To know what to explore in Ho Chi Minh City before you commence on the tour to explore it, a list of the following recommendations here may help.
Where is Ho Chi Minh City?
Given the easiest-to-approach city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is always mentioned first and followed by Hanoi City. In fact, Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) is hailed as a miniature Vietnam with the most dizzying perspective. In many recent years, this irrepressible city of culture and commerce has navigated the economy of the whole country forward as a ship’s indispensable wheel. With the finest of hotels, the classiest of restaurants, the cheapest of guesthouses, the scrum of the market, and dozens of stimulating things to explore, the destination is worth your visit in your holiday in Vietnam.
Top Attractions and Experiences included in a Ho Chi Minh City Tour
War Remnants Museum
Since War Remnants Museum was first open to the publish in Ho Chi Minh City in 1975, it has been iconic as “Museum of American War Crimes” and actually become a shocking reminder of the brutal Vietnam War. From the outside, it is easy to see military equipment on display, such as a fighter plane, a tank, helicopter with rocket launchers, and a single-seater attack aircraft. Inside the building is also graphic evidence and objects to demonstrate how severe and terrible the war between American troops and the Vietnamese in 1945-1975. Hence, it is worth paying a visit to War Remnants Museum in your Ho Chi Minh City tour.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The site of Cu Chi Tunnels is viewed as a vibrant picture that enables us to know what was going on during the Vietnam War. The harsh condition inside the network of tunnels presented the resilience of Vietnamese guerillas as well as their “steel spirit” to survive and fight against the enemies. Not only that, the structure of the tunnels looks like an underground miniature village with living areas and military zones. It is hard to image that the inside tunnels used to be the place where children still went to school while the Vietnamese troops were attacking the enemies. Generally, the life was still going on as usual while the enemies were there. Let’s join a tour to head towards the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh city!
Binh Tay Market
Built in 1880s by the French, Binh Tay Market in the Vietnam’s largest Chinatown is definitely put in the list of things to do and see in daylight when you take a Ho Chi Minh City tour. Is there anything interesting there? The market is where to buy a variety of products, such as meat, fresh fruits, poultry, seafood, and vegetables from different regions through Vietnam. As for the building of the market, there are 2 storeys, and each one has a varied selection of items and Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies. You can find lacquerware, handicrafts, and textiles in the center. Besides being a bustling spot to explore, Binh Tay Market is also for those who wish to understand the local lifestyle and the culture there.
Jade Emperor Pagoda
Jade Emperor Pagoda is Ngoc Hoang Pagoda in Vietnamese. It is also called Tortoise Pagoda and among the most significant shrines in Ho Chi Minh City. Established by the Cantonese community that migrated to Vietnam from China, the pagoda is where to practice Buddhism especially in Mahayanist branch. In the main hall is to worship the Emperor Jade; his statue is put between two assistants. One special thing you can bump into when visiting the pagoda is that many childless couples come there to pray for an offspring. They believe that the goddess of fertility Kim Hua in a different hall will help them have children.
No reason to ignore this site in your itinerary of Ho Chi Minh City tour! It must be among things to see and do in this beautiful city. What makes the palace deserve your visit is that it is kind of a symbol of independence in Vietnam. It is sure that you can learn a lot about the Vietnamese history as well as glorious historic events in the past, which you do not ever image before. Further, the visit entitles you to see archives of the wartime and admire the unique architecture of the palace.
Saigon Central Post Office
If you are looking for distinctive features of French colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Central Post Office is definitely a typical example. It is clear that what draws people to the post office is the good building preservation; the building still looks like itself when it started to be open to the public in 1891. Basically, it is not only for travel purpose, but also functions as the city’s post office, which means helping people send letters or postcards. More interestingly, you can get several unique and old stamps for your collection from there.
There are also other compelling destinations to explore when you visit Ho Chi Minh City, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Turtle Lake, etc.
Enjoying Street food
It is possible to say that there is nothing more fantastic than riding a motorbike around the city to feast your eyes on the prospect of the nightlife and stopping at some stall to be content with Vietnamese street food. Although it is just a short glimpse, you will see a lot of interesting things about the Vietnamese cuisine and the culture of the Vietnamese people. In the case that you are not confident about your motorbike-driving skill while the traffic in the city is heavy and complex, a Ho Chi Minh City food tour can help.
Having a nightlife experience in the Saigon’s backpacker area
In recent years, drinking beer at night has become a common and exciting activity in the Saigon’s backpacker area. That is the reason why you ought to head to Bui Vien Walking Street in this area when the dark covers the sky and gain the best experience here. People normally come here not only for drinking beer, but also for meeting new friends from different countries in the world and watching cool performances of amateur singers and dancers.
Roaming around the heart of downtown by cyclo
Instead of choosing to hire a motorbike or take a taxi or a bus, you can explore many places around Ho Chi Minh City by cyclo tour. For sure, it will be a great experience in this metropolis. Cyclo is supposed to be a means of transport dating from 1939 and invented by a French citizen. It is very comfortable to sit on cyclo, travel around, and witness the lifestyle of people in the city.
Savoring a dinner cruise
Dinner in a restaurant is quite common, and now you want something special and different, don’t you? Yes, a dinner cruise will bring you what you are expecting. How awesome is it when you get on an elaborately-decorated ship? Moreover, with the warm and pleasant space on the cruise, you will savor culinary delights of Vietnam while peering at the irrepressible city – an unforgettable experience.
Why Should You Choose a Ho Chi Minh City Tour from TNK Travel?
At TNK Travel, all tourism products and services customers are offered are believed to be among the best ones in the hospitality as the company is rated as one of the top 10 inbound tour operators in Vietnam by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Vietnam Tourism Association. Making a Ho Chi Minh City tour operated daily and directly by TNK Travel, it is sure that the customers always feel pleased to have the best experiences in Vietnam.
Types of Ho Chi Minh City Tour at TNK Travel
Regarding types of Ho Chi Minh City tour at TNK Travel, there are basically two options to pick from:
Exploring Ho Chi Minh City just for one day at TNK Travel will include common attractions in the morning and Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon. For a nightlife experience, watching Water Puppet Show plus Dinner Cruise may be optional for the above daily tour. Just lasting for half day or one day, this type of trip is totally deserving of your money.
A package tour to explore many Vietnam destinations, including Ho Chi Minh City from TNK Travel never lets you down since it is surely the journey of a lifetime. Going through different areas of the S-shaped country is indeed a great opportunity to touch the charms of Vietnam’s culture, history, and people.