What’s in Saigon? Save these 10 activities must-try in Sai Gon
The answer for the question “What does Saigon have to explore?” simpler than you think. Read this article to reach 10 great activities, travel experiences and save money in this gorgeous city.
Hanoi is considered an ancient city, with a slow pace of life, while Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is a dynamic city with bustling streets, delicious food and drinks that quintessence from many regions and generous people.
There is no shortage of entertainment and fun activities suitable for all ages. Let Tilado.edu.vn give you a little tip on how to “bombard” Ho Chi Minh City in a fun and extremely economical way.
- 1. Go to Ben Thanh market in the morning
- 2. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Saigon Skydeck
- 3. Watch a water puppet show and have dinner on the yacht
- 4. “Sweating” when tunneling in Cu Chi Tunnels
- 5. Enjoy draft beer at Bui Vien walking street
- 6. Explore the Mekong Delta
- 7. Visiting famous temples
- 8. Learn about the heroic history at the Reunification Palace
- 9. War Remnants Museum
- 10. Explore around Saigon by motorbike
1. Go to Ben Thanh market in the morning
If you only have time to visit one market in Saigon, you must definitely go to Ben Thanh market. Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market in the city center, with an age of more than 100 years, the market was built according to French architecture, and underwent many restorations. Today, the market has become a tourist destination and offers items such as fashion, handicrafts, fruits, cuisine, etc.
If this is your first time to Saigon, the best way is to visit with a local guide. You will be guided by a local to walk through the streets of Saigon in the morning and then visit some famous markets. In particular, you will be take to the antique market, where products are sold for hundreds of years.
2. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Saigon Skydeck
Located in Bitexco – one of the tallest buildings in Vietnam – Saigon Skydeck is a great place to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Visitors will be able to take a high-speed elevator to the 49th floor to enjoy a 360-degree view of Saigon from large glass windows.
When coming here, don’t miss World of Heineken, where you can see the amazing brewing process of the famous Heineken brand. After that, it was the “performer” to enjoy cold beer bottles. What are you waiting for without adding this activity to your list of fun in Saigon right away?
Ticket entrance fee: $10/pax
3. Watch a water puppet show and have dinner on the yacht
To experience the culture in Saigon, you should explore around the beautiful streets by cyclo. Cyclo is an old means of transport, used to carry people and goods in the past. Today, cyclo is mainly used to serve tourists. The end point of the journey is at the Golden Dragon Theater – where water puppet shows are held regularly. Take some time to enjoy the beauty of the national culture, before heading straight to the cruise at Bach Dang wharf for a luxurious dinner, “chill” with delicious food and live music.
4. “Sweating” when tunneling in Cu Chi Tunnels
It only takes about 90 minutes by bus from Ho Chi Minh City, you will reach one of the famous historical sites in the city: Cu Chi Tunnels. This is a system of shelters built by the Vietnamese army and people during the Indochina War and the Vietnam War.
Two hundred kilometers of tunnels with a small diameter but very scientifically designed, including rest rooms, warehouses, infirmaries, meeting rooms…. Challenge yourself with the experience of tunneling and learn about the life of the Vietnamese people in the past, why not?
5. Enjoy draft beer at Bui Vien walking street
Saigon is bustling day and night, and the nightlife is something you must experience. Bui Vien West Street is known as “the hangout of the city, focusing on beer bars, rooftop bars, pubs from popular to high-end. You can choose to sit on the sidewalk with a few bottles of cool beer, and have some snacks.
Before you go “extremely hot” at Bui Vien Street, fill your hungry stomach at “Noir, Dining in the Dark”, located 15 minutes away. When dining in low light, you can use your other senses to feel the food in the fullest and most exciting way.
6. Explore the Mekong Delta
There is an area covered with lush green rice fields, living with rivers and abundant produce all year round, that is the Mekong Delta. Just an hour and a half bus ride from the city, this verdant area is a maze of rivers that meander through villages, chalets and temples. You will be sitting on a motorboat, surfing on the canals, through the palm forest and watching the life of the people here.
7. Visiting famous temples
While exploring the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, temples are a place you rarely pay attention to. However, this is where the mysteries of this beautiful city are hidden. Coming to Saigon, it is impossible not to go to Chinese temples, notably Thien Hau Pagoda in Chinatown, which has Chinese-style architecture, passionate scents from spiral incense sticks, characteristic of only available in Chinese temples.
8. Learn about the heroic history at the Reunification Palace
With the restored architecture “copy” of the original of the 60s, before the Palace gate was rammed by tanks on April 30, 1975. Today, the Reunification Palace (also known as the Independence Palace) is a place for receiving high-ranking guests and serving tourists and residents. You will observe the life of the president of the Republic of Vietnam and his family. All items here are kept intact, with the age of several tens, even hundreds of years.
9. War Remnants Museum
To get an authentic, clear look at the life of the Vietnamese people during the war from 1955-1975, go to the War Remnants Museum. It is home to more than 20,000 photographs, films, artifacts and documents that tell the story of the Vietnamese people’s struggle for independence. The area outside the museum is also home to many old military vehicles abandoned by the Americans, including F-5A fighters, Huey helicopters and M48 Patton tanks.
10. Explore around Saigon by motorbike
Coming to Saigon, it is impossible not to experience riding a motorbike on the winding alleys. On a motorbike, you will find out a Saigon after the flash, simplicity and simplicity, knowing better about the hospitable Saigon people. And of course you will enjoy the typical dishes in Saigon too!
During the tour, you will visit Ho Thi Ky flower market, the largest fresh flower market in the city, explore the Chinese residential area, the famous food street in District 4 and many places imbued with mix culture of Saigonese.