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Unlock the magic of Ho Chi Minh City

Set within the bustling Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City (often known as HCMC) is a whirlwind of culture, history and commerce. Go into its streets, museums, temples and markets to experience a place at the forefront of Vietnam’s national story.

Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Jade Emperor Pagoda
Taoist temple, pungent with incense, where a certain ruler looks over the main sanctuary
Notre Dame Cathedral
19th-century Romanesque Catholic cathedral built with French bricks
War Remnants Museum
Unique place telling about the wars which occurred in Vietnam between 1945 and 1975
Reunification Palace
The old Presidential Palace of South Vietnam which was the scene of an epoch-defining event in 1975
Ben Thanh Market
A buzzing market selling a range of goods. From souveniers and clothing to local treats and dishes
Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Majestic French colonial building modelled on the Hotel de Ville in Paris
Giac Lam Pagoda
18th-century Buddhist temple set within bucolic grounds
Thien Hau Pagoda
Chinese temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu
Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda
Temple devoted to the fertility goddess Me Sanh, where women seeking children like to pray
Quan Âm Pagoda
Buddhist temple which includes altars to the Jade Emperor and Mazu
Fine Arts Museum
Ho Chi Minh City’s largest gallery, showing historical and artistic pieces going back 1600 years
Vietnam History Museum
Covers the immersive history of Vietnam since the Bronze Age
Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Tells the story of Vietnamese folk medicine over the ages
Ho Chi Minh Museum
See Ho Chi Minh’s glasses and other personal items in a museum devoted to the great man
Binh Tay Market
The main market of Cholon, it is a great place to catch the city’s vibe
Central Post Office
Classic French-designed pink building with a sumptuous interior
Gia Long Palace
French neoclassical building holding a museum, concrete bunkers and strengthened corridors
Ong Bon Pagoda
Stuffed temple dedicated to Ong Ban, the guardian of happiness and prosperity
Pho Binh
Noodle shop where the Viet Cong leadership planned the Tet Offensive of 1968
Cu Chi Tunnels
Impressive tunnel network used by Vietcong fighters to hide and strike at the enemy
3A Alternative Art Area
Colorful lanes featuring innovative street art
Botanical Gardens
Vietnam’s oldest botanical garden, it retains a certain charm
Cai Be Floating Market
River market that has become a must-see icon of Vietnam’s south
Caravelle Hotel
Former haunt of war correspondents in the 1960s and 1970s
Rex Hotel
Former base of the American Forces Information Service, where they dished out daily press briefings
Opera House
A large French construction that was the National Assembly of South Vietnam
Binh Dong Market
Annual floating flower market held every February on the Tau Hu Canal
Long Tan Cross
Small, but emotional, memorial to the Australian dead of the battle of Long Tan in 1966
Nui Dat
The main base from 1966 to 1971 of ANZAC forces fighting in Vietnam
Long Phuoc Tunnels
Tunnel complex built by the Vietcong to protect their forces in Phuoc Tuy
Ben Dinh Tunnels
Renovated tunnel complex from the Vietcong insurgency which has been turned into a museum
Ben Duoc Tunnels
Vietcong boltholes kept almost as they were just over 40 years ago
An Dong Market
A large indoor market with local clothing shops and food stalls
Banh Mi Hong Hoa
Possibly the best place to have banh mi in all of Ho Chi Minh City
Che My
A place to test your sweet tooth on their delicious soups
Phuong Mai Gallery
Place where Vietnamese paintings take over. A superb place to learn about local artists
Ben Tre
Local capital with lots of canals that was once a base for the “Coconut Religion”
Dong Khoi Street
Heart of the city’s commercial hub, this street now means “Total Revolution”. It was previously called Tu Do (“Freedom Street”) and Rue Catinat
Ho Chi Minh City Airport
The largest airport in Vietnam, this is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnamese Cuisine
Having acquired a well-deserved reputation worldwide, maybe you should try Vietnamese national dishes in their home country
Speedboat Ride
Experience a rush of adrenaline as you whizz along the water to your destination
Mekong Delta
Filled with rivers, islands, swamps and rice paddies, this region has a reputation as the most fertile in all of Vietnam
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