Ho Chi Minh City see and do guide: Architecture

An independent selection of the best things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City. No paid placements, no advertorial.

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Walking tour - Saigon, tales of the city

A heritage walking tour through Saigon’s historic streets capturing the city’s dramatic past and frenetic present - designed by... Read more

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Walking tour - Saigon, tales of the city
Old Compass Cafe Level 3, 63 Pasteur St (down the alley), District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Dong Khoi St - Saigon's French colonial architecture

Dong Khoi St has been at the centre of life in Saigon since French colonial times when it was known as Rue Catinat. In the 60s... Read more

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Dong Khoi St - Saigon's French colonial architecture
Dong Khoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Reunification Palace - Saigon

The former Presidential Palace of the US backed South Vietnamese government, is now known as the Reunification Palace. It’s... Read more

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Reunification Palace - Saigon
135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street - District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City
40,000VND

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Vietnam History Museum - Saigon

Saigon’s Vietnamese History Museum covers the thousands of years of Vietnamese history the world doesn't know much about.... Read more

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Vietnam History Museum - Saigon
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - in botanic gardens
30000VND

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Bitexco Financial Tower, Saigon

This brand new Saigon building stands way above all others. Love it or hate it, it’s impossible to miss. And there’s a skydeck... Read more

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Bitexco Financial Tower, Saigon
Hai Trieu St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
200,000VND

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Cholon - Saigon's Chinatown

Cholon (Cho Lon) is Saigon’s heaving Chinatown district. It’s a great place to spend at least half a day. It’s hard to believe... Read more

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Cholon - Saigon's Chinatown
District 5, Ho Chi Minh City - around 15 mins by cab from downtown

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Exploring Saigon's colonial era apartment buildings

Saigon is racing ahead with the demolition of its past with regrettable fury. Meanwhile, the city’s young are increasingly... Read more
Exploring Saigon's colonial era apartment buildings
Around District 1

Fine Arts Museum, Saigon

Saigon’s Fine Arts Museum is changing for the better - but change comes slowly. It houses the city’s most important collection... Read more

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Fine Arts Museum, Saigon
97A Pho Ðuc Chinh St., Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84838294441
10,000 VND

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Saigon

The grand downtown mansion that was the former French Governor’s Residence and the final residence of assassinated South... Read more

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Saigon
65 Ly Tu Trong St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
15,000VND

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Museums - the best of Saigon's museums

A guide to Saigon's best museums - as well as some of the quirky less-visited places. We list three for those with limited time... Read more
Museums - the best of Saigon's museums
All within easy reach of downtown

Saigon River walk

An early morning or late afternoon walk along the Saigon riverfront gives an interesting perspective on the changing city - from... Read more

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Saigon River walk
Ton Duc Thang St - 3A Station starting point

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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Saigon’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the largest green space in the city centre. It’s a pleasant place for an early morning or... Read more

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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens
2B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
50,000VND

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