Highly modern, cosmopolitan and at the same time tradition-conscious, Ho Chi Minh City presents itself in the south of Vietnam. Renowned museums bear witness to the eventful past of the metropolis once known as Saigon. Here, the memory of the Vietnam War is preserved. Richly decorated temples form oases of calm in this lively metropolis and culture vultures delight in the well-preserved colonial buildings.
Legendary for its nightlife is the pedestrian zone. There is much to discover as the city has nine districts with very different ethnicities and cultures, including Chinatown and Korea Town. From November to May, before the start of the rainy season, the city attracts with pleasant temperatures. Less
An opulent eye-catcher
A masterpiece of Vietnam's colonial buildings
It's easy to walk past this gem of Ho Chi Minh City. But what it lacks in size, the city's most colorful pagoda makes up for in ornate decorations. Pass through peaceful gardens to the sanctum sanctorum, which is filled with the scent of incense sticks. Buddhist sounds invite you to contemplation and meditation. Take a peek into the small pond inhabited by turtles: Hence the nickname "Turtle Pagoda".
With its richly decorated facade, this neoclassical building is a real eye-catcher. The interior exudes French charm with its opulently decorated ceiling and chandeliers. In addition, the post office still fulfils its actual function and is perfect for buying postcards. A visit is also worthwhile in the evening on your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City, when the building is atmospherically illuminated, and can be combined well with a stroll through the lively pedestrian zone.
You might feel like you're in Paris at Ho Chi Minh City's venerable main cathedral - if it weren't for the palm trees and exotic plants in the gardens. With its red bricks imported from France, the building immediately catches your eye. For an impressive view of Ho Chi Minh City's First District, climb the cathedral's bell tower.
One of Vietnam's finest colonial buildings, this opulently decorated palace in the classicist style was built in 1908 as the seat of government for the French colonial power to visibly represent the splendor and glory of France. Today, the building serves as the seat of the People's Committee and its central location makes it a popular meeting place. Come in the evening hours when the cream-colored facade is set off by spotlights.
Breathe history at the former residence of South Vietnamese presidents. This is where the Vietnam War ended in 1975 when tanks from the communist North breached the gates. Tour the president's reception rooms and private chambers, and peek into his cinema room. Also step onto the rooftop, where a full-size Vietnam War-era U.S. helicopter stands.
Few places keep the memory of the Vietnam War as alive as the War Relics Museum. Staggering, impressive, and most importantly, extensive is the museum's collection. Original vehicles and weapons illuminate the technical side of this conflict, while numerous photographs and accounts give voice to the victims. Plan at least 2 hours during your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City to also see the interesting special exhibitions - such as the replica of a prison from the Vietnam War. Less
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