Top attractions while visiting Saigon, Vietnam Travel Video

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.

Top attractions and things to do while visiting Saigon, Vietnam

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Maria May 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

7) Check out the General Post Office – Sounds like a winner Sam! Trippy to me that Eiffel designed it but then again the area was French influenced for a long time. Thanks for pointing this one out – don’t think I’ve ever read about it before.

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Karthik May 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I will never buy weasel coffee.

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The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) May 3, 2013 at 8:17 am

Great tips. We were just there in February and really enjoyed HCMC. Beauty amidst chaos is how I’d describe it.

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Justin @ True Nomads May 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Now I miss Vietnam! Best street food on the planet. (po!) I’ll be back at the end of the year though!

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Jenny May 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

For me the biggest adventure in Saigon was crossing the street. Yikes!!!

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Vietnam Mike November 5, 2013 at 1:11 am

Great job sharing the awesome sights of Ho Chi Minh City. Your videos are fun and informative, Sam.

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