Everyone has their first time on anything, from first-time flying and travelling, to first-time backpacking and couch surfing. When it comes to visiting Vietnam and making Ho Chi Minh City as your first stop for the first time, you wonder where you should explore to make the most out of your trip. Here're the 7 highlights of places that you should visit before you leave the city. Roll down and read on!
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1. People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
It's not that difficult to find French architecture anywhere in Ho Chi Minh areas as the city was once a French colony. The beautiful city hall was built in the early 1900s, situated in the heart of the city centre, is now a People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. You can find loads of shops and restaurants in this busy district; the street in front Nguyen Hue City of Walking offers you the best spot to view this gorgeous building.
2. Independence Palace
This relatively new & modern palace is the biggest historical building around the area. It was built in the Vietnam War era. You can find a huge garden and a palace with war rooms and artifacts in there. There is also a terrace offering an overlooking 360° panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. This Independence Palace is where you discover the old & new Vietnam at the same time.
3. Tan Dinh Church
Tan Dinh Church is the most visited Catholic church in the city and you should all know the reasons. This church is best known for its girly pink exterior and the Gothic style; it is the place for all girls and all girl at heart. If you have some spare time and would love to spot some cheap souvenirs, Check out the market Chợ Tân Định where it is only a block away.
4. Saigon Opera House
Another French colonial architecture that you should not miss is Saigon Opera House. It's not just because of the AO Show that is being performed in here; it's also a home to other best ballet, opera, symphony and other performances that allows you to discover more about the Vietnamese cultures.
5. Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum was once a palace in the 19th century and now a museum of the ex-president of Vietnam. This museum does not just tell you the revolutionary story about the country, but it's also where you can enjoy the city & garden views of Ho Chi Minh City from the balconies inside.
6. Saigon Central Post Office
You probably won't put post office in your itinerary, but if you don't visit Saigon Central Post Office, you aren't discovering Ho Chi Minh City properly. This post office isn't just an ordinary post office that you imagined. Of course the staff here can assist you with daily postal services where you can send your postcards out and buy collection stamps. There are also markets that you can shop for your favourite souvenirs, too!
7. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
While you are visiting the central post office, don't forget to take a look at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon! This French-styled catholic cathedral is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City and it's just right next to the central post office. It was built in the 18th century, featuring six oldest Vietnamese organ in a twin bell towers that everyone within 10km can hear the bells ring clearly.