A O Show by Lune Production
A O Show by Lune Production is held at the iconic Saigon Opera House. It features optical illusions and impressive acrobatics, paired with traditional music performances by a troupe of talented local artists. Known as the Cirque du Soleil of Vietnam (minus the flashy outfits), this live show depicts the transition of rural Vietnam to today’s modern landscape using props such as giant woven baskets, scaffolding, bamboo canes, and ropes. After the show, guests can mingle with the local dancers and musicians, as well as explore the remarkable French-designed architecture of Saigon Opera House.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 & 20:00
- Location: Saigon Opera House, 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Artinus 3D Art Museum Saigon
Artinus 3D Art Museum Saigon features a spacious exhibit filled with vibrant paintings of wildlife, sculptures and popular landmarks that seem lifelike when photographed. The first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, its main draw is the Vietnam zone which features three-dimensional paintings of ladies dressed in traditional ao dai costumes and prominent attractions Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 22:00
- Address: 02-04 Road 9, Him Lam Residence, Tan Hung Thuan Ward, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 93 863 5455
- Price Range: VND 200,000 on weekdays, VND 220,000 on weekends
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Ba Thien Hau Temple in Saigon is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. It’s believed that she protects and rescues ships and people on the sea by flying around on a mat or cloud. Mazuism is connected with traditions and beliefs from both Taoism and Buddhism. Mazuism is therefore an incorporation of Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:30
- Location: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ben Dinh Tunnels
Ben Dinh Tunnels is a section of the famous tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Located around 50 kilometres north of Ho Chi Minh City, it is essentially a preserved network of tunnels where you will be able to get a good understanding of what life was like for the Viet Cong during the war. This Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: Ấp Phú Hiệp, Phú Hiệp, Phú Mỹ Hưng, Củ Chi
- Tel: +84 8 3794 8830
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh
Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs.
Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when Read More...
Bink Quoi Tourist Village
As the name suggests, this village is tailor-made for package holidaymakers, but nonetheless offers a pleasant choice of activities including water puppet shows, boat rides, and river cruises. It was built in 1994 by the Sai Gon Tourist Corporation on the banks of the Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District, eight kilometres from the centre of Saigon. Generally considered the largest tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, it has an evening dinner cruise with cultural show.
Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City’s Bitexco Financial Tower stands 262 metres high at the centre of the city’s business district and offers visitors an unparalleled city view from its Sky Deck.
Designed by renowned American Architect Carlos Zapata, this 68-storey tower houses offices, shops, restaurants, and a helipad. CNNGo recently ranked the building fifth in their listing Read More...
- Opening Hours: The Sky Deck is open daily from 09:30-21:30
- Location: 36 Ho Tung Mau Street in District 1
Black Lady Mountain Saigon
Black Lady Mountain Saigon, also known as Black Virgin Mountain, is an inactive volcano within Vietnam’s Tay Ninh Province, where adventurous travellers can enjoy a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities. Standing at 986 metres, this natural landscape spreads over an area of 24 km, housing quaint temples and caves that have been utilised by Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
- Location: Ninh Son, Tay Ninh Province
Bui Vien Street
Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Read More...
- Location: Bui Vien street, district 1, HCMC
Cao Dai Temple near Ho Chi Minh
The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world.
The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are Read More...
Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times Read More...
- Opening Hours: 7am to 8pm
- Location: 2 Công xã Paris, District 1
Cholon: Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown
Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following attack with as many as 70% estimated to have died trying to escape on Read More...
Cong Vien Van Hoa Park
Formerly a club for the French colonists, this elegant tree-shaded sports club has numerous tennis courts and a swimming pool which are open to the public for a reasonable fee. There is also a gym and table tennis facilities. In the early morning, there are usually groups of locals practicing the art of thai cuc quyen Read More...
- Address: 115 Nguyen Du St, District 1
Chu Chi Tunnels
The Chu Chi Tunnels are basically a huge war museum offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Cong-era soldiers. Comprising more than 120km of tunnels, they were first started around 1948 when the Viet Cong were fighting the French. Nowadays, the restored tunnels are one of Vietnam’s top attractions and are especially Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 (08) 3794 8820
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon features a variety of water slides, a wave pool, and several other thrilling rides for visitors of all ages. Located in District 11, this amusement park is less than 30 minutes away from the city centre by car, making it a popular retreat amongst locals and expats with children, especially during the often scorching summer months and school holidays.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, standout rides include the Kamikaze, a fast-paced water slide measuring 19 metres in height, and a Flying Fox-themed water ride, where you get to hang from a 10 metre-long cable over a massive swimming pool. Young visitors can enjoy the children’s play area, which houses colourful slides, and massive statues of elephants and hippos spouting water jets. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: 3D Hoa Binh, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 83 896 0260
- Price Range: VND 140,000 (above 1.4m) & VND 90,000 (0.8m - 1.4m)
Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh
Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was the centre of glamour and was called Rue Catinat.
It became Tu Do or Freedom Street during the Vietnam War. When the Communists took over Saigon in the late 1970s, the name Read More...
- Location: Dong Khoi Street, District 1
Giac Lam Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh
Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988.
Situated in Binh Than District, the pagoda is surrounded by spacious, walled garden and fronted by statues of mythical dragons, the protective Read More...
- Opening Hours: 05:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 20:00 daily
- Location: 118 Lac Long Quan, District 3
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
The Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre is where you can learn about the culture, traditions and folklore of Vietnamese life during your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in Tao Dan Park, visitors are entertained by puppets acting on a ‘stage’ of water accompanied by live old-fashioned music played on authentic instruments. Dialogues are performed entirely in Vietnamese, but the puppet gestures are obvious enough to understand the many sketches throughout the show.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 22:00
- Location: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The Quoc Tu Pagoda
The pagoda is next to a children’s amusement park. Built in 1962, is has seven storeys, though usually only the first two are open. Visitors are welcome to view the beautiful shrine and Buddha statues inside. Around it are lakes and gardens.
- Location: 244 Ba Thang Hai Street, in District 10
The History Museum was built in 1929. It was expanded and thoroughly renovated in 1975, when it was renamed the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum. It houses a good collection of displays and illustrations depicting the cultural evolution of the country from ancient times plus valuable artifacts from Angkor Wat and household implements, clothing, ceramics and weaponry from Vietnam’s past.
- Location: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1.
Ho Chi Minh Opera House
The Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant, colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not only Read More...
Ho Chi Minh City Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Founded more than 100 years ago, Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Gardens (aka Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens) are listed as one of the oldest zoos in the world, opened in 1865 by French botanist JB Louis Pierre. There are currently more than 550 animals exhibited in the zoo and more than 1,830 trees Read More...
Ho Chi Minh Square
Ho Chi Minh Square can be found in the middle of District 1, right in the city centre, and is surrounded by beautiful French colonial style buildings. On this square you will find a statue of Uncle Ho, which was placed to honour the 100th birthday of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (City Hall).
The Read More...
- Location: Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Plaza
Mariamman Hindu Temple in Ho Chi Minh
Situated close to the Ben Thanh market, the Mariamman Hindu temple serves the small community of 100 or so Chinese and Vietnamese Tamil Hindus living in Ho Chi Minh City.
It is the only Hindu temple that is still open in the city and is considered sacred by Hindu and non-Hindu Vietnamese. The temple is Read More...
Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi minh
Emperor Jade Pagoda, also known as Tortoise Pagoda, is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City. Built at the turn of the 20th Century by a community of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, this pagoda is a fine representation of Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is practiced Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 3
- Remarks: There is no entrance fee but visitors can make donations
Le Spa des Artistes Saigon
Le Spa des Artistes Saigon at Hotel des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection is a luxurious wellness centre where you can relax and rejuvenate after a day in the city. Using premium beauty products and all-natural essential oils, it offers a wide range of traditional Asian and European-style treatments such as reflexology, herbal facials, massages, manicures and
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: 3rd Floor, Hotel des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 83 989 8888
Nguyen Hue Street Saigon
Nguyen Hue Street is a broad walking promenade in the middle of District 1 city centre. This pedestrian area is flanked by some beautiful French colonial architectural wonders like the People’s Comittee, the Rex Hotel and a luxury shopping mall. In front of the People’s Committee you find a statue of Uncle Ho Chi Minh and Read More...
- Location: Nguyen Hue street, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam
Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh
In a quiet corner of bustling downtown Ho Chi Minh City stands Notre Dame Cathedral, the one remaining stronghold of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam.
Built in the late 1880s by French colonists, it was formerly called Saigon Church. The name Notre Dame was given after the installation of the statue ‘Peaceful Notre Dame’ in Read More...
- Opening Hours: Paris Square, District 1
- Location: Paris Square, District 1
People’s Committee Building Saigon
The People’s Committee Building Saigon in central Ho Chi Minh City features well-preserved French colonial architecture in a spacious garden landscape. Originally constructed as a hotel in 1898 by French architect Gardes, it now serves as a city hall and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: 86 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Pham Ngu Lao Street
The Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1 is where most backpacking travelers first land in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a similar scene to Southeast Asia's most famous backpacking centre, Khao San Road in Bangkok, but on a smaller scale. The main thoroughfares (with lots of lanes and back alleys) that make up the popular Read More...
Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh
The iconic Reunification Palace made its name in global history when in 1975 a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate – thus signifying the end of the Vietnam War. This image is one of the most famous pictures depicting the Reunification Palace which has seen a rich and varied history Read More...
The many interesting exhibits inside this beautiful white neo-classical building illustrate the Communist-inspired struggle for independence from French and then American dominance. Construction of the museum began in 1885 and was completed in 1890 under the eye of French architect Alfred Foulhoux. It was put to a variety of uses over the next 90 years before becoming the Ho Chi Minh City Revolutionary Museum in 1978.
- Location: 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1.
Saigon Central Mosque
Saigon Central Mosque has been around since 1935 and was originally built for the Indian Muslim community living in Ho Chi Minh City. Located just off the famous shopping street of Dong Khoi, you will find this clean and well-maintained mosque with its four minarets, and colourful exterior. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:00
- Location: 66 Dong Du Street, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Tel: +84 8 3824 2903
Saigon Heritage Spa
Saigon Heritage Spa is located in the city centre of Saigon on Hai Ba Trung street, a five-minute walking distance from the Saigon Opera, People’s Committee and the famous shopping street Dong Khoi. Its professional management and massage therapists will make sure you can have a relaxing escape, getting that well deserved pampering.
They have Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:30
- Address: 69 Hai Ba Trung, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Tel: +84 8 6684 6546
Saigon Opera House
The Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh is an elegant colonial building at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Khoi Street in District 1, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic Central Post Office. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House was built in 1897 and is used for staging not Read More...
- Location: 7 Lam Son Square, District 1,
- Tel: +84 (08) 3823 7419
A boat tour round Ho Chi Minh City on the Saigon River offers the chance to see the varied lifestyles surrounding this busy metropolis. The Saigon River flows from Cambodia through South Vietnam before merging into the South China Sea close to the Mekong Delta. In Ho Chi Minh City the river is also joined by Read More...
Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park
Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park attracts travelling families looking to enjoy a fun-filled day in Ho Chi Minh City. This Buddhist-themed attraction is fitted with colourful statues of mythical creatures such as dragons, tortoises and phoenixes, as well as edifices and shrines of Buddha.
Located in District 9, families can enjoy waterslides at the artificial Tien Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:30
- Address: 120 AH1, Tan Phu, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 83 896 0260
- Price Range: US$2.50 for Children, US$5 for Adults
Tan Dinh Church Saigon
Tan Dinh Church Saigon is a Romanian-style church in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can see intricate Gothic and Renaissance elements that have managed to survive Vietnam’s turbulent periods. Built in 1876 and spanning 60 metres in height, it’s widely regarded as the second biggest church in Ho Chi Minh City, after Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 17:30
- Location: 289 Hai Ba Trung, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Teh Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture
Teh Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture features a vibrant display of circus arts, aerial acrobatics, and tribal music within an hour-long performance. Held in the iconic Ho Chi Minh Opera House, this show highlights the lives of tribal families from the southwest highlands of Vietnam using UNESCO-listed percussion instruments such as Vietnamese gongs and buffalo horns. A good choice for travelling families, expect vibrant costumes, authentic Vietnamese stories, and a stunning bamboo cirque depicting various landscapes and creatures from tribal folklores. Tickets are priced at VND 630,000 for second-floor seats, VND 1,470,000 for first floor seats, and VND 1,050,000 for ground floor seats.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 19:00
- Location: Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City
- Price Range: VND 630,000 - VND 1,470,000
The Fine Art Museum
The 16-room Fine Art Museum exhibits a broad spectrum of exhibits including contemporary paintings, some of which are for sale, along with older, fascinating works of art, including some valuable Cham, Indian and Khmer pieces. The museum is at 97A Duc Chinh street, District 1, just a few blocks from the traffic circle in front of Ben Thanh Market.
- Address: 97A Duc Chinh street, District 1
The Mist by Lune Production
The Mist by Lune Production features six sketches of the daily lives of Vietnamese farmers in the form of symbolic dance movements and traditional music. Offering an authentic experience for the audience, performers are dressed in traditional costumes and rural props that were used back in the olden days. Scenes include farmers tending to rice fields, contemporary and ballet dancing, as well as acrobatic performances. Held several days a week in Saigon Opera House at 18:00, we highly recommend booking well in advance as it’s one of the most popular live shows in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening Hours: 18:00
- Location: Saigon Opera House, 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The Touch Of Masters' Hands: Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show
The Touch of Masters' Hands: Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show caters to travellers looking to learn about Vietnam’s many regions such as history, music genres, and instruments. The show stands out from most cultural shows in Ho Chi Minh City as it doesn’t use any form of sound amplifiers, offering a truly authentic musical performance. Catering to an international audience, an experienced host offers detailed explanations in English, French, Japanese, and Vietnamese throughout the show. Best of all, you are also served with three types of premium tea, various types of Vietnamese cookies and candies, as well as enjoy the chance to learn how to play instruments after the show.
- Opening Hours: Saturday 19:30 – 20:45
- Location: Phuong Bao Music Center, 11 Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Tel: +84 90 836 1368
- Price Range: VND 320,000 (standard seats) & VND 380,000 (front row seats)
War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh
The War Remnants Museum once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’ first opened to the public in 1975. It’s a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War with many graphic photographs and American military equipment on display, including a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07.30 - 12.00 and 13:30 – 17:00
- Location: 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Water Puppet Shows in Ho Chi Minh
Traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Shows remain one of the cultural draws for most travellers to Ho Chi Minh City. Originating in the sodden rice paddies of the Red River Delta in North Vietnam, the two most popular places to see a water puppet show in Ho Chi Minh are at The Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre Read More...
Xa Loi Pagoda
This pagoda, the largest in Saigon, was built in 1956 to contain fragments of bone from The Buddha – Xa Loi means “sacred bones”. The pagoda was a centre of political protest against the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem and in August 1963 it hit headlines around the world when troops attacked monks and nuns Read More...
- Location: 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street in District 3