Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh Things to Do

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Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh Things to Do

  • Ben Thanh Market

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Cho Benh Thanh market is just beside our hotel , the Liberty Central.So everyday if we have free time , we would kill our time in here.We found this market interesting, as well as other markets in every countries we visited. This market is huge,hot,humid, with so many vendors and stores you can imagine, selling everything from clothing , foods,...

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  • Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

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    The war was ended for a long time, but on annual occasion of 30th April, the whole country recalls the tenacious battle and hardships of the Vietnamese Revolution. On occasion of a long holiday: 30th April, 1st May and King Hung death anniversary, it is quite interesting and meaningful to see the true history that is clearly reproduced. The Cu Chi...

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  • War Remnants Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The museum is excellent if one critically keeps in mind that only one side of the coin is shown here. Rooms are modern and with AC and text in English and Vietnamese. Many tourists come to this museum each day and there are many taxis and motorbikes waiting outside offering their services. There is a criminal taxi driver outside who has a cap that...

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  • Mekong Delta

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    We took a day trip to the Mekong Delta with a private guide (we chose to book the guide who had picked us up at the airport). Our guide was originally from the Mekong Delta, and so had an insider's knowledge to the area. We were driven in a car and taken to the river to a place where we were placed in a small boat. It was a surreal feeling gliding...

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Architectural Masterpiece Notre Dame Cathedral – Saigon. Notre Dame Cathedral (also known as the Big Church, Basilica, and Cathedral) in Ho Chi Minh City is magnificent, beautiful, and stable in the center of the city and has always attracted many people. But over 124 years of existence, not many people knows what’s about this church. Seen from...

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  • Reunification Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Independence Palace- Reunification Palace is a must- visit tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh city. The Independence Palace is situated at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Ben Thanh, district 1, Ho Chi Minh city center. Open time: on Wednesday from 7:30 am- 11 am and 1 pm- 4:30 pm The architecture of Independence Palace When talking about Saigon with...

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  • Post Office

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Located in the city center, the Saigon Central Post Office is a must-visit destination to foreign tourists. With unique architecture, high aesthetic and at the age of 130, the post office really leaves deep impression in the mind of tourists. Situated at number 2, Paris Commune Work, district 1, the Saigon Central post office is one of the most...

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  • Chinatown

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Cholon's main market, a Chinese-style architectural masterpiece with a great clock tower in the centre. Much of the business here is wholesale. If you are buying in bulk, this is the place to do your shopping. It is cheaper than Ben Thanh market and there are less tourist too. If not, you can always ask your friends if they are buying and split...

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  • Massages

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    I can warmly recommend Indochine Spa. I love traditional Thai massage, and they do a really good one here. It's more expensive than average spas in HCMC, but compared to another spa, which I visited, this was 100 times better. The massage cost about 588,000 dong (under 30 dollars). We went back there another day and I had a deep cleansing facial...

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  • City Hall

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    Although city hall is not open to the public, it still is worth hunting it down to have a look at the beautiful architecture. It was completed in 1908, once being known as the "Hotel de Ville." It is another building with French influence, having been modeled on the City hall in Paris. If you have a chance, come by at night time when it is all...

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  • Temples

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    I did a day trip to this temple and the Cu Chi tunnels. This temple is really a must see, make sure that you are there for the midday mass The main attraction is the Great Divine Temple built between 1933 and 1955. Cao means "high" and Dai means "dais" meaning the highest spiritual place where God reigns. Caodaiists credit God as the religion's...

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  • Parks

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    this will be my Ho Chi Minh Statue Night View Pictures Uncle Ho (as Ho Chi Minh is most commonly referred to in the west) is most famous for leading the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. He led the...

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  • Water Puppet

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This will be pictures of the Assorted Water Puppets of the Show According to Wikipedia: The orchestra accompanies the performance with traditional music and song Dance of the water fairies Water puppet, representing one of the stages of the Buddhist 'ox herder' parable. Modern water puppetry is performed in a pool of water 4 meters square with...

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  • Out of Saigon - Cao Dai Temple

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    Only if you're already in Tay Ninh: The people are a different religion than most other Vietnam people. They worship the one eyed religion and they wear the white dress robe (ao dai) Don't forget to go visit the Black Virgin Mountain. (Better place to explore)

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  • Rex Hotel

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    If you are not staying here, then come for a look! The Hotel is located next to City hall and has an important place in the history of Ho Chi Minh City. The Hotel is now a 5 star, 284-room, five-story building. During France colonial rule of Vietnam in 1927, a French business man built the building as a two-story auto dealership and garage...

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  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    This Temple I was taken to when on my city tour. I was dropped off at the temple courtyard which had a tortoise pool, and quite a few people in the courtyard. On entering the main hall, the first thing I saw was the Jade Emperor who is referred to as " god of the Heavens"...........the emperor decides who will enter and who will be refused! The...

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  • Saigon River

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This is one of the few moving boat with onboard restaurant as its attraction.This boat will depart at 8.15pm and will cruise about 1.5 hours before it get back to its jetty Varieties of Chinese/Vietnamese/Seafood available.Live music and performance also available while you enjoy your dinner.Food served is good with some night view of the river...

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  • Museum of History

    4 out of 5 stars

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    If you are visiting the Botanical garden and Zoo, then pop next door to the History museum (1929) Its a lovely, historical Pagoda style building which typifies Indochinese architecture. The museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people with displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Check out displays of stone tools, Roman coins,...

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  • Former US Embassy

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Unfortunately the building no longer stands but here is a little information about the compound that is back in the hands of the U.S. today. Remember the footage during the Vietnamese American War of the helicopters evacuating people from the embassy roof as they fled for their lives. The embassy was originally built in 1967 due to the Viet Cong...

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  • Revolutionary Museum

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This Museum is housed in a former colonial adminstration building known as Gia Long Palace . The museum focus mostly on the war although in the lower floors it does have some decent art/ history exihibits. The main attraction however is the building itself. It is also a favorite spot for couples to have their wedding photos taken

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  • Binh Tay Market

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Part two of my Bitexco Financial Tower tips with more pictures in and around the bitexco financial tower (separate tips for the Saigon Sky Deck) the last time I was in Saigon in 2007, there was no Bitexco Financial Tower and Saigon Sky Deck. But on a Revisit in 2012, Bitexco Financial Tower is now a things to do tip primarily due to the Saigon Sky...

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  • Opera House

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Saigon Opera House- Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre. Located in a convenient location in the city center, this is seen as the central and municipal theater where takes place theatrical and art performances and can also be used to organize big events. It is also the oldest theater as a sample of Western European architecture. Saigon Opera House is an...

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  • Saigon Water Park

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Cool of at the water park. There are Swimming pools, Water rides, Childrens pools, Slides, and Wave machine. Good place to go to get out of the busy streets for half a day. Costs around $5. Open from 11 to 7 Mon to Fri & 8 to 8 Sundays. Does get busy week-ends. There is a shuttle bus for around $2 which leaves central Saigon (Bach Dang Wharf) at...

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  • Zoo & Botanic Garden

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Zoo and Botanical Garden began in 1864. It is the biggest zoological garden of the country comprising of two separate sections for plants and animals. Hundreds of animals, birds and reptiles are cared for here the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden The Zoo has more than a hundred species of mammal reptiles and birds.The cages are fairly spacious...

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  • Tours

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    If you do the tour to the Tunnels and Temple with Rainbow Adventure tours, (probably other tours as well) then a morning tea stop is at the handicapped persons workshop. Here you see them making various crafts. It was very interesting. The shop was selling the products they made. They looked extremely well done and were very nice - prices were...

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  • Dong Khoi Street

    4 out of 5 stars

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    A lively street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh. It became famous during French rule when it was known as the Rue Catinat, with five star hotels, posh restaurants and elegant boutiques standing next to bars and brothels. The Communist regime shut down most of the establishments in 1975. A new lease of life in 1986, due to economic reform, regenerated...

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  • Thien Hau Pagoda

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This temple, located in the Cholon (Chinatown) district of the city, is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea, who is also known as "Mazu". The interior of the temple is actually a partially covered courtyard, at the end of which is the altar to Thien Hau. The exposed portions of the courtyard contain incense burners, and open the view to the...

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  • Nguyen Hue Street

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Previously the “Hotel de Ville de Saigon”, this building was designed by French architect P. Gardes and finished in 1908. It is now the office of the people’s committee of Ho Chi Minh City. A statue of Ho Chi Minh stands outside.

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  • Tran Nguyen Monuments

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Tran Nguyen Hai (1380-1442), a great poet and also a talented politician and strategist under the Le Dynasty and A Vietnamese Hero During the Liberation of Vietnam from Ming Dynasty China in the 14th century. He was a popular Vietnamese National Hero hence the statue here in Sai Gon and this statue faces the iconic Benh Thanh Market at the...

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  • Saigon Sky Deck

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    FINAL PART of my Saigon Sky Deck Tips with more pictures the assorted scenes of Saigon, taken at the Saigon Sky Deck with my ultra zoom camera, the Canon Powershot SX 40. this will be a multi part tip with more pictures around the new things to do tip in Saigon, the Saigon Sky Deck! Saigon Sky Deck is located at the 49th floor of the Iconic...

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  • Municipal Theatre

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This beautiful French-colonial building known as Nha Hat Thanh was built in 1899 as a concert hall. It is generally known as the Opera house. The main hall was used as headquarters of the South Vietnam National Assembly in 1956. Concerts, Theatre productions and Gymnastics are performed here.

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  • French Colonial Architecture

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This beautiful French styled Hotel began operating in 1925 and has survived over the years through the city's tumultuous times! During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial building as a military barracks, and during the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents. Thank goodness,...

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  • Walking

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The streets of Ho Chi Minh City are teeming with culture, shops, food, and most of all motorcycles. In fact there are almost 2.5 million motorcycles in HCMC which means its important to keep alert when navigating the streets. On first glance it might seem like a life threatening event to cross a street with all those motorcycles speeding by but...

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  • Out of Saigon

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The first stop for the whole day tour is in the handicapped handicrafts shop. From the name itself, the handicapped people are the ones making the handicrafts and this is how they support their family. I admire their work, everything is beautiful!!! The paintings are purely handmade and mostly use with the combination of shells. I like all the...

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  • Tran Hung Dao

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The statue of Tran Hung Dao is in honour of the great Vietnamese military leader from the 14th century. He is famous for defeating two Mongol invasions. First when the Mongols invaded the Red River valley in Northern Vietnam in 1283. Then again in 1287 when he defeated the Mongol army in the Bach Dang river.

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  • Giac Lam Pagoda

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Giac Lam Pagoda is the oldest Vietnamese-Buddhist temple in HCMC. Upon entering you will more than likely be met by a monk who will guide you around the temple in very broken English (and then fluently ask for a dollar at the end - but it's a worthy cause!). It was very hard to communicate with the monk but we all made an effort (unlike several...

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  • The Russian Market

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Located in the heart of the central business district, across from the Rex Hotel, I visited this three-story shopping center filled with shops and stalls selling inexpensive clothes, backpacks, luggage, and accessories as well as jewelry and knock-off watches, CDs, DVDs, videos, and handbags. The second and third floors primarily include shops...

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  • Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Built by Ho Chi Minh City's Fujian community, this pagoda in the Chinatown district of Cholon was constructed in 1902 and is one of the most beautifully decorated in the city. The pagoda is especially well known for its vast collection of figurines, carvings and hanging lanterns. Dedicated to Quan Cong, many Vietnamese visit this pagoda before...

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  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This tip is not going to talk about Sun Zhu's The Art of War, but about the cruelty of wars. You can find some of these art pieces ironically found it place in museums (HCM Fine Arts Museum). Vietnam War is one war that really shamed American beside the bombing of Pearl Harbor (WW II). What was the motivation for them to be involved in Vietnam...

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  • LUCY'S DREAM WEARABLE ART

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The place is literally unknown to many tourists, since it is open for just a month or two. But I really like their print designs on clothing. I bought a crop top made of Crepe Fabric with the 'Bronze Drum' print (I was told that it's a signature pattern of Vietnam) for USD29.

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  • Xa Loi Pagoda

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Chua Xa Loi Pagoda is said to be the largest Pagoda in Saigon, but, as the main ceremonial hall was closed, I was a bit deceived and visited around. This is a quite recent construction and was inaugurated in 1958; The pagoda was built to enshrine a sample of the relics of Gautama Buddha; as there are relics, it is a very important one in the...

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  • Wines & Spirits

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    We were at Fruits Farm tasting the Vietnam's dragon fruits while others have their first taste of rice wine when suddenly the American tourist pointed out to a cage near the house behind the stage. There it is....a huge python sleeping. Our tourist guide pointed it out to everybody & those brave enough, the owner offered for us to hold it. Tell...

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  • Urban Tales

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Halfway between a life-sized investigation, an original city-tour and a treasure hunt, Urban Tales invite you to solve a mysterious case of murder that took place in the thick ambiance of Cholon. By following in the footsteps of the culprit you will also enjoy an unusual self-guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s fascinating Chinese quarter. This 1/2...

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  • Teeth Whitening

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    One of the best dental services I would like to share you is Koseikai Dental Office. The environment and staff is quite good. We can have our teeth whitened just in one hour with the professional whitening system. Have you ever come there? Let try if you are concerned about your dental problems.

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    SAIGON . is still what the local South Vietnamese inhabitants of Ho Chi Min City call their city so, ...when in Rome... The Hard Rock Cafe here had not long been open when I visited, and I was immediately struck by the friendliness of the staff. The entrance was a surprise and the interior also .The collection of great Rock n' Roll memorabilia on...

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