15 things to do in saigon in just 3 days

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Ho Chi Minh City is an overwhelming place – và not just because of the traffic. There’s so much bởi here, whether you’re a lover of history, art, cuisine, culture or nightlife. With so many great options, many travelers worry they’ll leave something out. But don’t fret, here’s what you should bởi.

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Nothing can compare with the charm of a river tour – lớn hear the waves lapping with a drink in hand and a cool breeze on your skin. Even if you’re on a budget, there are options, and if you have sầu money to spover, this is one activity we highly recommover you splurge on. The more reputable companies offer amazing dinner và drinks packages, và on boats you have lớn see khổng lồ believe. We love sầu the range of views you get from the river as well, from the skyscrapers of downtown to lớn the lush jungle foliage mere minutes up the river. This is a very cool way khổng lồ see this city.


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If you only have one day in Ho Chi Minch City, make time to visit this building. The elegance of this area is something to see, especially next to lớn the colossal trees in 30-4 Park & the colonial post office next door. The cathedral itself was built in the late 19th century, with materials imported from France, và offers a beautiful glimpse of a bygone era in this historic city. And since this cathedral is walking distance from the next sản phẩm on this danh sách, you can fit a lot of sightseeing inlớn one afternoon.

For history buffs, the Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, is an absolute must. This is the site of those famous images of tanks crashing through gates during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Aside from the stunning grounds và impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels like you’ve sầu gone baông chồng in time. You can see where the southern government operated the executive sầu branch during the Vietphái mạnh War – even the bomb bunker in the basement, where the maps still hang on the walls.


When you phối foot outside around lunchtime in this city, you’ll underst& why most people vì chưng everything they can lớn avoid the midday sun. It’ll cook you in minutes, leaving you burnt và miserable. That’s why you should leave sầu the best for dusk, when the sun glows orange on the smoggy horizon & the heat tapers off. For one of the best dining experiences in the đô thị, head khổng lồ Thao Dien ward in District 2 và dine along the river. There are several excellent choices, including The Dechồng, The Boathouse & Villa Song Saigon. Trust us, they’re worth the trip.


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You probably won’t leave sầu this museum feeling too good about humanity, but that’s the point. This museum is there lớn remind us of the horrors of war. For most people around the world, the Vietphái nam War is something that happened in a faraway time và place – not for Vietnamese people, though. This museum takes an abstract conflict & shows us the real people it affected. It shows the struggles endured by the Vietnamese people. This museum plays an important role in the healing process for Vietphái nam, by showing visitors from around the world how the war changed this nation.

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Alright, so you’ve had a somber visit to lớn the War Remnants Museum, now it’s time to lift your spirits again. For one of the best looks at social and dating life in Ho Chi Minc City, head to Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Here you’ll see families enjoying time together and young couples chatting away, taking more selfies than you ever imagined possible. This is a scene to lớn behold at night, when thousands of people come khổng lồ mingle và enjoy a cool, downtown evening, surrounded by some impressive architecture: the looming Tập Đoàn Bitexco Tower, the wall of cafes at 42 Nguyen Hue, the statue of Ho Chi Minc & even the old colonial thành phố hall.


Despite the massive influx of new vehicles, Vietphái nam is still a motorbike nation – so get out of the taxi & onto two wheels. There’s no other way to really feel the manic vitality of this mega city – and no other feeling can quite match the raw adrenaline of flowing along in crazy traffic. But driving in Saigon is also lethally dangerous, so let the professionals vì it for you. There’s many tour companies with experienced drivers who are also fluent in English. You could head out on your own, but we highly recommend you let someone else drive sầu until you underst& how the traffic flows here.


Most of the items on this danh mục are front & center in every travel guide, but not this one. New Japan Town in Q. Bình Thạnh District is a hip và upcoming area in one of this city’s coolest wards. Little Tokyo in District 1 is more famous, but we’re huge fans of Little Japan. It’s where Japanese entrepreneurs are setting up siêu thị these days. There are so many interesting little bars và restaurants in this area, whether you’re looking for Japanese or Vietnamese. As development continues to lớn change this thành phố at a crazy rate, look no further than the nearby Vinhomes Riverside Central Park, this is one area that still feels like authentic Saigon. To find the area, explore north of where Nguyễn Hữu Chình ảnh Street almost touches Trường Sa Street, near the canal.


If you find that the streets are too hectic for your liking, escape the madness by elevating your evening. There are so many excellent rooftop bars, so you’ll probably have a hard time deciding. If you’re in the backpackers area and don’t want to lớn stray too far, The View is exactly as advertised. But if you have sầu some extra money to spover and want one of the best experiences in the đô thị, kiểm tra out EON51 in the landmark Tập Đoàn Bitexco Tower. To see most of the better options, go khổng lồ this article and check out the section on rooftop bars.

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When the night is winding down and the respectable places are shoving you out the door, you’re just in time for the peak weirdness of Bui Vien. This notorious stretch of lewd behavior never shuts down, & even if you want nothing to lớn bởi with the seedier aspects of Bui Vien, this street is a sensory overload that’s worth taking in at least once. There are fire breathers, strange foods, sidewalk bars, dubious massage parlors, beady-eyed “friends”, gangsters và enough bars to keep you hopping all night long. Keep your phones và cameras in safe places, though, as this is also the petty crime capital of Vietphái mạnh.