Best 20 Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City (Updated 2024)

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Sai Gon, is the most populated city in Vietnam with a population of approximately 100 million people. It is also one of the most commonly visited destinations in Vietnam which welcomes about 30 million tourists in the year 2022.

So, if you wonder "Is Ho Chi Minh City good for tourists?" The answer is YES. Then Are you curious about what makes this city an interesting destination? Let’s find out the 20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City in this article.

1. Ben Thanh Market

One of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City is shopping in Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Thanh Market is a good choice, a symbol and one of the largest markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market is located in the city center, all 4 lanes are bordered by big roads. Founded in the 17th century, this place was created by vendors near the Saigon River. The market is a place to trade, exchange, buy, and sell goods and a tourist destination that attracts many tourists, especially foreign ones.

Ben Thanh Market

In particular, the Ben Thanh market is a long-standing attraction of Ho Chi Minh City, so all services are quite regular, and there is no phenomenon of attracting visitors.

Address: Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Opening hours: 6:00 to 24:00 every day.

2. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, also known as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, is one of the few remaining Catholic strongholds in Vietnam and is also considered the one of the best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

This cathedral is distinguished by its European architecture that combines both Gothic and Roman styles with red brick walls and vibrant stained-glass panes. Two bell towers, each 60.5m high, and 6 bronze bells were added in 1895. The appearance of these bell towers increases the unique architectural value of the church. The church is not only the living sanctuary of the Diocese of Saigon but also the pride of the city's people. In addition, around the church campus is a culinary paradise with delicious fruit cakes, fried foods, salads,... for you to enjoy.

Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00 every day.

3. War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum, one of the most famous museums in Vietnam, holds memories related to the Vietnam War and the First Indochina War in Vietnam.

War Remnants Museum

This museum has more than 20,000 documents, artifacts, and films, of which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, and films have been introduced to the public. In this museum, visitors have the opportunity to see a lot of military equipment of the US and Vietnamese troops in many rooms from the legendary AK 47, UH-1 helicopter to the M48 tank, T-tank 54. In particular, visitors can see the "tiger cage", where political prisoners of the South Vietnamese army are kept. In addition, they can view many photos of the Vietnam War, including black and white ones. Visiting this museum is a must-do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 07:30 – 18:00 every day.

4. Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

The next best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam you should add to your itinerary is the Museum of Fine Arts, a famous art museum in the city. This place belonged to Hui Bon Hoa, a famous rich merchant in Saigon at that time; and was designed and built by French architect Rivera in 1929. 

Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

The museum is about 3,514m2 wide with more than 20,000 works of art from many parts of Vietnam. The first floor has an art gallery displaying national and international art. The second floor features both paintings and sculptures by Vietnamese and foreign artists while the third floor displays a collection of art from the 7th to early 20th centuries. Today, this place has become one of the ideal destinations for tourists when visiting Saigon. You should visit here to see this museum's many valuable and fascinating works of art and paintings.

Address: 97A - Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday).

5. Cu Chi Tunnel

As one of the best places to visit near Ho Chi Minh City, this 75-mile tunnel is a real “witness” of the massive war in Vietnam. It tells tourists about the strong will of Vietnamese people and soldiers when competing with the giant US for nearly 20 years.

Cu Chi tunnel

In Cu Chi, there are two different tunnel display sites, namely Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. To experience a unique thing, visitors can crawl around in the tunnels in safe conditions. Besides, Cu Chi also has a shooting range for tourists to enjoy the strange feelings. The price for a bullet ranges from $1.1 (CARBIN) to $1.8 (AK 47 and M60). 

Address: 45 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 07:00 - 17:00 every day.

6. Nha Rong Wharf – Ho Chi Minh Museum

Nha Rong Wharf is a place imprinted with the image of Ho Chi Minh - the old father of the nation who went to find a way to save the country, a witness to the two great wars of resistance against the French and the Americans, also a destination not to be missed when traveling Saigon.

Nha Rong Wharf – Ho Chi Minh Museum

Here are currently displaying thousands of artifacts and documents both inside and outside related to the history and career of Uncle Ho's revolutionary activities. Through learning about the museum, visitors will somewhat understand more about the history of the nation, and the process of defending the country for the people of Uncle Ho, thereby feeling more love and remembrance of his merits.

Address: 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4.

Opening hours: 7:30 am - 11:30 am; 13h30 - 17h00 (Tuesday to Sunday).

7. The Independence Palace

The Independence Palace or the Reunification Convention Hall is a witness to the historical transfer between the two regimes and is associated with the history of the Vietnamese nation. This used to be the working place of the government apparatus of the Republic of Vietnam and is also one of the special national monuments.

The Independence Palace

This is one of the popular places in Ho Chi Minh City associated with the nation's history. The building is designed in the style of Asian architecture mixed with classical and modern elements. Coming here, you will be able to see firsthand the ancient items and monuments marking the time of independence. Especially on the occasion of April 30 and September 2 every year, the Independence Palace attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to visit.

Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1.

Opening hours: 7:30 am - 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

8. Saigon Opera House

Certified as a national relic in 2012, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Municipal Opera House, stays on top of the must-visit Ho Chi Minh City attractions. 

Saigon Opera House

Saigon Opera House was built in 1898 by the French architect – Eugene Ferret in the Belle Epoque style. Inside the building, it has a main seating floor with two levels of seating above which can accommodate up to 1,800 people. Today, the building has so many modern devices like electric appliances, lighting, sound systems, and safety equipment. The Opera House is surrounded by new plazas which allow you to combine a trip to the Opera House with a shopping tour.

Address: 7 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday).

9. Saigon Central Post Office

The Ho Chi Minh City Post Office or Saigon Central Post Office is the main post office and one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. The building was built around 1886 - 1891 by the French architect Alfred Foulhoux. Inside the post office, its structure is a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and French styles. Step inside, the building is big with lots of space. The ceiling is designed in an arc shape with two rows of steel columns. All the pillars in the front hall of the building are exquisitely decorated. This makes the building look more stable and larger.

Saigon Central Post Office

Post offices have all kinds of traditional postal services such as mailing, and selling postcards or stamps. Foreign currency exchange is also available. Inside the post office, you can buy souvenirs or write letters on wooden tables. Through many historical events, this post office still stands and plays an important role in the city's history. If you want to know more about the unique structure of the French colonies and the history of Saigon, then this place should not be missed!

Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 07:00 – 19:00 every day.

10. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a tourist destination in Saigon at night that is especially popular with young people. This street was built in April 2005, 670 m long and 64 m wide, paved with granite stone and two large fountains. Surrounded by a system of trees, electric lights, sounds, etc., making it really sparkling. Just come to the people and tourists come here to take a walk and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Moreover, on weekends, there are also interesting music exchange programs for young people. 

Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Address: Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 24/24.

11. Bui Vien Street

If Hanoi has Ta Hien Beer Street, Saigon has Bui Vien Street, so if you have the opportunity to wander this city, you must definitely visit here. Bui Vien Street is an extremely attractive destination with many entertainment activities and unique street food. The lively performances of live music, pubs, bars,... are easy to attract others. Perhaps this is one of the great places for you to feel the soul of a land that many people still call the city that never sleeps. However, Bui Vien Street is only open to serve residents and visitors on weekends only!

Bui Vien Street

Address: Bui Vien - Pham Ngu Lao - De Tham, District 1.

Opening hours: 19:00 to 2:00 (All day)

12. Ho Chi Minh Starlight Bridge

The Starlight Bridge is probably a famous tourist attraction in Saigon, dubbed the most beautiful bridge of the city. The bridge is located between Crescent Lake and the canal in Phu My Hung urban area, designed with a 7-color LED system, and a sprinkler system on both sides, giving anyone coming here the feeling of walking on the Galaxy. Standing on the bridge to enjoy the view or relax is also great. In addition, at the two ends of the bridge, there is a large, green square with ready-made stone chairs, which is also an ideal entertainment space.

Ho Chi Minh Starlight Bridge

Address: Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7.

Opening hours: All day.

13. Dam Sen Park

If you are looking for a weekend destination, Dam Sen Park is a perfect choice for you. The park was built on an area of more than 50 hectares, divided into Dam Sen Water Park and Dam Sen Cultural Park. This place is like an entertainment paradise, where you will experience countless interesting activities that very few places in Saigon have. Dam Sen Park has both wet and dry Dam Sen areas with many interesting games. 

Dam Sen Park

Coming to the water park, you will immediately feel a green "oasis" with 36 modern water game devices, and a cool wave pool of 3,000 m2, promising to give you and your family the most refreshing and relaxing moments. The cultural park (also known as Dam Sen Dry) gathers many terrestrial games from thrills to light, including duck pedaling, etc., suitable for both adults and children.

Address: No. 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh.

Dam Sen Kho ticket price: 160,000 VND/adult, 100,000 VND/child, package 300,000 VND/adult, 220,000 VND/child.

Dam Sen Nuoc ticket price: 220,000 VND/adult, 180,000 VND/child (1.4-0.8m), under 0.8m free.

14. Suoi Tien Theme Park

This is an entertainment complex, built with a combination of national cultural elements. Since its establishment, this destination has always attracted a large number of tourists, especially on holidays and weekends. This is a famous entertainment destination that attracts many tourists.

Suoi Tien Theme Park

With only one entrance ticket, you will be able to visit historical works for free, watch parade shows, convergent quartet shows, general music, etc., and experience interesting games such as Star Wars boat, super speed car racing, watching 4D, 9D movies, laser shooting, ... or explore Phung Hoang Tien, snow castle, magic castle, unicorn bow and lots of other strong senses games. The park also has activities suitable for children's ages.

Address: 120 Hanoi Highway, Tan Phu Ward, District 9.

Ticket price: 150,000/adult, 80,000/child from 1 to 1m4, under 1m free.

15. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Located in the city center, right at the end of Le Duan street, the Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the tourist attractions in Saigon for children that you cannot visit if you are traveling with your family. With 1,000 animals around the world and more than 2,000 plants and flowers along with the game area, which gathers dozens of games such as trams, planes, birds, fishing, spinning horses, trains, … ideal for children to learn while playing. Moreover, the large green space also helps you dispel the heat of the South. That is the reason that each year the Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomes over 2 million visitors.

Saigon Zoo And Botanical Garden

Address: No. 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

16. Can Gio Ecotourism Area

Can Gio is a coastal district of Ho Chi Minh City and is the only place in this city that has a sea. It also has mangrove forests and island communes and countless other interesting things. Coming to Can Gio on weekends or holidays, you will get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded urban places, immerse yourself in the cool seawater, enjoy a wonderful resort space keeping nature in the fresh air, peaceful, and enjoy fresh seafood. This destination is about 50 km from Saigon, so you can go back in a day, but if you have time, you should spend 2 days exploring this coastal district with places such as Monkey Island, Vam Sat tourist area, Thanh An island commune, …

Can Gio Ecotourism Area

Address: Rung Sac, Long Hoa, Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City.

17. Buu Long Pagoda

Another beautiful tourist destination in Saigon that many people, especially pilgrims can hardly ignore, can admire the Buu Long pagoda with its extremely splendid but equally sacred architecture. The pagoda is located about 25 km from the city center, was established in 1942, invested and restored in 2007 in the style of a combination of Thai, Indian culture, and Nguyen Dynasty architecture. The temple has the same structure as a Thai temple.

Buu Long Pagoda

The overall temple is like a palace with the main white color, the blue color scheme at the top resembles the temple architecture in the land of golden pagodas. Other details are also displayed and the design is very sophisticated and unique. That is why many people call this temple Thailand. With a location in the middle of a green hill, visitors come not only for pilgrimage and meditation but also to admire the scenery and take pictures of "virtual life".

Address: 81 Nguyen Xien, Long Binh, District 9

18. Jade Emperor Pagoda

The Jade Emperor Temple is a Taoist and Buddhist temple. This is one of the most beautiful and airy pagodas in Saigon. The structure of the temple can be divided into two distinct parts: the courtyard and the interior of the temple. In the first half of the courtyard, there is a small tower with a statue of the Dharma Protector, a Buddhist philosopher. After this first part is a small pond with many turtles and benches. The final part of the courtyard, known as the incinerator, is a chimney-shaped structure where worshipers can burn paper whose smoke is said to reach their ancestors in heaven.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

The inside of the pagoda displays many works of art with a set of about 300 ancient statues, including 100 statues made of wood and cardboard, representing the meeting of the gods with the Jade Emperor in the temple. The temple's worship area consists of three compartments, the main hall and two outer compartments. The main shrine worships the Jade Emperor, Buddha, and gods. The largest statue in the temple is the Jade Emperor meeting the gods. Travelers who have trouble in real life can come here to pray and see beautiful sights that can help them feel more balanced and relaxed.

Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00 every day.

19. Landmark 81 Saigon

Opened in 2018, Landmark 81 is still a hot-hit tourist destination in Saigon. Landmark 81 is a skyscraper in the entertainment and shopping complex Vinhomes Central Park, it was once known as the tallest building in Vietnam. At the same time, this is one of the beautiful check-in places where young people race to take pictures. 

Landmark 81 Saigon

As soon as it was "launched", this address quickly attracted young people. There are a lot of fancy corners here. The most prominent of which is the highest facade with glossy glass doors. Besides, the pedestrian bridge at Landmark 81 to the park and the parking garage, the giant archway near Starbucks is also a very cool virtual living corner.

Address: Vinhomes Central Park, 208 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District

20. Nguyen Van Binh Book Street

Another check-in point not to be missed when traveling to Saigon is Nguyen Van Binh Book Street. Not only attracts young people to buy books, but this street is also a familiar place for weekend meetings and "virtual life" photography. The book road has become a virtual living place for many young people.

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street

Located right next to Notre Dame Cathedral, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street was built with an open space, giving visitors the freedom to visit and enjoy the reading culture of the Vietnamese people. Although only 100m long, the bookstores are close together with a very beautiful style, with the shade of green trees creating an extremely poetic virtual living background. So if you want to have thousands of likes, don't miss this address!

Address: Nguyen Van Binh Street, Ben Nghe, District 1

Although some of the above places are still not all, they are one of the clear highlights not only about entertainment and entertainment but also the culture and history of one of the busiest cities in Vietnam.

Hopefully, with the above sharing, you will have interesting places before exploring Ho Chi Minh City. Incredible Asia Journeys is here to assist you with a hassle-free tour!

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