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28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Despite its sobering focus, this museum that looks at the devastating effects of the Vietnam War—known locally as the American War—is very popular. Displays of military equipment and defused ordnance outside the main building are...
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Số 12, tỉnh lộ 8 khu phố 2, thị trấn Củ Chi, TT. Củ Chi, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh 070000, Vietnam
After crawling through a few of the tunnels that have been somewhat expanded for tourists and seeing the displays of recovered bombs, people who were not involved in the Vietnam War (called the American War there) can get a feeling of the horror...
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2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Built in the 1920s, this beautiful structure houses an interesting range of items from Vietnam’s long history, including artifacts from the Khmer civilizations, statues of Buddhas from across the region, relics from Angkor Wat in Cambodia...

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73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

With incense swirling through the air and statues of dragons, fierce animals and wild birds looming all around you, this temple, constructed by the city’s Cantonese community at the beginning of the 20th century, is certainly...

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135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Also known as the Reunification Palace, this Vietnamese landmark was constructed on the site of an old French-colonial governor’s residence. It has a remarkably varied past; it housed Japanese officials during World War II and was later the...
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After feasting on so much delicious Vietnamese food, you’ll probably want to take some of the recipes home with you. There’s a plethora of companies who offer cooking classes; Saigon Cooking Class is one. Pay extra for a market...

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Right in the heart of District 1, these 10 hectares (24 acres) of greenery are a welcome respite from the bustle of the city streets. Come in the morning to see swarms of locals exercising and doing tai chi, and look for the city’s bird...

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Wander the maze of narrow streets here and take in the medicinal-herb stores, classical Chinese architecture and Taoist and Buddhist temples, making sure you end up at Binh Tay Market. The area's name actually means ‘‘big...

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Số 125 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 710009, Vietnam

This grand edifice is a glorious example of the French-colonial architecture that dots the city’s landscape. Built between 1886 and 1891, it'll give you the feeling that you’ve been transported back to the Indochinese Empire—even...

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Saigon River
A trip up the river to Ho Chi Minh city had never been on my bucket list. Growing up on the cusp of the Vietnam War, I was curious and mildy annoyed about the country that inhabited our tv screen night after night in dreary black and white. But...
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38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps....
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14 Phan Bội Châu, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam

Although there are branches of Pho 24 throughout the city, this is not your average fast-food joint. The number 24 in the name refers to the number of ingredients in your pho (noodle soup), meaning you’re getting a complex dish made up of...

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12-14 Mạc Thị Bưởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Cavernous and exceedingly hip, the Racha Room serves pan-Asian cuisine that draws on Southeast Asia’s lively marketplaces and street stalls. Order the coconut-marinated salmon in peanut-and-tamarind dressing, and wash it down with...

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21 Hàn Thuyên, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Located just minutes away from the Reunification Palace, this buzzing bistro focuses on street food from around Vietnam, with colorful and cheeky murals on the walls and classic offerings like spring rolls, BBQ pork and crispy squid. There’s...

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32 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Though vegetarian restaurants aren’t uncommon in Vietnam, they aren’t always easy to track down, and many vegetarian and vegan visitors end up settling for nonmeat options at normal eateries. (A traveler tip: The word chay means...
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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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43 Tôn Thất Thiệp, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
If you need a few cute souvenirs for friends and family, but don't want to bargain or deal with the hustle and bustle of the markets in Ho Chi Minh City then check out Saigon Kitsch. It's a cute little centrally located boutique that sells well...
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72 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

This upscale shopping mall spread across two buildings is the city's largest, and is the place to come to for international retailers (Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, DKNY and Hermès), perfume, jewelry and electronics. The excellent food court...

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Here you’ll find clothing, furniture, trinkets and household items all inspired by or brought from villages and towns along the Mekong River, which flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Goods are of high...