Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City which is more than 300 years old, you can see the modern high-rise buildings, amusement parks, busy shopping centers. Besides, there are also many ancient villas and markets existing for hundreds of years. Ho Chi Minh City is very famous for great tourist attractions such as the Independence Palace, Ben Thanh market, Vietnam history museum and so on.
1. Independence Palace
The building was designed according to eastern architecture but it looks very modern. Visiting Independence Palace, tourists can admire many old items from the war which marked the independence day of Ho Chi Minh City (30/04/1975). Today, the Independence Palace is the government meeting place where welcomes the Heads of many nations. It is also the destination attracting numerous domestic and international travelers.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
Located in the main street of the city center, Notre Dame Cathedral is a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. It features a European architectural style with 2 pairs of largest bells in Vietnam. Notre Dame Cathedral is the most beautiful and the most important cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. It is the pride of people here. The area around Notre Dame Cathedral also has the most beautiful sceneries
3. Ben Thanh Market
Located in the city center, Ben Thanh market is very noisy and crowded. Inside the market, a wide variety of items is sold. Visitors can buy some special gifts for their families and friends. At night, the markets become more bustling with clothing stores and cafes which mainly serve tourists.
4. Binh Tay Market
Located in the Chinatown, Binh Tay Market is the wholesale market providing goods for many southern provinces and the whole country. Surprisingly, products are so diverse including from dry food, cereal, and dried seafood to clothes, shoes, and toys. Because many Chinese people live here, the activity of local people is slightly affected. Especially, goods in this market are very cheap if you buy a great quantity. However, the retail price is not cheap.
5. Suoi Tien tourist Area
Located at the gateway to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, 19km from the city center, Suoi Tien is an entertainment area attracting many tourists. Here, you not only can relax in a peaceful atmosphere, beautiful views, but you also have a lot of activities to entertain. Moreover, Suoi Tien is a place of cultural education through historic sightseeing destinations which are built based on Vietnamese legends.
6. Vietnam History Museum
Vietnam History Museum was built in 1929, formerly known as the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum. Visiting here, you will admire and learn about thousands of valuable artifacts. The museum also has over 25,000 precious books and documents about archeology, ethnology, history, musicology...
7. War Remnants Museum
Tourists coming here will have an awful fear of the war so that they appreciate more the time at present. The objects such as aircraft, tanks, guillotines and two "tiger cages" were built in the exact size of those in Con Dao prison. There are also galleries about the southwest border war, the Spratly Islands issue, the cruelty of enemies and so on.
8. Cu Chi tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels is located 70 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to the northwest. This is a demonstration of the army and people of Cu Chi struggling in the war for 30 years. Cu Chi tunnels are admired by young generations because they are dug deep in the ground, including many stories, houses, meeting rooms with a total length of over 200 km.
9. Saigon River Cruise
The Saigon River is a very beautiful landscape. If you discover the river on a cruise, you will admire all unique features of Saigon with stunning sceneries, the peace of water among the noisy urban. It includes many excursions on the river boat to Nha Be and Can Gio and canoes to Lai Thieu. Besides, visitors can also go to a train restaurant for dinner. They will be satisfied with the quality of services here. The cost of a trip along the Saigon River is about 80,000 VND / person or more.
Ho Chi Minh City is a beautiful and incredible place. It has everything from ancient houses and museums to luxurious hotels and restaurants. Visitors coming to this city are strongly attracted by its ancient and modern beauty. Traveling to Vietnam, you will totally regret if you forget to visit Ho Chi Minh City which is so unique and wonderful.