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Where in the world: Asia  /  Vietnam  /  Ho Chi Minh City

Top 15 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

1. Cu Chi Tunnels

Spreading below Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels connect to a broader network of tunnels that served the Viet Cong during the war against the United States. North Vietnamese fighters used the dark, insect- and disease-infested tunnels to avoid aerial attacks, hide, move troops and supplies, plan battles, and launch attacks. After the U.S. realized the importance of the tunnels to Viet Cong military strategy, it led a series of campaigns to infiltrate, bomb, and destroy them, a feat that proved largely unsuccessful. Numerous tour operators run visits to the tunnels; prepare for cramped spaces.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $18 › Learn more about Cu Chi Tunnels

2. War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum delivers a somber account of the horrors of the Vietnam War and other wars of colonialist aggression that have plagued the Vietnamese people. The museum's exhibits may contain a heavy dose of one-sided anti-American sentiment, but they well represent residual American--and other foreign--weaponry and the destruction it wreaked. Look for the French guillotine used to execute prisoners and for the unexploded ordnance stored in a corner of the yard.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $19 › Learn more about War Remnants Museum

3. Kayaking & Canoeing

Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $46 › Learn more about Kayaking & Canoeing

4. Cu Chi Tunnels Luxury Tour: Morning or Afternoon

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On this half-day Morning or Afternoon Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you will see the Cu Chi complex with its network of tunnels and traps, and learn about how society functioned underground during times of war. You can also try your hand at shooting range with an AK-47
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $18 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market will tickle your senses with the vivid colors of pottery and textiles, the strong scents of spices and fresh fruit, and the enticing aromas of freshly cooked food. One of the oldest landmarks and the biggest market in the city, it was established in the mid-19th century by French colonialists. The current building, which dates from 1912, underwent some renovations in 1985. Walk among the stalls piled floor to ceiling with colorful goods including local handicrafts that make good souvenirs. View the "fixed price" signs as a suggestion and bargain like a local if something catches your eye. Note that prices are slightly higher than in other markets.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $11 › Learn more about Ben Thanh Market

6. Central Post Office

Completed in 1891, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina, Central Post Office boasts a fusion of Gothic, Renaissance, and French architectural influences. The building's unmistakably European marble floors and looping arches serve as a reminder of the colonial influence on the region. Look for the antiquated telephone boxes and maps painted on the walls depicting the telegraph lines that crisscrossed Vietnam and Cambodia. You can use this still-operational post office to send postcards from the onsite souvenir shops to relatives and friends.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $18 › Learn more about Central Post Office

7. Beer Tastings & Tours

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Beer Tastings & Tours

8. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta VIP Day Tour by Limousine

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• This VIP full-day tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to 2 popular attractions: Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. • Explore the huge underground network of Cu Chi tunnels where were used as a military base of Vietnamese Soldiers during the Vietnam War resistance to the US Forces • Cruise on a motor boat to discover the Mekong Delta region & Paddle along the small canals under fronds of coconut trees lining both sides on a small rowing boat • Enjoy a local lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine (Vegan Food available)
Suggested duration: 10 hours
Tours from $78 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Speed Boats Tours

Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $44 › Learn more about Speed Boats Tours

10. Food Tours

Delve into Vietnamese culinary heritage by eating you way around local hotspots on a guided food tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Hop on a scooter or motorcycle and follow your friendly guide through the city's contrasting neighborhoods and out of the touristy zones to get to know the "real" Ho Chi Minh City. For a more immersive experience you can upgrade to a cooking class, allowing you to pick up a few classic Vietnamese recipes. Although most options last 3 to 5 hours, a full-day excursion that combines sightseeing with an evening food tour is also available.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $25 › Learn more about Food Tours

11. Spas

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Spas

12. A Taste of Vietnam

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A Once in a Lifetime, Can't Miss, Food Tour Experience for Everyone! A fun night out trying delicious Vietnamese Food on our Taste of Vietnam is the only way to spend a night in Ho Chi Minh City.We will travel to different restaurants throughout the night indulging in Vietnamese Food on our Tasting Menu.Our Tasting Menu is created for travellers of all types! If you are travelling with someone hesitant to try Vietnamese Food then don’t worry we have Vietnamese Cuisine suitable for everyone during the tasting.From making our own fresh rice paper rolls to Vietnamese bbq packed with tons of flavor, you will walk away happy and full by the end of the night.Sit back and enjoy the ride as our Taste of Vietnam gives you the experience of a lifetime that you’ll be bragging about for years to come.We are one of the highest rated tours in Ho Chi Minh City for 7 consecutive years.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $81 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. The Independence Palace

Captured in the historic 1975 photograph of a North Vietnamese military tank crashing through its gates, The Independence Palace played a pivotal role in the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. The interior of the palace has remained nearly intact since it was built as a residence of the South Vietnamese president in 1966. Its desolate halls and rooms are time capsules, displaying period-style furnishings and motifs--conference rooms, reception halls, a war room, a telecommunication center, and tunnels in the basement. Check out the president's living quarters, featuring bizarre decorations, such as actual elephant feet. At the entrance you can see a Vietnamese T-54 tank and the roof is topped with a model of a presidential helicopter.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $11 › Learn more about The Independence Palace

14. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon stands as a testament to the impact of the French culture and Christian civilization on Indochina. The neo-Romanesque red-brick cathedral was considered the most beautiful church in the French colonies at the time it was built (between 1877 and 1883). The two belfries, which were added in 1895, rise to the height of 60 m (190 ft). See some of the original stained-glass windows inside the entrance and the devotional tablets on interior walls. The cathedral was the center of media attention in 2005, when thousands of devotees flocked around the Virgin Mary statue that reportedly shed tears in front of the main entrance.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $18 › Learn more about Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

15. Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike/Car with Local Students

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⭐Warning: We will not take you to tourist places.⭐NOTHING'S FANCY. EVERYTHING'S REAL⭐Your safety is our first priority! Good and safe drivers⭐Everything is included in the price, both the tour and the tastingsWe will pick you up by motorbike at your place then walk, eat and explore deeply to local life:Let's do the 8 must-do to immerse yourself to local culture:1.Driving through the maze system of Saigon Back alleys2.Banh Xeo: Vietnamese Savory Crispy Pancake: special by a lot of flavors from herbs and unique sauce3.Bun Thit Nuong:Grilled Pork With Rice Noodle: most famous southern dish4.Banh Cuon-Steamed rice roll:Time to make some steamed roll with minced pork and mushroom5.Chuoi Nuong: Grilled Banana & coconut milk: a bit sweet and salty of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce6.Bun Bo Hue: Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Time to try the famous broth that they have spent decades with7.Call for Dessert: coconut ice cream or flan with caramel?8.Surprise!
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $32 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

Best tours in Ho Chi Minh City