Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. The former capital of South Vietnam nowadays is the main economic centre of Vietnam. You can find a combination of old and new attractions in Ho Chi Minh City with well-preserved colonial buildings, various temples, and Vietnam War relics mixed with skyscrapers, shopping malls and other attributes of modern metropolis.
Ho Chi Minh City Attractions
Reunification Palace is a must-visit tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. The palace was the residence of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site where the Vietnam War ended in 1975, when a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate.
Reunification Palace with all its antique furniture and rooms still looks like it was in 1975. Here you can also see former president’s car, army helicopter and even the original tanks used in the capture of the palace.
Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville or Saigon City Hall is a French colonial style building where Saigon’s government office was established. This elegant colonial building is city's most photographed landmark as it offers great photo opportunities.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City. The cathedral was constructed by French colonists in the second half of 19th century.
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is a beautifully preserved colonial building in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near the city's cathedral. The building was constructed in the late 19th century when Vietnam was a colony of France.
Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
Saigon Opera House, also known as the Municipal Theater, is an elegant colonial building and a must-see attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. Built in 1898 by the French architect, Saigon Opera House now is a venue for many important events and cultural activities.
Mariamman Temple is the only Hindu temple in Ho Chi Minh City. Built in the late 19th century, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of the rain Mariamman.
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is one of the oldest landmarks and a must-visit in Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace that is conveniently located in the center of the city. This market is a great place to buy various local souvenirs such as handicrafts, pieces of Vietnamese art and other goods.
Ho Chi Minh City Transportation
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City is the busiest airport in Vietnam. There are directs flights to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok and Phuket. Flight deals for these routes can be found here:
From Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City you can fly directly with low cost airlines AirAsia, Jetstar, Vietjet Air, Nok Air as well as full service carriers Vietnam Airlines, Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways. Phuket – Ho Chi Minh City route is served by Vietjet Air.
Bus to Ho Chi Minh City
When traveling from Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City by bus, normally a connection in Cambodia is needed. From Thailand you need to take a bus to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and then get on a bus going to Ho Chi Minh City. A bus between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City usually takes around 6 hours. Bus schedules and tickets for this connecting route can be found here:
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