things to do in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City is cluttered with pubs, restaurants and motorbikes along with fascinating history and architecture. It is the type of place you could visit in 2 days or 20. There are so many reasons to visit in Ho Chi Minh City but here are just some our favourite things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Explore the tunnels and defence created during the Vietnam War; for more information you can read our detailed blog post on the Cu Chi tunnels.

War Remnants

A museum that holds objects, artefacts and machinery from the Vietnam War, the War Remnants museum cost 15,000 VND for admission and is open from 7.30am – 12pm and 1.30pm to 5pm.

Ben Thanh Market

A busy and popular market area full of everything. There are some great food vendors around the outside of the market but make sure you haggle, tourists are often given higher prices. The market is open all hours and is free to enter.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Vietnam’s very own Notre Dame can be found in the government quarter; boasting romanesque towers with iron spires and beautiful stained glass windows. The Cathedral is open from 8am to 5pm with free admission.

Saigon Botanic Gardens

Escape the busy streets and motorbikes and head here for a few hours. There are a few cafes and ice cream stands as well as an amusement park that runs occasionally. Admission fee is 8,000 VND and includes entrance to both the gardens and the Saigon zoo.

Although the Garden is beautiful, the Zoo itself is small but has squeezed in some fairly big animals which just doesn’t seem right to us, so we don’t encourage a visit to the Zoo itself.

If you are short on time then book a day tour with Viator and check it includes the tunnels.

What is your favourite thing to do in Ho Chi Minh?! Share your opinion in the comments below!

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  1. Ho Chi Minh City seems like such an interesting city! I would love to visit the market and also learn about the war remnants. It’s been on my list for awhile and I’m hoping to cross it off this year! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Visiitng Ho Chi Minh city is definitely on my bucket list for Vietnam. I would really be more interested in exploring the tunnels & Vietnam War Museum so as to see the war from their side and learn how they feel about the whole past experience.
    The market looks like a great place to find some awesome street food too!

  3. Lovely ideas for the things to do in Vietnam. Great article! It looks like you had a lovely time doing this. 🙂

  4. Those look like some cool spots to visit! I would love to see Ho Chi Minh City someday so this was particularly interesting to me. Pinned this so I can come back to it again in the future, thank you for sharing!

  5. EBn Thanh market tops my list for obvious reasons. 🙂 I haven’t visited Ho Chi Minh yet, but managed to see 10 other cities of vibrant Vietnam. Cheers!!

  6. I haven’t visited Ho Chi Minh yet, and this is something I should do when I get the chance to come here. Will surely amble around like what you have done. Vietnam has been on my bucket list and I can’t wait to traipse my feet here. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, such a great of you. Your photos are beautiful as well!

  7. Amazing short list! im pretty sure that Vietnam have to many things to do, thank you for sharing!

  8. I would love to see the war remnants. Heard so much about Vietnam and Saigon that it’s high time I catch a plane and tick this off my bucket list. I agree when you say it depends on the traveller whether you take a couple of days or more than that to see a place. No matter how much you want to experience the place like a local you have to be on the go if you want too see everyplace possible in the world.

  9. Great read Katie, Ho Chi Minh looks amazing, I cannot remember it as I visited as a child with my parents, but would to go again soon. Looks like a fascinating city with lots to do and see. Bookmarked,

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