Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is a big city where every corner can bring a whole new experience; however for some tourists, their time in Saigon can be limited due to a tight schedule or whatever the reason is. Understand their concerns, we have come up with a list of some of the most famous tourist attractions that can all be visited within 6 hours in Saigon.
Ben Thanh market (located in central Saigon, District 1)
Ben Thanh market is the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City and a must-go place for tourists. Here you can find many kinds of souvenirs, which are obviously overpriced; however its plus point lies on the high number of goods it can offer. Every salesperson there can speak about five languages, so don’t worry if you are not an English speaker. There is also a food court inside the market where you can find many cuisines. Bear in mind that the food may not look fancy, but they are clean and enjoyed by even the locals.
Municipal Theatre/Saigon Opera House (7, Cong truong Lam Son, District 1)
Located in central Saigon, the building itself was built by the French and influenced by the Western Europe style. There are two big statues of half-naked women at the entrance of the theatre. Those statues had been knocked down once before as the Government deemed that they were not suitable for Vietnamese culture. Every Saturday morning at 8am, there is a concert held right at the entrance with its theme varying every time.
Saigon Central Post Office (2 Cong Xa Paris street, District 1)
This building was constructed by the French during the 19th century and is the combination between European architecture and Asian decoration. There are shops selling souvenirs but they are quite expensive. Here you can find some old men who have been working as a letter writer their whole life.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon (right next to the Central Post Office)
This is another symbol of Saigon and a recommended place for tourists. The building is only open on Sunday so bear this in mind if you want to go inside.
Independence Palace (135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, District 1)
Very close to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and next to April the 30th Park, the building was designed by a Vietnamese architect. It is a very large building where a lot of historical evidences are contained. There are also English tours for those interested in learning more about the long history of Vietnam.
Nguyen Hue walking street (Nguyen Hue street, District 1)
This is not totally a walking street. In fact, the street has a total of three lanes: the outer ones are for vehicles while the middle one is for pedestrians only. This street is quite new in Saigon; however it gradually becomes a popular get-together place for families and friends. The place is incredibly famous for hosting numerous events in the past. Such as Heineken Countdown, Games of Saigon, Street Football (an event that was hosted by M88 Sport Asia). It’s also becoming a home for artist and talents to display extraordinary performance. Nguyen Hue Street is an attraction that you cannot miss when you come to Saigon.