Ho Chi Minh City attracts millions of visitors yearly as one of the must-visit destinations in Vietnam. Although the city is busy with hectic life, it has its charm and worth exploring at least a few days.
What are the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh city?
Saigon is home to different cultures, and the Chinese neighborhoods are one of the remarkable areas.
Chinatown, also known as Cho Lon, is located in District 5, District 11 and a part of District 6 of Ho Chi Minh City.
This place focuses on the culture, cuisine, and unique architecture of the Chinese, mainly Chaozhou and Fujian, so it has created a unique feature in Saigon.
Here, you will feel like you are in a residential area of Hong Kong or lost in a world entirely built by the hands of the Chinese. Most of the houses in this area were built in the late 19th century with Chinese architecture.
We joined a self-guided tour from Urban Tales and explored China Town in a unique way.
We were on the mission to solve a mysterious murder case, and while doing so, we visited different areas in District 5, including assembly halls and a market.
The tour was well-organized, and our guide checked up on us several times to make sure that we didn’t get lost.
Although the location is a bit far from the center, visiting Artinus Museum should be on your list of alternative things to do in Ho Chi Minh.
This museum is an excellent place if you enjoy art and creative activities. The wall is full of brilliant theme art, which allows visitors to create creative poses.
You can transform into giants or tiny characters, or experience the tsunami, and join the race of dinosaurs. You can also check in with the angel wings in the legend or fighting with a big bear.
Address: 02-04 Road 9, Him Lam Residence, Tan Hung Thuan Ward, District 7
9. Go Shopping at An Dong Market
If you are too familiar with Ben Thanh Market, try visiting An Dong Market instead.
Located in An Dong Commercial Center, this place is considered as the largest wholesale clothing market in Saigon with a variety of models and extremely reasonable prices.
Tips: You should negotiate before purchasing any item in this market.
Address: 34-36 An Dương Vương, Ward 9, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.
10. Enjoy the coffee culture
Traveling to Vietnam without trying Vietnamese coffee will be a huge miss.
Coffee is not only a drink but also a cultural activity in Saigon. You can find several coffee shops in Saigon, with people sitting inside or on the street, sipping coffee at any time of the day.
The most well-known coffee in Saigon is Ca Phe Sua Da, which means coffee with condensed milk. If you prefer something not so sweet, Ca Phe Da (black coffee) is an alternative option.
My favorite area for coffee is on Pasteur street near Notre Dame Cathedral in District 1. You can find many coffee shops around the quarter.
11. Have drinks on a rooftop bar
What to do at night in Ho Chi Minh?
After a busy night exploring the city, enjoying a night with some cocktails and a vibrant view of Saigon seems to be a great choice.
You can find several rooftop bars in Saigon, and my favorite one is The View Rooftop bar on Bui Vien street.
Address: 195 Bùi Viện, Phạm Ngũ Lão Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.
12. Party till morning on Bui Vien Street
Bui Vien street, or known as Phố Tây (Foreign area), is an excellent place for a night out for foreigners as well as the locals.
The weekend is the busiest time of the week thanks to its unique and fascinating entertainment activities. Many artistic performances on the sidewalk or the middle of the street attract a lot of visitors and create an exciting atmosphere.
Bui Vien’s walking street is full of restaurants, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You can sit on the sidewalk, drinking beer and eating street food, or you can get in the busy bars and clubs in the area.
The street can be super crowded, and you cannot move due to “traffic jam,” but a visit here will be fun and relaxing.