Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most populist and biggest cities in Vietnam. It is the place where I came across French architectural marvel, historical buildings, war museums, huge skyscrapers, great food, and also plenty of shopping options.
Major Attractions of Ho Chi Minh City
- War Remnants Museum
This is a must see for all people who love war and like to know more about the war history of Vietnam. There are many leftover items on display from the 30-year-old long war between Vietnam and America here. I was thrilled to get to see the old tanks, war machine, and planes used during the war.
- Bui Vien Street
This is a great and buzzing street to unwind after a hectic tour of the city. I came across a wide range of street food shops, massage parlors, and plenty of bars to keep me engaged deep into the night.
- Jade Emperor Pagoda
This is a Taoist temple built by the Chines who settled in Ho Chi Minh City during the early 1900s. The inside of the temple is a visual treat that holds statues, architecture and carving so the popular Chinese Gods and Goddesses.
- Cu Chi Tunnels
This is a tourist attraction that you should never miss. You get to experience how the soldiers would move through a network of underground tunnels so that they cannot be tracked by their enemies. It is spread over 120 kilometers that has kitchens, storage rooms, living areas, arsenal hospitals, etc.
- Reunification Palace
Be a part of Vietnamese history by visiting the Independence Palace or the Reunification Palace. It is the place where the tanks gate crashed in 1975 to signal the fall of Saigon. The inside of the building still is reminiscent of the old palace from where the government operated during the Vietnam War.
- Mariamman Temple
This is a colorful and vibrant Hindu worshipping place located in the city. It has done up very neatly with giant statues of Mariamman. The small community of Hindus comes here regularly to offer their prayers.