Top 10 things to see and do in Saigon
I’m not gonna spend a lot of words on the Top 10 things to see and do in Saigon, but no worries, this article contains all the necessary links that will send you straight to the information you need.
I will show you pictures to give you an impression.
Here we go:
1. visit the main landmarks from the colonial era….
2. …. and those of today
- Bitexco Tower
You can go in the Bitexco Tower, to the Sky Deck and/or to the Bar, for views and/or for drinks.
- district 7
A different kind of neighbourhood, with lots of expats, more space, glossy malls and the pretty Rainbow Bridge. Also check out this url.
3. browse around on local markets and wet markets
- Ben Thanh Market
- Binh Tay Market
We went to neither.First of all, Binh Tay Market is under renovation (closed till end 2017, I heard) and besides that, neither of us felt for the suffering and hassle that often goes with markets like this. I LOVED Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, but Ben Thanh Market is a whole different story.
Ofcourse it’s entirely up to you to decide wether it’s up your alley or not. Maybe you prefer lesser known specialised markets, like the beads market that we walked through. Then check out this link.
4. sample local (street-)food
Most of you know that I am so NOT a foodie, so no, I did not have any street food myself-at-all. Not even a whole lot of Vietnamese food in restaurants, for that matter.
Don’t let that stop you. Everybody is always raving about the food in Vietnam, so don’t miss out!
This article gets you started, street food wise.
And this is quite an extensive guide for dishes and restaurants to try in Saigon.
Of course there’s a ton of other information on the web AND there are several food tours to be booked, so take your pick.
5. drink lots of coffee!
Find more good coffee places on Curly Traveller’s map: City Guide Saigon.
6. explore Chinatown aka Cholon
- many interesting temples
- day and night markets
- local life; just walk around
Read my article about Cholon here.
7. check out some of the city’s museums
- Ho Chi Minh City Museum (read my article about this interesting place here)
- War Remnants Museum
- Independence Palace or Reunification Palace
- FITO museum : museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine. I would have loved to visit this, but we did not have enough time. Neither did we have time for the next one of this list.
- Fine Arts Museum
8. sip cocktails and enjoy the views on a cool rooftop bar
Rooftop bars are booming in Ho Chi Minh.
They are great places for sunsets, city views, cocktails and breezy nights.
We went to Shri, not only one of Saigon’s most popular rooftop bars, but on top of that (pun intended) it was right next to our hotel.
You can find more rooftop bars on my map of Saigon: Curly Traveller’s City Guide Saigon.
9. discover hipster places
Curly Traveller’s City Guide Saigon has lots of cool hipster places on it.
10. join a few local tours
Want to read more?
For a complete and continuously updated overview of the city’s main attractions, check out this link.
The following blogs give a lot of information and share their lists which are pretty awesome:
Have you been to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam? What were top attractions for you?