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Top 10 Things to Do In Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon is also known as Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon is an absolutely action packed city with so many things to do, so many things to see, and so many delicious foods to eat. In this post I am going to write about top 10 things to do in Saigon. So read this post and get some great idea about the city that will help you when you will visit in this beautiful city.

Here is the list of Top 10 Things to Do In Saigon

1. Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market has everything that you could want, from clothes to food to snacks and even like cookware; this is a great place to buy cookware. But anyway, lots and lots of things available at this market and there’s a beautiful food court as well, where you can stop to eat breakfast or lunch. It’s kind of a square market, and then in the middle is a Chinese garden where you can come to relax.

Price: Free

2. Thien Hau Temple

Thien Hau Temple
Thien Hau Temple Image Source Flickr

Thien Hau is one of the biggest, most well-known and important Taoist temples in this area of Saigon. Many people come here to buy these coils of incense and hang them up. You will see a bunch of smoke coming from the incense.

Price: Free

3. Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

Previously it was called the Revolutionary Museum. But it’s just 15,000 dong for entrance. Part of the beauty of the museum is just the building that it’s housed in, which is a neoclassical building which was built in 1885. It’s a beautiful building and within the museum you can find all sorts of exhibitions about the history of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as some Vietnamese cultural, traditional exhibitions as well. And it’s a place that you can go to learn about the history of Saigon and Vietnam.

Price: 15,000 VND

4. Bitexco Financial Tower

Top 10 Things to do in Saigon
Bitexco Financial Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower is by far the tallest building in Saigon making up the skyline. There are two options when you come here, you can either go to the sky, the Saigon Sky deck, which is on the 49th floor, or alternatively, you can go to a cafe which is on the 50th floor. And you can buy a drink or a snack there and get the same great view. The views from up here are pretty amazing.

Price: 200,000 VND

5. Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame

Top 10 Things to Do In Saigon
Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral is right in the center of Ho Chi Minh City and this is one of the most important landmarks and churches, Catholic cathedrals, built in the Neo-Romanesque style. The most noticeable features of the church are the 40 meter high towers, spires, and the duo of them on either side. And this is a beautiful, a beautiful cathedral and just a really great environment here in Ho Chi Minh City, so this is a place you must visit when you are here.

6. Central Post Office

Central Post Office
Central Post Office

Central Post Office in Saigon and is actually right across the street from the Cathedral of Notre Dame. One of the reasons it’s very famous is because the architect was Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower, and actually you can buy a post card to send it from here, but there’s also some souvenirs. It’s sort of turned into a tourist attraction, but at the same time it’s a practical tourist attraction and it’s a really beautiful building. The green wrought iron gates, and what I also really like about inside is the beautifully tiled floor.

Price: Free

7. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Saigon Zoo is also on the same property as the Botanic Gardens. So far it’s just a really beautiful, tree lined, big huge trees garden. It’s really lush and green and cool and quiet and peaceful in here compared to the loud, rowdy motor-scooter filled roads outside. The zoo itself, the animal displays and cages are not fantastic. The animals don’t look too happy, but definitely the grounds and the Botanic Gardens are beautiful and that’s what’s worth coming here for is definitely the Botanic Gardens. Many people are like relaxing on the grass, having picnics and taking naps. There are a few different coffee shops around, as well as places to eat ice cream, and even a full food court.

Price: 20,000 VND

 8. Starlight Bridge, Phu My Hung

Starlight Bridge, Phu My Hung
Starlight Bridge

Phu My Hung is an upscale area of town, but it’s also a newly developed area of town. It’s a really a nice place to walk around. It has a totally different feel from the chaos of central Saigon. It’s much more relaxed and not nearly as busy with traffic. One of the most famous things is the Starlight Bridge, with a waterfall that lights up in a rainbow of different colors. That is supposed to be one of the most romantic places in Saigon. So if you are looking for a great hang out, date spot, you might want to check it out.

 9. Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum
Fine Arts Museum

Actually I’m quite impressed with the Fine Arts Museum. It’s very well done. There are lots of exhibitions showcasing art, and especially paintings and sculptures and lacquer work from the ancient all the way to the modern, contemporary pieces. It is housed in this wonderful, elegant and just a beautiful Colonial building. So definitely, if you enjoy art, this is a museum you don’t want to miss when you’re in Saigon.

Price: 10,000 VND

10. Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar

When you are in Saigon coming to a rooftop bar is a great thing to do. It will give you relief from the busy daily life.  There are some rooftop bar and cafes you can visit when you are in Saigon. For relaxation and the view of the Saigon rooftop bar is the best option.

It was our list of Top 10 Things to Do In Saigon, hope you enjoy it.

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