Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City attractions are a vibrant mix of old and new, with well-preserved colonial structures and war relics from the devastating Vietnam War as well as sleek skyscrapers, elegant sports clubs, and expansive shopping malls against a metropolis backdrop. Great for immersing in the local culture, no two districts are the same in Ho Chi Minh City. Reverberating with the whirr of a million motorbikes, Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis on the move. Sometimes chaotic, elegant and exotic, this has long been one of Asia’s more interesting cities, ever since it was called Saigon.

All the seeds of economic success are here – fine restaurants, flashy hotels, glitzy bars and clubs, and shops selling imported luxury goods – all of which add a glossy edge to the city’s mixture of French colonial architecture, venerable pagodas and Soviet-style housing blocks.


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the location of many important Vietnamese historical and cultural attractions. History buffs should visit the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the grandiose Hotel de Ville. For the most captivating places of worship, head to the Quan Am Pagoda and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

Visit Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and you will understand why is a must-see attraction. It is a bustling market in the daytime and a social centre after sunset. Walk around the area and you can find the Reunification Palace and District one etc. District 1 contains most of the city’s administrative offices, consulates, and large buildings. District 1 is the busiest district in the city with the highest living standards. Dong Khoi street and Nguyen Hue boulevard in District 1 are the city’s two main commercial centres.


Vietnam shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. It shares its maritime borders with Thailand through the Gulf of Thailand, and the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia through the South China Sea. Its capital city is Hanoi, while its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City. In terms of holiday destinations, Vietnam is one of the best places on earth to visit. Attractions in Vietnam are plentiful, ranging from stunning natural landscapes, untouched islets and quaint villages to war museums, colonial structures, and ancient citadels.

Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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