HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY FIVE DAYS IN HO CHI MINH CITY
Formally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic city with a lot of rich history. Blending French colonial architecture and Chinese traditions this city is filled with pagodas, Buddhist temples, museums, and plenty of coffee shops. No two districts are the same in Ho Chi Minh City and that’s part of the beauty. I just wrapped up an incredible five days in Ho Chi Minh City, and in this blog post, I’m going to recap the highlights while sharing some photos along the way.
There are many French influences on this Asian city, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and The People’s Committee Building.
SAIGON CENTRAL POST OFFICE
Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. It’s marble floors, large arches, and antiquated telephones make this Post Office a beauty. The best part is it is still a fully functioning post office today.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
One of Ho Chi Minh City’s most prominent attractions, Notre Dame Cathedral is a gorgeous cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows and two large bell towers.
THE PEOPLE’S COMMITTEE BUILDING
The People’s Committee Building was originally constructed as a hotel in 1898 by a French architect, but it now serves as Ho Chi Minh City’s city hall and is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
SAIGON OPERA HOUSE
Saigon Opera House is an elegant, colonial building that hosts plenty of performances, shows, and musicals throughout the year. This building is perfect for photographers.
Cutting edge idea. An abandon nine-story apartment building turned into a collection of cafes, restaurants, beauty parlors, fashion boutiques, and co-working spaces.
BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER
For amazing views of the city head over to District 1 and check out the Bitexco Financial Tower, otherwise known as the Saigon Skydeck. Take the elevator to the 50th floor and enjoy the 360-degree views. There is a fee, but you can also go up free of charge if you order a drink for roughly the same price as the entry.
BEN THANH MARKET
Ben Thanh Market is situated in District 1 in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and is the perfect place for visitors to test their bargaining skills. It’s the biggest market in Vietnam offering souvenirs, clothes, and food. After dark, restaurants outside the market open their doors creating a vibrant street food atmosphere.
A SHORT DRIVE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY
Right outside of Ho Chi Minh City are two of the most incredible places I visited, the Chu Chi Tunnels and The Mekong Delta.
CHU CHI TUNNELS
An extensive network of underground tunnels that soldiers used to move around undetected by their enemies during the Vietnam war. These tunnels stretched for miles underground to protect the citizens from the Americans.
A vast maze of rivers stretching from Ho Chi Minh’s city limits southwest to the Gulf of Thailand, the Mekong Delta produces more than a third of the country’s annual food crop.
My trip to Ho Chi Minh City is one I will never forget, five days was the perfect amount of time to explore this beautiful city.
Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City? Do you have any highlights to add?
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