From the monuments to the museums, no other place best describes Vietnam than Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City received its name as a way to end the historical Vietnam War. Whether you are planning to visit the country for the first time or as a repeat tourist, there are plenty of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Here are some of the city attractions lined up for you:
Visit the oldest temple
One of the most recommended Ho Chi Minh City attractions is the Giac Lam Pagoda that dates from 1744.T. Walking through the pretty garden almost feels like paradise; hence the nickname “feel the woods temple.” At the entrance, you will see a sacred Bodhi tree- a critical Buddhism symbol that has been in existence since 1953. Immerse in the serene atmosphere and the picturesque architecture as you take a walk.
Bonsai River Cruise
The vantage point of the water is what makes Bonsai River Cruise popular among lovers of nature. The package includes a private boat tour and dinner. You may want to come with your loved one to enjoy a cruise in the traditional dragon boat that dates from the 19th century.
Everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City is a sight-seeing tour, and what a better way to discover the unique things other than using a motorbike or a bicycle? Get ready to be lost among the alleyways and have the chance to experience the distance between the landmarks. Alternatively, if your time is limited and you are not the ‘happily getting lost’ kind of person, you can hire a guide from a tour firm to take you to places worth your curiosity. Keep in mind that there are 24 districts in Saigon, with at least 4 of them considered as “must-see” ones. So if you do take a tour guide, make sure you get to these areas.
Visit the Saigon Central Post Office
There is no way you can claim you have been to Vietnam if you have not been to the iconic post office. Visit this place to see the works of the great French architect Alfred Foulhox. Send postcards from this office, which you can purchase right there on-site. If you need a translator, there are plenty of Vietnamese at your service.
Don’t forget to have a taste of Pho
The Vietnamese noodle soup is known as Pho and it comes with a variety of toppings. Nothing can beat the power of a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup after walking all day. The soup is made of a rich stock to which the noodles are then added. You are allowed to choose a variety of ingredients and toppings to make your meal tastier which you definitely want to have. This meal is available at many street food stalls that abound here.
There are plenty of places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City, all districts of the city are full of different sorts of attractions and sites you would not want to miss once you are there. However, you might want to identify your preference and let someone hold your hand. But if you are confident about touring the whole city on your own, there is no reason to stop you. After all, Saigon is a free city filled with friendly people who are ready to welcome new faces.