Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor January 17th, 2016 Posted in Asia, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 22 Comments

Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam, also known as Saigon until 1975. It was changed when the South lost against the North. Despite the name changing, a lot of locals still prefer to call it Saigon. North had a war against the South regarding of Vietnam to be turned into a Communist country.

There wasn’t a declaration of when the war started, but it’s widely accepted that it began late 1955 and ended in 1975.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City 5Cu Chi Tunnel

There are plenty of tours to try, places to see and activities to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Here are the things and activities you should not miss during your stay in this amazing city.

Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Stay at District 1

How to make sure you’ll have a fabulous time in this place? Be at the right location. District 1 is the area where most backpackers are staying. It is also very close to most of the museums and attractions. Pubs, restaurants, local restaurants, and travel agencies are all nearby and easy to access. You can check the list of best and cheapest backpackers hostels here in Ho Chi Minh (rates starting from $6/night)

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  • Visit War Remnants Museum

My visit at War Remnants was great, as I love history. The museum showcases the helicopters, tanks, and bombs that have been used during the war. A thorough narration of how the war started and ended is displayed (in English) where people can read them. Photos from the war are also printed and displayed. This museum will give you more idea and knowledge about one of the most controversial wars in the history.

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  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

Going to Cu Chi Tunnel is a must when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Not far from the city, you will see through your eyes the famous tunnels that Vietnamese dug to hide from the Americans and shield themselves from the bombs. The tunnel is around 120 kilometers long and is preserved by the Vietnamese government. The defense tactics, traps, and way of living at that time will be available for tourist to see and understand more about the war.

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A chance to try local Vietnamese snack and tea will also be available while an option to fire an AK-47 Rifle is possible as well.

  • Never miss the Mekong Delta – A Tinggly Experience!

Sailing through Mekong Delta River should be on your list, as this popular river flows through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I did this tour with Tinggly and the experience was great. We started to walk through a small village where their livelihood work focuses on products made by the bees; honey and face creams. A plate of fruit was served while we were listening to a local song performed live by the local people.

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Then we sailed for 15 minutes through the Mekong River and ended up in the area where locals are making a life through producing products from coconut; candies, fan, hat, flip flops and more. Another sailing to a local restaurant where we had a traditional mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes for lunch. A small bus ride to a Pagoda where three big Buddhas are displayed.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City 10Thank you for a very Tinggly Experience:

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  • Ben Thanh Market – Shop till you drop!

The famous market is worth to visit even you don’t need anything. This market is not the usual kind of market you are used to. A huge one story building where all sort of things you need are available; from clothes, shoes, accessories, food and even flowers can be found here. My friend bought a pair of shoes here, and I must say he’s the haggling master! Don’t be shy to bargain, when they give you a price, remember to cut at least half the price and exercise your haggling techniques.

  • Go on a walk to Independence Palace, Notre-Dame and Central Office

Holding a remarkable dramatic history when a communist tank crashed to its gate on 1975 and an officer ran up the stair and waved the flag on its balcony. As General Minh was waiting for his cabinets that time, said this line to the officer “I have been waiting since early this morning to transfer the power to you” while the VC officer responded as “There is no question of your transferring power, you cannot give up what you do not have.”.

Notre-Dame Basilica

A remembrance of Vietnam was colonized by France once; this is open and active until today. It was built between 1863 and 1880. This Catholic Cathedral is named after the Virgin Mary. English speaking staffs between 9 am to 11 am.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City 6Notre-Dame Basilica

Central Office

A few steps away from the Basilica, you can see and visit the Saigon Central office and send a lovely postcard to your home country. Few boutiques are inside the building that offers fantastic souvenirs for your trip.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City 16Saigon Central Office / Photo Credit: James Saw Siew

  • Party and Food trip in Ho Chi Minh City

Locals and western restaurants, pubs and clubs can be found on the busy street of Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao. Keep in mind that this area is very touristic and could be pricey. For cheaper alcohol and food, sit on a local eatery that is located through the small alleys. Pub and clubs are open until 3 to 4 in the morning.

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City 14Had some great sweet snack by the street

Personal  Note: I stayed for a week in Ho Chi Minh, but 3-4 days would be more than enough. You might want to decide to cross the border to Cambodia. You can read our guide here.

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Feeling bored or craving for unique activities to do in Ho Chi Minh city? LandedVibe offers a wide variety of entertainment experiences hosted by indie artists, professionals, and hobbyist. This is the perfect chance to hang out with cool people, pick up a new skill or simply kill time, all in a fun way. A few activities definitely caught my attention: sneak in hidden rooftops to have drinks & chill, craft a silver ring, create a DIY perfume and lipstick. Give it a try and see if you like it.

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22 thoughts on “Awesome Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  1. Do any trips go to northern South VietNam? Like Hue, Camp Eagle and Camp Evans and firebases, Eagle beach and some of the small villages around Hue? Even some video tours. I’m not sure I could emotionally make a trip there even now

  2. Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats. There are some beautiful beaches along the coast, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests. Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.
    I love this country.

  3. Though not a country I have ever considered visiting Vietnam is swiftly moving up my life. I would love to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

  4. Looks like an amazing place to visit, thankyou for sharing your travels, I love learning about places I have yet to visit.

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