23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam

– Hey everyone, it’s Mark Wiens, and I am a traveler, and a food lover. I am in Ho Chi Minh
City, Vietnam right now, which is also known as Saigon, and this is just an
absolutely action-packed city with so many things to
do, so many things to see, and so many delicious foods to eat. I’m going to be exploring
some of the best, and most exciting, things to do when you are in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. So, keep watching this video,
we are going to explore this amazing city together, and hopefully this video will give you some great ideas about some things that
you can do when you visit. (drumming) Right now, I’m at the Bình Tây Market. I think they have everything
here that you could want, from clothes to food to snacks and even like cookware, this is a great place to buy cookware. But anyway, lots and lots of things available at this market and there’s a beautiful
food court as well, where you can stop to
eat breakfast or lunch. It’s kind of a square market, and then in the middle is a Chinese garden where you can come to relax. This is a great market, I’m loving it. (Oriental music) I’m at the Thiên Hâu Taoist Temple in Saigon in Chinatown, and this is, I think this
is one of the biggest, most well known and
important Taoist temples in this area of Saigon. Many people come here to
buy these coils of incense and then they hang them up. Whoa, a little piece of ash just, just fell down right beside me. As you can see a bunch of smoke coming from the incense over there. (Oriental music) I’m standing on the balcony now of the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, which I think, I think
previously it was called the Revolutionary Museum. But it’s just 15,000 dong for entrance. Part of the beauty of the museum is just the building that it’s housed in, which is a neoclassical building which I think was built in 1885. It’s a beautiful building
and within the museum you can find all sorts of exhibitions about the history of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as some Vietnamese cultural, traditional exhibitions as well. And it’s a place that you can go to learn about the history of Ho
Chi Minh City and Vietnam. (Oriental music) I’m at the Bitexco Financial Tower, which is by far the
tallest building in Saigon making up the skyline. There are two options when you come here, you can either go to the
sky, the Saigon Skydeck, which I think is on the 49th floor, or alternatively, you can go to a cafe which is on the 50th floor. And you can buy a drink,
a drink or a snack there and get the same great view. So, I am on the 50th floor now and I just ordered up a little
cup of coffee, a ristretto. Oh yeah, that is strong, but the views from up
here are pretty amazing. We’re on the 50th story, of course so you’ve got a really nice view. Unfortunately this is
not the clearest of days I chose to come here. It’s sort of raining, but it’s still a good view of the city. (Oriental music) I am at the Independence Palace, which is also known as
the Reunification Palace, and this is right in the heart
of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. One of the most important
attractions, landmarks. But formerly it was
the main seat and house of the President of the
Republic of Vietnam. And now, they’ve turned
it more into a museum. Although they still, I think they still use it for government meetings and events. I think they’re having actually a meeting right now as we were inside. But you can really go
to many different floors and the basement was probably the most, one of the most interesting parts. (Choral music) I am at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is right in the
center of Ho Chi Minh City. And this is one of the
most important landmarks and churches, Catholic cathedrals, built in the Neo-Romanesque style. The most noticeable features of the church are the 40 meter high towers, spires, the duo of them on either side. And this is a beautiful,
a beautiful cathedral and just a really great environment here in Ho Chi Minh City, so this is a place you must
visit when you are here. (choral music) Right now I am at the
Central Post Office in Saigon and it’s actually right across the street from the Cathedral of Notre Dame. One of the reasons it’s very famous is because the architect
was Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower, and actually you can buy a
post card to send it from here, but there’s also some souvenirs. It’s sort of turned into
a tourist attraction, but at the same time it’s a
practical tourist attraction and it’s a really beautiful building. The wrought iron, green
wrought iron gates, and what I also really like about inside is the beautifully tiled floor. Right now I am at the War Remnants Museum, and it’s actually very close
to the Independence Palace. This is not a fun, or
exciting place to visit, but it is a place to come to pay respect and to remember the brutal
history of the war in Vietnam. Outside are many displays of tanks and military weapons and vehicles. And then inside it’s actually mostly exhibitions of photography
showing the horrible events and the, just the terrible violence that was a result of the war. (somber music) I’m standing outside
the Saigon Opera House, which is one of the most recognizable landmark buildings in
all of Ho Chi Minh City, and it’s a really beautiful building, built in the French Colonial period. I think it was built in 1897, but they also still have a show here. So you can purchase
tickets to go to the show and then see the inside of it, or you can just see it from the outside and just admire the architecture and the French Colonial building. (French music) Right now I am on Dong Khoi Street. This is one of the most
famous streets in Saigon, especially for its upscale shopping malls and boutiques and hotels. So if you’re looking to
do some upscale shopping and get some fresh designer wear, you definitely need to come and explore the Dong Khoi area in Ho Chi Minh City. Alright I just came into the Saigon Zoo, which is also on the same
property as the Botanic Gardens. So far it’s just a really
beautiful, tree lined, big huge trees. It’s really lush and green and cool and quiet and peaceful in here compared to the loud, rowdy motor-scooter
filled roads outside. The zoo itself, the animal displays and cages are not fantastic. The animals don’t look too happy, but definitely the grounds and the Botanic Gardens are beautiful. I think that’s what’s
worth coming here for is definitely the Botanic Gardens. Many people are like
relaxing on the grass, having picnics and taking naps. There are a few different
coffee shops around, as well as places to eat ice cream, and even a full food court. So I think this place is
definitely worth coming just to walk around the
really nice and lush gardens and to just take a break from the outside scooter, motor traffic. Alright, I am at the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. I think she said it’s
the first private museum in Saigon, or maybe even in Vietnam. I mean it focuses on Vietnamese
traditional medicine, holistic medicine, lots of herbs and natural remedies. Vietnamese medicine is very
influenced by Chinese medicine, and yet at the same time
it pulls together medicine, Vietnamese medicine from the
north, as well as the south, and also throughout Vietnam. This is just a very impressive,
peaceful and quiet museum. And I think this is a great place to visit when you’re in Saigon. She said that I can try on some traditional Vietnamese
medicine man clothing. (drumming) I am a Vietnamese medicine man. Whoa, this thing is heavy. You could lift weights with this thing. (drumming) I am at the San Art Gallery in Saigon and this is one of the few independent, nonprofit art gallery,
creative spaces in the city. If you are a lover of art
when you come to Saigon, you should definitely check out one of, either the San Art Gallery or there’s another couple of art galleries as well in the city that
you should check out. (upbeat music) We are at Turtle Lake, which is this roundabout right
in the heart of Saigon. And this is a very popular place for, especially young people to hang out. It’s so action packed,
but people are nice, and people are just all
having a great time. I think that’s, that’s one of
the great things about Vietnam is that people, people
genuinely have a great time and enjoy socializing
and just hanging out, and I think just enjoying life. (upbeat Oriental music) (traffic moving) Right now I am at Ben Thanh Market, which is right in the center of Saigon and surrounded by a giant roundabout. This is one of the most
famous markets in the city. Basically everything you can imagine is available to purchase
here, souvenirs, food. There are lots of like
dried fruit and snacks, and as well as there are
some food stalls as well. But this is a very central, Saigon market that you should visit when you’re in town. (upbeat music) I am in the Phu My Hung
area, or sort of a district. It’s an upscale area of town, but it’s also a newly
developed area of town. It’s a really nice place to walk around. It has a totally different feel from the chaos of central Saigon. It’s much more relaxed and not nearly as busy with traffic. One of the most famous things
is the Starlight Bridge, with a waterfall that lights up in a rainbow of different colors. That is supposed to be one of the most romantic places in Saigon. So if you are looking for a great hang out, date spot, you might wanna check it out. (upbeat music) I just bought my ticket to the Vietnamese traditional Water Puppet Show and I’m at the Golden
Dragon Water Puppet Theater. So now just waiting, my ticket is for the 6:30 pm performance and I’m excited to see this
traditional art performance. (Oriental music) I’m at the History Museum,
the Vietnamese History Museum. And it’s actually right,
kind of in the same property as the Botanic Garden and the Saigon Zoo. The museum goes through
the history of Vietnam, starting from the Bronze
period, Bronze Age period. There are lots of pottery, lots of porcelain, weapons. Also inside the museum
there’s a big collection of Angkor Wat sculptures and reliefs and stone, stone carvings. So I think that was probably
my favorite part of the museum. So if you are interested
in the history of Vietnam, as well as this whole
region of southeast Asia, this is a good museum for you to visit when you’re in Saigon. (upbeat music) I’m at Shri Restaurant and Lounge and this is a beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar and lounge here in Saigon. I think we’re on the 23rd floor and there is just a wonderful
view of the skyline. But when you are in Saigon, coming to a rooftop restaurant or bar is a great thing to do. It’s a relief to get away from the busy, congested streets of the city and to just hang out and relax. There are a couple of
different rooftop bars and cafes that you can
visit when you’re in Saigon. And it’s a great way, yeah, just to get away from
the chaos of the city and just to enjoy the
view and the relaxation. (upbeat music) I am at the Fine Arts
Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, and actually I’ve been
walking around already and, actually I’m quite
impressed with the museum. It’s very well done. There are lots of
exhibitions showcasing art, and especially paintings and
sculptures and lacquer work. From the ancient all the way to the modern, contemporary pieces. Part of the reason I’m so impressed is that it is housed in this wonderful, elegant and just a
beautiful Colonial building. So definitely, if you enjoy art, this is a museum you’re
not gonna want to miss when you’re in Saigon. (Oriental music) I am at the Jade Emperor Pagoda in Saigon and this is one of the most important Taoist temples in the city. And you can walk around outside where there are some trees and pigeons and it almost has that
cave-like feel to it. It’s kind of dark, incense fills the air. And then you can also walk inside and walk around inside as well. (gongs chiming) (motorcycles buzzing) One of my favorite things to do in Saigon is to not only go to one of the big famous markets like Ben Thanh, but I also, I think one of my favorite
things about Saigon and Vietnam are the amazing, local fresh markets where you can just buy everything from fish to vegetables to herbs to noodles. Markets in Saigon are amazing. And you should definitely check
out a local, fresh market. Fresh Wet Market as well when you’re here. (crowd talking) Easily my favorite thing
about being in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is just the absolute sensational amount of food available. So you will find
Vietnamese food everywhere from nice restaurants
to the side of the roads to some of my favorite
restaurants which are tucked away in quiet, peaceful alleys. Uh, friendly alleys. And you’ll just get
whiffs of delicious soup. You’ll get bathed in
smoke from grilling meat. Basically every, every
sense you can imagine will be aroused by the
delicious food available here and it’s just a never ending buffet of delicious things to try
and delicious things to eat. So when you are in Saigon, you just do not want to miss all of the delicious food available. (drumming) That brings us to the end of this video. Thank you very much for watching. I hope you liked it, and
I hope it has given you some great ideas about some of the things you can do when you are in Saigon. I have actually taken this entire video and made it into a free e-book. So here’s the cover of the e-book, and if you click on the cover right now, you can download it for free. It includes all of these
top 23 things to do, plus extra photos and
visiting information, but lots of useful tips and
also tips about visiting Saigon. So go download your free
copy of the e-book now and thank you again for
watching this video, and I will see you on the next video.

100 thoughts on “23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam

  1. Vietnam can't speak english. They are stupid and eat dogs, the streets full of whores, gay and HIV.


  3. If you come to Ho Chi Minh city, you can chose to stay at my apartments which is in central location, near Bui Vien walking street, Ben Thanh market,… FREE GYM & POOL AVAILABLE. HOMESTAY WITH THE BEST CONVENIENCE.

    Looking forward to welcoming you all 🙂

  4. 1:29 – thien hau temple
    – museum of ho chi minh
    Bitexco financial tower 50th flr*
    Independence palace
    Saigon cathedral
    Central post office
    War remnants museum
    Opera house
    Dong khoi street shopping
    Saigoon zoo and bonitical gardens*
    San art gallery
    Turtle lake at night
    Phu my hung
    Water puppet show
    Museum of vietnamese history
    Rooftop bar
    Fine arts museum
    Vietnamese street food

  5. Mark should have your own App .. love all the videos you make & I am a huge fan from India & someday would love for you to come to Bangalore & have a good experience here too.

  6. I plan to visit Vietnam someday and your videos are a gateway to my dreams !! Love your work and love to your wife and kid !

  7. I was in in Saigon last december 26 2018 and also January 2019. I love the night market and its food street.

  8. Sorry, but read this: The Saigon Central Post Office was constructed from 1886-1891 and depicts classic elements of Gothic, Renaissance and French colonial design. While some mistakenly credit Gustave Eiffel, the famed designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it was actually designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux.

  9. i love the way you presented your video, simple and yet very informative, thank you for sharing your travel experience, now i have an idea on what place to visit there.

  10. I think you should learn how to put on a clothing especially a traditional clothing of a country, absolutely can ask someone there. Anw enjoy ur video~

  11. Here’s a few good ideas

  12. ive been here in vietnam for few times and havent tried goin to those place uve been.,i only go for rooftop bars and ben thant market (night market 🤩) and now i know where i can go next maybe tomorrow visit the place and museums uve been 😉 thank tou for sharing this video 👍🏼

  13. Hi sir, thank you for your information. Btw, can we just walk from place to place? Or what your suggestion of tranportation choice in HCM?

  14. Mark .. I love watching your video and am getting hungry every time you eat . But do you get food sick or stomach problems ?

  15. I am a Vietnamese and I always visited Saigon every summer holliday school when I‘m a child. Even I had lived in Saigon around 2years before I go overseas for study but you are know more museum at Saigon than me !!! You did a good job Mr. What a amazing video ❤️

  16. Nice Video Mark!! After seeing this video I went to Vietnam!!
    Too many things I did~~Going museum, eating, sleeping~
    Just in case, I used Go2Joy app for hotels, grab app for moving!!
    These two apps are fast and convenient, so many reviews and rankings~~~

  17. When you go up there to the coffee shop do you still need to pay 200k ? Or you can go there free and buy in the coffee shop

  18. Awesome as usual Mark. I am heading over there next week and was looking for things to do during the day. Spoilt for choice now!

  19. Great video! Check out my Saigon, Vietnam trip! It was fantastic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDgeYkV74X8&list=PL9PorrvmvSXzSsG3_3ezGE7vGPols_kdk

  20. DAY 3 – Exploring walking around city , Museum and Rich Area of Saigon , Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam https://youtu.be/4_d5hNVDnNs

  21. man I miss that city! the whole of Vietnam is amazing! great people, hot women, delicious food, places to chill everywhere, nature and history, and lots of coffee, that place Is dreamy!

  22. Saigon will always be in my heart because I was born there. Vietnamese people here are definitely diverse since they come from all cities of Vietnam. There are many unique places that one must see….I will be there in January because the weather will be cooler than the rest of the year….

  23. A great video to watch !.. thank you .. I’m in hcmc right now and I will be using your tips and suggestions thank you !… if I was to add anything I would add check out “book alley” it’s beautiful and relaxing and have some fab coffee stops to chill at

  24. Hi Mark thanks for sharing, am book for my upcoming trip, tried downloading your free ebook but unfortunately, the link is broken. Anyway I still can download it?

  25. Please, don't go to the Jade Emperor Pagoda. It is an absolute horror show. Watch this to understand more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tFjssna_Ws&t=2s

  26. i lived in hcm for a year. i fell off my motorbike broke my arm and got ran overed by the car behind me all at the same time. true story . i love hcm city but living here is crazy

  27. Who clicked onto this video because they wanted to see if they’ve been at the place where he is

    (Here’s a fun fact) Ho Chi Minh city was named after the guy Hoi Chi Minh from the Vietnam war

  28. Yes I found an informative and very detailed video about Ho Chi Minh's best places to visit. I can use this in my trip to this place soon. Thanks a lot!

  29. When you travel be ware of vietnam people . Many theaf in shopping ares and u have to bargen when you purchase things from vietnam . Soooo cunning . Selling fake items for very higher price. thease people dosent know how to speak to people .

  30. It’s amazing how far Vietnam has come from such a scary terrifying place to live during the time of the Vietnam War, which wasn’t that long ago, to such a beautiful attraction in such a short time. That place literally used to be hell only just years ago

  31. Prices mentioned here in year 2015 when this video was uploaded, are not applicable this 2019. Based in my experience 3 days ago, most of them are doubled the price now.

  32. thank you so much for such amazing videos! I can feel the love that you share! Wish you always happy and have time to come back to Sai Gon!

  33. THanks for the great video – but the download link that you put in the article pinned at the top is a 404 page not found

  34. This video helped me a lot in my travel to Saigon. Now I already uploaded my video about my journey to the historical HCMC!❤️

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