Tourist Attraction in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the southernmost city of Vietnam. This city is not only famous for its landmarks but it has also played a major role in the Vietnam War. Interestingly, Ho Chi Minh City is still referred by its old name Saigon. Vietnam is itself a charismatic country but what makes it more beautiful is Ho Chi Minh City. It is a historical, commercial, economic and scientific spot as well.
Being a history buff, I have visited this city with a hope to discover the historic places. However, I have not only attained this, but even I came across many other fascinating spots. As Ho Chi Minh City is the commercial hub and the largest city of Vietnam, it mostly stays busy and packed. You will constantly hear honks of cars and buses. But apart from the crowd, you will have a city filled with glamorous skyscrapers and historical monuments. There are numerous places in this exquisite city that has made my trip a memorable journey.
Let us take a trip to the winsome spots in Ho Chi Minh City that you must surely visit.
If you are a history lover as I am, then this place must surely be on your list. This place tells a lot about ancient Vietnam and the Vietnam War. This palace is not in use any longer as it was before. This independence palace is now an artifact that will tell you the stories that have taken place in the history of Vietnam forty years ago. In the grounds of this palace, you will find the evidence of how everything came to an end. Starting from the marks of smashing tanks to the bullet shots. Before visiting this place do some research so that you can figure out things in a better way. I did and that worked very well.
Address: 135 Nam Ka Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
War Remnants Museum
Museums are always an interesting place to visit and the same goes for this museum as well. This museum consists of artifacts and images that focus mainly on the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War. The artifacts in this museum portray the pain and horror related to war. By the images, I could feel the suffering that this war-worn nation had gone through. The displays even included “tiger cages” which were used for the Viet Cong prisoners. It was so surprising for me to find out that in the courtyard of the museum they displayed many weapons and vehicles that belonged to the military period. Beware that there are some exhibits which are not suitable for children. It is best to start the tour of War Remnants Museum from the topmost floor as the intensity of the exhibits is lighter on the ground floor.
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
If you intend to get some cultural essence of Vietnam, then head on to the water puppet theater. The place of origin of water puppetry is in the rural villages of Red River Delta. This small entertainment is part of the Vietnam culture for the past 1000 years. This theater is a perfect place in Ho Chi Minh City for the children and families. This is a light source of entertainment compared to the War Remnants Museum. Apparently this water puppet show is presented in Vietnamese, but don’t worry the motions and actions of the puppets are so easy to understand that language does not becomes a barrier. I was mostly intrigued by the live music and this part was icing on the cake for me. There are many talented musicians who uses traditional instruments such as two stringed violins and bamboo flute. The water in the theater might not bother you but beware because you might be the victim of the splashes.
Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minhkhai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Thien Hau Temple
If you want to experience 19th century Chinese’s life, then you should definitely visit Thien Hau Temple. It is one of the most visited spots in Ho Chi Minh City. This temple was dedicated to Thien Hau, who is the Lady of the Sea according to Chinese tradition. This temple in the city is not only visited by tourists but the local people even pay their visit. As I entered the temple I could see intense fog all around me. This was because of the candle flickers; the fog was so dense that it was really hard for me to get a clear view of the sunlight. A parade takes place on the 23rd day of the lunar month in this temple and it is considered as one of the auspicious days. On the way to the Thien Hau Temple, mindfully visit the Binh Tay Market. You will find many winsome classical Chinese architectures.
Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City Hall
City hall is one of the famous places in Ho Chi Minh City among tourist. I was mesmerized by the bright color of light and serene environment of this place. There is even a statue of Ho Chi Minh, which was made in May 2005. This statue is about 7.2 meters in height. I was intensely gazing towards the architectural beauty of the building that I almost lost track of time. But the disappointing part about this place is that this rich pilgrim building is not open for all. However, there is nothing to worry, as this place is perfect for taking pictures. Ho Chi Minh City hall is loaded with photographers during the evening time. The lights of the building are lit after the sun sets and it is during this time that the whole place looks heavenly. If you want to take good pictures and want to spend a calm time with yourself then head toward the city hall during the evening hours.
Address: 86 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Written by: Sharmista