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Megan the Travelin Writer

Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, is a bustling metropolis that is rich in culture and charm. Both locals and tourists are drawn to the city for its vibrant street scenes, rich history, and delectable food. If you’re planning to visit this amazing city, then you’re in for a treat. There are so many things to do in Saigon, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. To help you narrow your options down, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Saigon. Read on to discover the best activities and experiences on offer! Saigon is truly a city like no other, with a unique vibrancy that is not found anywhere else. Whether you're seeking historical and cultural immersion or simply want to indulge in some of the most verdant, fresh cuisine available, there is something for everyone. From the authentic and delicious street food to the impressive history and local customs, this city has an endless list of adventures that are sure to captivate. We hope our guide to the best things to do when you visit Saigon will help you enjoy your trip to this amazing Southeast Asian metropolis.

Best Things to Do in Saigon

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1. War Remnants Museum

One of the must-see attractions in Saigon is the War Remnants Museum. The museum is dedicated to the Vietnam War and the aftermath of the conflict. The museum houses a collection of photographs, artifacts, and stories from the war, and it’s an educational and emotional experience. You’ll get an insight into the horrors of the war and how it affected the people of Vietnam. The museum has English captions, making it easy for foreigners to understand the exhibits. The War Remnants Museum is another must-visit destination in Saigon. It houses a vast collection of war-related exhibits, collections, and artifacts. Although it is an emotionally charged experience, the museum gives you an opportunity to learn about the impact of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. From war photography to military equipment and weaponry, you will witness many firsthand accounts that demonstrate the harsh realities of war.

Tickets

Tickets

are $37 for 1 day, $62 for 3 days, or $72 for 7 days,

and can be bought online.

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2. Try Local Food

Saigon is a foodie’s paradise, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. From street food vendors to upscale restaurants, there is something for everyone. Some of the must-try dishes include pho, banh mi, and bun rieu. The street food scene in Saigon is particularly exciting, with vendors serving up fresh and flavorful dishes. Do as the locals do and pull up a plastic stool on the sidewalk for a delicious meal. The city is a paradise for foodies. From street food to high-end restaurants, Saigon has an array of delicious food options. You can explore Pho, Vietnam's signature noodle soup, Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, Bahn Xeo, the pancakes filled with bean sprouts, pork and other tasty ingredients, and bubble tea, among other delicacies. We recommend taking a food tour or trying the various street vendors to get a true and genuine taste of Saigon.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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3. Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground tunnels that were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnels are located about 40 km northwest of Saigon and are a fascinating and eerie attraction. You’ll get an insight into the guerrilla tactics used by the Viet Cong and how they survived underground. You can crawl through the narrow tunnels and see what life was like for the soldiers during the war. The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the most important historical landmarks in Saigon. These tunnels took almost two decades to create and were used during the Vietnam War for communication and transportation purposes. The tunnels extend for almost 250km and are open to the public for exploration. You can explore the tunnels, get a first-hand experience of how soldiers used to live underground, and see the various booby traps used to defend their territory. This is an experience that will leave you in awe and give you a glimpse into history.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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4. Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon has a rich architectural history, with buildings that date back to the French colonial era. Some of the most impressive structures include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the Saigon Opera House. These buildings are great examples of French colonial architecture and are a pleasure to admire. The Notre Dame Cathedral is particularly iconic, with its red brick facade and distinctive spires.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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5. Day Trip to the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is a fantastic day trip from Saigon. The Mekong River is the heartbeat of Vietnam, and it is the ideal place to escape the bustling city and relax. You take a boat ride where you can observe the locals' daily routines and visit local markets. You will also have the opportunity to try Vietnamese snake wine, visit various temples, and explore the floating markets.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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6. Ben Thanh Market

The Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market in Saigon. It is a popular place for locals and tourists. The market has a vibrant atmosphere, and it is a good place to do some shopping. You can purchase traditional Vietnamese souvenirs, textiles, silk products, delicious food, and other local goods. Haggling is part of the market culture, so be prepared to negotiate prices. The Ben Thanh Market is a bustling market in District 1 that's known for its lively atmosphere, street food, and souvenir shopping. It's a one-stop-shop for all your needs, with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to handicrafts. The best part? It's open from early morning until late at night, so you can explore at your own pace.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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7. Send a Letter at the Post Office

China Town in Kuala Lumpur, which is a haven for street food lovers. You can find a variety of hawker stalls serving traditional Chinese cuisine, such as dim sum, dumplings, and noodles. The highlight, however, is the roast pork and rice. In Malaysia, roast pork is a delicacy, and no one does it better than the street vendors in China Town. The crispy-skinned pork is sliced and served on a bed of steaming rice, drizzled with sweet soy sauce, and accompanied by a side of pickled vegetables. It's a meal that's simple yet satisfying, and it costs next to nothing. Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is known for its vibrant streets, bustling markets, and mouth-watering street food. Take a stroll through the colorful stalls and shops, where you can find trinkets, souvenirs, and traditional Chinese medicine. Be sure to visit the iconic Sri Mahamariamman Temple, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kuala Lumpur.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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8. Brew Mindfulness

The colorful market houses a variety of traditional Malaysian crafts and souvenirs, from batik prints to handmade jewelry, pottery, and leather goods. The market also has a food court serving some of the best local dishes in the city.

This is one of the most unique things you can do in Saigon.

 

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Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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9.  Shop Like a Local

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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10. Street Art

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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10. Try Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar. It is a dish that originated in Penang, but you can find it all over Malaysia. Nasi Kandar is all about variety, with a mishmash of curries, vegetables, and meats served on a bed of steaming hot rice. The best way to try Nasi Kandar is by visiting a "mamak" stall, which is a 24-hour eatery that serves Malay-Indian cuisine. You can order anything from spicy beef curry to tangy fish curry, and the best part is that everything is super affordable. My go-to place for Nasi Kandar is Hameediyah Restaurant in Penang; it's a must-visit for anyone traveling to Malaysia. Nasi Kandar is a traditional Malaysian dish that consists of steamed rice and various curries and side dishes. It is a quick meal and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Rice bowl is served with different gravies, and you are at liberty to choose the one that appeals to you. Dipping the rice in the sauce is what gives this meal its unique flavor. You will love the tenderness of the chicken and beef that comes with it, and the curries are not too spicy.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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10. Nasi Kandar

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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10. Nasi Kandar

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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10. Nasi Kandar

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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9.  Independence Palace

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

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Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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