10 Best Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City

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Going to Saigon and don’t have much time to spend there? Here’s a brief guide to the best things to do in Saigon.

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Saigon is the kind of city that takes you by surprise and will capture you with its phenomenal energy. You don’t expect much from it, and yet you end up loving it. Its vibe, its positive energy, the sights and the food will all draw you into it. People here are cheerful and welcoming and this, somehow, makes the overall experience of visiting much better than in Hanoi, up North.

My sister and I visited Saigonduring a trip that took us from Bangkok to Vietnam, which we crossed from North to South, then to Siem Reap in Cambodia and eventually back to Thailand, in Koh Chang.

In this post, I highlight the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh and share some useful tips to help you make the most of it.

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17 Great Things To Do In Saigon

Admire the French colonial architecture

At some point in its history, Saigon was colonized by the French, who left a clear mark in the look of the city. One of the nicest things to do in Ho Chi Minh is searching for examples of the French colonial architecture. All it takes to admireit is walking around.

Examples of such architecture are scattered around the city. The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the best kept buildings, not to mention one of the most important attractions; but make sure not to skip the Central Post Office (a late 19th century building in Gothic style that is actually still in use) and the National Theater. They are all located in the area known as Dong Khoi.

You can book a tour of Saigon here or here.

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Go on a Mekong Delta tour

The floating markets are a great place to visit if you want to get a good idea of the local way of life; whereas the Mekong Delta is an incredibly scenic place, with small villages, lush vegetation, and great photo opportunities. They can be visited on the same day and make for an incredible day trip out of Saigon.

For a great guided tour of the Mekong, click here.


Ho Chi Minh City Travel Tips

How to get to Ho Chi Minh City and how to move around

The easiest way to get to Saigon from other cities in Vietnam or even from other countries is to fly there. From the airport, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. Make sure to insist to pay by the meter – more often than not, the flat rates suggested are higher than what you should be paying.

Once you are in town, you can easily move around by mototaxi or by taxi. Use Grab – the South East Asia version of Uber – to order a taxi. It’s super easy!

Safety in Saigon

We found Saigon to be a safe city – but just like with any other major big city, you need to be smart to avoid scams and other issues. The worst areas are those crowded with tourists. It’s not uncommon for tourists to get their phones or cameras snatched – take out your phone on a side street, and by all means do not flash it. Keep your wallet in a safe pocket inside your purse and keep some small change in your pockets.

Where to stay in Saigon

The choice of places to stay in Saigon is very wide. We stayed at the Yellow House Saigon, a lovely small design hotel in a narrow alley where there’s no traffic whatsoever – and consideringthe level of noise in Asian cities, this was a nice change.

For even morethings to do inHo Chi Minh, check out these insider tips.

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Further Readings

Make sure to read my other posts about Vietnam:

Legal Disclaimer:This article is written in partnership with Accor Hotel Group. All the views and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. The views expressed are honest and factual without any bias.

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