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Recommended sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh

Recommended sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh

Recently, one of the most popular destinations not only for young women but also for people of all ages is Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City has been developed since the time when Vietnam was occupied by France, and it is a popular tourist attraction with a very beautiful cityscape called “Paris of the Orient”.

It is a recommended travel spot especially for women because it is the center of Vietnamese economy and you can enjoy shopping at many nice shops.


Recommended sightseeing spot 1: Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market

The Ben Thanh Market is the best tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City and the kitchen of the Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of the most famous tourist attractions for everyone to visit for the first time.

The market is open from about 6:00 in the morning to about 6:00 in the evening, and in the evening, at the night market next to the market, you can enjoy a taste of Ho Chi Minh cuisine with a cold beer.

If you go to the market early in the morning, there are many customers who live locally, and they do business mainly with food.
In the daytime, souvenir shops and clothes tailors aimed at tourists expand the store, and Japanese and English for customers are lively and lively.


Recommended sightseeing spot 2: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon Cathedral

In the past, Ho Chi Minh was called Saigon and was a French colony from the 17th to the 19th century.

The Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most unforgettable buildings at the time and attracts the attention of tourists. On Sunday when the mass is held, many local Christians gather.

Ho Chi Minh is known as the “Paris of the Orient” and has many European-style architecture. The Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built in 1880 and is a neo-Gothic architectural style that was popular in Europe at the time.


Recommended sightseeing spot 3: Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

The Saigon Central Post Office is right next to the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. This post office is a historic building built during the French period, and is still used daily by Ho Chi Minh citizens as a post office. .

As you enter the building, you will be amazed by the stylish creations that make you feel French. In addition, the colonial map is preserved as it is on the wall, so you can feel the history of Ho Chi Minh City.

The furniture in the post office is also wooden and matches the atmosphere of the building. This is a spot where you want to carefully observe the interior.
To commemorate sightseeing, many people send letters from Saigon Central Post Office to family and friends in Japan.


ホRecommended sightseeing spot 4: Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater場

Ho Chi Minh City Theater

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater is Saigon Opera House.

This building was originally built during the French colonial period, but was damaged by the Vietnam War.
However, it was restored in 1998, and now it has been restored to its original state of construction, making it a popular tourist spot.

This theater is a colonial architectural style and is one of the reasons why Ho Chi Minh is called “Paris of the Orient”.
The statues and decorations made with attention to every detail are as beautiful as if you were looking at a museum.

When sightseeing, we recommend that you visit this French fragrant building. The appearance is not inferior, and the interior is gorgeous. If you want to see the inside, please go to performances such as orchestra concerts and ballets on weekend nights. Tickets can be purchased at the booth next to the main entrance.

Also, the illuminated night view will entertain you with a fantastic beauty that is different from the daytime.


Recommended sightseeing spot 5: The Independence Palace

Ho Chi Minh City Council

One of the recommendations for sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh is the Independence Palace, which has been released as a museum.
This place has become the stage of the end of the Vietnam War and is very important from a historical point of view.

This facility is still used for international conferences, but it can usually be visited with an entrance fee of 30,000 VND. This building served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until the end of the Vietnam War, and is a very large building with over 100 rooms. From the luxurious living space, you can see one side of the glittering life at that time.

You can still get a glimpse of what the strict crisis management system was like as a government facility.
Thanks to Japanese guide pamphlets and guides, even those who are not good at English can learn more about the materials on display.

For tourists who love history, this is one of the recommended spots to visit when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.


Recommended sightseeing spot 6: War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh War Museum

Speaking of Vietnam, the Vietnam War, which ended just 40 years ago, is impressive.
Ho Chi Minh also has a war museum in order not to weather this war history.
I would definitely like to visit this museum for sightseeing and pay attention to the culture and background of Vietnam.

In Japan as well, there have been many reports about peace in recent years, but the exhibition at this museum gives you an opportunity to think about why this theme is important.

The first thing you see is the weapons used in the actual war that are exhibited indoors and outdoors.
Inside the museum, you can see pictures of the tragic events during the war and the reality that was born as a result of chemical weapons.

It's no exaggeration to say that the battle of washing blood with blood sees evidence that it actually happened in this place and changes our view of life as we visit.
The exhibition at the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh will make everyone think about the wonders of peace and the efforts to do so.

The museum is open for everyone, with no admission fee of 15,000 VND.


Recommended sightseeing spot 7: Bitexco Financial Tower

Saigon Sky Deck

Ho Chi Minh City's recommended tourist attractions are not limited to historic buildings and museums.

Ho Chi Minh City is a very energetic city that continues to develop and a city full of modern charm.
One of them is the sky deck that opened in Bitexco Financial Tower, the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh.

It is a huge building with 68 floors above ground and 3 floors below. The sky deck is the 49th floor, 178 meters above ground.

The admission fee is 200,000 VND (approximately 1,000 yen in Japanese yen).


Recommended sightseeing spot 8: Dong Khoi Street

Dong Khoi Street

If you come to Ho Chi Minh for sightseeing, there is a shopping area that I would recommend. That is Dong Khoi Street.

There are many general stores on this street, and you can spend your time slowly finding your favorite cute items.

In the Ho Chi Minh market, you may hear that you have made a high purchase because the price is not displayed. However, since the amount of money is displayed for the shops on this street, there is no worry of buying goods at a high price for tourists.

In addition, there are many general stores, and each of them has its own color, which is why we want to recommend it to tourists.

You can enjoy shopping in Ho Chi Minh as much as you like by choosing the items you want and shopping with the concept of the store.

Dong Khoi Street is a must-see spot that you should never forget when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.


Recommended sightseeing spot 9: Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

It is a historic animal and botanical garden that celebrated the 150th anniversary of its opening in 2014. It has been selected as one of the 10 oldest zoos in the world, and is precisely the sixth oldest in the world and the oldest zoo in Asia.

Originally a French botanist, Louis Pierre, created a botanical garden in 1864, the predecessor of Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden. Since then, the Botanic Garden was destroyed and revived by the Vietnam War, and the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden was completed.

There are about 120 kinds and 1,000 animals in the park, and and many people come mainly from families and couples. The admission is cheap, Japanese yen, adults are about 270 yen, children are about 160 yen, and the location is easy to reach, about 10 minutes by taxi from the center and about 20 minutes on foot.

You can see many rare animals at the zoo!

You can see white tigers that are protected as an endangered species with only about 250 in the world (about 35 in Japan). In addition, you can directly observe rare animals such as the world's top three rare beetles, pygmy hippopotamus and Asian elephant, which are designated as endangered species.

The botanical garden has over 260 types and 1,800 trees, and there are many quaint trees that are over 100 years old.
I think it is particularly pleasant to take a walk surrounded by them, or to spread the leisure sheet and eat rice together. Why don't you forget about the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, surrounded by historical nature and animals?

It is very crowded on holidays, so we recommend that you visit on weekdays if possible.