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One Day Taste of Ho Chi Minh City

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When you only have one day in Ho Chi Minh City then this proposed itinerary gives you a taste of the sights, sounds, must do photo stops and tastes of Saigon so you can get a feel for what Saigon is all about.

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

9 Places

7 City Tips

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9 Places

The Independence Palace

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

War Remnants Museum

History Museums

Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Operas, Theatres

Central Post Office

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

A O Show - Lune Production

Performances

Secret Garden Home-cooked Vietnamese Restaurant

Restaurants

Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck

Observation Decks & Towers

Ben Thanh Market

Flea & Street Markets

Shaun M's City Tips

  • This is a very safe city, except for the above!
  • Do not expose a mobile phone in public as phone's are easy picking for passing motorbikes.
  • Water should only be drunk from a sealed bottle. Don't drink straight from the tap. Ice put in the drinks is all good too!
  • Food - wow this is a foodies heaven! Look for a busy place and thats the place you should visit and can be guaranteed is good food!
  • If you adventurous, do as the locals do an grab a motorbike, look for the guy sitting on his bike on almost every street corner. Decide on the price before you depart but know that it should only costs about 50,000 - 120,000 dong for a 30 minute trip (as a guide). Your bartering skills come into play here, its all the fun of being in Saigon!
  • Taxi's will save you time especially when its hot and humid. But do not catch a taxi other than Mai Linh or VinSun taxi's as most likely the other taxi companies will have meters that spin out of control.
  • Tipping is not expected but nice to do when great service is given. 10,000 - 20,000 dong is nice enough.
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    The Independence Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Shaun M Says:

    Awesome insight into the history and connection to the war years. You must go under the palace to see this connection.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Morning is best to avoid the heat.
    • Join a tour if you like lots of history, otherwise show yourself around following the marked route and get a feel for this place.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Hospitality 18/08/2018
    • This is what you came here for - war 17/08/2018
    • The Independence Palace
    Address:
    106 Nguyen Du, District 1
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 80 85094
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    War Remnants Museum
    History Museums
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    Shaun M Says:

    Not the most advanced museum but certainly confronting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Head straight to the top floor when you arrive and work your way down.
    • Take the time to read the descriptions, makes it so much more meaningful.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little sad about wars 18/08/2018
    • Painful but must do 18/08/2018
    • War Remnants Museum
    Address:
    28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 829 0325
    Other:
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    Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Operas, Theatres
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    Shaun M Says:

    A quick stop for a photo is all thats needed here. Purchase your tickets for the AO show while you are there if a show is scheduled for tonight. Its well worth it!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are going to the AO show then save this visit till tonight.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historical landmark 17/08/2018
    • French Colonial days 15/08/2018
    • Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
    Address:
    07 Lam Son Square Street
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 91 675 30 30
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Other:
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    Central Post Office
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    Shaun M Says:

    Photo stop is good, and send your mail - which will arrive after you arrive home!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Good time is lunch time. Right across the road from some good cafe's and the Cathedral.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A piece of history. 18/08/2018
    • Nice historical building 17/08/2018
    • Central Post Office
    Address:
    At the top of Dong Khoi St opposite Notre Dame Cathedral
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84(08)829-6862
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Shaun M Says:

    Quick photo stop here. Outside pics is all thats needed unless the church is open to run through.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit when you do the Post office which is across the rd.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    • It’s Ok 16/08/2018
    • Beautiful church 15/08/2018
    • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
    Address:
    Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 700000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 3822 0477
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    A O Show - Lune Production
    Performances
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    Shaun M Says:

    The bestest culture show! Its about to go on a six month tour of Europe - thats how good it is!

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Purchase tickets in the morning.
    • This show is not on every night so check the schedule on the website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 Concerts & Shows in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing performance 14/08/2018
    • Simply Breathtaking! 13/08/2018
    • A O Show - Lune Production
    Address:
    7 Cong Truong Lam Son
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 124 518 1188
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Secret Garden Home-cooked Vietnamese Restaurant
    Restaurants (Asian, Vietnamese)
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    Shaun M Says:

    Yummy secret place. Well worth finding! Challenge yourself to find it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You must try the lemon grass tea/juice. Its so so refreshing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #151 of 3,196 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious! 18/08/2018
    • Wonderful experience 18/08/2018
    • Secret Garden Home-cooked Vietnamese Restaurant
    Address:
    158 Pasteur
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 990 46 21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Shaun M Says:

    Best at sunset or in the evening. Views are pretty cool!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Not a busy place so purchase tickets on location.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another modern building 18/08/2018
    • Extraordinary view ... 15/08/2018
    • Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck
    Address:
    36 Ho Tung Mau Street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 3915 6156
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
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    Ben Thanh Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Shaun M Says:

    Worth a walk through to see the very touristy market place. Hold onto your wallet. Day time you get to see the complete market, evening times are two side night markets either side of the main building set up on the streets. Same goods just different atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Barter for all goods except the government stalls which are well marked.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 268 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Great Bargains but smaller than I expected. 18/08/2018
    • Shopping day to Bentha 18/08/2018
    • Ben Thanh Market
    Phone:
    +84 8 3521 0004
    Other:
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