Tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh city

Considered as “The Pearl of the Far East”, Ho Chi Minh City is a famous travelling spot in Vietnam. Bellows are some tourist attractions suggested for you in Ho Chi Minh city

  1. Notre Dame Cathedral

Situated in District no1, Notre Dame Cathedral has long been a symbol of Saigon. The church was designed by a French architect and the construction began in 1877. Its architecture is a combination of Western style and Roma and Gothic style. Especially, the church is considered as the most artistically and historically valuable construction in Saigon.

  1. Vinh Nghiem pagoda

The pagoda was built in 1964 by Northern monks, nuns, Buddhists’ living in Saigon contributed. It is a spacious pagoda with many Buddha statues and is decorated with many Chinese parallel sentences. Besides being a sacred place for worship, the pagoda also attracts tourists to visit.

  1. Ho Chi Minh museum

The museum is located at No.1 Nguyen Tat Thanh street, District 4. President Ho Chi Minh’s personal items including some of his clothing and sandals are displayed here.

  1. Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels are located in Phu My Hung town, Cu Chi district with the length of 250 kilometers and  the depth of 3-8 meters. It is the most powerful evidence of the effort as well as the sacrifice of thousands of Vietnamese people during the struggle for national independence.

  1. Jamia Al Muslim Cathedral

Being one in 12 mosques in Ho Chi Minh city, Jamia Al Muslim  Cathedral was built in 1935 and serves as a worship place for people from India, Pakistan and Indonesia.

  1. Hindu Mariamman temple

Located at No. 45 Truong Dinh Street, District 1, the temple was named after Mariamman sister. With solemn atmosphere and colorful design, the temple is a place worth visiting.

  1. Western street

Western street is located in District 1. It has been voted as a must-visit place in Ho Chi Minh city by Lonely Planet magazine.

  1. Ben Thanh market

Being one of the most oldest market in Ho Chi Minh city, Ben Thanh market  was constructed in 19th century with 4 gates. Many goods including souvenirs, crafts, clothes are sold here.

In addition to the above mentioned places, there are many other places to you to see such as Independence Palace, Saigon post office, City Opera House, Phu My bridge and so on.

 

Weather in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh city has favorable social and natural conditions for economic development in general and tourism development in particular. Especially, the climate of Ho Chi Minh City is good for visiting at any time of the year.

Ho Chi Minh city is located in the tropical equatorial monsoon with 2 separate seasons namely dry season and rainy season. Rainy season usually lasts from early May to late November and dry season usually lasts from December to April of the following year.

The annually average temperature is about 27 degree Celsius with the highest and lowest temperature being 40 degree Celsius and 13,8 degree Celsius. During a year, the city witnesses about 330 days with the temperature varying between 25 and 28 degree Celsius. Besides, nearly 160-270 sunny hours is recorded each month.

The average rainfall is 1.949 millimeters per year. There are about 159 rainy days in a year, falling from May to November. The rainfall of June and September accounts for approximately 90% of the year.

Ho Chi Minh city is subject to Southwest monsoon blowing from Indian Ocean from June to October with the wind speed of 3,6 meters per second. In addition, the city is also under the impact of Northeast monsoon blowing from East Sea from November to February with the wind speed of 2,4 meters per second. And Southeast monsoon blows during the period from March to May.

It is lucky for Ho Chi Minh city to enjoy favorable climatic conditions. In fact, there is hardly any storm or extreme weather during a year. Therefore, tourists can travel to this dynamic and beautiful city at any time of the year without worrying about the weather.

Ho Chi Minh overview

Ho Chi Minh city, also known as Saigon, is the biggest city in Vietnam in terms of population and economy development. Being a dynamic and bustling city, Ho Chi Minh city also has a diversified and unique culture, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Ho Chi Minh city was found by Nguyen Dynasty in 1698. When French colonials invaded Vietnam, Saigon was quickly exploited as an economic center of Vietnam and then became the colonial metropolis of Indochina during the period from 1887 to 1901.

Saigon used to be the capital of Republic of Vietnam. As soon as Vietnam gained its independence in 1975, Sai Gon was renamed after Ho Chi Minh, the beloved president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh city is comprised of 24 districts, 303 wards with the total area of 2095,06 square kilometers. Located in transition area of Southeast and Southwest of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh city owns favorable conditions for economic and cultural development. Being a gateway to the world, Ho Chi Minh city plays an integral role in transportation.

In addition, Ho Chi Minh city is a trading, cultural and educational center of Vietnam. It is well-known for modern infrastructure and crowded luxurious shopping malls. Especially, the entertaining industry here is developing with surprising speed.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City city, you will have change to explore local customs and traditions, go to ecotourism sites as well as historical sites. The trip to this dynamic city will surely give you interesting and unforgettable experiences.

Cu Chi Tunnels travel information

Cu Chi tunnels is underground system located in Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district, 70 kilometers far from Ho Chi Minh city. Cu Chi tunnels has long been known as a national historical site and a masterpiece of Vietnamese people in time of war.

Being constructed in the struggle against French (1946-1948), Cu Chi tunnel served as a storage place of documents, weapons of Vietnamese army. Especially, it was used by National Liberation Front during Mau Than campaign in 1968.

Cu Chi tunnels are 200 kilometers long with a sophisticated system of tunnels. The tunnel is 3 to 8 meters deep to make the high enough for army soldiers were supposed to crouch when moving in tunnels.

Cu Chi tunnels were built on ground of solid lateritic clay which can resist to landslides. It has 3 layers with the first layer being 3 meters deep from ground, the middle being 6 meters deep and the last layer being 12 meters deep. Each layer was specially designed so that air can go inside. More interestingly, it was a wonderful hiding spot during combat and it could prevent toxic gases of the enemy.

Over course of time, Cu Chi tunnels now remain 120 kilometers long. Many tunnels have been expanded for exploring activities of tourists. Visiting Cu Chi tunnels, you will have chance to experience underground life of soldiers. You will be able to gather around Hoang Cam store, trying grilled cassava or bamboo shoots.

In addition, you can also visit War museum, shooting area and Trung An fruit garden to learn more about our Vietnam glorious history.

 

Where to eat in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city has long been considered as “food paradise” with a collection of many famous dishes representing regional cuisine. Visiting the largest city of Vietnam, you are able to choose your favorite restaurant based on your taste and budget.

If you travel to Ho Chi Minh city with the aim of relaxing and entertaining, you can consider the following suggested restaurants:

  • Quan An Ngon ( 138 Nam Ky street, District 1) offers tourists more than 300 dishes of 3 regions in Vietnam.
  • Camargue restaurant(74/7D Hai Ba Trung street, District 1) is famous with salmon dishes and grilled pork
  • The Deck Saigon restaurant (38 Nguyen U Di street, District 2) serves Sirloin steak which is worth trying
  • The Refinery Bar and Restaurant (74 Hai Ba Trung street, District 1) is spacious and has ancient-style design.
  • La Cuisine (48 Le Thanh Ton street, District 1) serves Mediterranean foods
  • The Temple Club (29-31 Ton That Nghiep street, District 1) has lovely and artistic view

If you are fan of snacks, you could visit the “snack paradise” in Ho Chi Minh city. Especially, they are very cheap.

  • Snacks store at 8 Truong Dinh street, District 3 provides tourists with many snacks of Northern are such as salt roasted chicken legs, rice roll noodle and bread rolls
  • Dalat corner store at the beginning corner of Le Van Si street, District 3 sells more than 100 types of baked roll( banh trang nuong) at the price between 10.000 and 30.000 dong
  • Coco5 store at 249 Nguyen Tri Phuong street, District 10) is famous with Thailand snacks. The price varies between 10.000 and 70.000 dong
  • Street stores along Duong Ba street, District 8 offers snacks at the lowest price. Here you can try sticky rice and fried noodle at the price between 7.000 and 15.000 dong

Besides the above mentioned addresses, you can explore more about Sai Gon cuisine in famous foods areas such as Turtle Lake, An Duong Vuong street, Hung Vuong street and Hoang Hoa Tham market.

How to get to Ho Chi Minh city?

Ho Chi Minh city is considered as an important traffic turnpoint of Vietnam in particular and in South East Asia in general. Therefore, if you choose Ho Chi Minh city as a destination for travelling, there are many choices of means of transport for you.

For international travellers, they can buy a ticket from their departure to Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh city. From here, they can catch a taxi to get to wanted places.

For those who are in Vietnam already, you can get internal flight ticket to get to Ho Chi Minh city.

Besides, travellers can choose other means of transport, such as:

– By train: if you depart from Hanoi, you can choose Thong Nhat train (the fastest train). It takes only 30 hours to get to Ho Chi Minh city. The price depends on the kind of seat you choose.

– By coach: It is a flexible and popular mode of transport to get to Ho Chi Minh city. You can catch Hoang Long, or Mai Linh coach at the price of 500.000 VND per one. It helps you save money, but take much more time.

– By private car: if you have your own car, you can drive to Ho Chi Minh city. However, remember to bring all documents, driving licenses, and comply with traffic law.

On arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, you can hire a motorbike, a taxi, a car, or a cyclo to explore all the mystery of this dynamic city.

Markets in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic city with many shopping malls and markets where you can choose many gifts for your family and friends when travelling here.

  1. Binh Tay market (Big market)

Binh Tay is a famous market in Ho Chi Minh City, which is located along the Te channel, from the district 5 to the district 6. It was established in 1865, built of cement according to Western technique and Chinese architectue.

It works days and nights, mainly wholesales, annually attracting many travellers for travelling and shopping.

  1. Ben Thanh market:

Built from 1912 to 1914 at the South Gate, Ben Thanh ward, district 1, Ben Thanh market has 4 gates and 4 towers attached watches heading to 4 directions: Le Loi street, Phan Boi Chau street, Phan Chu Trinh street. Over 3,000 stalls get together here for retails and wholesales,  so that you can find many things from daily food , tools to luxurious equipments. Ben Thanh night-market open every day, but only sells clothes, food and drink.

  1. Tan Dinh market:

Tan Dinh market was built in 1912, located at No.1 Nguyen Huu Cau, Tan Dinh street, District 1 with an outstanding gate. Food, fresh food, clothes, fruits all are sold here with a bit higher price.

  1. An Dong market:

An Dong Market located at 34-36 An Duong Vuong, 9 street, near the Chinese’s area – district. 5 with history of nearly 56 years. It sells many items, especially clothes. You can find the products of Triumph, Vera, Wacoal, Lys at a low price here.

Besides, you can visit some other markets in Ho Chi Minh City, such as: Dam Sen flower market, Hoc Mon wholesales market, Thu Duc wholesales market, Ho Thi Ky flower market… to discover more about the hustle and bustle here.