Ho Chi Minh City

Gregory Terekhin
Feb 8
The ’Eastern Paris’ - City on the south of the socialist Vietnam, former Saigon with a lot of colonial buildings designed by French architects and modern sky-scrapers. The town where bikes rule:)
The Skybar Chill (on the top of AB Tower)

Tired after the long day full of new impressions? Then return back to the hotel, change your clothes and go to the AB Tower — the modern high-rise building in the center of Saigon. Please remember about the dress-code: no shorts and flip-flops!:) On the top floor you are met by the super-pleasant staff and shown your seat either at table or directly at the bar. The view from the Skybar is breathtaking, especially in the night time: the city full of lights, the busy streets and sky-scrapers. The prices here are cosmic (a traditional long drink costs 15-17 Euro) but it is definitely worth visiting! Make some pics of the night Saigon and enjoy your drink at the height!:)

Ben Thanh Market

Do you love the smell of oriental spices, mixed with meat, fish and coffee?:) Then this centrally located market is the place for your shopping. Lots of various food, tea, coffee, flowers, clothes and shoes - and it is all accompanied by noisy atmosphere and lots of stray cats and dogs hunting for food:) You will remember this experience for long time!

Independence Palace of Ho Chi Mihn 

Build in 1966, the current building replaced the Norodom Palace, the seat of the South Vietnam President and the French colonists. It was the object of bombings during the Vietnam war in 1962 and later at 1975 but was successfully restored all the times. Currently the complex occupies 12 hectares and besides the Palace in consists of the gardens and numerous lawns. The Palace can be visited as museum. Inside it resembles the Soviet times official building with the expensive furniture and carpets, red flags, the leaders' portraits and some regalia. If you want to feel the historical spirit and learn more about the Vietnam history before and after the Independence proclamation you are recommended to visit this Palace. 

The Our Lady's of Saigon Cathedral

Have you ever been to Paris and seen the Notre Dame? Then you should visit its 'Brother' in Saigon:) It was built by the French colonists in 1870-1880 and has the two bell towers on its facade with the height almost 60 meters. The construction materials of the Cathedral were brought from France. The statue of the Holy Virgin (Our Lady of Peace) stands in the center of square. Currently the church is the place of the Vietnamese Catholics worshipping and the attraction for the numerous Ho Chi Mihn tourists.

The Central Saigon Post Office

Just next door to Notre Dame there is the French colonial style building designed by Alfred Foulhoux and built in the late 19th century. It possesses the arched ceilings, marble floors and antique telephone booths. Nowadays, it is the Central Ho Chi Mihn's state post office, so you can send a postcard or letter (old-style) to your family or friends:) There are also several souvenir and handicrafts kiosks at the premises but considering their location the prices are a bit high. The cosy cafe 'De La Poste' is located next to the Post office. You can try the local and European food there sitting on the porch overlookning the Cathedral.

Le Van Tam City Park

It is time to relax at the nature! Go to the Le Van Tam - the park just 10 minutes away from the Post and Cathedral. It was built in 1983 at the site of  Old French cemetery and was named after the heroic Vietnamese boy who fought with the French colonists. Nowadays, it is perfectly maintained and serves as the playground for citizens and tourists, the place of relaxation and the venue of different international events like the Ho Chi Mihn book Fair. 

The War Remnants Museum of Ho Chi Mihn

Founded in 1975, this world-famous museum is located in the Ho Chi Mihn City center and devoted to the participants and victims of the Indochina war (with the French Colonalists) and the Vietnam War. The museum's distinguishing feature is the outdoors exhibition of the military equipment (mostly the US made): tanks, cannons, helicopters etc. The entire hall is devoted to the consequences of the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971: the use of Agent Orange (the poisonous gas), the napalm and phosphorus bombs etc. The real cages where the members of guerrilla detachments were held by the South Vietnamese officials are also present here and serve as the reminder about the horrors of wars. More than 1 million visitors come to this place every year.