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Ho Chi Minh City

Whether you want to escape the daily grind for a few days or a couple of weeks, Ho Chi Minh City is just the place.

This area of Southern Vietnam is home to approximately 3,500,000 inhabitants.

The national capital, Hanoi, is 710 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, while Di An is 10 miles to the northeast.

Give the kids a break from sightseeing and enjoy some quality time at Suoi Tien Amusement Park and Dam Sen Water Park. Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station and Paintball Saigon are also worth a visit if you want to keep the good times coming.

You and the kids will have a ball checking out the furry, feathered and scaled animals at the Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden. Be sure to ask the staff about feeding times and where to find the zoo's favorite species.

Admire a diverse collection of plants, trees and flowers as you explore the large grounds of the Botanic Gardens.

Bring along some lunch and take five in the lush surroundings of Tao Dan Park and Gia Dinh Park. September 23 Park and Van Thanh Tourist Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon and catch up on some reading.

Take a deep breath and experience nature's gifts at Can Gio Mangrove Forest and Vam Sat. Your mind, body and soul will also thank you for a stop at Monkey Island Eco Forest Park.

Set aside a day or two to explore some of the popular cultural spaces in the area. The War Remnants Museum and the Ton Duc Thang Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and the Military Museum are also worth looking at.

If you love art, take the time to see some of the nearby exhibit spaces. Make the most of the inspiring atmosphere at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Duc Minh Private Museum and the Galerie Quynh.

History lovers can explore the past at the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnam National Museum of History. Like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Southern Vietnam Women Museum or the HCMC Museum.

If you're hoping to learn a little history, you should visit Ho Chi Minh City Hall and the Saigon Central Post Office.

Discover the most influential people of bygone days at Reunification Palace, one of the area's most stately residences.

Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure enjoy an afternoon at the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Giac Lam Pagoda. The Mariamman Temple and the Thien Hau Pagoda are two more intriguing religious sites.

Public squares provide somewhere for a city's inhabitants to hang out and make the most of the sunshine. Here, Notre Dame Square and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square are among the best. A stroll around either is an excellent way to get your bearings.

Capture a few photographs and chat with other travelers at Saigon Skydeck and Bitexco Financial Tower, a pair of distinctive landmarks.

All educational institutions have their own distinct character, and the Ho Chi Minh City National University is no different. An integral part of the local community, it makes an interesting destination for anyone who plans on furthering their education.

Take advantage of this area's reputation as a shopping hub. Stay up to date with local trends, grab a bite to eat or just enjoy the atmosphere at Diamond Plaza and Ben Thanh Market. You're also bound to be impressed with the range at Saigon Square and Hoa Binh Market.

Opera House and the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre are popular theaters that are frequented by visitors and local arts lovers alike.

After seeing the most popular sights in the Ho Chi Minh City area, spend a little time at the Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Saigon South or Duyen Hai.


Guide to Exploring Ho Chi Minh City


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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 1,664 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bach Dang Wharf and Lucky Plaza. Saigon Skydeck and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.

AU$66
ibis Saigon Airport

ibis Saigon Airport

2 Hong Ha Street, Ward 2, Ho Chi Minh City
4.4
of 5, from 97 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Tan Binh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parkson CT Plaza and Saigon Superbowl. Gia Dinh Park and Tan Son Nhat Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$80
Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.1
of 5, from 391 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ton Duc Thang Museum and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Parkson Plaza and Bach Dang Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

AU$190
Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel

141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 1,525 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is steps from Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Saigon Tax Trade Center. Parkson Plaza and Vincom Center Shopping Mall are also within 5 minutes.

AU$156
Caravelle Saigon

Caravelle Saigon

19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.5
of 5, from 808 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square. Parkson Plaza and Independence Palace are also within 15 minutes.

Vina Terrace Hotel

Vina Terrace Hotel

33-35 Le Anh Xuan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
3.0
of 5, from 100 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mariamman Temple, Benthanh Street Food Market, and Ben Thanh Market. Zen Plaza and Tao Dan Park are also within 10 minutes.

AU$23
Tan Hotel Saigon

Tan Hotel Saigon

126-128 Bui Vien, Ho Chi Minh City
2.0
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of September 23 Park, Zen Plaza, and Museum of Fine Arts. Saigon Culinary Arts Centre and Ben Thanh Market are also within 15 minutes.

AU$52
Les Hameaux de l'Orient

Les Hameaux de l'Orient

Rang Hamlet, Ho Chi Minh City
4.4
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southeastern Armed Forces Museum, and Hoang Van Thu Park. Vietnam People's Air Force Museum and Pho Quang Pagoda are also within 32 mi (52 km).

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