1 of 21 . Ly Club


Ly Club

Set amid a sculpted, neo-modern garden featuring sett paving and an infinity fountain, the classic French colonial-era Lý Club Saigon villa is located in Ho Chi Minh’s central District 3. Wide elliptical arches, original French staircase, classic modernist furnishings and refined natural colors imbue an atmosphere of relaxed yet cultured elegance in the lounge and dining areas. The delicate Western-Vietnamese innovative menu is crafted by Executive Chef Dessi De Vries who combines the techniques of classical French cooking with unique local spices and tropical ingredients. ..Readmore

2 of 21 . Nam Phan Restaurant


Nam Phan Restaurant

Well known at its previous corner location on Le Thanh Ton, Nam Phan continues to serve modern Asian cuisine including asparagus and crabmeat soup, stewed bellyfish in pineapple and grilled duck breast in orange sauce. Nam Phan is set in a restored colonial villa, the interior is alive with reproductions of Cham-era bas-reliefs and is inspired by Euro-Zen. ..Readmore

3 of 21 . Rex Hotel Saigon


Rex Hotel Saigon

Strategically located at the best of downtown Saigon, the Rex Hotel is a luxury 5 stars hotel heritage dating back to early 20th century when it was originally opened as a French garage. For over 80 years, as a landmark, as well as a witness of the ups and downs of the city’s history, the Rex Hotel was rebuilt to become one of the city’s most incredible addresses. It prides itself to offer guests many high-class facilities including 286 individually designed guestrooms, a range of function & meeting room’s ideal for wedding, business or events, the La Cochinchine spa, and four in-house restaurants, cafe and bar.

6 of 21 . Cholon market or Binh Tay market


Cholon market or Binh Tay market

Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following attack with as many as 70% estimated to have died trying to escape on boats. Those who survived settled and began selling a variety of Chinese products. During the Vietnam War Cholon was a thriving black market for US soldiers trading in American Army issue supplies. ..Readmore

7 of 21 . Vietnam History Museum


Vietnam History Museum

The History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was built in 1929 and was called "Musée Blanchard de la Bosse". Until 1956, it was renamed Saigon National Museum, and finally in 1975, after some renovations, the museum was expanded and became the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum. ..Readmore

8 of 21 . Inside War Remnants Museum


Inside War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’ first opened to the public in 1975. ..Readmore

9 of 21 . Giac Lam pagoda


Giac Lam pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988. ..Readmore

10 of 21 . Inside Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office


Inside Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office

Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations. By the first time, visitors may feel that they’re brought back to 20th century railway station in Europe, rather than a post office in an Asian country. From its ornate furnishings, gorgeous-pattern-tiled floor to its massively high ceilings and numerous wickets, all speak of another place in time. The interior design is even more elegant with the phone booths, which are just the same since the colonial period.

11 of 21 . Statues in Jade Emperor Pagoda


Statues in Jade Emperor Pagoda

Emperor Jade Pagoda is a living and working shrine very much in use by the locals who come here to prayer or make votive offerings of flowers, and light candles and joss sticks. With worshippers coming and going, the temple can get busy and feel a little cramped. Its dimly lit, the narrow passageways filled with smoke lend an atmospheric feel to the place, adding to its charm. ..Readmore

12 of 21 . Jade Emperor Pagoda


Jade Emperor Pagoda

Built at the turn of the 20th Century by a community of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, this pagoda is a fine representation of Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is practiced widely in Vietnam. ..Readmore

13 of 21 . Inside Jade Emperor Pagoda


Inside Jade Emperor Pagoda

Emperor Jade Pagoda, also known as Tortoise Pagoda, is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City.

15 of 21 . Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica


Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Situated right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the most famous landmark as well as core Cathedral of the city, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral (translated as “Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn). ..Readmore

16 of 21 . Saigon Central Post Office


Saigon Central Post Office

The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Gustave Eiffel – the renowned engineer who also designed the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower – and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century. ..Readmore

17 of 21 . Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica


Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Notre-Dame Basilica to be exact, is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam. It is a magnificient building located at the paris Square in Hochiminh City downtown, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere. ..Readmore

18 of 21 . Independence Palace


Independence Palace

The iconic Reunification Palace made its name in global history when in 1975 a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate – thus signifying the end of the Vietnam War. This image is one of the most famous pictures depicting the Reunification Palace which has seen a rich and varied history and once served as the base of the US-backed Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem during the Vietnam War, until his assassination in 1963. ..Readmore

21 of 21 . Ben Thanh market


Ben Thanh market

The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day but all the same its well worth a look. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese.