Ho Chi Minh City (formerly named Saigon) is the busiest city in the southern Vietnam and also the hottest tourist destination in this country. The city is now on high development with various international commercial buildings and industrial zones. There are millions of vehicles and population density there. Within 19m above sea level, this tourist site is bordered by Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces to the north, Dong Nai and Vung Tau Provinces to the east, the East Sea to the south, and Long An Province to the west. Dearly called “Diamond of the Far-east”, the modern oriental-style city has many to offer guests in both domestic and foreign areas.
The Must-Visit Highlights In Ho Chi Minh City
It’s taken for granted that Ho Chi Minh City has a wide array of must-visit highlights for you all to include into your favored bucket. First, Ben Thanh market has long been a symbol of Saigon and settled right in District 1, the heart of the city. There are uncountable stories to talk about this famous market and you will soon find it highly interesting to shop there, whether for clothes or handicrafts, foods, etc.
Named after Ho Chi Minh Uncle, this city houses many historic sites which never fail to lure the tourists. And if you hold passion for history, come to visit The Reunification Palace (formerly called Independence Palace), a must-visit landmark where you can find various historical objects in the time of French colonization, the World War II, and Vietnam War as well! There is a long story to talk about the Palace, so you find it informative to tour with a free offered brochure. The whole structure looks very impressive from a distance and when you come closer, you soon realize its intrinsic value. Together with historic enjoyment, War Remnant Museum is another place to go to witness authentic American War related objects and “tiger cage” is the most special one. Furthermore, go see Ho Chi Minh History Museum to enhance your Vietnamese history understanding.
Next, do remember to stop by The Notre Dame Cathedral, the everlasting symbol of Saigon City! Whatever religion you’re practicing, the Cathedral ranks among the must-visit spots that you have no reason to miss. In French style, the special structure is where you regain peace of mind and lost energy. The bell’s sound is powerful enough to impress your eyes while its exclusive bricks are for the best photos ever. Nearby the Cathedral, there stands Saigon Central Post Office which is recently innovated for a new face. At present, it attracts a great deal of young visitors coming to photograph. In the combined Western and Asian styles, this newly reformed structure is worth contemplating indeed. Besides, the whole complex building is impressively valued with the surrounding Diamond Plaza and Metropolitan.
Your Saigon city tour is additionally accelerated with a short visit to various markets in China Town (called Cho Lon in Vietnamese), where the Chinese minority of Vietnam have gathered for years. If you still days off, please invest them in Thien Hau Pagoda, Giac Lam Pagoda, History Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple, etc.