geared at the local market, but on weekdays it's still peaceful and you should have the beach largely to yourself. About 300m inland from the beach, Hotel Ven Ven is tasteful, with classy, well-appointed rooms in lush gardens. The restaurant here is good, if quite pricey, and strong on seafood (meals 60,000d upwards). The new road continues to wind along the coast, fringed by casuarinas and sand dunes, until it reaches Ho Coc Beach. Ho coach is a spellbinding, a 5km stretch of wonderful golden sand, dotted with coracles and large boulders, lapped by clear waters and backed by fine dunes. It’s still in the early stages of development, but you’ll be able to find a simple place to stay. As with most places around here, it gets crowded with day-trippers at the weekend but is practically deserted during the week. Ho Coc (Coc Lake) Beach with its turquoise water and primitive forests has become a popular tourist spot in the southern province of BA Ria-Vung Tau, attracting an increasing number of both day-trippers and overnighters.




  • 12 Saigon Opera House

    Saigon Opera House
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    The Saigon Opera House is a grand colonial interface built in 1897. It is regarded as one of the most recognizable buildings of the city. Officially, it is known as the Municipal Theatre and several kinds of performances attract the attention of people in large numbers.



    Highlight: The essence of France’s belle époque is captured in the Opera house. Right from ballet to modern musicals and dance, lots of performances are carried out here. AO Show is a popular event hosted here, and it is a combination of dance, music and acrobatics. It also showcases traditional Vietnamese dance using bamboo. Live performances attract the attention and interest of large numbers of people.

    Location: The place is located at 7 Lam Son Sq, Ho Chi Minh City.

    Price: The price range from 504, 000 VND to 1, 176, 000 VND for show tickets. 


    Top Things To Do in Saigon Opera House

  • 13 Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi Tunnels
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    Connecting the underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Min City of Viatnam, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a wide network as well as a part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline the country. As per the history and origin of these tunnels are concerned, these originated during Vietnam War and were the location of various military campaigns at the time of Vietnam War. Also, these were the base of the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in the year 1968. The Viet Cong soldiers used these tunnels as hiding spots during combat. At the same time, these served as communication and supply routes, living quarters, hospitals, and food and weapon caches for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. These played a key role in curbing the American forces and helped to foster the growth of American Military effort. 

  • 14 Saigon River

    Saigon River
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    Saigon River is very famous is Vietnam and it is one of the popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. This river is located in the southern part of Vietnam rising near Phum Daung. It empties into the river Nha Be. It is the main source of water supply in the Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to that, it is also the host of Saigon Port with a huge cargo volume.

    Highlights: The tourist village of Binh Quoi is located on this river. Another popular attraction is the underwater tunnel that passes below the river. This tunnel is open to public since 2011. It is said to be the longest cross river tunnel in the overall Southeast Asia.

    Location: This River is easily accessible at Binh Thanh District of the Ho Chi Minh City.

    Price: Visiting the river is free, but the prices of conducting trips to the tunnel and village might vary from 800, 000 Dong to 950, 000 Dong.


  • 15 Ho Chi Minh City Zoo

    Ho Chi Minh City Zoo
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    Visit Ho Chi Minh City Zoo: Saigon zoo is the largest zoo and botanical garden of Vietnam. Ranked as the 8th oldest zoo in the world, the zoo is a humble abode of over 100 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. A must visit of Ho Chi Minh city, the botanical garden within the Saigon zoo is also home to rare orchards and ornamental plants arranged in pretty beds that are a delight to look at. Within the Zoo are many attractions like the Museum of Vietnamese History which displays 25,000 documents and memorabilia of Vietnamese history, culture and ethnography. There is also a monument dedicated to Vietnamese people fallen in the WW II. The animal and plant conservation area within the park is a great place to be! Visit the orchid gardens and click pictures with multi-hues backgrounds! Kids can have fun at the amusement park located within the Saigon Zoo. The zoo is home to big cats, slithering reptiles and everything in between. Creatures from nearly every continent are represented. Stop by the monkey enclosure and the bird aviary, which are two of the zoo’s most popular exhibits.




  • 16 Giac Lam Pagoda

    Giac Lam Pagoda
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    Visit Giac Lam Pagoda: Believed to be the oldest temple in HCMC (1744), Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. The Chinese characters that constitute the temple’s name mean 'Feel the Woods Temple' and the looming Bodhi tree (a native fig tree, sacred to Buddhists) in the front garden was the gift of a Sri Lankan monk in 1953. Prayers are held daily from 4am to 5am, 11am to noon, 4pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan the Am Bo Tat on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity. Like many Vietnamese Buddhist temples, aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism can be found. For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor pilgrimage site, as it contains a bronze bell that, when rung, is believed to answer the prayers posted by petitioners. The main sanctuary lies in the next room, filled with countless gilded figures. On the dais in the center of the back, row sits the A DI DA Buddha, easily spotted by his colorful halo. The fat laughing fellow, seated with five children climbing all over him, is Ameda, the Buddha of Enlightenment, Compassion, and Wisdom. About 3km from Cholon, Giac Lam Pagoda is best reached.

     



  • 17 Ho Chi Minh City Hall

    Ho Chi Minh City Hall
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    If you have been waiting to explore the city hall while visiting Vietnam then now is your chance. Despite the fact that this rich pilgrim building is not open to all, Ho Chi Minh City Hall is exceptionally prominent with travelers and offers incredible photograph openings. Sightseers can take photos outside and many individuals do this during the evening when the building and its grounds are lit up.

    Highlights: In 1990 a statue of the namesake has been introduced in the recreation center before the working to commend his 100th birthday. It shows Uncle Ho sitting beside a young lady. This statue has been supplanted in May 2015. The new statue is made of bronze and is 7.2 meters in height.

    Location: 86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 18 Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

    Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    If you are looking for more of an outing option with your family this is exactly the best place for you. Set up in 1865, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is an unquestionable place for you some fun filled time along with your loved ones. The zoo is an abode to over a hundred of species, reptiles, birds, and numerous rare orchids and plants.

    Highlights: The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden contains 590 creatures of 125 species and 1,830 trees and plants of 260 species, some of which are more than 100 years of age. This incorporates 20 types of orchid, 32 types of desert plant and 34 types of bonsai. There is also a green house in the botanical garden which contains numerous types of rare and significant plants, some of which are not local to Vietnam.

    Location: 5, 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Bến Nghé, Ho Chi Minh City, TP. Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The approximate price is 20000 VND


  • 19 Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago

    Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago
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    Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago: The Côn ??o Islands are an archipelago of Bà R?a–V?ng Tàu Province, in the southeast region of Vietnam, and in a district of this province. The Con Dao Archipelago is one of the most beautiful and least developed destinations in Vietnam. There are beaches, forests, mountains, history, mythology, and a quiet town with crumbling French colonial villas on the seafront. There are two sides to the Con Dao Islands when you visit: one day spent swimming in the clear sea, walking upon white sand beaches, driving along deserted coast roads, and drinking cocktails on the seafront promenade; another spent visiting the prisons, learning about former inmates – many of whom are celebrated national heroes – and witnessing remnants of their forced labor, which caused hundreds of prisoners to die. The former is the future of the Con Dao Islands as a tropical paradise. The latter is its past as a penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration. Con Son is the largest of 15 islands in the Con Dao Archipelago, 80km from the mainland Mekong Delta region and 230km from Saigon.




  • 20 Black Virgin Mountain

    Black Virgin Mountain
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    A myth about Ba Den, a deity of Khmer region is what makes Black Virgin Mountain important among Vietnamese. The mountain has witnessed a number of prominent historical actions taken place. Elevated at a height of 996 meters, the mountain displays a perfect cinder cone with a saddle and a slight bulge on her northwest side. It is an extinct volcano that rises from the flat a jungle and farmland.

    Highlights: Visitors will face challenges while hiking up the mountain as it has a lot of beautiful black virgins. When it is wet, the difficulty level heightens. The fruit orchards on the top that have a lot of custard apple trees give the mountain a special beauty as a whole. The best way to enjoy the exact beauty of the mountain is by hiking up the trails.

    Location: Tai Ninh province, Vietnam

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 21 Bitexco Financial Tower:

    Bitexco Financial Tower:
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    Visit Bitexco Financial Tower: The 68-storey, 262m-high, Carlos Zapata–designed skyscraper dwarfs all around it. It's reportedly shaped like a lotus bulb, but also resembles a CD rack with a tambourine shoved into it. That tambourine is the 48th-floor Saigon Sky deck, with a helipad on its roof. Choose a clear day and aim for sunset (or down a drink in the Eon Heli Bar instead). Bitexco Financial Tower is a true example of innovation and design. To help redefine the commercial space of Vietnam, Bitexco Group has assembled the very best international development team with a proven international track record and the experience in constructing some of the world’s tallest buildings Inspired by Vietnam’s national flower – the lotus, Bitexco Financial Tower is designed to represent the energy and aspiration of its people. Located in the Central Business District in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Bitexco Financial Tower stands at the heart of Ho Chi Minh’s Financial Centre. Situated at Nguyen Hue, it is strategically positioned to attract leading companies, both local and global. With its central location and accessibility from the rest of the city, it is well connected to the Saigon Bridge, Thu Thiem Tunnel, Tan Thuan Bridge, and in a close proximity to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.




  • 22 Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

    Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
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    If you are still looking for some exciting place to visit in Vietnam then this is definitely the best option for you. Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda is a pagoda in a range of 6,000 square metres. This is the main pagoda in Vietnam to be inherent Vietnamese customary engineering style however with cement. Two Vietnamese ministers, Thich Tam Giac and Thich Thanh Kiem, initially conceptualized fabricating a substantial Buddhist focus in Southern Vietnam.

    Highlights: In 1964, when friars Thich Tam Giac and Thich Thanh Kiem from the North came there to spread Buddhism, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda was begun building taking after the plan of the planner Nguyen Ba Lang, in view of the model and namesake of the eleventh century Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Bac Giang Province.

    Location: 339 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The entry is free of cost.


  • 23 Gia Long Palace

    Gia Long Palace
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    Presently known as the Hồ Chí Minh City Museum, is a chronicled site and gallery in Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The historical center is arranged at the edge of Lý Tự Trọng and Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa boulevards, situated on 2 hectares of land, close to the Independence Palace. The 2-stunned castle building covers a territory more than 1700 m², utilizing established Baroque design with European and Oriental impacts. The ground surface, staircases and corridors were European-styled, while the rooftop was Oriental-enlivened.

    Highlights: The front face of the rooftop is enhanced with grotesques. Other outside basic plans incorporate typical chickens speaking to daytime and owls for evening and ring-encased white blossoms. Numerous different themes emblazoned on the rooftop are a blend of Greek fanciful images, notorious plants and tropical creatures, for example, reptiles and birds.

    Location: 65 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

    Price: The approximate price starts from 20,000VND.


  • 24 Jade Emperor Pagoda

    Jade Emperor Pagoda
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    Visit Jade Emperor Pagoda: Built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The pungent smoke of incense (Huong) fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings. Its roof encrusted with elaborate tile work, the temple statues, depicting characters from both Buddhist and Taoist lore, are made from reinforced paper Mache. Inside the main building are two especially fierce and menacing Taoist figures. On the right (as you face the altar) is a 4m-high statue of the general who defeated the Green Dragon (depicted underfoot). On the left is the general who defeated the White Tiger, which is also being stepped on. Worshippers mass before the ineffable Jade Emperor, who presides – draped in luxurious robes and shrouded in a dense fog of incense smoke – over the main sanctuary. He is flanked by his guardians, the Four Big Diamonds (Tu Dai Kim Cuong), so named because they are said to be as hard as diamonds. Outside, a small pond seethes with turtles, some of which have shells inscribed with auspicious inscriptions.

  • 25 Chua Vinh Nghiem

    Chua Vinh Nghiem
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    Chua Vinh Nghiem is located next to the canal at the end of Nam Ky Khoi Street, which is a crowded street. It looks like an ordinary Buddhist pagoda, and it is a popular attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. Even if, the pagoda looks ordinary, yet it is a large one.

    Highlights: It is said to be the first pagoda made with concrete. The main sanctuary comprises of a large building in the middle of the courtyard. Inside the sanctuary, there is a long hall with a large shrine and some other important relics. There are different things to see in different halls located in the main floor.

    Location: It is situated at 339, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street near Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

    Price: There is no entrance fee 


  • 26 Reunification Palace

    Reunification Palace
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    Visit Reunification Palace: Reunification Palace (formerly known as Independence Palace) has stayed in the mind of many generations of not only Vietnamese but also foreigners. It is known as the famous historical witness that passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonists. The palace was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City and designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu. As Vietnam was split into North Vietnam and South Vietnam, the building served as presidential home and workplace. Reunification Palace’s architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’. However, the design of the complex is not as appealing to tourists as all the historical events related to this building. Wandering around its rooms, visitors may be reminded of various important moments in the past of Vietnam, especially the war command room with its huge maps and old communication equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. The building now functions as a museum, where visitors can view the F5E fighter plane, which bombed the palace on 8thApril 1975 and tank 843 which led the final assault through the palace gate at 11.30AM on 30th April 1975.




  • 27 Vietnam Cookery Center

    Vietnam Cookery Center
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    In order to get a taste of Vietnamese cuisines, this is a must visit place in Ho Chi Minh City. Different kinds of tours are arranged for locals and tourists alike, and the visitors get an idea of the delicacies associated with the Vietnamese cuisines, as a whole. These tours are very popular, and they get an idea of the different major and minor ingredients used in Vietnamese foods. They even get an idea of the techniques in which Vietnamese delicacies are prepared bringing water to the mouth.

    Highlights: The Vietnam Cookery Center can even offer one day professional course suited to the needs of different individuals. The Chefs giving instructions are friendly and professionals and they speak good English. As a result, it is not difficult for foreign nationals to get an idea of the professional cooking in Vietnam.

    Price: The price is approximately about 780, 500 Dong based on the nature of the class selected.


  • 28 Ben Thanh Market area

    Ben Thanh Market area
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    Visit Ben Thanh Market area: Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls in the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day, but all the same its well worth a look. When the night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market opens their doors creating a vibrant street-side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish, and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic Vietnamese. For shopping heaven head of the market, preferably early morning to pick up some bargains including lacquer ware, bamboo goods, and arts and crafts. Also on sale are clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods. Spices, nuts, and local fruits heavily scent the air, which is also filled with the chatter of tourists and the locals haggling for bargains.




  • 29 War Remnants Museum

    War Remnants Museum
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    Visit War Remnants Museum: The War Remnants Museum is a unit under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the museum system in Vietnam, the museum for world peace and a member of the World Council of Museums (ICOM), the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of thematic research, collection, storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam. Thereby, the Museum of educating the public, especially the younger generation, a mental struggle for independence and freedom of the country, the anti-war sense of invasion, to protect peace and solidarity friendship between the peoples of the world. Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits, and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibitions frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors, at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad.




  • 30 Pham Ngu Lao Street

    Pham Ngu Lao Street
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    Visit Pham Ngu Lao Street: Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City is on the western edge of District 1 and is renowned as the place where most backpacking travelers stay during their holiday. A 25-minute taxi ride from Tan Sot Nhat International Airport, it comprises numerous lanes and back alleys through the main thoroughfares include Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, Bui Vien, and Do Quang Dao streets. Set along these alleyways are western-style restaurants, coffee shops, and international bars, countless tour companies and kiosks, affordable motels, hostels and guesthouses (as well as many of the so-called ‘mini-hotel’ buildings usually with six to seven floors, rarely offering an elevator), internet cafes, pharmacies, and souvenir-and-craft shops. The Pham Ngu Lao Street is not limited to only low-budget travelers. Its own unique vibe draws people from everywhere due to its close proximity to prominent landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City. As there is always something going on in Pham Ngu Lao Street, many visitors prefer to enjoy local street food or people-watching while enjoying the incredibly cheap Bia Hoi draught beer on the roadside.




  • 31 Starlight Bridge

    Located only 6km from the busy areas of the Central Thanh Market, the area with the Starlight Bridge gives a completely different feel compared to the other parts of the city. There is less traffic, and it is quitter, but it is still a popular attraction of the city. It is the ideal place to spend some relaxing time with a loved one, which of course brings a romantic feeling in Saigon.

    Highlights: There are some uncluttered sidewalks along with some malls and cafes. It gives a feeling that someone has left the Vietnam and moved to a different country. The bridge spans across a lake with beautiful waterfall cascading down. These waterfalls are illuminated by flash light of different colors, which makes the site altogether more appealing and attractive.

    Location: The Bridge is situated at Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu, Ho Chi Minh City.

    Price: The entrance is free for everyone.


  • 32 Notre Dame Cathedral

  • 33 Bach Dang Pier

    Bach Dang Pier
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    This is a famous spot for boat trips to the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City. The visitors can easily get access to the different parts of the city that they want to explore. Both tourists and commercial boats move in and out of the Bach Dang Pier in the course of the day and night. There are many operators that even make special arrangements for attractions like Cu Chi Tunnels.
    Highlight: This place has an elegance of its own. Visitors can find large numbers of authentic eateries, coffee shops, and bars. The bustling area also attracts the attraction of lots of locals sipping drinks and doing tai chi in the morning
    Location: It is located at Ton Duc Thang, just next to the ferry terminal. It is also very closely located to the Renaissance Central Hotel.
    Price: Several cruise tours are available here and the prices range from 90000 Dong to 100000 Dong.


  • 34 Mariamman Hindu Temple

    Mariamman Hindu Temple
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    Visit Mariamman Hindu Temple: Situated close to the Ben Thanh market, the Mariamman Hindu temple serves the small community of 100 or so Chinese and Vietnamese Tamil Hindus living in Ho Chi Minh City. It is the only Hindu temple that is still open in the city and is considered sacred by Hindu and non-Hindu Vietnamese. The temple is rumored to have miraculous powers, giving luck and wealth to those who worship within its walls. Built at the end of the 19th century in honor of Mariamman the Hindu Goddess of strength, the temple’s first purpose was as a place of worship for the Chettiar community. Classically Hindu in style, the colorful temple features vibrant deity sculptures reminiscent of those usually found in Southern India, decorating external walls, rooftops, towers and the shrine inside. The temple was also once used as a factory in which Joss sticks were produced. Sacred images dance on the external walls which feature a royal tower at the entrance that stands 12 meters high. Gods and Goddesses, including Shiva, Kali, Brahma and Vishnu are prominently represented with Simha Vahanam sitting to the left of the entrance.

  • 35 Cholon District

    Cholon District
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    Visit Cholon District: Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following an attack with as many as 70% estimated to have died trying to escape on boats. Those who survived settled and began selling a variety of Chinese products. During the Vietnam, War Cholon was a thriving black market for US soldiers trading in American Army issue supplies. The area today is a popular site for those on the tourist trail and also attracts many Taiwanese and Chinese visitors. Colon is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. The Binh Tay market at the center is busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of goods. This market sometimes disappoints tourists when compared to other markets in Ho Chi Minh as the products are not that varied, but the main draw to Cholon is not to shop, but to enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere that has existed here for hundreds of years. It’s a wonderful place to experience at night.




  • 36 Museum of Fine Arts

    Museum of Fine Arts
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    Visit Museum of Fine Arts: This excellent Fine Arts Museum is housed in two buildings that were once the French Ministry of Information. Treasures abound, including ancient Champa stone carvings and some astonishing effigies of Guan Yin, the thousand-eyed, thousand-armed goddess of compassion. Look out for the lacquered statues of Buddhist monks from the Tay Son dynasty and the substantial collection of contemporary art and folk-naive paintings. The Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam's fine arts from a range of historical periods. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a cultural information and educational institution, directly affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Information, with the function of conserving and exhibiting historic and contemporary artworks, archaeological and historical materials, and objects important to the history and nation of Vietnam. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a national museum having legal status, its own stamp, and account in the State Treasury and bank. Visitors to the Museum can appreciate and understand the entire history of the Vietnamese fine arts through the collections and exhibitions on display.




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