Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh Things to Do

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Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh Things to Do

  • Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This tour was arranged by Impresstravel .Departed from our hotel ,the Liberty Central about 7.30 am ,a quick stopover at the Mekong Rest Stop and Dai Dao Temple,located at Thanh That My Tho. The Mekong Delta is located on the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.We reached the pier, found that there's a few shops selling souvenirs ,and T shirts . We board...

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  • 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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  • War Remnants Museum

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Vietnam War is famous and we were interested in learning more about it. This museum is very interesting, but also very sad with many horrific photos of the victims of the war. The museum mainly focuses on the war with the Americans with a few things related to the war against the French. The museum has 8 rooms. Outside in a courtyard there are...

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  • Mekong Delta

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This is a long day tour. You do not see many rice paddies, as housing stretches a long way out. On arrival at Cai Be, a boat takes you to see the floating markets, this is why I did this tour. You arrive there so late, that it is all over, you don't see anything happening, what a disappointment! If you want to see the markets in full swing,...

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  • Post Office

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Post office doesn't sound like a place to visit unless you want to buy some stamps, but here in Ho Chi Minh city, you must come and have at look at the magnificent outside and inside. Once again, we have another beautiful French colonial building and one of the oldest buildings in HCMC. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance with...

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  • Reunification Palace

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    President Diem commissioned the building of the Palace but unfortunately was assassinated shortly after construction started. The building was completed in 1966 on the site of the former Norodom Palace. The Palace became the home of then President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu until the fall of Saigon in 1975. Reunification Palace’s...

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The French colonists did it again - They built this lovely Cathedral between 1863 and 1880. The style of the Cathedral was chosen by holding a "design' competition. Well, French Colonists wanted French building materials, so all of them were imported from France. The first stone was laid in 1877. Finally, 3 years later, the Cathedral was...

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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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  • City Hall

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    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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  • Massages

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    For a relaxing massage after a tiring day, you should try Ngoc Anh Spa. Sauna, steam bath and jakuzi is available as well as different types of massage. All the masseurs and masseuses are certified. A body massage for an hour will cost you 120000 Dong or 8 USD.

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  • Parks

    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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  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    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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  • Out of Saigon - Cao Dai Temple

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Cao Dai Temple or the Great Holy See Temple is one of the places you must have to see when in HCMC. This is the 2nd place we visited for the whole day tour so we can witness the midday mass held by the Cao Dai followers. The temple was built in 1926 and considered one of the striking structures in Southeast Asia. It is the headquarters of the...

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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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  • Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

    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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  • Museum of History

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    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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  • Saigon River

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Saigon River Express offers VIP speedboat tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels - the Mekong Delta - and jungle canal tours around Saigon. This is the service that was recommended as part of "Three Perfect Days: Saigon" in United Airlines inflight magazine and has been recommended in many other international publications. With a fleet of brand new speedboats...

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  • Opera House

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Also known as the Saigon Opera House, this wonderful example of French colonial architecture lies in the heart of the city's District 1 area, surrounded by new shopping plazas and posh hotels. Built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was...

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  • Former US Embassy

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The New US Consulate, Located inside what was the compound of the former U.S. Embassy in the then capital of South Vietnam, the building is only a stone's throw from the presidential palace of the former South Vietnamese government and is off limits to tourist!. The embassy, which has since been demolished, saw the final Marine helicopter, loaded...

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  • Binh Tay Market

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This is a local market where you can buy a lot of stuffs in wholesale. The problem here is that the place is too crowded and hot inside and the vendors were not speaking in English. If youre into haggling, you can do it better in Ben Than market. The guide explained that once there was a life size bronze statue of the Chinese businessman who built...

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  • Tran Nguyen Monuments

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The statue of Tran Nguyen Han is located in the roundabout where the streets of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao and Le Lai intersect – just in front of the Ben Thanh Market. General Tran Nguyen Han served under Emperor Le Loi during the war against the Chinese in the middle of the 15th century. The statue shows him riding on his horse and...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zoo

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Thao Cam Vien) is located at the corner of Nguyen Binh Khiem and Le Duan – about 30 minutes walk from the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was established by the French in 1865, and once had the reputation of being one of the best zoos in Asia. Nowadays, things are different… The zoo still has a...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Xa Loi Pagoda

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Xa Loi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1956 to enshrine a sample of the relics of Gautama Buddha, and was also the headquarters of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association until 1981. During the dictatorship of President Ngo Dinh Diem (early 1960s) thousands of Buddhist monks were sent to jail and pagodas were...

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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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  • Mariamman Hindu Temple

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple is located at Truong Dinh Street - close to the Ben Thanh Market. The entrance to the temple is decorated with a very colourful gopuram (beautiful tower), and this part of the temple is the most interesting. I was not impressed by the inner sanctuary, but you’ll find a courtyard with the gods of Mariamman,...

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  • Giac Lam Pagoda

    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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  • Cyclo Ride

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    If you crave some excitement or are just curious to know what it's realy like riding on one of the thousands of cyclos (motorbikes)...I recommend that you hire one from the Tourist Info Centre on Le Loi Rd., in front the Rex Hotel. The ladies working there will secure you a driver who won't rip you off or take you in circles. I hired one for 2...

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  • Continental Hotel

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    Continental Hotel......known as the "Grand Dame" of Hotels, was built in 1880 during the French colonial period and is named after the Hotel Continental in Paris. It has quite an interesting history. It was in 1878 when Frenchman, Pierre Cazeau started building the Hotel Continental so French travelers coming to the new Continent would feel at...

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  • Tran Hung Dao

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    This statue faces the river in District 1 and is of Tran Hung Doa (1228-1300) who was a Vietnamese military Grand Commander of Thang Long during the Tran Dynasty. His multiple victories over the mighty Mongol Yuan Dynasty under Kublai Khan are considered among the greatest military feats in world history. General Tran Hung Dao's military brilliance...

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  • Cholon

    Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

    The Cholon Mosque in Saigon's Chinatown is representative of the city's small Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim communities. Built in 1932, the blue and white house of worship is an island of simplistic calm in this busy part of HCMC and stand in striking contrast to the more elaborate pagodas in the near vicinity. Most Muslims in Vietnam, which...

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  • War Museum

    I have never been to any museum in my travels. Always thought of it as boring stuff. But paying a visit to War remmants museum was an eye opener. The pictures taken during the war was awesome. The dramatic history this museum display make me a little sad after leaving this place : ( Well thats history all about I suppose. In here you will find...

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  • Cu chi tunnel

    From our hotel, we rented a van and a tour guide, and left early in the morning. From there, they brought us to this place where they make nice plates and artworks made from egg shells. It was ok, although we didn't get anything since they were abit expensive.We continued with our journey to Cu Chi Tunnel. It was a very nice ride, no buildings,...

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  • The famous Norte Dame church

    Vietnam main religion is buddhism, confucianism and ancestor worship. Christianity as I heard is now second after buddhism. I don't notice many churches in Saigon but norte damne church is one of the church that is been mention quite a bit by the locals who stay around district 1. And whats more this church is another tourist stop.Like the post...

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  • One HUGE & pretty post office

    This is by far the biggest post office I ever been to. Not only it is huge, it's architectural finishing is a little breath taking. Nice really nice !.You can't really missed this place as it is within a tourist spot which apprantely next to it a famous church.

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  • Saigon own Chinatown

    Located in the centre of area within districts 5, 6 and 11, Cho Lon so call Vietnam chinatown. As mention by some follks there most of them are from China actually. Chinatown is bustling during the day. The street have people buying & selling huge variety of stuffs, drawing people from all parts of the city. I suppose Vietnman chinatown has some...

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  • War Remnants Museum

    This museum show some of the cruelty of Vietnam War history and you begin to wonder who is more cruel. There are so many gruesome photographs, My Lai massacre and the napalm, Agent Orange and phosphorous bombs used on the Vietnamese. It's really sad and it will make you wonder and weep. Bring some tissues.Open Daily 7:30-11:45 and 1:30-5:15.

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  • People's Committee Building, Ho Chi Minh

    One of the city’s most photogenic buildings, it was formerly known as Hotel de Ville. The building has a well groomed garden and elegant interior. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public and can be photographed from the outside

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