From its beautiful colonial buildings and historical sites to hidden cafes, tasty street food, HCMC has stuff to offer for everyone!
Where we Stayed?
We found this condo on AirBnb, which had a beautiful rooftop pool and a gym. This place had multiple condos, the gym was located in one of the others, but we still had access. This place was simple, but clean! Decent amount of space. Condo had a small kitchen, but no kitchen supplies. We paid $22CAD/night.
If you have some extra cash to spend, maybe check out the tallest building in HCMC! It’s a hotel and condo, which also has a spa located inside. It’s called Landmark 81. We were shocked that it was only $225CAD/night at this luxurious place. This back home would be closer to around $600/night. That’s the price in Toronto at the Ritz.
So splurge here if you want!
What to Eat?
Since we were only here for 1 day we didn’t experience too many foods, but where we ate was delicious!
This place was cute and had the best breakfast. I had a delicious omelette with some yummy iced coffee. You can obviously go cheaper with food here and also try some local breakfast dishes, but I do enjoy my normal breakfast routine here.
Phở Hòa Pasteur
Best Pho that we had in the city! It had either 2 or 3 floors and it was super busy with the locals, which makes you know that the food is good when it’s packed with people who live in the area!
Really good bubble tea, that had 3 floors! They even had a cute balcony.
What to Do?
We walked around, and did as much as our bodies could handle. The heat can be draining, but the city is so lively! We both loved the atmosphere here.
Central Post Office
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a glorious example of French colonial architecture, perfectly preserved with as much style as when it first opened in 1891. The building still functions as the city’s main post office, so send a letter or a postcard to someone back home!
Notre Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Located in Paris Square.
Visit the Giac Lam Pagoda
Historic Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. You can walk around the grounds and admire the picturesque architecture here and take in the serene atmosphere at the same time.
Tour the War Remnants Museum
This is one of the most popular museums in all of Vietnam and more than half a million visitors come here every year. Some of the items on display include old military vehicles like Huey helicopters as well as attack bombers and M48 Patton tanks.
Take a Bonsai River Cruise
If you want to take in the city from the vantage point of the water, then head for a Bonsai River Cruise.Here you will get the chance to join a boat ride that includes dinner. Great way to end the night.
Check out all the markets, walk along the streets, take a cooking class, check out rooftop bars, the stuff you can do here is endless!