Things to do
Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh city (former name is Saigon) is well-known as a tourist and trade city in the Southern East of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city is over 2,000 km2 and included 19 inner districts and 5 suburban districts.
District 1 is seen as the heart of Saigon where are located hundreds of hotels, buildings, shopping centers and tourist attractions. District 1 is the connecting point to other districts as well as surrounding provinces.
In additions, Tan Son Nhat airport which is an international airport in southern of Vietnam is also nestled in Ho Chi Minh city. To move other places, such as Nha Trang, Ha Noi, Dalat, travelers must transit there so this is also a chance to take a rest in Saigon for a couple of days and explore Ho Chi Minh city tourist attractions
There are a lots of tourists attractions in Ho Chi Minh city, especially in District 1, such as: Ben Thanh market – a biggest market in Saigon, The Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral, The Reunification Palace….
+ Ben Thanh market is considered as a unique symbol of Ho Chi Minh city. It takes only about 5 minutes from the hotel to Ben Thanh market. If you miss to visit this largest market, you will not really used to be in Saigon.
+ Notre Dame Cathedral is located in a peaceful corner of the heart of city with French colonists' style. This is one of the unique religious architecture attracts many visitors at the city. From the hotel to Notre Dame Cathedral is about 1.9km (15 minutes of walking).
+ Reunification Palace: Also known as Independence Palace where is one of the most fascinating things to see in Ho Chi Minh City. The open time is from 07:30AM - 12PM and 3:30PM – 17:00PM. From the hotel to Reunification Palace is about 1.9km (15 minutes of walking).
If you still wonder about what to see in Ho Chi Minh city, just take a long trip to some famous historical places in rural area of Ho Chi Minh city:
+ Cu Chi tunnel: is about 56km away from District 1. It used to be the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War where Vietnamese soldiers hide the American military. It was also an underground secret world of Vietnamese soldiers to store foods, medicines and weapons to support for front-line soldiers. In the peaceful time now, Cu Chi Tunnels are the historical site for tourist to understand more about the war in Vietnam. To get to Cu Chi tunnels, you can take a bus about 1 hour and 15 minutes from District 1.
Shopping in Ho Chi Minh city.
Ho Chi Minh city is a paradise for shopaholics which are located a lot of shopping malls and trade centers.
For famous and luxurious brands, you can go to:
+ Vincom centers including Vincom A and Vincom B: at the corner of Le Loi and Nguyen Hue street (about 10 minutes away)
+ Dong Khoi street: there are hundreds of luxurious shops and souvenir shops which sell silk, bags and clothes.
+ Nguyen Trai street: You can find everything you want on this street from shoes, clothes to cosmetic... (about 10 minutes of walking)
For popular and average brands, just visit:
+ Saigon Square: at the corner of Le Loi and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia treet (about 10 minutes away)
+ Tax center: near Vincom centers, you can freely go shopping there.
+Ben Thanh night market: next to Ben Thanh market (open after 6pm until late). Especially, shopping at Ben Thanh night market, you can find a lot of unique things and souvenir, such as: handicrafts, fine art souvenir, silky scarf and wallets. You can choose some presents for your friend and family as well.
Restaurants & Bars in Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh city is also a paradise for foods and entertainment. You can find all kinds of foods in every region of Vietnam as well as all over the world.
We can list down some specialties that you must try when visiting Ho Chi Minh city:
+ Pho (a kind of beef or chicken noodle)
+ Broken rice with grill pork and sweet fish sauce.
+ Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pan cake).
+ Boiled pork with paper rice and sweet fish sauce.
You can find those foods in all restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city. Try it and tell us your experience!
Bars in Ho Chi Minh city are mostly centralized in Pham Ngu Lao area - the most vibrant place in Ho Chi Minh at night.
Visitors can go to some famous bars on Pham Ngu Lao street or Bui Vien street to relax or meet friends. From Platinum Saigon Hotel, it takes only a couple of steps to go there.
If you want to find some small and warm night pubs, the ones on Thai Van Lung street are suitable for you. It is about 15 minutes from the hotel to that place.