Here are the top 78 tourist attractions to see in Ho Chi Minh City:

1. War Remnants Museum

4.5 /5

8 km
from city center
1 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Disturbing reminders of Vietnam's gory past await you at the War Remnants museum in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City. The museum displays exhibits from the Vietnam war, including the french guillotine, the 'tiger cages' where prisoners were kept and photographs of 'Agent Orange', a chemical spray that led to widespread genetic defects. There are also fighter planes and tanks on display.

2. Saigon Central Post Office

4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
2 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Possibly the grandest post office in the subcontinent, the Saigon Central Post Office is a spectacular remnant of history that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Built in late 19th century during French colonialism, the building has distinct Renaissance and Gothic architecture with its looping arches and elaborate marble flooring. Sending a postcard from the still-functional post office is an absolute must. This beautifully constructed building stands tall as a reminder of Vietnam's colonial past and rich cultural history. People throng it in large numbers, not just to send letters and post, but also to marvel at its architectural grandeur and design.

3. Reunification Palace

4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
3 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

No one visits Vietnam and leaves without taking a look at the Reunification Palace. The palace is associated with the Fall of Saigon because of the tank that crashed through its gates and ended the Vietnam War in 1975. The palace seems to have frozen in time since, and features the same antique furniture and telecommunication devices that were used then.

4. Cu Chi Tunnels

3.7 /5

40 km
from city center
4 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

One of the most iconic attractions of the city, Cu Chi Tunnels were a part of the extensive underground network in Vietnam that was used by the Vietnamese Congress as a hideaway during the war. Visitors can now go through some of the safer parts of the tunnel, which have been widened and lighted up for ease.

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5. Saigon Opera House

4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
5 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Opera House is a gorgeous venue to enjoy some of the best creative performances in the country. Also known as Municipal theatre, the building is a great example of French Colonial architecture and looks especially alluring in the evenings when bathed in soft lights. Ballet, classical music, concerts and traditional plays are all performed here.

6. Bitexco Financial Tower (Saigon Skydeck)

3.7 /5

10 km
from city center
6 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Bitexco Financial Tower is the famous skyscraper of Ho Chi Minh City and the fourth tallest building in the country. The 262 metre structure is inspired by the shape of a lotus, and boasts of top-notch facilities such as entertainment, office, retail and fine dining. Saigon skydeck is an observation deck located on the 49th floor and offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city.

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7. Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

4.1 /5

9 km
from city center
7 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The most famous religious landmark in the city, the Notre Dame Cathedral was constructed by French colonists between 1863 and 1880. The cathedral features Romanesque architectural features, with a distinct red-brick aspect, stained glass windows and twin bell towers measuring 58 metres. A statue of Virgin Mary stands tall in front of the church.

8. Ben Thanh Market

3.3 /5

9 km
from city center
8 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

A visit to Ho Chi Minh City is incomplete without a few hours spent shopping at Ben Thanh Market. One can find everything from cheap clothes, textiles, souvenirs, electronics, accessories to the the best of Vietnamese street food. During daytime the market sells fresh produce and groceries but the evenings are filled with enticing scents of wok-fried noodles and barbecued meat.

9. Binh Tay Market

4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
9 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Binh Tay Market in Cholon offers an eclectic mix of indigenous handicrafts and tid-bits as well as a taste of the local cuisine. Objects such as lacquerware and textiles are interspersed throughout the market that mainly serves locals with fresh produce and snacks. Pho noodles, com tam (broken rice) and banh bao buns filled with meat are some of the staples here.

10. Dong Khoi Street

3.4 /5

10 km
from city center
10 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Dong Khoi street combines the best of both worlds- french colonial architecture stands next to posh skyscrapers with international brands. Begin walking from the banks of Saigon River and you will cross the Central Post Office, the Opera House and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Interspersed between them are trendy boutiques, cafes, and high-end restaurants.

11. Jade Emperor Pagoda

3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
11 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Jade Emperor Pagoda is a spectacular Taoist shrine in Ho Chi Minh City. Built in 1909 by a migrant Cantonese community, the primary deity here is the 'King of Heaven' Chua Ngoc Hoang who regulates the entry of souls in the afterlife. The grotesque fate that awaits sinners is intricately carved on the temple's walls, which is often remains shrouded behind incense smoke.

12. Thien Hau Temple

3.7 /5

8 km
from city center
12 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Located in Disrict 5, Thien Hau Pagoda is a 19th century buddhist temple dedicated to Lady of the Sea, Goddess Mazu. The temple features intricate carvings and lanterns on the outer courtyard, while inside are vibrant dioramas that depict scenes from a Chinese city. The main dais houses the three statutes of Mazu flanked by her guardians.

13. Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

3.3 /5

7 km
from city center
13 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Modernity and tradition come together at the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and Pharmacy. Located in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh, the museum features more than 3,000 exhibits that date all the way back to the stone age. Herbal concoctions, vessels, wines, shops, scales, cabinets-all find a place in the 16 floors here

14. Ho Chi Minh City Museum

3.6 /5

9 km
from city center
14 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum documents the city's growth through various artefacts, photographs, ceramics, and war materials. Built in 1885, the museum features impressive neoclassical architecture with unique motifs and a lovely flower garden. There is also a network of tunnels underneath the building, used by President Diem in the coup of 63.

15. Mariamman Hindu Temple

3.7 /5

9 km
from city center
15 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Mariamman Hindu Temple is a small slice of South Indian tradition located in Ho Chi Minh, dedicated to Hindu goddess Mariamman. The temple features colouful carvings of Parvati, Ganesh, Vishnu and Brahma. The 12-m tall Rajagopuram houses the main statue of Mariammen flanked by her two protectors. Built by Tamil traders in the 19th century, the temple attracts a number of Vietnamese and is a must-visit.

16. Fine Arts Museum

4.0 /5

10 km
from city center
16 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most popular art centres in the city, which aims at preserving, collecting and displaying contemporary as well as traditional artworks. The yellow-and-white building combines French and Chinese elements, and houses a variety of paintings and sculptures. Oil, lacquer, silk and ceramic works are found next to ancient Champa relics.

17. Museum of Vietnamese History

3.9 /5

9 km
from city center
17 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Located just inside Ho Chi Minh City's botanic gardens and zoo in District 1, the Museum of Vietnamese History offers a compelling glimpse into the rich past of the country. A former museum of Asian studies during Vietnam’s colonial period, it is now solely dedicated to Vietnamese and Asian history. The Museum of Vietnamese History includes an assortment of exhibits like wooden coffins, royal jewellery, and even a mummified body. With 19 permanent exhibitions tracing the history of this land from prehistoric period till just before the colonial era and a traditional water puppet show, it’s a fascinating place to better understand this majestic country. 

18. Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater

3.7 /5

9 km
from city center
18 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The Golden Dragon Water Puppet theatre is one of the best places to witness the magic of Vietnamese water puppetry.The shows offer a fascinating insight into Vietnamese culture and tradition. Puppets perform local folktales on a 'stage' of water, with live musicians play traditional instruments on the side. Dragons, fairies and all kinds of mystical characters grace the stage.

19. Tao Dan Park

3.8 /5

9 km
from city center
19 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The perfect getaway from traffic noise, Tao Dan Park features 10 hectares of beautiful Sao Den trees and walkaways to revitalize you. The park is filled with locals exercising, and also houses a sporting club that draws children to it. A well-known bird cafe inside Tao Dan attracts numerous bird owners to relax with their pets.

20. Giac Lam Pagoda

4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
20 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Gia Lam Pagoda is a beautiful religious attraction situated in Phu Tho Hoa region of Ho Chi Minh. Established in 1744, the temple is set amidst a lush garden, where a tall bodhi tree shades a statue of a bodhisattva. The main shrine is surrounded by precious wood pillars coated with gold inscriptions, and houses an imposing statue of Amitabha Buddha.

21. Saigon River

3.3 /5

44 km
from city center
21 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The most iconic landmark of Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon River offers a glimpse into the various facets of Vietnam like no place else. A cruise or boat ride on the soothing river will take you around the village life, underground military tunnels, stunning skyscrapers and local life in the Mekong Delta. Most tours include a stopover at riverside markets where one can buy handicrafts.

22. Can Gio Mangrove Forest

3.2 /5

43 km
from city center
22 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Often called the 'green lungs of the city', Can Gio Mangrove Forest is a wetland biosphere about 40 kms from Ho Chi Minh City. The forest features more than 150 species of flora and fauna, and tourists can explore the swamps to catch a sight of the monkeys, crustaceans and fish there. There is also a restaurant and a swimming pool to refresh visitors.

23. Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument

3.4 /5

10 km
from city center
23 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument in Ho Chi Minh City is a memorial that honours the Buddhist monk's final act of courage in the face of religious discrimination. He self-immolated in the middle of a busy road to protest the killings of Buddhists by then-president Ngo Dinh Diem. The act has been immortalized by a memorial that shows him wreathed in flames in front of a bas-relief.

24. Ho Chi Minh City Hall

3.5 /5

9 km
from city center
24 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Hall or People's Committee Building in District 1 is both an iconic landmark as well as an administrative institution. The structure was designed by French architect Gardes, and features embossed statues of women and children and bas-reliefs on the outside. During evenings, the building lights up with LED lights and provides a great photo-op. However, the hall isn't open to the public as it is used for government purposes.

25. Pham Ngu Lao Street

3.4 /5

9 km
from city center
25 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Known as the backpacker's district of Vietnam, Pham Ngu Lao street is famous for its range of hotels and hostels for budget travellers. Cheap cafes, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops present here make this a favourite haunt of locals and tourists alike. The street is also located in close proximity to attractions such as the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

26. Xa Loi Pagoda

3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
26 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The biggest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh, Xa Loi Pagoda is as famous for it dramatic history as it is for its beautiful statues, towers and intricately carved panels. Once the centre of Buddhism, the complex was home to renowned Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc. It was raided by Army officials in 1963 for being a site of dissent against the Roman Catholic president Ngo Dinh Diem.

27. Southern Women's Museum

3.5 /5

8 km
from city center
27 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Southern WomenÍs Museum in Ho Chi Minh is a wonderful tribute to the achievements of Vietnamese women. The museum's first floor showcases the evolution of the Ao Dai , VietnamÍes traditional dress for women. On the second floor are photographs and artefacts in honour of women who played a vital role during and after the war, and have contributed to their nation meaningfully.

28. Botanic Gardens

4.0 /5

9 km
from city center
28 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh is one of the finest gardens in Asia, and is ideal for a leisurely stroll under the Tung and So Khi Trees. In addition to the plethora of plants and ferns,the picturesque area features over 20 types of orchids and 34 species of bonsai.

29. Ben Dinh Tunnels

3.7 /5

28 km
from city center
29 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

A popular section of the larger Cu Chi Tunnels, Ben Dinh Tunnels are a historical attraction located at the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. These were used extensively by the Vietnamese Congress during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Replica bobby traps, barracks and sleeping quarters give you a taste of what life was back in the days of the war.

30. San Art

4.3 /5

7 km
from city center
30 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

San Art is a non-profit contemporary arts organization in Ho Chi Minh city. Comprising of a gallery and an open-source reading room, it aims to provide a platform to exhibit art and spread awareness about it. Workshops, Lectures and Residency Programs are also held for budding artists, and there is a range of textual material on contemporary art available for reading. A must-visit for art lovers.

31. Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
31 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ho Chi Minh Museum is documents Ho Chi Minh's life through mementos, photographs, and official letters, providing a glimpse into the fascinating life of the founder of modern Vietnam.

32. Artinus 3D Art Museum

3.3 /5

11 km
from city center
32 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Artinus 3D Art Museum is an interactive 3D art gallery located in District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City. Making use of light effects and painting techniques, the artworks create an optical illusion that allow you to step inside a cave, dangle on a bridge above the sea or even fight a T-Rex while you're there.

33. Binh Quoi Village

3.3 /5

11 km
from city center
33 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Bin Quoi Village is a welcome break from the dust and crowd of the concrete jungle that Ho Chi Minh City is. The village attracts hordes of tourists with its spacious rural setting, tropical foliage, clear blue lakes and thatched roofs. Reminiscent of the Mekong Delta, people here are encouraged to try fishing, boating, folk games and the outdoor buffet that serves southern delicacies.

34. Quan Am Pagoda

3.7 /5

8 km
from city center
34 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Quan Am Pagoda is a beautiful 19th-century Buddhist temple dedicated to Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Situated in Cholon in District 5, the temple complex is divided into three areas, with altars dedicated to Sea Goddess Mazu, the Jade Emperor and Quan Am. A courtyard with a small pond leads into the temple, where colourful motifs and sculptures welcome visitors.

35. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

3.1 /5

7 km
from city center
35 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Located in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is the largest Mahayana pagoda in the city and the first one to incorporate traditional Vietnamese elements in a concrete structure. The temple is dedicated to Gautama Buddha and two bodhisattvas, and features a large Buddha statue surrounded by wooden carvings of the sacred animals - dragon, unicorn, tortoise and phoenix.

36. Suoi Tien Theme Park

3.3 /5

19 km
from city center
36 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Suoi Tien Theme Park can be described as the Disneyland of Vietnam. Located in district 9, the amusement park features the usual rides, restaurants, and experience zones, but with a Buddhist touch. The decor consists of dragons, Buddha, and Vietnamese gods. One House of Horror takes you through the various levels of Buddhist Hell, while a waterslide emerges from the beards of Buddhist sages.

37. Dam Sen Water Park

3.6 /5

6 km
from city center
37 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Dam Sen Water Park in District 11 offers a refreshing and fun break from scorching summers of Vietnam. With a wide array of water slides and a wave pool, this water park is truly an oasis in this vast city spread over three hectares with enthralling rides such as Wandering River, Massage Pool, Aqua Dance, Wave Pool and many more. So, while in the city, head out to the Dam Sen Water Park for a recreational break from the usual monotony of life.

38. Saigon Central Mosque

3.3 /5

10 km
from city center
38 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Mosque is a beuatiful and serene place of worship in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Built by Indian Muslims in 1935, the mosque features well-maintained white and lime green walls and a shaded veranda. Surrounded by four minarets, there are several Halal stalls close to the mosque that sell tid-bits to devotees.

39. Saigon Centre

3.9 /5

10 km
from city center
39 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Centre is an upscale shopping mall in Le Loi Boulevard, District 1. One of the tallest buildings in the city, it's known for its array of international brands and F&B tenants. Japanese retial chain Takashimaya has a huge departmental store in the mall; Other well-known brands such as LeviÍs, Skechers, Mango and Accessorize are also available here.

40. Book Street - Nguyen Van Binh

3.7 /5

9 km
from city center
40 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

A paradise for book lovers, Nguyen Van Binh or Book Street is a 100m stretch of book shops, kiosks, stalls and cafes that are perfect for a literary getaway. Shady trees line the street where many publishing houses seek to promote their books. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Travelogues, Children's literature - all genres can be found here. Some of the shops even sell postcards and second-hand books at throwaway prices.

41. Phung Son Pagoda

3.3 /5

10 km
from city center
41 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Phung Son Pagoda is a gorgeous 19th century Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh. The temple features æover 40 exquisite ceramic and copper statues, and devotees come here to pray daily. Moreover, the area surrounding the temple was excavated to reveal structures belonging to the Funan period of 1st century AD.

42. District 7

4.3 /5

14 km
from city center
42 out of 78
places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

District 7 is an urban and modern district in Ho Chi Minh city. The district offers luxurious accommodation and lots of places to chill out at, such as the beautiful Crescent lake and the adjoining Starlight Bridge. Other hotspots to visit are Crescent Mall with its international brands,Artinus 3D museum for some mind-boggling illusions and any of the numerous karaoke clubs for the music lovers.

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