Vietnam is a country rich with cultural flavour and historical significance. If you’re planning a short holiday to Ho Chi Minh City, reconsider lengthening your trip, as there is so much to see and do within this vibrant city and its spectacular surrounds. When staying in Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you take some time to check out these not to be missed destinations and attractions.
The Mekong River
Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, a number of day tours are available to the Mekong River. This magnificent waterway provides visitors with the chance to get a taste of the life of the locals. Jumping aboard a traditional long tail boat, you can cruise down the river, enclosed by the dense jungle on either side. If you’ve watched a few too many Indiana Jones movies, you’ll love this experience, as it takes you right into the thick of the Vietnamese jungle, as you enter further into the depths of the Mekong River.
Cu Chi Tunnels
When visiting Vietnam, taking a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels is a must. Many travellers choose to book in for a professional tour of the site, as it can become quite overwhelming. The Viet Cong used these underground tunnels during the Vietnam War, navigating their way through dark and dismal crevices. Visitors to the Cu Chi Tunnels will be amazed at how small the circumferences of the tunnels are and how deeply they travel underground.
Vo Van Tan
The main attraction for Vo Van Tan is the War Remnants Museum. This museum is like no other in the world, housing real equipment, newspaper articles and photographs from the time of the war. Be prepared that this museum can be very confronting, but if you’re a history buff or want to learn more about the life of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, there is no better place to visit.
The Great Cao Dai Temple
Located North West of Ho Chi Minh City, many tour companies offer day trips to the Great Cao Dai Temple, a historical and religiously significant destination in Vietnam. The ornate and intricate detailing of this breathtaking structure makes it popular amongst devout followers and tourists alike. The gardens which surround the temple are nearly equally as impressive, so take some time out and experience the cultural beauty of Vietnam.
Ben Thanh Market
A holiday to Ho Chi Minh City would not be completed without a visit to the Ben Thanh Markets. Known throughout the world, these markets are home to just about everything you could want to buy. Traditional Vietnamese foods are also sold amongst market stall vendors, providing the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Vietnam, before heading back home.