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Ho Chi Minh city places to visit: 7 must-see attractions

When it comes to Hanoi tourism, people will think of ancient beauties with a bit of dreaming and strange peace; when it comes to the place to visit Saigon, everyone is eager for the busy beauty on each street.

Indeed, Saigon always manages to be noisy, even at nightfall. Saigon is like that, always full of vitality and brilliance, making people wonder: What is this city so vibrant? Come with us to check out the tourist attractions in Saigon below; you will soon understand.

Independence Palace

Independence Palace
Independence Palace – Source: Internet
  • Opening hours: Morning 7h30 – 11h00, afternoon 13h00 – 16h00 on weekdays
  • Ticket price: for adults is 30,000 VND/person/time, students are discounted: 15,000 VND/person/time, students: 3,000 VND/person/time, guests in groups of 20 people will be reduced by 1/3 of the ticket price.

Located at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Independence Palace is an architectural work in the nation’s history. During the resistance war against the US to save the country, this was the workplace of the South Vietnamese government apparatus. After liberation, this place was classified as a unique national relic.

This building is designed according to feng shui and architecture of the Orient but no less modern. Visitors will be able to see objects from the old government as well as various remnants from the day of independence on April 30, 1975, when they visit this location.

Every year on April 30 or September 2, thousands of people come here to visit and remember the heroes who fell for national independence.

Sai Gon Notre-dame Cathedral

Sai Gon Notre-dame Cathedral
Sai Gon Notre-dame Cathedral – Source: Internet
  • Opening hours: Visiting: Morning 8h30 – 10h00, afternoon 14h30 – 15h30 (Monday – Friday)
  • Mass time: Morning 5h30, afternoon 17h00 (Mon – Sat), Sunday: 5h30, 6h30, 7h30, 9h30 (for foreigners), 16h00, 17h00, 18h30.

– Address: 1 Commune de Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Located right on the city center’s main street,  Sai Gon Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the symbols of Saigon City. This cathedral features European architecture combined with a beautiful Roman and Gothic style and has a giant pair of bells in Vietnam. Notre Dame Cathedral is an essential cathedral of the Saigon diocese and the pride of the city’s people.

Besides, the campus area around the church has the most beautiful scenery in Saigon. In particular, there is also a 30/4 park around here, a famous place to play in Saigon in the evening.

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market- Source: Internet
  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00 daily
  • Address: Between Phan Boi Chau – Le Thanh Ton – Phan Chu Trinh – Quach Thi Trang Site, Ben Thanh Ward, District1.

Ben Thanh Market is located in the city’s heart; all four gates face significant roads such as Phan Chu Trinh, Phan Boi Chau, and Le Thanh Ton; the other direction is Quach Thi Trang Square. If you are a person who likes shopping, write it on the list of places to visit in Saigon!

All traditional and modern items can be sold inside the market as gifts for family and friends. Ben Thanh Market is also a great spot to try traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Stop by the stalls with local specialties such as fried fish or sipping a few refreshing cups of iced tea. One note is that you should wear it for the best price when shopping here.

The surrounding market becomes more bustling at night, with clothing stores and restaurants crowded with visitors.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Walking Street – Source: Internet
  • Opening hours: weekdays

– Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Hue, District 1

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is an indispensable name in the places to visit in Saigon. Built-in April 2015, it has a length of 670m and a width of 64m. Located in the heart of Saigon, the walking street features a granite floor, two large fountains, many trees, and a modern sound and light control system.

In the evenings and weekends, people and tourists often come here to stroll and immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere. Stalls serve Saigon delicacies including broken rice, coffee, bread, and tea on both sides of the road.

This street is also a popular hangout for virtual saints at night in Saigon!

Museum of Vietnamese History

  • Opening hours: Morning 8h00 – 11h30; Afternoon 13h30 – 16h30 (Tue – Sun)
  • Entrance ticket: 2,000 VND/adult, 1,000 VND/child (Vietnamese guests), 15,000 VND/person (foreign guests)
  • Address: No. 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward,1

The Vietnam History Museum opened in 1929, replacing the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum. Visiting here, you will admire and learn about tens of thousands of precious artifacts. In addition, the museum also has over 25,000 books and precious materials for archaeological research, history, museum studies, ethnology …

There is also an intact mummy here, attracting many tourists’ interest.

Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel – Source: Internet
  • Opening hours: 9h00 – 17h00
  • Entrance ticket: Ticket price: 100,000 VND/foreigner, 20,000 VND/Vietnamese guest. Entering the tunnel, visitors can eat tapioca and drink tea for free.
  • Address: Phu Hiep Hamlet, Phu My Hung Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, approximately 70 kilometers to the northwest; this is a transformation map of the Cu Chi army and people throughout the resistance battle.

Cu Chi tunnel makes visitors admire because the work is located deep in the ground; there are many nooks such as spider webs, many floors, and places to eat, meet and fight, with a total length of more than 200 km.

Cu Chi Tunnels has two points:

  • Ben Dinh Tunnel: located in Ben Dinh Hamlet, Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu Chi District. To come here, visitors can take bus No. 4 from Ben Thanh to Ben An Suong, then take bus No. 122 from An Suong Wharf to An Nhon Tay.

Ben Duoc Tunnels have been relocated to Phu Hiep hamlet, Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district. Tourists can take routes 13 and 79, bus No. 13 from Ben Thanh to Cu Chi bus station, then bus 79 from Cu Chi bus station to Ben Duoc.

Starlight Bridge/ Anh Sao Bridge

Starlight Bridge
Starlight Bridge – Source: Internet
  • Address: Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7, HCM city

Anh Sao Bridge is a very famous nightlife place in Saigon. The bridge between Semi-May Lake and Dao Canal in Phu My Hung urban area. This is known as the most beautiful bridge for pedestrians in Saigon.

The bridge is designed with a water spray system of 7-color led lights on both sides, making visitors feel like they are walking in the galaxy. Not only that, but the two sides of the bridge also have a large square designed to simulate the moon and the sun. Anh Sao Bridge is trendy in Saigon, especially for young tourists.

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