Top 25 Things Must Do in Ho Chi Minh 2024

Top 25 Things Must Do in Ho Chi Minh 2024

Friday, 25/08/2023
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Once known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is renowned as Vietnam's dynamic metropolis, filled with skyscrapers, rooftop bars, and trendy urban activities. Besides symbolizing the nation's development, the city preserves many invaluable traditional and cultural museums. When coming to Vietnam, ensure you have a list of exciting Top 25 Things Must Do in Ho Chi Minh 2024. 

Immerse yourself in a day of discovery with the city’s architectural marvels — churches, temples, pagodas. Or take a street food tour, browse a book street, relax at a trendy cafe, or enjoy a picnic in one of the city's parks.

There are also dozens of fabulous day trips to explore the beauty of river areas in HCMC, such as Bach Dang or the Mekong Delta. 

Elevate your evenings with a fine-dining experience, or sip on a one-of-a-kind Vietnamese cocktail at a rooftop bar.

Ho Chi Minh City is a captivating blend of old and new, reflecting the unique beauty of Western and Eastern cultures. Don't leave HCMC without getting lost in these exciting places!

Now let's go through all the Top 25 Things Must Do in Ho Chi Minh 2024.

Visit Giac Lam Pagoda.

  • Address: 565 Lạc Long Quân, Phường 10, Tân Bình, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000
  • Phone: +84 28 3865 3933
  • Opening hours: 5 am - 12pm, 2pm - 8pm (from Monday to Sunday)

Built in the 18th century, Giac Lam Pagoda is known as the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minh City and is one of the national cultural heritages.

Coming to Giac Lam pagoda, tourists will immerse in a serene and sacred atmosphere, a nice escape from a bustling Saigon. With the imprints of time, Giac Lam Pagoda reminds us of the old days. It is the ideal place for travelers to learn about the history and culture of old Saigon, especially young people. Step into the front garden of Giac Lam Pagoda, you’ll see the sacred Bodhi tree towering over the grounds. This Bodhi tree was a gift  to the temple from a Sri Lankan monk — Mr. Narada — who visited it in 1853. 

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During your visit, take a chance to climb to the highest of the 32-meter-tall stupa. At the top, you’ll admire a relic of Buddha and spectacular views over the neighboring rooftops. 

Some notes for tourists before visiting Giac Lam Pagoda (and other sacred destinations like pagodas, churches, and temples):

  • Choose polite and formal attire, and wear long-sleeved, discreet clothing (at least a skirt that falls below the knee). 
  • Pay attention to respect the devotees and always obey the visiting instructions of the temple management. Do not take pictures where photography is prohibited or when you see monks and followers practicing.
  • Keeping the general hygiene at the temple, not throwing garbage indiscriminately. Walk slowly, talk softly, and avoid making noise and affecting the dignified atmosphere in the temple.

Admire Jade Emperor Pagoda

  • Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, Đa Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone: +84 28 3865 3933
  • Opening hours: 7h - 18h (from Monday to Sunday) 
  • Ticket price: free of charge 

People flow in and out of Jade Emperor Pagoda, as this temple is renowned for its role in prayers for children, love, and peace.

Built by a Chinese person, the architecture of the Jade Emperor Pagoda possesses the ancient and mystical look of ancient Chinese architecture. Using baked bricks in construction with yin and yang tiled roofs, roof banks and corners are decorated with colored statues.

Jade Emperor Pagoda worships Taoism which believes in spiritual immortality as well as that humans and animals should live in harmony. Statues of the Jade Emperor are located in the main hall of the temple.

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At the other shrines, they worship Kim Hoa Thanh Mau and 12 midwives who care for childbirth, so many infertile couples send their wishes for children here. In addition, young people can pray for love with statues worshiping the Holy Mother,

Mr To and Mrs Nguyet. Believers can also direct their hearts to pray to Hoa Da Tien Su for the family to have a lot of health and peace.

Visit Thien Hau Temple - Ancient Chinese Symbol in Saigon

Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Located in the Chinatown area of District 5, Thien Hau Pagoda is one of the oldest Chinese places of worship in Ho Chi Minh City. This temple has become a spiritual place that significantly influences the life and culture of most citizens, especially the Chinese Vietnamese.

Coming to Ba Thien Hau pagoda, you can visit the stone steles recording the legend of Thien Hau Thanh Mau and the paintings of her appearing on the waves. Besides, visitors are amazed by the precious treasures. This place currently keeps around 400 antiques and embossed paintings of the four spirits - Dragon, Qilin, Turtle, and Phoenix. 

The eaves, roofs, and walls are attached with statues and bas-reliefs made of baked ceramics based on Chinese legends. In addition, Ba Thien Hau Pagoda contains many agarwood peaks, urns and incense burners. You'll be highly impressed with ancient things meticulously crafted with excellent lines.

Besides its cultural value, Thien Hau Pagoda is a great place to enjoy the serene atmosphere and wish for good fortune. 

Admire Notre Dame Cathedral 

Standing at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's vibrant downtown, the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is an architectural marvel preferred by locals and foreigners. This French-built church adds charm to the tourist hub and serves as a pilgrimage site for both Catholic devotees and travelers, both from near and far.

Notre Dame Cathedral Vietnam is celebrated as one of the world's 19 most majestic cathedrals, the sole representative from Southeast Asia. This architectural masterpiece attracts a flock of new travelers every day who seek ancient grandeur, spirituality, and attractive photography spots.

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At this time, Notre Dame Cathedral is undergoing an extensive restoration project (estimated completion time is 2027), so its interior isn't accessible. However, you can grab an iced coffee across the street in the shade and admire the grand architecture with the striking red-brick facade and twin spires. 

Tour the War Remnants Museum

  • Address: No. 28 Vo Van Tan Street, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone:  +84 28 3930 5587
  • Opening hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (from Monday to Sunday)
  • Ticket price: 40.000 VND/adult, 20.000 VND/student, and 10.000 VND/child

Founded in 1975, The War Remnants Museum is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). With about one million local and foreign visitors annually, The War Remnants Museum is one of Ho Chi Minh City's most alluring cultural and tourist sites.

It is the only museum in Vietnam to study, collect, preserve, and display exhibits on war crimes and consequences inflicted on the Vietnamese by foreign aggressive forces. Furthermore, the museum appeals to everybody to oppose unjust wars, preserve global peace, and promote friendship and solidarity among nations.

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Everyone knows human casualties, species genocide, future deformities, or material consequences such as destroyed infrastructure and increasing environmental pollution, ecological imbalance, etc., are all consequences of war. But when standing at The War Remnants Museum, watching and hearing firsthand the crimes and consequences of the war that the invading forces have inflicted on Vietnam, you will certainly feel strong emotion, deep sympathy, and admiration for the tenacity of the Vietnamese people. If you want to learn about the history, culture, and people of Vietnam, then The War Remnants Museum is a place you must visit.

Tour the History Museum

  • Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe, District 1, City. Ho Chi Minh
  • Phone: +84 28 3829 0268
  • Opening hours: 8 am – 11:30 am and 1pm -5pm (from Monday to Sunday)
  • Ticket price: 40.000 VND/adult, 20.000 VND/student, and 10.000 VND/child

Known as a National Artistic Architecture Monument, the History Museum is a cultural destination you can't miss. Blending Eastern and Western architectural styles, the museum embodies a harmonious and sturdy structure that seamlessly integrates with the natural landscape.

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The museum has over 40,000 items on display, featuring an array of distinctive and valuable artifacts originating from diverse countries and ethnic groups. 

Stop by the Fine Arts Museum

  • Address: No. 97 Pho Duc Chinh, District 1
  • Opening hours for reference: 8h30 am – 5pm  all days of the week
  • Reference ticket price: Adults: 40,000 VND;  students: 20,000 VND; children and students from 06 to 16 years old: 10,000 VND, people with severe disabilities and children under 6 years old: Free

A visit to the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts promises a plethora of picturesque moments waiting to be captured. Firstly, the space in front of the museum's main entrance, adorned with its striking red yin and yang-tiled roof, provides a  captivating backdrop for your photos.

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Step inside, you'll be excited with the stained glass windows embellished with intricate patterns and textures. Furthermore, more than 22,000 artifacts are divided into two main areas: ancient & early modern art and modern art reflecting the basic features of the fine arts in Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern region.

Beyond the admiration of fine arts, don't miss exploring the spiral staircase with vibrant colors. This spot has become a favorite among the younger crowd, who flock here to snap memorable pictures that radiate creativity and energy.

Tour Reunification Palace

  • Address: 106 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone: +84 28 3822 3652
  • Opening hours: 8am – 3:30 pm
  • Ticket price: 40.000 VND/adult, 20.000 VND/student, and 10.000 VND/child

The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City represents the reunification of North and South Vietnam when a tank crashed through the gate of this palace in 1975. 

Aside from the historical significance of the palace, the architecture is incredibly utilitarian and exemplifies its martial purpose during the war. The work has subdivisions: the working area of the president and government, the living quarters of  the president's family, ancillary areas (storage, kitchen, staff), and a system of shelters and information rooms.

When designing, architect Ngo Viet Thu wanted to find a cultural meaning for the work, so every arrangement from the interior to the exterior façade symbolizes traditional philosophies, Eastern rituals and traditions, and the personality of the nation, harmoniously combined with modern architectural art.

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For a small entry fee, you not only visit a magnificent palace but also delve into the complex historical narrative that marked the most important event in Vietnam's history. 

Explore the Fito Museum 

  • Address: 41 Hoang Du Khuong Str., Ward 12, Dist 10, HCMC, Vietnam
  • Tel/Fax: +84 28 38642430/ +84 986900267 
  • E-mail: museum@fito.vn
  • Opening hours: from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (every Monday to Sunday)
  • Price:  Adults: 180,000 VND; students/elderly: 90,000 VND.

Nestled in the bustling HCMC, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, or the Fito Museum, houses a rich collection of ancient artifacts and invaluable herbal medicine, including:

Thousands of artifacts related to Vietnamese traditional medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

Traditional medicine preparation tools: Knife bridge, boat canopy, pestle mortar, super decoction, pot soaked in medicinal wine. Collection of medical supplies – scales, medicine cabinets, billboards, printing molds and ceramics – wine gourds, teapots, medicine bowls, lime pots.Books and documents of traditional medicine.

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Beyond serving medicine enthusiasts, the Fito Museum will bring visitors a unique and new perspective on health care. Take a tour of this museum; it is definitely worth your time and effort.

Visit Opera House HCMC

Enjoy the Vietnam culture through artistic performances in Opera House HCMC — An intelligent choice.

Much influenced by the decorative arts of the Petit Palais Museum in France, the Opera House stands out as a distinctive and classical architecture in HCMC. The interior of the Theater is modernly designed with full lighting and lively sound systems with a capacity of up to 1,800 seats.

The theater is the venue for professional theatrical performances such as drama, Cai Luong, opera, ballet, etc. Some can be mentioned, such as: 

  • A O Show 

Highlights: This focuses on traditional music by gifted Vietnamese artists. Performers use many props, such as woven baskets and ropes. After the show, you can talk to the performers.

Reference Opening Hours: 06:00 pm & 10:00 pm daily

Reference Price: US$28 - US$57

  • The Mist Show

Highlights: Performers dress in traditional costumes and rural props. The central theme is rice farming in Southern Vietnam. 

Opening Hours: 06:00 pm on weekends

Price: VND 630,000 - 1,470,000

  • The Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture

Highlights: The show's theme is the lives of people from southwest Vietnam. The performers use percussion instruments.

Opening Hours: 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm in a few days in a month

Price: VND 630,000 –1,470,000

Watch Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show

  • Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone: +84 28 3930 2196
  • Website: http://www.goldendragonwaterpuppet.vn/

The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show is a must-see in Ho Chi Minh City. From the intricate puppets to the captivating performance, it’s no wonder why this show has been around for so long. Water puppetry is a  celebrated art form in Vietnam, offering a fascinating lens into the local culture. 

The show takes place on a stage within a small auditorium, where wooden handcrafted puppets come to life in the water. It re-enacts mythical stories and legends with different characters and lively melodies from rice

drums or the Vietnamese two-chord fiddle. For instance, watch traditional boat races, witness the Fairy Dance or learn about the legendary Le Loi and the “Restored Sword” of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.

Buy a ticket and enjoy the show full of delightful surprises. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and we recommend it to anyone!

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Discover the Can Gio Mangrove Forest by Cano

Traveling 90 minutes from HCMC, you can enjoy a refreshing day trip to Can Gio Biosphere Reserve and take a jet boat cruise through the mangrove forests!

Aside from immersing yourself in wildlife and wetlands, let’s stop at the local Cần Giờ Market, where you can indulge in delectable, freshly caught seafood. 

While on the dense mangroves, you can capture the serene moment of the countryside with various plant species, shellfish, fish and invertebrates. 

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Inside the Can Gio Reserve, Monkey Island is a famous attraction where you can say hello to naughty monkeys and observe their habitats.  Also, Hoa Ca Crocodile Farm is a hot spot for tourists to stop by. 

  • Address: Can Gio Dis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
  • Phone: (84-028) 3987 6155
  • Reference Opening Hours: 07:00 Am & 5:00 pm daily
  • Reference Price: 35,000 VND/ per person

Explore the Mekong Delta

Traveling a few hours from HCMC, you can reach the Mekong Delta River. This famed river ran through Vietnam and Cambodia and played an essential role during the Vietnam War. 

It'll be an unforgettable trip if you socialize and mingle with locals. Sitting on a traditional wooden river canoe, put on your nón lá (a traditional Vietnamese cone-shaped bamboo hat used for sun protection) and float through the Delta's tropical jungle.

The best way to delve into this place is by booking a tour; the friendly and funny tour guide brings you a fantastic experience with exciting activities, from drinking coconut water and eating local fruits to riding across the island and having lunch with Vietnamese dishes (so yummy!) in the rustic roof and visit honey bee farm along the most delicious tea. 

  • Address: 2 Hoàng Sa, Fard 4, My To town, Tien Giang province 
  • Phone: (84-028) 3987 6155
  • Reference Opening Hours: 07:00 Am & 5:00 pm daily
  • Reference Price: 85,000 VND/ per person

Crawl Through the Cu Chi Tunnels

Used in the wars of resistance against the French and American aggressors of Vietnamese, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground tunnels stretching more than 124 miles (200 kilometers). This astounding tunnel is one of the non- negotiable things that you must do in Ho Chi Minh City. 

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Located 70 km from downtown HCM City, the Cu Chi Tunnel is an extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels with narrow paths. Hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens, etc., were all built into this tunnel network. The entrances to the  tunnel were covered with a secret wooden door and camouflaged leaves above. Its size is so tiny that only the Vietnamese could fit in. Take a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnel with an English-speaking and knowledgeable tour guide; you’ll have a comprehensive overview of the history of Vietnam. It’s advisable that you visit the War Remnants Museum before taking this tour, which could provide you with some fundamental information about Vietnamese history.  

  • Address: Ben Dinh village, Cu Chi Dis, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Phone: 028 3794 8830
  • Reference Opening Hours: 08:00 Am & 16:00 pm daily
  • Reference Price: 125,000 VND/ per person.

Wander in Bui Vien Walking Street - NightLife of the Youth in HCMC

Bui Vien Walking Street, a vibrant nightlife destination in Saigon, serves as an ideal hub for Western tourists and young Saigon locals to eat, chat, and unwind with various music and activities.

Referred to as the "Western Street" (Pho Tay), Bui Vien Street has its Western culture-oriented ambience. Before its transformation into a pedestrian-friendly zone, Bui Vien Street was a hot spot for backpackers with exotic cuisines, unusual cafes, and unique bars. 

Today, Bui Vien Street stands as a backpacker haven with an array of restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs, and bars. No vehicles are allowed in Bui Vien Street between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on weekends to enable different entertainment activities. Tourists can explore Vietnamese folk performances, participate in the bustling and lively Saigonese nightlife, and indulge in local foods and many kinds of beers. 

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Browse in Nguyen Hue Walking Street at Night

It is also a walking street like Bui Vien, but Nguyen Hue Street has a different type of entertainment. It has a length of 670m and a width of 64m, with the entire area paved with modern and clean granite. Along the street

are rows of green trees and two large fountains; below is an underground system, including a monitoring and control system for water, music and lighting. 

Besides its modernity and beauty, Nguyen Hue is a tourist hub because there are many boutique shops, restaurants, bars and tall buildings surrounding the street on either side. Coming to Nguyen Hue Street, you'll find leisure activities in relaxed and slow-moving ways: strolling on the street, watching a light show or live street performances, and chatting with friends. If you feel hungry or want to shop, check out a batch of stores along this road. 

During Tet time (Lunar New Year in Vietnam) between January and February, Nguyen Hue Street turns into 'Flower Street'. You'll admire hundreds of different flowers with vast quantities filling the streets; Vietnamese people flock here with traditional Ao Dai, creating picturesque scenes. If you travel to Vietnam at that time, don't miss out on Nguyen Hue Street. 

Eat Dinner in a River Cruise Bonsai Buffet

Ticket price:

  • Adults (Ages 12+) – $47.00
  • Children (Ages 6-11) – $23.50
  • Toddlers (5 and Under) – Free
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Picking-up time: 7 p.m - 7:45 p.m

The best way to adore the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City at night is to take a river cruise and enjoy your dinner with Bonsai Buffet. The cruise will leave the harbor at 7:45 p.m and move along the banks of the Saigon River.

With the cool breeze at night, ensure you’ll have a memorable experience when sitting on the cruise, getting the best views of the metropolis from the water, feasting on illuminated landmarks, and enjoying delicious dishes. Furthermore, many special traditional musical performances are represented on a cruise, which makes your dinner more wonderful and delightful. 

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Not convinced yet? One more hint: many Vietnamese couples choose this service for their important days. The romantic views and relaxing ambience will make their day. 

Grab a Street Food by Motorcycle

Sitting on a motorbike and browsing all the streets for food are things you should do in HCMC. Riding motorbikes are deeply ingrained in the fabric of life in Vietnam and have become an indispensable part of their daily life.

So I want to know Vietnamese life, hop on the motorbike and eat local food now. It’s easy for you to rent a motorbike in HCMC. 

For tourists unfamiliar with motorbikes,  you can use the ride-railing service like Grab or Gojek to get around HCMC and head to famous food stalls, or you can book a tour. Nowadays, there are many exciting services for food motorbike tours.

The tour guide will pick you up at the designated hotel and drive you to many hot spots with unique and delicious dishes such as Bun Bo Hue, Grilled Oyster with black pepper sauce, Grilled Banana with coconut milk, Banh

Mi, Fresh spring roll with shrimp, etc. The street food was a delight to experience. A must-have thing to do in HCMC for any foodie!

 Have a Food at Binh Tay Market

Built in 1928, Binh Tay Market is known as the oldest Chinese market in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a wholesale market that sells a lot of quality products with various designs at affordable prices and convenient transportation. 

In addition, Binh Tay Market is also an attraction for foodies to come and enjoy delicious dishes at friendly-budget prices but high quality. The dishes here still retain the traditional flavor of the Chinese people and have been slightly adjusted to suit the taste of Vietnamese.

Especially in the evening or late at night, there are many delicious dishes for you to taste, such as Bun mang, hot porridge, Bun Bo Hue, Bun Rieu, etc. Then you can buy some fruits in the market for your dessert.

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Go Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Located in the zone of the major must-see attractions and things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Palace, and Saigon Opera House, Ben Thanh Market is always bustling. 

Built in French architectural style, Ben Thanh Market has maintained its ancient and unique architecture over time. Tourists can shop for various types of goods here, from affordable clothing, local handicrafts and souvenirs to fruits and dry specialties.

Travel to Ben Thanh Market from 7:30 am to 6 pm if you want to visit and shop inside the market. After 7 pm, you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of colorful stalls surroundings at night. 

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See All Scenes of HCMC at Bitexco Financial Tower

Designed as a blooming Lotus bud (Vietnam’s national flower), the Bitexco Financial Tower is one of the highest skyscrapers in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Saigon Skydeck, situated on the 49th floor, is the tower’s observation station, giving visitors a look at all Ho Chi Minh City scenes under unparalleled 360-degree views.

Inside this 262-meter-high building, domestic and international tourists can shop for high-end goods, watch a film at the cinema, and have a meal with numerous food and dining options.

The skyscraper also has its helipad, the EON Helibar. Rides and transport via helicopter are available for booking.

Experience the Best Night Scene in Landmark 81

Reaching an impressive height of 461.3 meters, Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam and becomes a check-in place to be noticed when coming to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Landmark 81 is shaped from the inspiration of traditional bamboo bundles reaching the blue sky, expressing the resilient will and indomitable spirit of Vietnamese people, creating a great strength of solidarity in the era of integration. 

As one of the most modern malls in Vietnam, this building is also an ideal place for locals and foreigners to relax and hang out. Landmark 81 owns a comprehensive and worth-experienced service system, including entertainment, shopping, resort, and dining. Once you enter this establishment, the high-class ambience and modern aesthetic will undoubtedly leave you in awe.

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Take a Saigon Hop-on and Hop-off Tour at Night Time

Enjoying the night's cool breeze with colorful lights in the country's biggest city is fantastic. Many tourists hand down in their notebooks things they must do in Ho Chi Minh City — Take a Hop-on and Hop-off tour at night time. Sitting on a double-decker bus, you can see the panoramic views of the dynamic city and be astonished by the spectacular architecture. 

The bus will drive you through most of the famous attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Opera House, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Nha Rong Harbour, Saigon Water Bus, Thu Thiem Bridge 1, Thu Thiem Bridge 2, Turtle Lake, Diamond Plaza, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office.

The 45-minute tour at night—this experience is helpful to start your exploring trip in Ho Chi Minh City or end your journey with many precious memories. 

If you like to browse the city in the daytime, they also offer charming services with 24-hour or 48-hour access to unlimited Hop-on and hop-off.

  • Saigon Night Tour 

Operates every day 5pm - 9pm

Duration: 45 - 50 minutes

Frequency of the buses: every 30 minutes

  • Saigon Day Tour

First departure (Saigon Opera House) is at 9:00 AM

Last departure (Saigon Opera House) is at 4:30 PM

Duration: 75 minutes

Tour frequency: every 1 hour (Monday to Friday), and every 30 minutes (Saturday and Sunday)

Immerse in Vietnam's Unique Cuisine, Starting With Pho

Vietnam is renowned for its cuisine. With a harmonious combination of European and Asian cuisine, each Vietnamese dish shows the dedication and uniqueness of the chef. 

As a multicultural city, Ho Chi Minh City is a great destination for foodies. In HCMC, you can feast on dry dishes like Banh Mi, Banh Uot, Banh Xeo, etc. or soup noodles like Bun Bo Hue, Bun Rieu, Hu Tieu, Banh Canh, etc.

Among thousands of delicious Vietnamese foods, Pho is considered the iconic dish of Vietnam in the eyes of locals and international tourists. 

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Pho can be made with various tastes and methods, from sidewalk stalls to luxury restaurants, but all are delicious. Depending on your budget and palate, you can choose your favorite food stall and order a hot bowl of Pho. Below are some suggestions for you:

  • Pho Hoa

Address: 260A Pasteur, Ward 8, District 3, HCMC

  • Pho Thin

Address: 110 Le Thi Hong Gam, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC

  • Pho Phu Vuong

Address: 339 Le Van Sy, Ward 1, Tan Binh District, HCMC

  • Pho Hung

Address: 243 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, HCMC

  • Pho Le

Address: 415 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7, District 5, HCMC

Try a Vietnamese Massage and Nourishing Shampoo

Relaxing and revitalizing methods are a great way to pamper yourself — try a Vietnamese massage or a nourishing shampoo. 

Ho Chi Minh City is a home of rejuvenating massage, spas, and wellness centers, so don’t miss out on the chance to use a spa service here. 

With gentle and soothing massage techniques, professional staff will help you reduce stress and enhance blood circulation. Besides, the cosy and pleasant ambience inside spas also brings you a feeling of relaxation and

comfort. These centers also offer other attractive services like nourishing shampoo — a hair care method by herbs and massage. It’s a fantastic experience when your hair is loved and cared for in a dedicated and unique way. There are a range of spas for your choices, from budget-friendly to pricey. Following are some of the most excellent massage spas for your reference:

Budget-friendly massage options

  • Ha Spa & Massage

334 Nguyễn Trọng Tuyển , Phường 2, Quận Tân Bình, Vietnam

  • Massage Co Phong

Address: 408 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 5, District 3, HCMC

  • Massage Huong Sen Healthcare Saigon

Address: 21 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Ward 14, District Binh Thanh, HCMC

Luxury massage options

  • L’Apothiquaire Spa

Address: 64A Truong Dinh Street, District 3, HCMC; 100 Mac Thi Buoi Street, District 1, HCMC; 103 Ton Dat Tien Street, District 7, HCMC.

  • Anam QT Spa

Address: 26/1A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe District, HCMC

  • Le Spa Des Artistes Saigon

Address: 3rd floor of Hotel des Arts Saigon, 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1.

Get a Cocktail in the Bars Among Asia’s 100 Best

Staying in Ho Chi Minh City, take advantage of the chance to stop by two bars listed as the 100 best bars in Asia. 

Stir bar — located on the first floor of an apartment building on Le Thanh Ton Street District 1 — stuck at 82nd in the list. The interior of Stir Spa is inspired by old Saigon in the 1960s and 1970s, with a cozy and comfortable space. 

Cocktails made by talented bartenders are the perfect combination of modern drinks and the traditional food of Vietnam. Standing out among them are jackfruit sticky rice, Jasmine Negroni Truffle Martini and Vietnam's traditional dishes like banh mi, pho and mangosteen salad with shredded chicken.

Enigma, situated on Hai Ba Trung Street District 1, ranked 96th. Inspired by sci-fi movies, Enigma's interior is adorned with green and pink neon lights, creating a fanciful and soulful atmosphere. The bar serves 30

signature cocktails made from locally sourced ingredients such as Hoa Loc mango, Dak Lak sarsi and Tay Ninh shrimp salt.

  • Stir bar

Address: 1st Floor, 136 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hour: 5:30 p.m. until 2 a.m

  • Enigma bar

Address: 74 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hour: 5 p.m. until midnight

Have a Drink at a Rooftop Bar

One of the must-do things in Ho Chi Minh City is to get up high and look around. Joining rooftop bars is the most intelligent way to do this.

Ho Chi Minh City is home to decent sky bars. Standing on the rooftop of a skyscraper, taking a selfie picture with your friends, and enjoying the whole city scene below are the great moments you should experience.

Some trendy bars for your choices :

  1. Chill Sky Bar (26th-floor view)

Location: AB Tower, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours: 5:30 pm  - 2 am every day

  1. Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar (10th-floor view)

Location: Caravelle Saigon, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours: 11:00 pm - 3 am every day

  1. Level 23 Wine Bar at Sheraton Saigon (23rd-floor view)

Location: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 3 am every day

  1. M Bar at Hotel Majestic Saigon (8th-floor view)

Location: 1 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours: 4:00 pm - 1 am every day

  1. SKY Garden & Lounge (20th-floor view)

Location: 33 Le Duan, Ben Nghe, Ho Chi Minh City 

Opening hours: 5:30 pm - 1:30 am every day

Ho Chi Minh City contains many historical values and rich culture. Whatever you like, this city can offer all. Now you know Top 25 Things Must Do in Ho Chi Minh 2024, the rest is to take action.


 

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Living In Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 
24/02/2024
The dynamic and interesting culture of Ho Chi Minh City is a popular foreigener attraction to live in. In this article, we will show pros and cos when living in Ho Chi Minh, best places to visit in HCMC, transfortion around the city and more.  
How To Travel Ho Chi Minh to Danang?
23/01/2024
Those who are interested in traveling and want to experience new things frequently use the route that goes from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang. The questions of how to get there and how long it takes are constantly there in the minds of those traveling for the first time. Read on to learn how to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Danang in a quick and convenient way so you can get started on your vacation.
Things To Do In Chinatown Saigon
21/12/2023

Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, Chinatown Saigon (Chợ Lớn) is widely recognised as one of the most prominent and largest Chinatowns, boasting a rich and dynamic history. The charm of antiquity and modernity may be seen in this location, which features traditional markets and local street food. 

This essay will take you on a tour of Cho Lon, covering things to do in Chinatown Saigon, so that you may comprehend the reasons behind the popularity of Chinatown Saigon. It's time to get started!

Thien Hau Pagoda In Ho Chi Minh City
20/12/2023
When tourists arrive to Ho Chi Minh City, they should not miss the opportunity to see the Thien Hau pagoda, located in the middle of the city and considered a famous spiritual site. In addition to attracting tourists from the nearby area, the pagoda also attracts tourists from other nations who come to research and enjoy the hidden secret of this mysterious spot. These tourists come to the pagoda to discover and admire its hidden secrets. Even though Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling urban environment, the Thien Hau pagoda continues to function as a peaceful gathering place that calms the souls of those who are feeling worn out.
Top Best Rooftop Bars In Ho Chi Minh
19/12/2023
Discover the charm of rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh with our handy guide. Here, you may sip your drink while taking in breathtaking city skyline views, which becomes an outdoor art exhibit. Ascend to the pinnacle of Saigon's social scene with us as we visit the top rooftop bars in this vibrant city.
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