There are so many awesome and fun things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
It’s a huge it, even the biggest in the country. With so many things to do, we get it, Ho Chi Minh City can be overwhelming. Especially for those who may temporary suffer jet lag.
With more than 8 million motorbikes and a minimum humidity tax of 60%, you might feel it difficult to go out of your hostel.
Yet, it’s worth it.
We recommend you to go and explore the city and the surroundings.
When traveling to Vietnam, it is easy that Ho Chi Minh City will be your departure or ending point.
If you want some inspiration about things to do in Saigon during these days, keep scrolling. And if you are traveling around Vietnam, you hit the jackpot cause we get plenty of information for the rest of your trip too!
A local market that Laura, from The Common Room Project team, recommended us. Here, you can see the real Vietnam.
Food, clothes, and bustle daily life, mixed with, of course, motorbikes. Pay attention, the motorbikes won’t stop and the streets are narrow.
We only walked into very few tourists here that obviously got this hidden gem tip as well. A fun place!
While the street with the market stalls on the left and right was quite narrow, motorbikes still passed through. This, my dear fellow traveler, is Vietnam. I recommend walking through this Cho Vuon Chuoi Market, take photos, and move on. You can also find food here.
3. Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine
Housed in a traditional building, the Museum of traditional Vietnamese Medicine offers an in-deep look to the Vietnamese Medicine.
Did you know Vietnamese Medicine is heavily influenced by Chinese philosophy? It is really interesting.
Find more information like schedule and entrance fee on the official website www.fitomuseum.com.vn
4. Food, Vietnamese food
We must admit, we love Vietnamese food!
In Ho Chi Minh, you can find food everywhere: street food Stalls, restaurants, Banh Mi stalls, markets, vegetarian restaurants (Com Chay), cafés…
Good to know: expect a high fee to be able to use the swimming pool. We think, it’s worth it.
Located in District 5, China town area in Ho Chi Minh City is quite interesting to see.
You will find many markets, shops, temples, and pagodas.
Good to know: If you are in Ho Chi Minh during the Chinese New Year, Chinatown is a must. This is where most celebrations are taking place.
7. Touch the sky
Ho Chi Minh City rooftop bar’s are a must while you are in the city.
Actually, they are famous.
Enjoy the views from one of the Skybars the city has to offer with a drink on your hand.
Chill: this was our favorite, as you can still see the traffic from the rooftop bar. We recommend going for sunset and see how the colors in the city change. After 12, it turns to a dancing club.
Glow: offering drinks in in a beach club atmosphere, this Skybar attracts well-dressed expats and locals looking to dance.
EON Heli Bar: Located in the Bixteco Financial Tower, it is the highest Skybar in Ho Chi Minh city.
The View Rooftop bar: located in the backpacker’s street, Bui Vien Street. This rooftop bar is located in the 9th floor of Duc Vuong Hotel. It is known for being one of the cheapest skybar in the city.
8. Locals watching
Watch the locals at the Ho Chi Minh State Garden, one of the main streets where many venues are held.
We had a coffee and Sushi at Sushi 79 in a building overlooking the promenade.
This brings us to…
9. Nguyen Hue Boulevard
This street, the Nguyễn Huệ is a wide, broad and long street.
Street artists perform here, small musicians play their music. It’s really street full of the joys of life.
There is also a cinema nearby, showing movies in Original Versions.
Along this boulevard, there are some colour fountains, as well as many shops, restaurants and cafés.
If there is an event in the city, it’s likely that it will happen here.
We recommend going to 42, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, pick a restaurant or café in the upper floors with street view, and sit with a drink.
Take your time to admire the fountains, the people walking around, and the vendors who play hide and seek with the policemen.
10. Cinema Time
Yes movie lovers, it is possible to watch a movie in English in the city!
And the cinema has air conditioning, a plus to consider in this warm city.
Actually, bring warm clothes because it is going to be cold inside. Pay attention if the cinema shows the movies in Original Language.
11. East meets West
The Saigon Opera House is located in a French Colonial building in the heart of Saigon.
Many people say, this is the place where East meets West.
You can simply visit it or buy a ticket for one of the cultural shows.
12. Notre Dame Basilica
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in Vietnam.
Vietnam being a largely Buddhist country, this Cathedral is interesting for many foreigners.
It can only be seen from the outside.
13. Saigon Central Post Office
Located in the heart of the city, this building is one of the absolute HCMC points of interest.
You can see why, right?!
It is really photogenic, one of the most beautiful post offices we have ever seen.
You find a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences.
It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city.
This post office, yes, it’s still one, is directly across the street from the Notre Dam Basilica. You can tick both sights in Saigon off at once.
14. Vietnamese Coffee
If you are a Coffee lover, Vietnam will be your paradise. Even if you are not, you will love Vietnamese coffee!
With Grab, you won’t have to discuss starting and finishing point, as you will mark it on the map. Neither the price, they indicate an approximate price, so you will know beforehand how much your ride will cost.
You can avoid district 1 if you feel overwhelmed by the city traffic.
But we encourage you, a motor ride is a real experience!
Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife
We mentioned above some things to do at night in Ho Chi Minh/ Saigon. But you might be wondering: Is there any party area in Ho Chi Minh City?
Many people go to the Backpacker’s street, Bui Vien Street. There, you will find many bars with music and food.
In my opinion, this street is not fun at all, but only full with drank tourists and annoying PR’s.
If you wanna have fun, go to a Skybar. At Chill Skybar you can have the first drink and extend the night, as it turns to a Dance Club.
There are more sky bars in the city, we collected the best ones at point 7
Note: if you want to sleep, do not stay at the backpacker’s street. It is very loud.
Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh?
While we were in Saigon, we tried different accommodations.