Planning to drop by Ho Chi Minh City? Here are a few interesting venues you might want to visit while you’re in town.
WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
Popular amongst history buffs and curious tourists alike, the War Remnants Museum located in district 3 of Ho Chi Minh City is a key attraction in the historic city. One can spend a breezy hour or days on end learning about the history of the Vietnam War as well as its French colonial past and the hardships that the Vietnamese people went through. Definitely a humbling and eye-opening experience.
NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAIGON
Built in the 19th century by the French colonists, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is one of the most beautiful sights in the city. Two 58 metres tall bell towers flank the elegant classical Romanesque architectural-style cathedral. The original building materials of the cathedral are brought from France, though local materials have been used for restorations and maintenance.
BEN THANH NIGHT MARKET
Ben Thanh Market is the largest traditional marketplace in Ho Chi Minh City, famous for the variety of vendors selling everything from coffee beans, denim jeans, toys to knock-off football jerseys. Built in 1870 by the French, the market is buzzing all day with hawkers selling all kinds of handicrafts and goodies. Come at night, when the market is brimming with hawkers selling freshly cooked local specialties, from banh xeo (Vietnamese-style pancakes) to piping bowls of pho.
BAHN MI HUYN HOA
Easily one of the most popular banh mi places in Ho Chi Minh City, Banh Mi Huyn Hoa is packed all day with hungry locals. If you’ve eaten banh mi anywhere else in the world, you’re in for a treat. The baguette is freshly-baked daily, perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Pick from fillings of shredded pork, chicken, barbecued pork and pork meatballs to go with house-made pickles, slices of cucumber and cilantro.
Vietnam’s answer to Starbucks, Trung Nguyen coffee outlets are found everywhere in the nation’s capital. For a posh experience, track down a Trung Nguyen the Legend outlet, the upscale version offering 8 different blends of Vietnamese famed coffee. Perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City in a luxurious ambience and an excellent cuppa.
DEN DA COFFEE
For those staying near District 1, Den Da Coffee is your friendly neighbourhood boutique café a la Vietnam. Aside from serving the staple Vietnamese coffee, one can enjoy espresso-style coffee, a daily selection of cakes and patisseries as well as thick toast and waffles with ice cream. Sweets and coffee to your liking, what more can one ask for?