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The best city in Vietnam for tourists: 3 Tourist Cities among the Top Destinations in Southeast Asia (Part 2)

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda – Source: Internet

Hanoi, the main Buddhist center in Vietnam, is home to several historic temples, but the One Pillar Pagoda is unquestionably the most well-known. The pagoda, which is a part of Dien Huu Tu’s campus, was constructed on top of a stone pillar in the center of a lotus lake to serve as a place of devotion for Quan The Am Buddha.

Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam

Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, which was constructed in the 11th century, consists of two primary works. One is the Temple of Literature, a place to worship the sages and saints of Confucianism. The second is Quoc Tu Giam, which is regarded as our nation’s first university. Originally reserved for aristocracy and the children of kings, it later opened its doors to commoners with superior abilities.

Students now visit the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam to offer prayers for success in their studies and work, particularly before exams in the hopes of receiving high grades.

Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District

Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Read more: The best city in Vietnam for tourists: 3 Tourist Cities among the Top Destinations in Southeast Asia (Part 1)

Food to try

Bun cha

This dish is a traditional dish originating from Hanoi. Grilled vermicelli in bun cha is marinated with simple but distinctive spices. Along with that is the soul of the dish – the dipping sauce. The dipping sauce used for this dish is mixed with sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, etc. It creates a simple but attractive dish that is hard to refuse.


If you come to Hanoi but don’t try pho here, it will be very flawed. Pho is not only available in Hanoi but only in Hanoi is delicious. Pho has become a culinary symbol not only of the capital but also of Vietnam.

Pho with the main ingredient is white rice noodles, delicious broth with a sweet taste from simmered beef bones. Delicious pho is cooked with beef, the broth is clear and sweet, creating a delicious and attractive dish.

Bun thang

This is a famous dish of Hanoi. The dish is elaborately prepared with broth that must be simmered from chicken bones with shrimp and other typical spices to have a sweet taste.

The bowl of bun thang is highlighted by the combination of many colors such as the yellow color of the egg, the white color of the chicken, the spring rolls, the radish, the green and green from the mushrooms, the green onions and the laksa leaves… The noodles are used in the dish. This dish must be small and when eaten, add a little shrimp paste to make it taste fresh.

In addition, in Hanoi, there are many other dishes such as fried rice, fried spring rolls, vermicelli with shrimp paste, … You should visit and enjoy these special and delicious dishes.

Ho Chi Minh City – a modern “megacity”

Ho Chi Minh City ranks 8th in the list of 10 livable cities mentioned above. It is a place of continuous economic and cultural development. Not only that, but this city is also a place of cultural interference between East and West, cultural interference between regions of the country. In addition, there are skyscrapers, modern urban areas, uniquely designed landscapes, … All create unique features for the city that make many people fascinated.

A brief introduction about the City named after Uncle

A brief introduction about the City named after Uncle
A brief introduction about the City named after Uncle – Source: Internet

Ho Chi Minh City is located in the middle of the rich Southern region, where it is the most populous city in Vietnam. At the same time, the city is also a major transport bridge connecting the provinces in the region and the international gateway of the region.

Since 1976 until now, Ho Chi Minh City has developed constantly with skyscrapers reaching out, where many multinational corporations are headquartered,… It has an expanded transportation system. smoothly with highways, boulevards, and modern overpasses, … The city has typical architectural works, amusement parks, and tourist attractions. All create a modern, dynamic and bustling city.

Some places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City every year attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists with entertainment places or places of national historical character. Here are some outstanding places that tourists should visit when coming to this city.

Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh market – Source: Internet

This is a market located in the city center with four sides facing the main road. Here, visitors can choose for themselves hundreds of items from souvenirs to special cuisines.

In addition, there are several destinations such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Turtle Lake, City Post Office, etc. All of which creates the city’s modern beauty while adding a bit of tradition and antiquity. Give your guests a memorable experience.

Independence Palace

Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Hall, is a work built by the French, during the French colonial period. The Independence Palace represents peace and territorial integrity for the Saigonese people as a historical artifact. This place was recognized as one of the 10 special national monuments of Vietnam in 2009.

Independence Palace is a place to display and store valuable images and artifacts from the 19th century under different themes. In particular, this place still retains the interior of important rooms such as the reception room, cabinet room,…

If you are a history-loving tourist, surely the Independence Palace will be one of your favorite destinations in Saigon during your trip.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral – Source: Internet

Also located in the heart of District 1, Notre Dame Cathedral is a tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City that you must visit. Notre Dame Cathedral is a unique architectural work with European style, the place to live and organize Masses for Catholics in Saigon.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, you can come in the morning to be able to see the full beauty of the church in daylight, check-in in at every corner of the Gothic cathedral, etc. The church always welcomes visitors, residents and anyone who comes here to listen to the sermon.

Vietnam History Museum

Vietnam History Museum was built and operated since the early 20th century, is a place to store and preserve images and antiques from the beginning to the present. Vietnam History Museum attracts the majority of visitors who love history and architecture that blends two unique Asian and European styles.

The Vietnam History Museum, one of the spectacular tourist sites in Ho Chi Minh City with lovely check-in areas, also works to preserve the nation’s traditional culture. The most well-liked Ho Chi Minh tour always includes here as a fascinating stop.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Walking Street – Source: Internet

Nguyen Hue pedestrian street has long been an interesting destination in Saigon for locals and tourists alike. This is one of the fun places in District 1 that many people visit especially every night and weekend.

At Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as fashion shows, street art, entertainment, food, … very special. This place is the hottest check-in point in Saigon that you cannot miss during your Saigon trip.

Ho Chi Minh City – The convergence of rich culinary quintessence

Cuisine in this city is not simply to solve the problem of eating but also to the customs, habits, and spiritual culture of people. A city is a place that attracts people from all over the world, who come and bring with them special recipes of the local cuisine where they were born. Thereby creating a city where culinary elites from all over the country converge.

Besides, the cuisine of China and some Western countries have been introduced to Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, the creativity and the unique combination have created a unique and rich cuisine like today. One can find many local specialties in this city.

Some typical dishes for Saigon cuisine can be mentioned:

Bread: The dish is present almost everywhere across the country, but each region has its distinctive differences. Walking around Saigon, you can see many trucks selling bread with a variety of fillings. This is a rustic dish but boldly Saigon.

Broken rice: this is a dish that creates a unique beauty for the culinary culture of Saigon people. The dish is made from broken seeds with grilled rib vermicelli, and some other accompaniments. In addition, there is sweet and sweet fish sauce. All create an irresistibly delicious taste.

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