What to do in Ho Chi Minh in a week

Ho Chi Minh, former Saigon, is one of Vietnam’s most amazing booming cities. If you are visiting Vietnam for the first time, you definitely need to dig into its old and modern history. Here are some useful tips on what to do in Ho Chi Minh in a week.

What to do in Ho Chi Minh

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What to do in Ho Chi Minh in a week

Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum

Wondering what to do in Ho Chi Minh? Once out of your hotel room, you can kick off your day by heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn how the Viet Cong soldiers lived underground for days during the war. You will also see the booby traps and ammunition boxes that were used on foreign troops. Cu Chi Tunnels are in southern Vietnam and an impressive place to see: 250 km long tunnel network that used to be the fighting position for Vietnamese fighters during the US-Vietnam conflict. When you feel you’ve had your share of the Cu Chi Tunnels but still want to learn more about the Vietnam War from the local perspective, then head out to the War Museum. If you are still not happy enough, visit Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh. Official palace for a few Presidents, the palace, covering an area of 15 hectares, dates back to 1863 and was reconstructed in 1962.

Motorcycle Food Tour

Among the things to do in Ho Chi Minh, don’t miss a Motorcycle Food Tour to discover the delicious local flavours. Through Ho Chi Minh City’s streets, on the back of a local’s motorcycle, check out for tasty meal spots while exploring markets with strategic scrumptious stops. With the help of a local guide, you will unearth the most hidden places, flavours and smells to discover the most intimate soul and traditions. Most drivers speak very good English and female drivers are pretty good and safe, so nothing to worry about!

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Mekong River Delta

If you are still wondering what to do in Ho Chi Minh, one of the activities not to miss if you are in Vietnam is, by all means, a cruise along the Mekong River Delta (called with the moniker of Vietnam’s rice basket or bowl). The legendary Mekong River flows through Tibet, China Burma, Laos and Cambodia before arriving in Vietnam. Board on a boat in Ho Chi Minh City and travel along the river to see life going on and floating markets. Sip on some local honey tea at a bee farm and enjoy the flavour of exotic candies and fruits. Drive through the countryside and learn all about rural life around the Delta, visit Unicorn and Turtle Islands and admire the architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda temple. The smiling and lying Buddhas are beautiful. This place is really relaxing so I suggest you visit if you can.

Sa Dec Market

You have probably been to many open markets around the world but the local market of the lovely Sa Dec colonial town will not disappoint you. It is one of the most crowded places in Sa Dec town, where you can find any type of traditional foods, all sorts of weird and wonderful fish and seafood (mostly still alive). The specialities are the rice noodles and the rice cake that you can take home as gifts for your family and friends. If you are travelling on a shoestring but are still trying to take as much fresh juicy fruits and vegetables as possible every day, the Sa Dec Market is the right place for you.

Water Puppets Show

Put Water Puppets Show on your what to do in Ho Chi Minh list, so that you can experience a bit of Vietnamese culture and history. Water puppets in Vietnam date back to centuries ago and link to the importance of water in all aspects of life on our beautiful planet Earth.

You don’t know where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City?

Here is a comprehensive list of hotels in Ho Chi Minh that you can look through and find the best match to your budget.

1 Comment
  1. A river cruise sounds so delightful! I’ve never even heard of Vietnamese water puppets, they sound awesome.

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