23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam
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When I was in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), along with eating as much Vietnamese food as I could, one of my goals was to film a travel video about some of the best things to do in Saigon. After putting together a complete list, it turned out to be 23, and I hope this list of attractions will help and inspire you to visit Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city.

1. Binh Tay Market – Binh Tay Market is one of the largest wholesale distribution markets, and a perfect place to go if you’re looking to go shopping in Ho Chi Minh City.
2. Thien Hau Temple (Pagoda) – Located in Chinatown, in District 5, the temple is dedicated to Thien Hau and I really loved the sculptures and the elaborate design of the temple.
3. Museum of Ho Chi Minh City – This museum offers a glimpse into the history and development of the city and Vietnam.
4. Bitexco Financial Tower – This is the tallest building in Saigon, and you can either go to the Skydeck or a cafe at the top for a view of the city.
5. Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) – Probably one of the most well known tourism things to do in Saigon is to visit the Independence Palace, the the former home of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
6. Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame – With the French influence in Vietnam, the Notre Dame cathedral is a beautiful Catholic church. Attend a service or just visit.
7. Central Post Office – Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is an attraction mainly for its design and architecture. It’s a beautiful building.
8. War Remnants Museum – Although this is not one of the happiest attractions in Saigon, it’s a place to remember and honor the horrible events that are a result of a war.
9. Opera House – Right in Dong Khoi area, and there are still opera shows available.
10. Dong Khoi Street – This is the height of high end shopping in Saigon.
11. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens – The zoo itself is not too great, but the beauty of the Saigon zoo is the botanical gardens, and the lush gardens, and taking a break from the city.
12. FITO Museum (Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine) – I was quite impressed by the Vietnamese medicine private museum – very interactive and educational.
13. San Art Laboratory – If you love modern art, the San Art Laboratory is a great place to see and visit in Saigon.
14. Turtle Lake at Night – If you’re looking for some things to do at night in Saigon, head to Turtle Lake to chill out, relax, hang out with friends, and eat snacks.
15. Ben Thanh Market – One of the most famous things to do in Saigon District 1 is visit the Ben Thanh Market, one of the major central landmarks of the city.
16. Phu My Hung and Starlight Bridge – Located outside of central Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My Hung is a modern development, and a great place to walk around.
17. Water Puppet Show – Though originally from the north of Vietnam, water puppet shows are popular also in Saigon. I went to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet theater.
18. Museum of Vietnamese History – Probably one of the most extensive and important museum showing the history of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City.
19. Rooftop Bar – Seeing Saigon from above offers a great perspective.
20. Fine Arts Museum – This was my favorite of all the museums in Saigon. The museum is housed in a well preserved building, and the art is amazing – located right in District 1 across the roundabout from Ben Thanh Market.
21. Jade Emperor Pagoda – Dedicated to the Jade Emperor, the pagoda has a real ancient feel to it, and it’s worth seeing when you visit.
22. Local Wet Market – One of my favorite things to do is visit a local fresh wet market, which you’ll find all over the city. The ingredients, food, and culture, all stand out at fresh markets.
23. Vietnamese Street Food – By my ultimate favorite activity in Saigon is eating street food, and there are an abundance of delicious Vietnamese street foods to sample.

Thank you for watching this video about the top 23 things to do in Saigon, Vietnam. I hope it has given you some great ideas to help you plan your visit.


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  1. I had a bit of a stink eye towards vietnam because they were a communist north that invaded the south, meanwhile the whole point of the revolution against the french was to free the country, not split it in 2. They were communist because the communists werre the only ones to help, for their own selfish gains, and to use vietnam as a show of force to scare the west and capitalists and a battlefield they could fight on outside their own country. Meanwhile, vietnam was never meant to be communist. Ho Chi Min wasnt a 'communist'he was a man who wanted his country and his people free from the torturous colonialists, he did what he had to, and as far as communists were in that time, he was the best example, he should've been 'our' communist (though he was really a socialist more than a communist) He wasnt like the chinese and ussr communists, he was different, a decent guy that truly impressed me with his back story. Live long Vietnam, the memory Ho Chi Mihn left is truly an honourable one.

  2. to be exploring


    food court

    coils of incense

    bunch of



    noticeable features


    duo of them


    sort of

    green wrought iron gate

    tiled floor

    to pay respect

    brutal history



    militery weapon


    terrible violence











    take naps

    take a break




    natural remedie










    food stalls


    sort of district

    newly developed area






    stone carving



    lacquer work







    sensational amount

    tucked away

    get whiffs

    get bathed



  3. I've been to hcmc and I can tell you for a fact that the food is disgusting (usually cooked in dirty water on the side of the road and will definitely give you the shits) and the people are only out to rip you off. The best thing you can do is leave as quickly as possible. Don't believe shithead YouTubers with gopros.

  4. Mark's eating face is the best, lol! When he gives the camera-man "the look" I instinctively know the food is on point! Enjoy, Mark, ENJOY every last bite! Hahaha!

  5. 5:55 I recommend EVERYONE to visit this museum as it was one of the most influencial moments in my life. At the first glance it clearly looks like a war praising site, but trust me. It is everything else than that. It shows the visitor the cruelty which comes with any war (not only the vietnam war). You see uncensored pictures of the victims of agent orange or napalm and the suffering of the common people.
    Their even was a room with 2 living victims of agent orange inside doing normal daily activities but I couldn't bring myself to enter the room or else I would have cried.

    This museum doesn't puts a cliché stigma against the americans, it just makes you hate any sort of war for the rest of your life, which I am thankful to be honest.

  6. 1 Binh Tay Market? You must be joking! I live in this city, don't go there to buy anything. It is probably the most expensive place in Vietnam. If this is the best of his advice. Look elsewhere!!!

  7. Your video is absolutely fantastic!!!. Your narrative is also fantastic. Makes me want to book a trip immediately. Thank you so much for this.

  8. I just got back from HCM and Hanoi. The traffic on the street is really crazy there. Crossing the road and riding on a grab were the experience I'll never forget. Food was delicious though!

  9. What can you do in there ? Eat poison foods , watch the traffic congestion, an army of beggars , pick pockets , thieves and prostitutes .

    Ah , dont be fool and local people like to play dirty trick on foreigners

  10. Thank you for the amazing video, Mark. I will be visiting the place very soon. The street food's high up on my list of what to do there. Hehe

  11. Absolutely amazing city !  Just visited Saigon in early March 2019 and got to do visit most of the places in Mark's video…..excellent informative video !   Crossing the street can be very frightening at first, but then can be a completely exhilarating experience once you learn the rhythm of the traffic.Remember the Vietnam traffic lights :Green…..I can goYellow….I can goRed……..I still can goThe Vietnamese people are so friendly and accommodating…..if we ever got lost, strangers would be so nice in helping us out.We found Saigon to be much cleaner and modernized than Ha Noi.  I think you got it wrong Nick…..this was a place well worth visiting on our bucket list !

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