Top 7 Attractions in Saigon Travel Video
This travel video highlights the best things to do while visiting Saigon along with all of the top attractions one should potentially consider when traveling or touring around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As one of the most in your face and cocky cities in all of SE Asia (let alone Vietnam) Saigon is best described as functionally chaotic. Taking the time to properly explore the city is an absolute must. The following is a list of seven things to try before you leave the city limits:
1) Buy Quirky Travel Souvenirs
Vietnam has more quirky travel souvenirs than just about any other country I’ve ever visited. From Weasel coffee (that’s been pooped out) to snake wine this nation has it all. Come home armed with presents that will either shock or make your friends laugh out loud.
2) Visit the War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants museum is the most somber attraction on this list. The war itself was full of atrocities on both sides (although this museum is from the perspective of the north); however, it’s the gallery focused on ‘agent orange’ that really caught our attention.
3) Wander around Thien Hau Pagoda
This fascinating Buddhist temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. In the past, people came here to pray for a safe trip before embarking on a journey out to sea. These days it’s noteworthy for its incense burning and coils.
4) Binh Tay Market
If you’re looking to brush elbows with locals (and tourists) head over to Binh Tay Market for all of the mayhem you can handle. If this place doesn’t sell what you’re looking for it’s unlikely to exist anywhere else on earth.
5) Marvel at the Reunification Palace
The former Presidential Palace (now called the Reunification Palace) was once home to the President of South Vietnam. In April, 1975 this all changed when tanks from the north crashed through the gates. The premises have been left to look exactly the way it did many decades ago.
6) Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
This stunning Cathedral is a significant landmark in Saigon. Built with red bricks it really stands out and is right beside the General Post Office. Come on Sunday and you’ll be treated to mass.
7) Check out the General Post Office
Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out the General Post Office. Designed by Gustave Eiffel (that guy who built the Eiffel Tower) when Vietnam was under control of French Indochina, its got a classic timeless appeal.