Spend a day touring the historic sites and museums. Dive into the city’s food scene and visit the coffee shops, street food stalls and eating houses, which can be found all over the city. Make sure to leave room in your suitcase, because Ho Chi Minh City has some of the best markets, malls and boutiques in Vietnam.
- No trip to Vietnam would be complete without learning about the Vietnam War and one of the best ways to do that is by visiting the Cu Chi tunnels. These are a maze of tunnels under the city where Viet Cong stored supplies and hid out during the war. Visitors can squash themselves into a section of the tunnels to experience what it was like.
- Ben Thanh market is a large market selling handicrafts, souvenirs and delicious street food.
- The Cao Dai Temple is the headquarters of Caodaism, a religion established in Vietnam in the twenties. Visitors can tour the colorful, ornate buildings and observe the daily services.
- The charming Golden Dragon Theatre is where to watch a water puppet show, a form of traditional entertainment that began in rural Vietnam.
- The War Remnants Museum chronicles the history of the Vietnam war with exhibits including salvaged military equipment and photographs.
- Get savvy and only book tours and taxis with recommended companies. Ho Chi Minh City is a popular place for scammers to operate.
- Bring some earplugs because the city’s heavy traffic can make nodding off a challenge.
- Carry small amounts of cash with you for street food snacks and souvenirs.