About Lan T
Lives in Nanaimo, Canada
Since Oct 2008
25-34 year old female
Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City until the age of 17, I've lived, worked and studied in Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland while also travelled to 26 countries and counting across the globe. Currently doing my Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management on the beautiful Vancouver Island, my work and study continue to take me to places and I fall even deeper in love with our beautiful Earth.
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Being the palace of South Vietnam's former President, and the symbol that marked the end of the Vietnam War, Reunification Palace is an interesting spot for both history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. The highlight is the Palace's basement — a time machine that transports visitors straight back to the 60s.
This lesser-known museum deserves some attention due to its unique dedication to the women of southern Vietnam. A great part of the exhibitions are devoted to portraying their lives and war efforts throughout the turbulent history of the country, while others demonstrate the modern lifestyles and diversity of southern Vietnamese women.
With tens of thousands of valuable artifacts that represent the lives of the Vietnamese people since the birth of the country, this museum deserves a spot on the itinerary of every visitor to Saigon. Initially designed by a French architect, and followed by an expansion overseen by a Vietnamese designer, the building itself is an interesting attraction in its own right.
For those who are deeply interested in Vietnam's history, this museum makes for a worthy detour. As one of the only two museums dedicated to a leader whose achievements contributed to the establishment and success of the Communist Party, this museum houses a wealth of information about the life of Ton Duc Thang — the president who took over from President Ho Chi Minh in 1969.
Inspired to do something different? Then trace the history of Vietnam back to the Stone Age from a totally unique perspective: medicine. As the first museum in Vietnam dedicated to the country's traditional medicine, FITO Museum is a must-see attraction, even for know-it-all locals. Quaint and fascinating, it will satisfy any visitors' thirst for knowledge.
Strategically located right on the bank of Saigon River, this museum is the city's effort to remind and educate others about the life and revolutionary activities of Vietnam's most revered political leader - President Ho Chi Minh, whose name this city inherits.
As its name indicates, this could be an emotional visit for those who are curious about what a war could do to a country's land, people, and culture. The museum is packed with displays and information about the Vietnam War, along with its terrifying consequences. For anyone visiting Ho Chi Minh City, this museum is a must. Brace yourself and travel back in time to experience the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese point of view.
Like many other structures that define and remind people of the former 'Pearl of the Orient,' the architecture of the Fine Arts Museum is a harmonious blend of eastern Asia and western Europe. Housing plenty of artwork, including many timeless and highly valuable pieces, this museum is currently the second largest museum of fine arts in the country. Its impressive selection will bring great aesthetic pleasure to all sophisticated visitors.
Housed within a magnificent colonial building completed in the 19th century is everything you need to know about the largest city in Vietnam: from historical revolutions to local traditions, and from regional archaeology to past monetary systems, to name just a few exhibits. Browse through the relics and uncover the story of Saigon right at its heart.
There are many places to visit, yet only a few are truly worthy of dedicating a whole day to. Cu Chi Tunnels is certainly one of these. Having served as the base for several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, they are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels, which belong to an even larger system throughout the country. With such historical importance, no trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without zigzagging your way under the ground.
The Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, despite not being an exhibition-filled museum, is still worthy of a spot on your cultural itinerary, due to its informative and educational motives. Learn about the endangered native wildlife and how the center is playing a vital role in raising awareness and educating the locals about environmental preservation and sustainability management. Moreover, the animals here are super-adorable!