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Ho Chi Minh City (is locally known as Saigon) is an attractive place with loads of appealing feature. If you are lovers of culture, cuisine, street foods, history, you will be fascinated with this multicultural city. With so many great options, many travelers think they’ll leave something out. But don’t worry, here’s what you should do.

1. Riverboat tour

Riverboat tour on Saigon River
Riverboat tour on Saigon River

Tourists are attracted attention by the charm of Saigon river flowed around this city. So you can enjoy the river tour to look the sightseeing of beautiful night view of the whole city. Don’t fret about the pride if you are on a budget because it has many kinds of boats for you. The more trustworthy companies offer amazing dinner and drinks packages, and on boats you have to see to believe.

Saigon River's harbor
Saigon River’s harbor

2. Motorbike tour

Motorbike tour near Saigon River
Motorbike tour near Saigon River

Motorbike tour is also one of the best ways for you to run around the city though it is a nation of Viet Nam. There’s no other way to really feel the manic energy of this mega city – and no other feeling can quite match the raw adrenaline of flowing along in traffic jam. But driving in Saigon is also lethally dangerous, so let the residents do it for you. There’s many tour companies with experienced drivers who are also good at English. If you could drive yourself that is the optimal way for you to experience the unique feature in Viet Nam but at the first time we highly recommend you let grabber take you go around the city.

Motorbike tour for expats
Motorbike tour for expats

3. Independent Palace

Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For history buffs, the Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, is represented for the peace, the cease-fire so it is an absolute must for travelers. This is the site of those famous images of tanks crashing through gates during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Beside from the stunning grounds and impressive architecture, the inside of this building almost feels like you’ve gone back in time. You can see where the southern government operated the executive branch during the Vietnam War – even the bomb bunker in the basement, where the maps still hang on the walls.

4. Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

Saigon Notre Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre Dame Basilica

Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the beautiful symbols of Ho Chi Minh city. The refinement of this area is something to see, especially next to the colossal trees in 30-4 Park and the colonial post office next door. The cathedral itself was built in the late 19th century, with materials imported from France and contemporary architecture, and offers a beautiful glimpse of a bygone era in this historic city. Next to this Cathedral, you can visit other famous high buildings and pretty streets such as: Nguyen hue street, Le Duan street.

5. War Remnants Museum

Airplane in front of War Remnants Museum
Airplane in front of War Remnants Museum

You can leave the museum with a real sense of Vietnamese War in 1975s. This museum is there to show us about the horrors of war. For most people around the world, the Vietnam War is something that happened in a faraway time and place – not for Vietnamese people, though. This museum takes an abstract conflict and shows us the real people it affected.

Tanks and war machines in War Remnants Museum
Tanks and war machines in War Remnants Museum

It shows the struggles suffered  by the Vietnamese people. This museum plays an significant role for reminding the pride of ancestors in protecting Viet Nam and for healing the war process by showing visitors around the world how the war changed this nation.

6. Dine along the Saigon River

With specific weather, you can imagine how difficult to get out your house in the midday sun, it will cook you burn and miserable. That’s why you should leave the best for dusk, when the sun glows orange on the smoggy horizon and the heat tapers off.

For one of the best dining experiences in the city, head to Thao Dien ward in District 2 and dine along the river. There are several good choices, including The Deck, The Boathouse and Villa Song Saigon. Trust us, you will have a tasty meal.

The Deck Saigon in Thao Dien Ward, Ho Chi Minh City
The Deck Saigon in Thao Dien Ward, Ho Chi Minh City

7. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Walking Street

For the best viewing, the best dating, the best chilling touchy-feely goodness, everybody thinks about Nguyen Hue street. Here you will see your expats, other people came from several countries, residences enjoy together and lots of couple date that create the animated environment.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street at night
Nguyen Hue Walking Street at night

This is a scene to behold at night, when an amounts of people come to mingle and enjoy a cool, downtown evening, surrounded by some impressive architecture: the looming Bitexco Tower, the wall of cafes at 42 Nguyen Hue, the statue of Ho Chi Minh and even the old colonial city hall.

The statue of Ho Chi Minh
The statue of Ho Chi Minh

8. Bui Vien Street

If you want to find the place that is very crowded, multicultural and shoving out the door, you just come to Bui Vien street. This disreputable stretch of lewd behavior never shuts down, and even if you want nothing to do with the seedier aspects of Bui Vien, this street is a sensory overload that’s worth taking in at least once.

Bui Vien Street with crowded people
Bui Vien Street with crowded people

There are fire breathers, strange foods, sidewalk bars, dubious massage parlors, beady-eyed “friends”, gangsters and enough bars to keep you hopping all night long. Being careful with your phone, your money and your expensive personal effects, though, as this is also the petty crime capital of Vietnam.

Make friends in Bui Vien Street
Make friends in Bui Vien Street

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