Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City, often referred to as Saigon is chaotic, noisy, hot and just a bit crazy. If you are for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City, you will need some tips on things to do in Ho Chi Minh City or for some activities around the city. Saigon is huge and the sights are spread all over the city

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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Amidst the motorcycle fumes and the construction dust, an irrepressible Saigonese energy and optimism endures. Don’t be surprised if you’re charmed by this place, despite your best instincts.

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Ben Thanh Market
Hoai:You can almost buy everything over here. Clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, food or the popular Vietnamese coffee. Don’t forget to bargain about the prices!
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Saigon Central Post Office
Hoai:The Central Post Office is nowadays a tourist attraction, but still serves the purpose as a real post office and you could send some letters home to your family and friends. The interior is beautifully designed and there are also some souvenir shops for visitors on the inside.
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Đường Nguyễn Văn Bình
Hoai:Opened from 1st September 2016, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street has been not only a favorite place to buy good books but also to walk, take photographs, gather, sip some coffee and relax. The 100-meter-long book street stretches from Hai Ba Trung Street to Notre Dame Cathedral, it is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
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Saigon Skydeck
Hoai:Not too far from the Ben Thanh Market you can find the Bitexco Financial Tower, where the amazing Saigon Skydeck is located. It is on the 49th floor and has a great 360-degrees view at Ho Chi Minh City. We totally love viewpoints and if you do so too, don’t miss that one.
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Independence Palace
Hoai:The Reunification Palace, also known as Independence Palace, is today not only a museum, but there are still meetings and events held by the government. It’s also the place where the end of the Vietnam War was decided.
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Bà Thiên Hậu Temple
Hoai:As soon as you get to the inside, you will notice the smell of the incense sticks that are scattered throughout the temple and hanging from the ceiling. A really imposing temple which is definitely worth a visit.
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Vincom Landmark 81
Hoai:The building has 81 stories with the height of 461 meters (1,514ft) and total cost of about $1.4 billion located on the western bank of the Saigon River in Binh Thanh District. North of the tower is the Saigon’s historic center while the immediate South is Saigon Bridge. Along with Vinhomes Central Park, the skyscraper is the state-of-the-art construction comprising of the luxury hotel, excellent restaurants, and vibrant commercial center. Landmark 81 is absolutely the must-visit destination in your Vietnam vacation.
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War Remnants Museum
Hoai:For those who are interested in this subject, it is definitely worth a visit. Furthermore, you can see several vehicles like tanks or jets in front of the building, which were used during the war.
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Cu Chi Tunnels
Hoai:The tunnels were used by the Vietcong during the war to hide. There were even schools and offices under the earth. Today you can visit a 90 meters long tunnel section in memory of the war and see for yourself how it must have been back in the days.
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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
Hoai:There is no entrance fee if you want to visit the cathedral, but you have to be aware of the opening times. It is open daily from 8.00 to 11.00 A.M. and from 3.00 to 6.00 P.M. On Sundays there are also regular worship services, which you also can attend to.
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What will you do if you have an extra few days left in Ho Chi Minh? Here are our top day trip options from Ho Chi Minh City you should consider!

Best Vietnamese Restaurants in SaiGon

Saigon is absolutely a perfect city to experience Vietnamese cuisine from traditional to modern style. Below is our team's top picks for Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon that includes home kitchen's cooking style to modern twists and fusion.

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Quán Bụi - Vietnamese Bistro
Hoai:The restaurant's tasty and hearty dishes remind locals with their family meals, but also surprise them with high quality fresh ingredients, additions of spice and herbs.
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Ngon Restaurant
Hoai:The restaurant's menu covers dishes from North to South, for example sizzling pancake, Hue style noodles, Hue mussels rice, chicken sticky rice, grilled pork broken rice.
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Ru Phở Bar
Hoai:The staff is incredibly attentive and there’s a line-up of unique creative desserts and drinks in the menu.
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Hoa Tuc Saigon
Hoai:Guests will fall in love with the BBQ beef in betel leaf and the Saigon-style pork and taro fried spring rolls.
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Hoai:They serve pure Vietnamese cuisine and stay clear from fusion. The originality lies in the little twist in the composition of the dish and the presentation.
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Secret Garden Restaurant
Hoai:Most of the dishes here follow the cooking style of the Western Vietnam, which uses fish sauce in every dish. The highest recommended dishes are fried salted pork, fried catfish and cha gio (spring roll).
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Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant
Hoai:The menu is full of Vietnamese comfort food, locals refer to the food as “cooked by mom”.
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Chi Hoa Vietnamese Cuisine
Hoai:The restaurant provides a wide range of veggie dishes and does not use unhealthy spices.
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Dì Lý - Bánh Đa Cua
Hoai:Banh Da Cua is a special dish of Hai Phong, a port city in Northern Vietnam.
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Anan Saigon
Hoai:The kitchen is run by award-winning chef, Peter Cuong Franklin, who creates masterpieces with only the freshest of ingredients that come together creating vibrant flavors.

Must-visit vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city

You are a vegetarian? The collection with must -visit vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city will be your enlightenment for certain.

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Hum Vegetarian, Café & Restaurant
Hoai:Hum’s creative menu is designed to be fulfilling for your body and nourishing for your soul. It absolutely deserves a try!
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Prem Bistro and Cafe
Hoai:The menu varies with the Asian and European styles, such as carrot soup, quinoa salad, quinoa chickpeas veggie bowl, vegan palak paneer, spinach soup, etc.
Image - Bếp Thuần Chay - Vegan Kitchen
Bếp Thuần Chay - Vegan Kitchen
Hoai: This delectable spot is famed for its wide assortments of vegan meals, desserts, and ice creams, but even more so for their organic coffee.
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Saigon Vegan
Hoai:Most of these dishes and drinks are great to enjoy, but a minus point is that the restaurant is very crowded in vegetarian days, so it is advised to avoid coming here those times.
Hoai:The food from fresh ingredients is well tasted and suitable for the appetite of many people at any age.
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ROU Quán chay
Hoai:Additionally, the dishes are carefully prepared from luscious and fresh vegetables which ensure you will have a sufficient intake of fibre and vitamins. A plus point is that the staff serves hospitably and caringly.
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Phúc Quang Chay
Hoai:Offers choices like steamed dumplings, chive cakes, noodle soups, rice paper rolls, fried rolls, tofu and mushroom hotpot, stir fried vegetables, fried rice, pad thai, buddha bowl, and more.
Image - A Di Da Phat Vegan Restaurant
A Di Da Phat Vegan Restaurant
Hoai:Vietnamese restaurant. Serves noodle soup, tofu, and fakemeat.
Image - Nhà Hàng Chay Âu Lạc Healthy World
Nhà Hàng Chay Âu Lạc Healthy World
Hoai:A vegan food court, supermarket, buffet, coffee shop and kids play area across 4 floors in one building.
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Cơm chay Bồ Đề Tịnh Tâm
Hoai:Offers all-day rice buffet plus noodle soups, mock meats, and a full menu of made to order dishes. Also has fresh rolls, steamed buns, and Vietnamese dessert.

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  1. Ben Thanh Market
  2. Saigon Central Post Office
  3. Đường Nguyễn Văn Bình
  4. Saigon Skydeck
  5. Independence Palace
  6. Bà Thiên Hậu Temple
  7. Vincom Landmark 81
  8. War Remnants Museum
  9. Cu Chi Tunnels
  10. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
  11. Quán Bụi - Vietnamese Bistro
  12. Ngon Restaurant
  13. Ru Phở Bar
  14. Hoa Tuc Saigon
  15. Propaganda
  16. Secret Garden Restaurant
  17. Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant
  18. Chi Hoa Vietnamese Cuisine
  19. Dì Lý - Bánh Đa Cua
  20. Anan Saigon
  21. Hum Vegetarian, Café & Restaurant
  22. Prem Bistro and Cafe
  23. Bếp Thuần Chay - Vegan Kitchen
  24. Saigon Vegan
  26. ROU Quán chay
  27. Phúc Quang Chay
  28. A Di Da Phat Vegan Restaurant
  29. Nhà Hàng Chay Âu Lạc Healthy World
  30. Cơm chay Bồ Đề Tịnh Tâm

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