Exploring Ho Chi Minh City



Exploring Ho Chi Minh City

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The most prominent area in the city is around Dong Khoi Street in District 1, boasting fashionable shops, museums, and fine dining. It also features examples of French-Colonial structures, such as the Municipal Theater, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the General Post Office. To the north are sprawling residential areas and the historic Jade Emperor Pagoda, known for its exquisite architecture and ornate carvings. To the west lies Cholon, or Chinatown. Home to the ethnic Chinese, or Hoa, this is the best place to find herbs, traditional Chinese medicines, and other goods, as well as some of the city’s most ancient pagodas.

Sights at a Glance

Churches, Temples, and Pagodas

Notre Dame Cathedral
Jade Emperor Pagoda
Le Van Duyet Temple
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
Xa Loi Pagoda
Mariamman Hindu Temple
Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda
Thien Hau Pagoda
Quan Am Pagoda
Phung Son Pagoda
Giac Vien Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda of Thu Duc
Cao Dai Holy

Historic Sights and Buildings

People’s Committee Building
Bitexco Financial Tower
General Post Office
Cu Chi Tunnels


Municipal Theater

Museums and Palaces

Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Independence Palace

Museum of Vietnamese History

Women’s Museum of Southern Vietnam
War Remnants Museum
Fine Arts Museum

Beaches, Springs, Nature Reserves, and Mountain

Nui Ba Den
Ho Coc Beach
Binh Chau Hot Springs
Cat Tien National Park

Towns and Markets

Ben Thanh Market
Binh Tay Market
Vung Tau
Long Hai


Caravelle Hotel

Continental Hotel Rex Hotel

Getting Around

The areas of Dong Khoi and Cholon are small enough to be explored comfortably on foot. However, the most popular mode of transport is the Honda om, or motorbike taxi. A ride to anywhere in town should cost no more than a few dollars. Radio-dispatched, metered taxis are also common now. Most travel agencies will arrange trips to the outlying areas of the city.


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