Saigon tourist information - what to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City to give it its official name, has plenty to keep visitors busy for a few days. Apart from ancient temples, churches and mosques, the city has several museums that reveal the city’s turbulent past. There are also a few green spaces to stroll for relaxation and fitness clubs all over town for those who like to work out.

Yet Saigon is not only about sightseeing. It’s also the ideal place to discover the delights of Vietnamese cuisine, with an amazing concentration of eateries in the city centre, ranging from simple stalls in the street to lavish restaurants with starched tablecloths and gourmet fare. After dinner, there are plenty of bars in which to exchange travellers’ tales or watch a live band.

Sightseeing

From ancient temples and colonial mansions to moving museums, Saigon has plenty of fascinating sights to see which embrace the turbulent history of this iconic Southeast Asian city...more

Highlights

Only got a short stay in the city before hitting the coast? Makes the most of your time with our one day highlights guide that crams as much as possible into a whistle-stop tour...more

Shopping

From bustling markets to swish shopping malls, Saigon’s shopping opportunities are endless so take advantage whilst in town and pick up some great gifts for family and friends...more

Activities

Whether it’s a swimming pool, a fitness centre or relaxing spa, you’ll find it all in Saigon with sports clubs and luxury facilities galore in the high-end hotels and municipal centres...more

Entertainment

Take your choice between traditional music, live rock bands or disco beats in Saigon with a whole host of thrilling entertainment choices from this legendery nightlife centre...more

Festivals

There are all manner of celebrations in Saigon encompassing a broad spectrum of influences from Buddhism to communism. See what’s on during your stay and join in...more

What to do in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City activities

One experience not to be missed in Saigon is shopping. Vietnamese fabrics and handicrafts make excellent gifts and there are plenty of chic outlets where you can go to find that special something.

Prices are very low compared to the West and bargaining for an even cheaper price is expected everywhere except in department stores and malls. Markets are great fun to wander around and soak up that authentic Vietnamese ambience.

And the city also has a burgeoning nightlife scene, only slightly tempered by the government’s insistence of a 02:00 curfew. This is strictly enforced across the city, although many young revellers organise parties which carry on a bit later until the authorities close them down. But there is always something going on in the streets of the tourist district.

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