The War Remnants Museum, also known as the War Relics Museum, is one of the most visited museums of HCMC. It illustrates very clearly the absurdity of the Vietnam War. For those who are sensitive to the war, some of the pictures and depictions are certainly shocking; they show the reality of a war in all its brutality. Outside, American planes, helicopters, tanks, guns and other war equipment are shown in their original form.
The central post office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. This mixture of Gothic and French architects from the Renaissance period of the church fascinates not only foreign tourists but also many local ones.
With its very western design at a height of up to 60 meters in the middle of the busiest city of a Southeast Asian country, Notre Dame Cathedral is considered the symbol of this dynamic city and has attracted the attention of travellers.
Ben Thanh Market is located right in the centre of District 1 - the tourist district - and is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. There are also plenty of food stalls where you can get a taste of Vietnamese housewife-style cooking or just cool off with a cold drink if the haggling gets too much. When night falls, the restaurants on the outskirts of the market open and become the perfect place to experience the vibrant life on the streets.
Cho Lon, located on the banks of the Saigon River and known as Saigon's China City, is another remarkable neighborhood in Saigon. Cho Lon consists of District 5 and several adjacent neighborhoods in District 6 and District 11.
The Thien-Hau Pagoda was built in 1760 by a group of Chinese to dedicate it to the deity of the sea in the hope of receiving protection when they were just arriving in this new land. The Thien-Hau Pagoda attracts not only locals who come here to pray for peace and happiness, but also thousands of tourists because of the typical Chinese pagoda architecture and the purely Asian style.
Unlike the Ben-Thanh market, the Binh-Tay market is one of the largest markets in Saigon and is mainly visited by the local population. Therefore Binh Tay can offer you a very authentic experience of the Vietnamese-Chinese lifestyle.
The Reunification Palace is the result of the Norodom Palace, which was completed in 1873 by Pierre-Paul de La Grandiere, Governor of Cochinchina (the south of Vietnam under French colony). Its name is derived from the name of King Norodom of Cambodia - the first king to sign in the dispute over the protection of Indochina by France. On 9 March 1945, Japan defeated France and took control of Indochina. Consequently, Norodom Palace became the headquarters of the Japanese colonial office in Vietnam. In September 1945, Japan capitulated to the Allied forces during World War II and handed control back to France. Upon its return, France restored the Norodom Palace as the office of the French colonialists. After the important historical event of Vietnam in 1954, when France surrendered to Việt Minh due to defeat in the battle of Điện Biên Phủ, the Norodom Palace witnessed the division of the nation and was reopened as the residence for the presidents of the southern government. The palace only received its official name, Reunification Palace or Independence Palace, when the tank of the North Vietnamese army drove through the main gate with bulldozers and the flag of Lieutenant Bui Quang Than fluttered on the roof of the palace to mark the end of the war in Vietnam.