1. Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Location: 86 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh 710212, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Formerly the Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon, this elegant building is one of Ho Chi Minh’s most iconic landmarks. It was built during the early 1900s in French-colonial style and later renamed as the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. A popular time to visit is during nighttime when the building & grounds are lit up.

Admission/entrance fee — None/Free to take pictures from outside.

How to go: Found at the heart of the city, the Ho Chi Minh City Hall is easily reached from hotels/hostel in District 1. From Pham Ngu Lao, you can get there on foot (20 minutes walk;1.7km) or by taxi/car/motorcycle. Don’t break a sweat by taking a taxi/Grab car, which should cost VND 20,000 to 30,000. By GrabBike, the fare is VND 12,000 to 15,000.

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See also: Places to Visit in Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh Itinerary | Things to do in Hanoi | Indochina Travel Guide.

More travel tips coming up! In the meantine, enjoy this quick list of attractions and tourist spots in Ho Chi Minh. To help with your trip planning, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app for easy reference.

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2. Saigon Skydeck

Location: Bitexco Financial Tower, 36 Hồ Tùng Mậu, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Opening hours — 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Admission/entrance fee — VND 200,000 per person.

How to go: You can find the Bitexco Financial Tower near the riverside end of Nguyen Hue Walking Street. The entrance to Saigon Skydeck is located along Ho Tung Mau Street.

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Saigon Skydeck (Bitexco Financial Tower)

3. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Location: 22 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Nguyen Hue used to be one of the main thoroughfares of Ho Chi Minh. Now, it’s totally closed to traffic and a must-visit attraction of the city, especially at night when you can see French-colonial style & modern buildings lit up. Stretching from Ho Chi Minh City Hall to the Mekong River, it’s almost a kilometer in length.

Opening hours — All day/night. Admission/entrance fee — None/Free.

How to go: Right in front of Ho Chi Minh City Hall. You can’t miss it!

4. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Location: 01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Admission/entrance fee — None/Free to take pictures from outside.

How to go: Follow Dong Khao street until you reach Saigon Norte Dame Basilica. You can’t miss it!

5. Saigon Central Post Office

Location: 2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Admission/entrance fee — None/Free. Opening hours — 7 am to 7 pm.

How to go: Facing the front/facade of Saigon Norte Dame Basilica, you can find the Saigon Central Post Office on your left.

6. The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

Location: Chung Cư, Lô D, Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

If you want to try delicious local Vietnamese food, this is one of the best places to go. The Lunch Lady was made famous when it got featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations” in 2009.

Opening hours — 9 am to 3 pm. Prices — Mains from VND 40,000 per dish.

How to go: You can find it on a quiet corner near Hoang Sa Street. The Lunch Lady can be hard to find for first-timers & a long walk away from Saigon Central Post Office/Ho Chi Minh City Hall. So, better get there by Grab/Taxi & check Google Maps for directions.

7. Jade Emperor Pagoda

Location: 73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Opening hours — 7 am to 6 pm. Admission/entrance fee — None/Free.

How to go: If you feel like taking a walk after a full meal at The Lunch Lady, you can go to the Emperor Jade Pagoda on foot. Walk towards the riverside and turn left at Hoang Sa Street. Turn another left once you reach the bridge. Cross to the other side of Dien Bien Phu Street (at the roundabout), turn left and walk towards Mai Thi Luu Street. Once you reach the corner, turn right and walk a couple of meters to the Emperor Jade Pagoda.

8. Ho Chi Minh shopping

Ho Chi Minh is a shopper’s paradise, especially for bargain-hunters looking to buy items from top international brands at a fraction of the price. If you didn’t already know, Vietnam is home to factories of many famous clothing/bag brands including The North Face, Nike, Under Armour, Kipling, Forever21, Mango, Zara and more. Bags & active/sportswear clothing are sold at shocking rock-bottom prices in Ho Chi Minh.

Ben Thanh Market — A large marketplace housed in the historic Central Market building. It’s probably the most popular place to buy souvenirs, Vietnamese art, branded goods & local handicrafts. Sellers often offer higher prices to non-local, so bargain hard & shop around before buying. Not keen on shopping? There are many good food stalls here that serve local Vietnamese dishes. Ben Thanh Market is located on Duong Le Loi Street, District 1 (See map).

Saigon Square — Sellers are not as aggressive as those in Ben Thanh Market & prices are often cheaper too. This air-conditioned mall is packed with stalls selling clothing, bags, accessories, and jewelry. Here, you can buy Nike dri-fit shirt for around USD 5 / PHP 250 & The North Face bags/jackets for USD40 or less. Shocking, right? Most of the items are factory overruns or class A imitation. So, check the quality of the items before buying. Saigon Square is located on 81 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1 (See map).

9. Ho Chi Minh nightlife

For a fun night out & drinks, head to Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh‘s version of Khao San Road in Bangkok. It is the famous backpacker area filled with bars, restaurants & dance clubs.

If you’re looking to splurge & enjoy views overlooking the city, here’s a list of cool rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh:

Alto Heli Bar & EON 51 — 52nd & 51st floor, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu Street, District 1; bitexcofinancialtower.com.

Chill Skybar — 26th floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai Street, District 1; chillsaigon.com.

Top of the Town Bar — 25th floor, Windsor Plaza Hotel, 18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5.

Level 23 Wine Bar — 23rd floor, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1; sheratonsaigon.com.

Shri Restaurant & Lounge — 23rd floor, Centec Tower, 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1; shri.vn.

Grand Café — 20th floor, Grand Hotel, 8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1; grandhotel.vn.

Saigon Saigon Bar — 10th floor, Caravelle Hotel, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1; caravellehotel.com.

Breeze Sky Bar and M Bar — 5th and 8th floor, Hotel Majestic, 1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1; majesticsaigon.com.vn.

Rooftop Garden Bar — 5th floor, Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1; rexhotelvietnam.com.

Broma — 4th floor, 41 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1; facebook.com/bromabar.

10. Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh City Opera House)

Location: 07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Admission/entrance fee — None/Free. Opening hours — 7 am to 7 pm.

Like most city attractions in District 1, Saigon Opera House is within an easy walk from Ho Chi Minh City Hall. In fact, it’s just right around the block. Follow Nguyen Hue Walking Street eastwards & turn left to Saigon Opera House.

11. Reunification Palace (Independence Palace)

Location: 07 Lam Sơn, Phường 6, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Opening hours — 7:30 to 11 am, 1 to 4 pm Admission/entrance fee — VND 15,000 per person.

From the War Remnants Museum, follow Le Quy Don Street eastwards (on your right after exiting) until the dead end. Turn left to the next intersection and another right to get to the entrance gate of the Reunification Palace.

12. War Remnants Museum

Location: 28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Opening hours — 7:30 am to 6 pm Admission/entrance fee — VND 15,000 per person.

How to go: It’s around 1 kilometer or a 15-minute walk away from Norte Dame Basilica/Central Post Office. If you’re coming from The Lunch Lady/Emperor Jade Pagoda, the War Remnants Museum is better reached by Grab/taxi.

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13. Mekong River Delta

Location: Southern Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

See the beautiful countryside of Mekong Delta including iconic fishing villages with stilt houses, rice paddies, floating markets. The most popular destinations in the Mekong Delta include My Tho (nearest & most accessible from Ho Chi Minh), Vinh Long & Can Tho. Travel time from Ho Chi Minh to My Tho is 1h by bus. To Can Tho, travel time is 3-4h.

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14. Chu Chi Tunnels

Location: TL15, Phú Hiệp, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh 733814, Vietnam. Save on Google Maps.

Famous underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots and location of several military campaigns. It’s an easy day trip away from Ho Chi Minh City.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Ho Chi Minh that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh

The main tourist area in Ho Chi Minh is District 1. It’s the best place to stay if you want a convenient location near top tourist spots, restaurants, shopping & nightlife.

District 1 is packed with hotels & hostels that cater to any budget.

Most low-cost places & affordable hostels can be found in the area of Pham Ngu Lao & Bui Vien streets, the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh.

Meanwhile, excellent mid-range and luxury hotels are located near the riverside & Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

Cinnamon Boutique Hotel

Splurge / Le Thi Rieng, District 1

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Tripwriter Hotel

Splurge / Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

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Hotel Nikko Saigon

Splurge / Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1

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Liberty Central Saigon

Splurge / Pasteur Street, District 1

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Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Splurge / Lam Son Square, District 1

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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Splurge / Dong Khoi Street, District 1

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Rex Hotel Saigon

Splurge / Nguyen Hue, District 1

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Nguyen Shack Saigon

Mid-Range / Ben Thanh , District 1

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Phan Anh Backpackers

Budget / Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

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Son Tung Hotel

Budget / De Tham Street, District 1

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Phuc Khanh Hotel

Budget / Yersin, District 1

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La Hostel Saigon

Budget / Nguyen Thai Hoc, District 1

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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.

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