ATTRACTIONS

BEN THANH MARKET

Ben Thanh market has long been one of Saigon's most famous landmark. The market has been in existence since the French occupation.

The original market was located on the shores of Ben Nghe river by old fort Gia Dinh. Its proximity to the fort and the river where merchants and soldiers would land was reason for its name (Ben meaning pier or port and Thanh meaning fort). In 1859, when the French invaded Saigon and overtook fort Gia Dinh, Ben Thanh Market was destroyed. It was rebuilt shortly thereafter and remained standing until it was moved to its present location in 1899.

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Built on a landfill of what was once a swamp named Bo Ret (Marais Boresse), the new Ben Thanh Market is located in the center of the city. Under the French government, the area around Ben Thanh Market was called Cu Nhac circle (Rond point Cuniac), named after Mr. Cuniac, the person who proposed filling the swamp to create this area. The area was later renamed Cong truong Dien Hong.

Nowadays, Ben Thanh Market is a large local marketplace and tourist attraction in the downtown area of Hồ Chí Minh City. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of symbols of Hồ Chí Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài (traditional), and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

Opening time: 6am to 5pm.
Local insight: Night market is held outside from 7pm to midnight.

 

CUCHI TUNNELS

Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City to 70 km to the northwest. This is miniature battle versatile of the army and people of Cu Chi during the war raged for 30 long years against invaders for independence and freedom for the country, is a unique architecture, deep in the underground with many stratums, such as arachnoid corner, with accommodation, meeting and fighting with a total length of over 200 km.

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The Real legends from the Tunnel beyond human imagination. Just get under a tunnel passage, you will understand why small countries Vietnam could defeat the enemy is a big country and the richest. Why Cu Chi, poor land to cope uninterrupted for 21 years with an army of more than multiples, combative, equipped with weapons and implements of war modern art. In this duel, the people of Cu Chi was resounding victory

Based on the tunnel system, fortifications, trenches, soldiers and people of Cu Chi fought very bravely, setting up the war of arms. The American invaders first land in Cu Chi encountered fierce resistance from the tunnel in weak coverage area basis, exclaimed: "Village Underground", "Password danger zone," "Vietnamese community did not see where the ubiquitous "....

With its war pasture, Cu Chi tunnels in the history of the heroic struggle the people of Vietnam as a legend of the 20th century and became famous in the world.

Cu Chi Tunnels have two points:

    Ben Drug Tunnels: Based Park & ​​Military Region Party Committee of Saigon - Gia Dinh is protected in Phu Hiep Hamlet, Phu My Hung Commune, Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City.

    Tunnels of Ben Dinh Cu Chi District Party Committee is preserved in Ben Dinh Hamlet, Peter Duc Commune, Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City.

To Ho Chi Minh City, please visit the historic area of ​​Cu Chi tunnels, to understand how the battle-term hardship, you will be eye see - hands touching a feat that today is the love peace, independence, freedom, happiness ...

 

INDEPENDENCE PALACE

Originally the Presidential Palace, Former President Ngo Dinh Nhiem resided here during the American War. The handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the place became a monument to that fateful date.
Opening time: 7.30am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm.
Local insight: The basement looks like a wartime movie set.

 

SAIGON NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL

The famous central church, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels and reaches a height up to 60 meters.
Opening time: 8am to 5pm.
Local Insight: It is opened for mass at 5.30am and 5.30pm everyday.


SAIGON CENTRAL POST OFFICE

Built between 1886 and 1891 by architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux, Saigon’s main post office is indeed an architectural jewel. Its design encompasses European flair with Asian Cham motifs, bas reliefs, neo-baroque forms and ornamentation reminiscent of the third French Republic’s style.
Opening time: 7am to 7pm.
Local insight: Names of many historical figures are engraved on the outside of the building.

 

OPERA HOUSE

It was custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret. Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to hold opera and classical music events.
Local insight: Concert from 8am to 9am every Saturday and Sunday in front of the Opera House.


WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM

Established in 1975, the War Remnants Museum displays the spirit and struggles that Vietnam and her people went through during many wars
Opening time: 7.30am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 5pm.
Local insight: Children’s war art hall is a highlight. The paintings here are done by children and their perception of “War and Peace”.

 

JADE PAGODA

The 100 year-old Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of Saigon's most famous religious grounds.
Opening time: 6am to 6pm.
Local insight: Jade Pagoda is painted in red and there are hundreds of turtles in this pagoda. Couples goes here to pray for fertility.

 

BITEXCO TOWER

The design inspiration for Bitexco Financial Tower was drawn from Vietnam's national flower, the Lotus. This is the city’s tallest building with helipad on 50th floor.
Local insight: Saigon Sky deck (on 49th floor) has full, breathtaking panoramas of the city.

 

CITY HALL AND WALKING STREET NGUYEN HUE

This is the First Walking Square in Vietnam with underground Metro station.  Its spacious area allows the gathering and display of culture and arts exhibition
Local insight: this is an ideal place for friends gathering and taking photos with colorful lights in the evening.

 

BEN THANH STREET FOOD MARKET

Just a block from Sanouva Saigon Hotel. There are alot of little shops with different cuisine.

Opening time: 9am to midnight