Free Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City

Best Free Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji970 contributions
    The overall structure is still in great operational condition. There are so many souvenir vendors within the premises but most stands are crammed down hallways making it almost inaccessible at times. The front of the building is where the Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours start. Worth the visit
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • Karen L
    3 contributions
    Ben Thanh market is definitely worth seeing but we walked through a few times and didn't really stop. The vendors are very very pushy so you don't feel like you can even look at anything without being badgered to buy. The food options weren't appealing and the fresh food part of the market had a bad smell to it like rotting meat. Great to experience but we weren't keen to try to eat anything! Other wet markets we visited in Cambodia and Vietnam seemed much more hygienic than this one. We spent a lot more time at nearby Saigon Square for bargain shopping and found it much better than Ben Thanh.
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • nazrul
    Kuching, Malaysia686 contributions
    This is perhaps the heart of Saigon where tourists would definitely go to. Little green space in hectic HCMC, flanked by upmarket designer western brands.
    Written 17 September 2023
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  • 317chuat
    1 contribution
    Fun place to kill time , they have lucky draw every night , so you can come down to enjoy the great atmosphere here . It is 24/7 , so you can come anytime after work . The food here is pretty good too .
    Written 2 October 2023
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  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji970 contributions
    The front structure is still under renovation while the back seems to have been completed. Rough approximation would be 6 months till it's probably completed.
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • Loud1Canberra
    Canberra, Australia315 contributions
    Stopped off on the way back from Cu Chi. The market is on a very busy road but provides a quiet haven to eat and refresh in the afternoon heat of the city.

    The market consists of a dozen or so venders presenting Vietnamese staples (Banh Mi) to western favourites such as pizza. We chose Banh Mi. Lovely fresh rolls with pork, salad and wonderful sauce.
    Written 16 September 2023
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  • Jalaky
    Sunshine Coast, Australia471 contributions
    We did a walk and also observed this street from the roof of an open topped bus and it seems that no matter what night of the week, this street is alive with young people socialising and escaping the heat. There were competing sounds from various singers and djs and lots of hawkers selling balloons and glow products but the weirdest sight was a snake on the ground not far from a beautifully groomed cat on a harness. We stumbled upon a section where everyone displays their pampered pets. It’s loud and vibrant and worth a walk at night.
    Written 7 May 2023
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China13,898 contributions
    This is Ho Chi Minh City's partying capital. A stroll along Bui Vien at night best captures its energy and sinful atmosphere. More like Pattaya than any other Vietnamese cities, this walking street is full of bars, clubs and restaurants for tourists. While it is not the ideal place to enjoy food, getting a pint here is an interesting experience.
    Written 20 May 2023
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  • ron b
    London218 contributions
    Found this gem from local student tour called Saigon Hotpot. Need a tour guild to explain all the back ground and get the best experience.
    Written 26 March 2023
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  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore8,514 contributions
    Dong Khoi Street is probably one of the busiest roads in Ho Chi Minh City.

    It extends between the Nguen Du Street and Ton Duc Thang Street. It was flanked by many elegant French colonial style buildings. Many famous restaurants and luxurious hotels are located here.

    High-end shopping plazas and small local shops coexist side by side along the street and one can get luxury items to local souvenirs from one of the many quaint local stores.

    Other well known landmark buildings in the street are the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, the Saigon Opera House, and the Central Post Office are all around 10mins of walk.

    Many people and high traffic are here all day long and provided a energetic vibes of the city!
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • Alexandra K
    London, UK312 contributions
    We thought it was a Buddhist shrine but apparently it is a mixture of Chinese and Vietnamese beliefs. It is in a funny little side street and you are required to wear masks which are provided free of charge. The building and contents are a slightly bizarre mixture of ancient and modern with fabulous carvings alongside air conditioning units. Never be allowed by the National Trust. Well worth a visit.
    Written 18 May 2023
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  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, CO881 contributions
    We walked around this park during our last morning in Ho Chi Minh City and it was quite lovely. Lots of statues, plants, and flowers. A nice break from the chaos of the city. Close to Independence Palace.
    Written 7 June 2023
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  • David H
    Memphis, TN139 contributions
    Not as high pressure as Ben Thanh, still good merchandise, reasonable prices, bargain a little. Lots of vendors.
    Written 25 August 2023
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  • Mrs Barbara C
    1 contribution
    The people are so friendly but the sales people are a bit more pushy than when I was there in 2012. Some students asked to do a little interview with me for a Uni project. It was fun to interact with them.
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand753 contributions
    Beautiful architecture and lit up at night is just stunning. A nice calm place with a lovely fountain nearby and Uncle Ho's statute with manicured garden area. Very clean. Shame you cant go inside. Nice to go when they close the traffic off and you can really enjoy this space. Lots of local families walking around here.
    Written 29 April 2023
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