Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) boasts of a natural, raw beauty that attracts a huge number of tourists around the world. Its attractions are truly fascinating that tourists, regardless of age, keep coming back to see more. A travel to Ho Chi Minh is paralleled to being part of an old movie or travelling to the past, and be surrounded by places that have been well-known. Since Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city and business capital of Vietnam, the place is witnessing various changes and modernization so today is the best time to be in awe of its natural beauty before its innocence become influenced by the changing times. So, here is our guide to the Top 5 Best places in Ho Chi Minh that will make your stay worth it.
1.War Remnants Museum The War Remnants Museum, Formerly the Museum of Chinese and American War Crime, is located at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This was first opened on September 4, 1975 as the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes.
Today, it is one of the most famous museums in Vietnam. This museum meaningfully tells the story of the effects of the thirty-year war between the American and North Vietnamese armies. In this museum, you will find photographs, exhibits, preserved tanks, planes, war machines, a lot of worth-reading materials about the war. It has several buildings that houses various themed rooms and showcases military equipment. Aside from the Vietnam War, this museum also presents information on the first Indochina War where the French colonialists were involved.
- Cu Chi Tunnels This truly amazing tourist attraction will allow you to experience how it was for the soldiers who moved around, unknown to the enemies, through a network of tunnels. Its tunnels are more than 200 km with a main axis system and many branches that link to the underground places. This also features a movie, guided tour, and burnt out tanks. There is also a small section of the tunnels, widened and made firm by concrete, where tourists can crawl through.
- Cao Dai Temple Cao Dai Temple is the center of the Cao Dai (or high place or abode) faith. This temple provides you information that will help you learn about the Cao Dai faith, which is based on a blend of Christianity, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Confucianism. The mix of the religions is because it is believed that religions are the same in the end. The faith practitioners are in white robe and sash. These worshippers hope for world peace and harmony in beliefs.
- Bitexco Tower and Sky Deck Bitexco Tower is a 262-meter tall office tower that is truly modern and sophisticated. It has 68 storey-building and a helicopter landing pad. It boats of its sky or heli bar, a great place to admire the breathtaking beauty of Ho Chi Minh. With a height more than twice of that of the other buildings in the City, this place is truly an impressive place to spend a memorable day.
- Jade Emperor Pagoda Jade Emperor Pagoda, also popularly known as Tortoise Pagoda, is an important shrine in Ho Chi Minh City that is living. It is an exotic, Taoist temple built in 1909 by Chinese immigrants. This represents the Mahayanist branch of Buddhism, which is practiced by many Vietnamese. It is atmospheric, having incense smoke, impressive architecture, statues of Gods and Goddesses. The place can get busy and crowded by the many worshippers, but this makes the place even more attractive.