Things to do in
Ho Chi Minh City
From serene historical sites and vibrant urban adventures to relaxing lifestyle experiences, this bustling metropolis never fails to amaze. Below, find our top recommendations of what to do in Saigon – tailored to your interests, ensuring you make the most of your visit to this dynamic city.
Historical & Cultural Insights
Stroll through Giac Lam Pagoda
Experience tranquility at Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest temple, renowned for its serene gardens and historical significance.
Discover at the History Museum
Explore Vietnam’s vast historical journey in an elegant colonial setting, from its ancient roots to the modern era.
Learn at the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Delve into the intriguing world of Vietnamese medicinal practices and their cultural influences.
Experience the Jade Emperor Pagoda
Immerse yourself in this important Taoist pagoda’s spiritual and architectural beauty, rich in religious art.
Uncover the Cao Dai Temple
Explore this temple’s unique architecture and eclectic religious practices, reflecting a blend of global spiritual beliefs.
Visit the Fine Arts Museum
Engage with Vietnam’s art history, from ancient sculptures to contemporary masterpieces.
Admire the Notre Dame Cathedral
Visit this striking example of French colonial architecture and soak in the peaceful ambiance of its neo-Romanesque structure.
See the Saigon Central Post Office
Marvel at the architectural splendor of this still-operational post office, designed by the renowned Gustave Eiffel.
Urban Adventures & Entertainment
Catch the Saigon Water Bus Taxi
Experience Ho Chi Minh City from a different perspective by riding on the Saigon Water Bus Taxi, a scenic and convenient way to explore the city’s waterways and landmarks.
Bitexco Financial Tower
Visit the iconic Bitexco Tower for stunning city views from its Sky Deck and enjoy upscale dining and shopping experiences.
Landmark 81 Visit
Explore Saigon’s tallest building, featuring an observation deck, diverse dining and shopping options, a cinema, and exciting nightlife.
Enjoy Backpacker Bui Vien Street
Known for its dynamic vibe, this street is a favorite among backpackers for its array of bars, eateries, and lively street performances.
Wander the famous Nguyen Hue Walking Street
A bustling avenue perfect for evening strolls, lined with street performers, shops, and cafes.
Experience Nightlife on Pham Viet Tran Street
This emerging nightlife district boasts trendy bars and clubs, showcasing the city’s evolving entertainment scene.
Shop and Explore at Saigon Square & Ben Thanh Market
Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of these iconic markets, where shopping and street food offer a taste of local life.
Leisure & Lifestyle
Join the trendy brunch scene in Ho Chi Minh City, where cafes serve a delightful mix of Vietnamese and international breakfast favorites.
Experience the unique coffee culture of Vietnam with a traditional drip coffee at one of the city’s many charming cafes.
Escape the city heat with a refreshing swim in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s many luxurious hotel pools, open to visitors for a small fee.
Hidden Speakeasy Bars
Explore speakeasy bars hidden in alleyways, offering a unique nightlife experience with their craft cocktails and intimate settings.
Visit Thao Dien District
Discover the trendy expat lifestyle in Thao Dien District, known for its upscale cafes, international cuisine, and relaxed ambiance. Discover our Thao Dien Podcast.
Take a River Cruise Along the Saigon River
Embark on a river cruise – a perfect way to enjoy scenic views, savor local cuisine, and experience the beauty of the Saigon River. Book our highly recommended Saigon River cruise.
Savor the rich flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, from classic pho and banh mi to contemporary fusion dishes in the city’s diverse food scene. For the best possible experience, take a street food tour, or discover our carefully curated Restaurant list.
Unwind at the Spa
Treat yourself to relaxation and rejuvenation with a traditional Vietnamese massage or a luxury spa treatment, a must-do for wellness enthusiasts. Discover the best spas in Ho Chi Minh City.
Active & Creative Activities
Paddle Sport at Tao Dan Sports Center
Found at 19 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Bến Nghé, District 1, the center offers paddle sports facilities in a central urban setting, suitable for both new and seasoned players.
Golf at Him Lam Golf Driving Range
Situated at 234 Ngo Tat To, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, this inner-city range is perfect for practicing swing, with equipment rental and night lights.
Paddleboarding with Saigon SUP Club
Enjoy paddleboarding along the Saigon River, a peaceful way to see the city. Launch points vary, and it’s great for beginners with available lessons.
Rock Climbing at Push Climbing Center
Located in The Crescent Mall (101 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7), this indoor climbing center is ideal for all levels, offering bouldering and wall climbing with available instructors for beginners.
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FAQs: Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)
1. The Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War, offer a historical perspective: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels In-Depth Day Trip
2. The Mekong Delta, with its floating markets and traditional villages, provides a glimpse into rural Vietnamese life.
Discover Mekong Delta Full-Day Tour
Cai Be Village Mekong Delta Tour
Mekong Experience: My Tho & Ben Tre
Book with us to enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off, an English-speaking tour guide, lunch, and a hassle-free, immersive, and quality experience.
Ho Chi Minh City, steeped in history, offers landmarks like the War Remnants Museum, showcasing Vietnam’s war history; the Independence Palace, a symbol of the city’s past; and the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, known for its French colonial architecture.
To dive deeply into local culture, explore the vibrant Ben Thanh Market, experience a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show, or visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda for spiritual insight. Take advantage of the bustling street food scene for authentic culinary experiences, and take a street food tour.
Vietnam is a treasure trove for photographers and photography enthusiasts! These tours offer a different lens on the city and a special experience:
Sunrise Photography Half-Day Tour – Down In Chinatown.
Ho Chi Minh Railway Village 1-Day Photography Tour
Sunset Photography Half-Day Tour – Travel Through History And Time
Visiting the Suoi Tien Theme Park or Dam Sen Water Park.
Explore interactive exhibits at the Museum of Vietnamese History.
Boat tours along the Saigon River.
Depending on your children’s age, the Ho Chi Minh Half-Day City Tour is a great, convenient option for families.
Ho Chi Minh City offers a diverse nightlife scene, including rooftop bars with stunning city views, vibrant night markets, street food tours, bars, and nightclubs.
Enjoy the vibrant culinary scene at various top Restaurants.
Hang out in Thao Dien District and enjoy multiple cafes, Restaurants, and bars.
Brunch at trendy cafes like L’Usine and The Vintage Emporium.
Visit rooftop bars such as Banana Mamma & Cafe Des Stagiaires and more!
Have a picnic in Landmark 81 Park.
Hiking In Ho Chi Minh: From City Parks To Mountainous Wonder
Learn Vietnamese cooking by taking cooking classes
Participate in craft classes such as pottery, jewelry making, sipping and painting, and more!
Attend local festivals, including music festivals, taco festivals, gin festivals, and more
Join local sports clubs, practice yoga, or go cycling for sports and active pursuits
Enjoy swimming in many hotels’ pools in the city’s humid climate
Relax and rejuvenate at numerous spas and wellness centers.
Explore nearby cities in Southern Vietnam.