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Ho Chi Minh City

Originally known as Saigon (and still affectionately referred to as such by many), Ho Chi Minh City is located at the very heart of the Mekong Delta.
As the commercial, communications, and transportation centre of Vietnam, the dynamic and bustling city of Ho Chi Minh offers a charming blend of both the old and the new.
There is distinctive architecture in Ho Chi Minh, including traditional Chinese pagodas, neoclassical buildings, and gleaming skyscrapers that boast panoramic views of the city.
You can see the twin towers of Notre Dame Cathedral which dominate the skyline, and the gorgeous, ornate yellow and white façade of the city hall (formally the Hotel de Ville) which is one of Ho Chi Minh's most prominent landmarks.
There are other notable sites to explore such as the modern Reunification Hall and the famous Giac Lam Pagoda – one of the oldest pagodas in the entire city.
Aside from all of the gorgeous landmarks and historical sites, Ho Chi Minh is world-renowned for its fashion and world-class cuisine. For the foodies and art lovers, you'll find plenty of Ho Chi Minh city hotel deals that will put you right in the middle of the action.
This magnificent city is a shopper's paradise, with major department stores and malls, boutiques, traditional Vietnamese markets and sidewalk kiosks – all of which are in walking distance no matter where you stay, whether it be a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh or a cosy hostel.

What are the best things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh?

Here is a list of some of the unmissable experiences that you simply have to try:

  • Try the world-famous Pho – delicious, cheap, and found almost everywhere in the city, no trip to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without dining on this scrummy dish. Try it early on if you can so you have plenty more chances to have it again.
  • Visit Giac Lam Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh, at seven stories tall it is the tallest Buddhist tower in the city and is easily recognisable as an important landmark. As well as enjoying the pagoda itself, you can also climb up to the top and check out the stunning and panoramic views across the whole city.
  • Tour the War Remnants Museum – this museum aims to shed some light on and educate people about some of the events and actions that took place during the Vietnam War. It contains huge weapons, photographs, and other pieces of evidence, and is a powerful way to try and understand a little more about this time.
  • Cruise down the Bonsai River – a river cruise is a wonderful way to get to see some more of this great city. You can sit back and relax with a drink or dinner and watch the world go by.
  • See the Jade Emperor Pagoda – this pagoda was built by the local Chinese community and is one of the more well-known spots in Saigon. It is a lovely pale pink in colour and if possible, you should visit on a full moon and join the hundreds of people taking part in activities here for a lovely experience for all.
  • Party in Pham Ngu Lao Street – Ho Chi Minh City's party street, this wide road is packed with clubs, bars, food, and activities for everyone. It is great to head out into a place filled with so much energy and fun.
  • See Reunification Palace – also known as Independence Palace, this must-visit landmark is another place that houses and is a key part of Vietnamese history. It contains artefacts as well as a bunker, and is an interesting addition to any trip.
  • Take a Vietnamese cooking class – Vietnamese food is delicious and varied, from spring rolls to Bahn Mis to Pho, and the absolute best way to learn more about the food you are eating and hopefully be able to take a little of your trip home with you is to take a class. You will spend time with a lovely local shopping and cooking, and finish off dining on your own tasty creations.
  • See Notre Dame Cathedral – with its stunning architecture and vibrant history, Saigon's own Notre Dame Cathedral is a must see for anyone in Ho Chi Minh City. Located near the Reunification Palace, you can take a tour or just wander around and soak in the atmosphere at your leisure.
  • Traverse the Cu Chi Tunnels – a well-known tourist attraction and key part of history, the Cu Chi Tunnels are the underground routes used to house soldiers and transport men, goods, and arms under the surface. They have been preserved and now people can crawl in and look at some of the safer tunnels and learn about what it was like down there. You can even try firing a gun or eating the kind of food that soldiers would likely have had.
  • Visit Central Office
  • Tao Dan Park
  • The History Museum
  • Travel to the Mekong River Delta
  • Marvel at the Cao Dai Temple
  • Enjoy breakfast at the Binh Tay Market
  • Climb the Bitexco Financial Towel
  • Dine at Banh Xeo 46-A
  • Phoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda
  • Explore the Ho Chi Minh City Museum
  • Shop in the Ben Thanh market
  • Visit Cha Tam Church
  • Giac Vien Pagoda
  • The Fine Arts Museum

Aside from this comprehensive list, there is plenty else to see and do in Ho Chi Minh. If you find yourself overwhelmed by all of the choice, the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh city will provide you with a concierge's service that will gladly advise you and recommend some of the best spots to suit your tastes.

If you want to visit Vietnam on your next holiday there are many all-inclusive hotels in Ho Chi Minh City that may take your fancy. Whether you are looking for a boutique hotel in Ho Chi Min, or you would rather find the best 5 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, we have a wide variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgetary requirements.