Ho Chi Minh city is a high octane city of commerce and culture. From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of fine restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the street markets, Ho Chi Minh is a city full of energy and discovery.
Here are the things that I did in 36 hours during my last trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
- Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in central Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and become an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, souvenirs, as well as local cuisines.
- Takashimaya Department Store is conveniently located on Le Loi Street in the heart of Saigon enhance the first-class shopping experience and fine cuisines.
- Reunification Palace also known as Independence Palace is the landmark of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
- Notre Dame Cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was built between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters.
- City Opera House or The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of the finest examples of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam.
Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now has transformed into a city that is so vibrant and ready to explore for more. Happy traveling.