1. Ben Thanh Market
Created by early 17th century and rebuilt many times, Ben Thanh Market is one of the oldest markets in Ho Chi Minh City. With historic significance and unique architecture, Ben Thanh Market has become the symbol and one of must-see attractions of the city. They sell local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai and souvenirs, watches, delicious Vietnamese foods at the market. Ben Thanh night market is as busy and crowded as Ben Thanh Market during the day. At night they sell foods, clothes and souvenirs.
Open time: Day Ben Thanh Market: 5:00 – 18:00; Night Ben Thanh Market: 18:00 – 23:00;
Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Entrance fee: free
2. War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum was opened in 1975 and operated by the government. The museum not only does illustrate a phase of painful history, but it also tells unknown stories about war. Many tourists can’t stop the tears from falling down tears here. The museum focuses on exhibits relating to the display devastation of the war between Vietnam and America from 1961 to 1975. It comprises several disturbing photographs about the traumatizing consequences of Agent Orange, buildings storing military equipment, napalm and phosphorus bombs. There are also pictures about atrocities such as My Lai massacre, some jars of deformed human features indicating haunting effects of the war.
Open time: 8:00 – 21:00
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Entrance fee: 15,000 VND
3. Notre Dame Cathedral
With special architecture, rich spirituality and oozing history, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most famous attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. The cathedral was established between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, materials and decorations were imported from France.
Located in the most crowded district of Saigon – District 1, the cathedral is also in close proximity to Saigon Post Office and Reunification Palace. The cathedral is impressive with 2 58-metre bell towers in which there are 6 bronze bells still ringing loudly.
Open time: 5:00 – 17:30
Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Entrance fee: free
4. Independence Palace
Independence Palace has stayed in mind of many generations of Vietnam people as well as foreigners. It is considered as a historical witness to two fierce wars against the France and America. Designed by talented architect Ngo Viet Thu, the palace has a unique architecture. As Vietnam was split into North Vietnam and South Vietnam, the building served as presidential home and workplace. Today in most locals’ minds, the palace is remembered vividly as a marked end to the war, just like the fall of Berlin Wall, as the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on April 30th, 1975.
Open time: 7:00 – 11:00; 13:00 – 17:00
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Entrance fee: 20,000 VND
5. Ngoc Hoang Pagoda