The Best Ho Chi Minh City Attractions


The main Ho Chi Minh City attractions that tourists get to enjoy are many and varied. First, of course, there are the physical attractions of museums, shops, art galleries and other great places of interest. However, there are also attractions like great schools for children, amazing lifestyle choices and an improved standard of living for families.

This article will help you understand just exactly what all this will mean for you if you are considering moving to this great city to pursue and improve your career.

The Main Physical Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

The city is a veritable smorgasbord of attractions. Tourists on a few days holiday will just merely scratch the surface. Living here will provide countless weekends of discovery and history. The main Ho Chi Minh City attractions are centered on the central business district of District 1. Full descriptions of these can be found on the Inseasia Website here.

Saigon Opera House is a beautiful, French colonial building in the center of town. It is home to the Ho Chi Minh City philharmonic orchestra, who put on many concerts throughout the year. One of the great things about living here is the chance to see top musicians in a beautiful setting. With the best seats in the house costing about $30, this represents astonishing value for orchestral concerts. The Opera House also puts on other terrific performances like the famous Ao Show.

The Reunification Palace is the former Presidential palace and was abandoned when the tanks from the Northern Army broke through the gates on April 30th, 1975, signaling the end of the war. Everything has been left exactly as it was on that day. It is like walking back in time.

The War Remnants Museum presents a grim reminder of the horrors of warfare. It is not for the faint-hearted, as some of the photos are extremely distressing. It is however well worth a visit, albeit a sobering one.

Museum of Vietnamese History stands in the Grounds of Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, themselves a further example of excellent Ho Chi Minh City attractions. Among the fascinating exhibits is the partially mummified body of a woman found in the city in 1994. It is estimated to be about 200 years old and is in incredible condition.

People’s Committee Building, formerly the Hotel de Ville de Saigon, is basically the City Hall. Admission is not possible yet though in the near future it is to be extended significantly and partially opened to the public. It is another fine example of French colonial architecture.

Notre Dame Basilica is in many ways the cultural heart of the city. People will gather in the square outside on important dates and many newlyweds will have their photos taken here daily. It stands in the same square as Saigon Central Post Office, which is a huge draw for the public. Still a working post office, it more resembles a grand central station or other important building.

The list though is endless and with a little research, you will constantly keep unearthing new gems like the Fito Museum and the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum in one of Asia’s greatest cities. Of course, in addition to these are the many superb temples dotted around the city, everything from the small Mariamman Hindu temple to the giant Phap Vien Minh Dang Quang Pagoda in District 2 which, when completed, will be the largest in the country.

Some of the streets are Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

Nguyen Hue runs from the People’s Committee Building right down to the riverfront. It is partially pedestrianized during the week and fully so at night on the weekend. It is a bustling chaotic place as thousands of locals pour in the spend time with their families. A beautiful tree-lined street, it is a real highlight. The fountains are extremely popular with local children.

Bui Vien is the famous backpacker street in District 1. It is packed full of bars and restaurants. The difference between night and day here is marked. Daytime is all about shopping and chilling, whereas the night times are for partying, as revelers spill out onto the street. The street was recently made completely traffic free at the weekends making it a lot safer than it used to be.

Dong Khoi is the wealthiest street in town and home to many of the city’s designer shops and stores. There are also many quirky cafes and restaurants. It runs between Notre Dame Basilica and the riverfront and is home to some of the top hotels and the Saigon Opera House.

Le Duan is a broad, sweeping, tree-lined boulevard the runs between the Reunification Palace and Saigon Zoo. It is home to many great financial institutions and other important buildings. If you are considering looking for employment positions whilst in the city, it is at 17 Le Duan that you will find RGF Executive Search. Why not give us a call on Tel: +84 28 3823 8800 or email us at in advance of your visit and we will be more than happy to discuss opportunities with you.

Like many great cities, the famous thoroughfares are its beating heart. The great streets here are well known among the Ho Chi Minh City attractions.

Ho Chi Minh City Attractions Include Great Schools

The standard of education for children in the expat communities is absolutely outstanding in Ho Chi Minh City. As the city has attracted expats from many different countries, so the educational institutions have grown tremendously. District 2 is home to The British International School, The International School of Ho Chi Minh City, and The Australian International School among others. In District 7 you’ll find the Canadian International School, whilst the American International School is in Nha Be District. There are many others as well dotted around the city. No matter from where you come to Ho Chi Minh City you will be able to find the perfect school to deliver a superior education for your children.

5 Star Hotels Among Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

The city boasts some of the most amazing hotels in the whole region. Some are beautiful French colonial built masterpieces steeped in history, others are newer more modern but equally excellent. The Park Hyatt, the Intercontinental and the Caravelle are great examples of the more modern style. For those who like their history, it was whilst living in the Majestic that Graham Green wrote his famous work, ‘The Quiet American’. Also in the center of town, it was from the rooftop of the Rex Hotel that the foreign correspondents gave their war briefings in what was to become known as the 5 O’Clock Follies.

In addition to these and many more amazing 5 star hotels, there are many 2, 3 and 4-star options making Ho Chi Minh one of the easiest cities to visit. Whatever your budget you will be able to come and the amazing Ho Chi Minh City attractions for yourself.

To Summarise

Ho Chi Minh City attractions will stand up next to any in the Southeast Asian region and in fact in the world in general. These great Asian cities have a way of mixing periods in history, religious beliefs and cultural influences like nowhere else on earth. On some streets, you are likely to find ancient Buddhist temples, gorgeous French colonial buildings and giant glass monoliths all coexisting in perfect harmony.

No matter what your interests are you will enjoy your time in this wonderful city. In addition to all this history and culture, the seaside town of Vung Tau is little more than an hour away by hydrofoil, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport makes Ho Chi Minh City an amazing hub from which to explore the whole region.

This is a great city with full of amazing opportunities. Contact us at RGF Executive Search to find out more about the terrific opportunities that await.

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About the Author

Keith Hancock
Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. 

Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects.