You have ever wondered if it is enough time to visit Saigon in one day. Don’t worry! You can still see many of the city’s unique and interesting landmarks.
Enjoy a street-side breakfast
It is easy to start your day with a nutritious breakfast in the city with so much delicious food to choose from. Have a hot bowl of pho or grab a banh mi on the go with a traditional coffee. A combination of fried eggs, meat and onions are served in a personal pan with a loaf of crispy baguette.
Then, let start your day with full of energy!
Take a walk around the Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace was the home and workplace of the French Governor of Cochin-China. It has lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture, and a command bunker. It's still in use to host important occasions in Ho Chi Minh, including APEC summits.
Walking through the palace with a guide if you would like to learn more about its history. Or simply have a quick look at this retro structure from the outside.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 11:00 & 13:00 - 16:00
- Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND
Delve into history at the War Remnants Museum
Visit the War Remnants Museum for an eye-opening look at a very dark period of the country’s history. Graphic photographs and American military equipment are on display. There is a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft. The most talked-about exhibits at the War Remnants Museum are the ‘tiger cages'. The South Vietnamese government kept their political prisoners in these confinements.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07.30 - 12.00 & 13:30 – 17:00
- Location: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND
Drop by the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam.Head to another landmark structure in the city, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Only a short walk from Independence Palace, the cathedral is a little bit of Paris right in the centre of Saigon.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00
- Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Send a postcard from Saigon Central Post Office
Just opposite the cathedral, you can stop by the striking Saigon Central Post Office. A grand 19th-century building, its architecture is just as beautiful from the inside as it is from the outside. The building is a still a functioning post office so you could even send a postcard from here.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
- Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hunt for hidden gems in Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh is a vibrant spot in the city and popular with tourists so it can get crowded. There is lots of food to choose from and also many vendors selling local handicrafts, knick-knacks and souvenirs. Prepare for lots of people, noise and come ready to bargain.
- Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00
- Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Wander along Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien is the famous backpacker street in Ho Chi Minh City. There are many shops, restaurants and drinking places to hang out at here and in the streets around this district. Bun Cha 145 is a popular restaurant along Bui Vien with delicious and cheap food.
- Address: Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy your short trip in Saigon!