Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Attractions

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There’s a Ho Chi Minh City of remarkable discoveries to be made nearby Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon. Here’s a pick of our favourite spots to enjoy the local culture and to discover some new, exciting experiences.

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  • Diamond Plaza Shopping Mall

    Diamond Plaza Shopping Mall

    Diamond Plaza is city's largest integrated development. Overlooking 30-4 Park and Notre Dame Cathedral, it harmoniously combines urbane offices, glitzy serviced apartments, cosmopolitan shopping at Diamond Department Store and top-shelf family health and entertainment facilities. The state of the art building reflects aspects of the Saigon's tradition and aspirations.

    The shopping centre hosts a range of cosmetics, branded clothing and toys as well as a noisy arcade and ubiquitous food court full of fast food options. For some gutter lane action, visit the bowling alley, one of the grandest in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Diamond Plaza is city's largest integrated development. Overlooking 30-4 Park and Notre Dame Cathedral, it harmoniously combines urbane offices, glitzy serviced apartments, cosmopolitan shopping at Diamond Department Store and top-shelf family health and entertainment facilities. The state of the art building reflects aspects of the Saigon's tradition and aspirations.

    The shopping centre hosts a range of cosmetics, branded clothing and toys as well as a noisy arcade and ubiquitous food court full of fast food options. For some gutter lane action, visit the bowling alley, one of the grandest in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Ben Thanh Market

    Ben Thanh Market

    It is one of the city’s oldest buildings; the market itself is significantly older, tracing its roots back to the early 19th century. Originally built in the early 1800s along the Ben Nghe River, the market was extremely busy and hundreds of boats, bobbing around in the harbor, combined to create a floating market. The new market, built by French contractor, Brossard et Maupin, was completed in 1914. While the market itself hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years, the surrounding environment has. Some of the more significant changes include the relocation of the train station, dismantling of the street car system and the removal of the pedestrian walkway.

    Ben Thanh Market is now a destination for many tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in a lively area of the city, visitors can stop by the market to enjoy textiles, souvenirs, handicrafts, and of course, local cuisine.

    Many of the vendors are cooking up fresh food that's made to order. Visitors stop here for a "real Vietnamese meal," like entire fish that are deep-fried. Many stalls also sell Vietnamese prepared beverages, like smoothies and iced coffee. In the evening, you can visit the market and sit at a number of sidewalk temporary restaurants serving local dishes.

    It is one of the city’s oldest buildings; the market itself is significantly older, tracing its roots back to the early 19th century. Originally built in the early 1800s along the Ben Nghe River, the market was extremely busy and hundreds of boats, bobbing around in the harbor, combined to create a floating market. The new market, built by French contractor, Brossard et Maupin, was completed in 1914. While the market itself hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years, the surrounding environment has. Some of the more significant changes include the relocation of the train station, dismantling of the street car system and the removal of the pedestrian walkway.

    Ben Thanh Market is now a destination for many tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in a lively area of the city, visitors can stop by the market to enjoy textiles, souvenirs, handicrafts, and of course, local cuisine.

    Many of the vendors are cooking up fresh food that's made to order. Visitors stop here for a "real Vietnamese meal," like entire fish that are deep-fried. Many stalls also sell Vietnamese prepared beverages, like smoothies and iced coffee. In the evening, you can visit the market and sit at a number of sidewalk temporary restaurants serving local dishes.

  • Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

    Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

    The largest Mahayana pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, a center for Buddhist beliefs and practices, and one of the city's most beautiful tourist attractions, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a must see when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

    “Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm” was built over a span of seven years, from 1964 to 1971. The complex, an area of around 6,000 square meters, comprises of the pagoda itself, as well as a 25 meter tall four-story tower that stands behind the pagoda, which was finished in 1982. The pagoda has two floors - a sanctuary on the top floor and a ground floor usually open to visitors. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda fuses Japanese influence with traditional Vietnamese architecture. Based largely on the design of its namesake, the complex was built with the assistance of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association.

    The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is open to visitors and worshippers all year round, but depending on what aspect of the temple you wish to see, you should visit at certain times. For the quiet and peace of everyday worship, visit in the morning and avoid big celebrations and festivals.

    The largest Mahayana pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, a center for Buddhist beliefs and practices, and one of the city's most beautiful tourist attractions, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a must see when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

    “Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm” was built over a span of seven years, from 1964 to 1971. The complex, an area of around 6,000 square meters, comprises of the pagoda itself, as well as a 25 meter tall four-story tower that stands behind the pagoda, which was finished in 1982. The pagoda has two floors - a sanctuary on the top floor and a ground floor usually open to visitors. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda fuses Japanese influence with traditional Vietnamese architecture. Based largely on the design of its namesake, the complex was built with the assistance of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association.

    The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is open to visitors and worshippers all year round, but depending on what aspect of the temple you wish to see, you should visit at certain times. For the quiet and peace of everyday worship, visit in the morning and avoid big celebrations and festivals.

  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    The famous central Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels. Erected exclusively with materials imported from France, it is one of the most popular things to see in Ho Chi Minh City for tourists. Notre Dame Cathedral's red bricks arrived in Vietnam from Marseille, and Bishop Lefevre himself laid the first stone for the construction of the basilica in March, 1863. At the time when the church was constructed, it was the most beautiful sacral building in the French colonies, not only a religious flagship, but also imposing the French influence in Indochina.

    The Notre Dame Cathedral is located right in the city center, and within walking distance from the Saigon Central Post Office and the shopping center Diamond Plaza. It is also a good idea to take a stroll through 30-4 Park towards the Reunification Palace of Saigon.

    The famous central Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels. Erected exclusively with materials imported from France, it is one of the most popular things to see in Ho Chi Minh City for tourists. Notre Dame Cathedral's red bricks arrived in Vietnam from Marseille, and Bishop Lefevre himself laid the first stone for the construction of the basilica in March, 1863. At the time when the church was constructed, it was the most beautiful sacral building in the French colonies, not only a religious flagship, but also imposing the French influence in Indochina.

    The Notre Dame Cathedral is located right in the city center, and within walking distance from the Saigon Central Post Office and the shopping center Diamond Plaza. It is also a good idea to take a stroll through 30-4 Park towards the Reunification Palace of Saigon.

  • Saigon Central Post Office

    Saigon Central Post Office

    One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam.

    Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Even if you don't have a bundle of postcards to send to the relatives back home, you should still drop into Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. Check the working phone booths, and the beautiful, handpainted maps on either side of the interior walls that depict Saigon and the surrounding area in 1892.

    Across the street from Saigon Central Post Office lies Notre Dame Cathedral, so you can explore and photograph both sights in the one visit.

    One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam.

    Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Even if you don't have a bundle of postcards to send to the relatives back home, you should still drop into Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. Check the working phone booths, and the beautiful, handpainted maps on either side of the interior walls that depict Saigon and the surrounding area in 1892.

    Across the street from Saigon Central Post Office lies Notre Dame Cathedral, so you can explore and photograph both sights in the one visit.

  • Reunification Palace

    Reunification Palace

    The Reunification Palace is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions.

    Saigon's Reunification Palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam's former President, Ngo Dinh Diem, during the American War. The official handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the place became a monument to that fateful date. Reunification Palace was once known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists. Arguable the most famous moment in its history was in April 1975 when tanks broke through the main gates. Inside, be sure to check out the command bunker dotted with creaky radio equipment and tactical maps pinned to the walls.

    The Reunification Palace is located within walking distance from several other point of interests in the city center. You can go from there to the Saigon's Post Office or the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to do some shopping, it is also not far from the luxury department store Diamond Plaza.

    The Reunification Palace is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions.

    Saigon's Reunification Palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam's former President, Ngo Dinh Diem, during the American War. The official handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the place became a monument to that fateful date. Reunification Palace was once known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists. Arguable the most famous moment in its history was in April 1975 when tanks broke through the main gates. Inside, be sure to check out the command bunker dotted with creaky radio equipment and tactical maps pinned to the walls.

    The Reunification Palace is located within walking distance from several other point of interests in the city center. You can go from there to the Saigon's Post Office or the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to do some shopping, it is also not far from the luxury department store Diamond Plaza.

  • The Saigon Opera House

    The Saigon Opera House

    The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. The other one is the Hanoi Opera House. This famous landmark was built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret, who also was responsible for the beautiful Sanremo Casino on the Italian riviera, as the Opėra de Saigon.

    Great photo opportunities await travelers who seek out the Saigon Opera House, as the building is a fine example of French colonial architecture. The best way to experience this legendary monument is by enjoying one of their shows. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs here. The currently most famous show you can watch at the Saigon Opera House is the AO Show, a blend of Cirque du Soleil and traditional Vietnamese elements.

    Across the street from The Saigon Opera House is the main shopping street – Dong Khoi, so you can explore and shop the local specials and international brands.

    The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. The other one is the Hanoi Opera House. This famous landmark was built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret, who also was responsible for the beautiful Sanremo Casino on the Italian riviera, as the Opėra de Saigon.

    Great photo opportunities await travelers who seek out the Saigon Opera House, as the building is a fine example of French colonial architecture. The best way to experience this legendary monument is by enjoying one of their shows. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs here. The currently most famous show you can watch at the Saigon Opera House is the AO Show, a blend of Cirque du Soleil and traditional Vietnamese elements.

    Across the street from The Saigon Opera House is the main shopping street – Dong Khoi, so you can explore and shop the local specials and international brands.

  • Bitexco Financial Tower

    Bitexco Financial Tower

    Inaugurated in October 2010, the 262.5 metre high Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the middle of the city's business and entertainment core, the tower has 68 floors, a 50th floor helipad. And on the 49th floor, Saigon Skydeck has full, breath-taking panoramas of the city. The skyscraper also contains restaurants and a lounge that offers guests to enjoy superb views of the city below.

    The design inspiration for Bitexco Financial Tower was drawn from Vietnam's national flower, the Lotus. The lotus is a symbol of optimism and commitment.

    The tower is located within walking distance from the main boulevard in the city center, Nguyen Hue street. You can go from there to the Saigon River and enjoy the city tour and dinner on the boat in the evening.

    Inaugurated in October 2010, the 262.5 metre high Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the middle of the city's business and entertainment core, the tower has 68 floors, a 50th floor helipad. And on the 49th floor, Saigon Skydeck has full, breath-taking panoramas of the city. The skyscraper also contains restaurants and a lounge that offers guests to enjoy superb views of the city below.

    The design inspiration for Bitexco Financial Tower was drawn from Vietnam's national flower, the Lotus. The lotus is a symbol of optimism and commitment.

    The tower is located within walking distance from the main boulevard in the city center, Nguyen Hue street. You can go from there to the Saigon River and enjoy the city tour and dinner on the boat in the evening.