Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is the financial hub of Vietnam. The beautiful city was colonized by the French and boasts of a lot of history related to the Vietnam War. Saigon is a popular tourist destination and attracts tourists from around the world.
There is no dearth of accommodation options in Saigon. Travellers can choose from apartments, guest houses, resorts and fancy five star hotels. The most popular localities for accommodation in Saigon are Dong Khoi, Pham Ngu Lao and Ben Thanh Market. Travellers can stay at the upscale 5 star hotel in Saigon, if they are looking for a world class property at the centre of the city.
Some of the popular attractions in Saigon are
Binh Tay Market
This market is located in the Chinatown area of the city. Travellers can shop for a number of things ranging from clothes, accessories to handicrafts and food items. The market is popular among the locals and offers products at lower prices. Visit the place in the mornings to see the wet market which has the fresh produce like seafood, fruits and vegetables for sale. Visit the food court to sample the authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It is easy to reach the Binh Tay Market. Tourists staying at the boutique 5 star hotel in Saigon, can hire a taxi and reach the market located in district 5.
The pagoda is located in district 5. The ancient pagoda is dedicated to the Lady of the Sea, ThienHau. The pagoda boasts of some amazing sculptures and intricate carvings that depict the local culture and life style.
Visit the museum to get a glimpse of the city’s history. The museum is housed in a neoclassical palace, which was built in 1885. The museum is close to Notre Dame Cathedral and is a peaceful place.
The palace is also known as the Independence palace. It is a museum but is also used for government meetings. The palace was home of the South Vietnam President during the war. Tourists can visit the numerous rooms in the palace and admire the royal way of life. Some of the rooms contain the original machines, bunkers, helipads, offices used during the war. The palace is close to the 5 star hotel in Saigon, and is located at the centre of the city.