Located in the south of Vietnam, Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City) is an exciting city which has hundreds of attractive destinations. The places attract thousands of tourists each year. There are a lot of things to do in Saigon when you pay a visit to this beautiful and energetic city.
Visitors will have a chance to explore both the old and new cultures of Saigon. You can find it to be a peaceful city with a lot of ancient pagodas and temples. On the other hand, an energetic metropolis of busy roads, a number of skyscrapers, and many other amazing corners has also been the noticeable symbol of Saigon. If you are planning your Saigon day trips, go follow this article to get some recommendations for your plan.
Saigon – An energetic city
What to do in Saigon
Built in 1962, Reunification Palace or Independence Palace is such a remarkable tourism destination that visitors should not miss out. This place was the presidential home and workplace of Ngo Dinh Diem – the president of The Republic of Vietnam during Vietnam War. On April 30th, 1975, two of North Vietnamese Army’s tanks crashed through the palace’s main gate and took control of the power. Vividly remembered by all people all over the work, this event has been seen as the end of Vietnam War. Nowadays, the original tanks are displayed in the palace. Reunification Palace now is used as a museum. The basement has some tunnel’s warrens, a war command room with its enormous map on its wall, and old communication equipment. Moreover, there are even a casino and a rooftop terrace at the fourth one. In addition, lots of propaganda materials used during the war era are featured on the other floor. Reunification Palace is also used to host a lot of important events taking part in Ho Chi Minh City such as APEC summits.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City. The Catholic cathedral was inspired by the Romanesque Architecture of the 11th and 12th century A.D. Moreover, this spot is named after the Virgin Mary. You can try the gate which is opposite to the Reunification Palace if the main one is locked. Especially, having a cup of Vietnamese ice coffee in the early morning and enjoy the beginning of the day in Saigon before walking to the cathedral is a good idea.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Giac Lam Pagoda
Built in 1744, Giac Lam which is said to the most ancient pagoda in Saigon brings you a peacefully atmospheric destination surrounded by gardens. Furthermore, the name of the pagoda comes from the Chinese characters (覚林寺), which means “Feel the Woods Pagoda. If you go inside the pagoda, you will be amazed by the ancient beauty of the statues as well as the architecture. It opens almost every day; in particular, there are a number of prayers in Giac Lam Pagoda in Vietnamese traditional holiday, on the first and the fifteenth day of each month (in Vietnamese Lunar calendar).
Giac Lam Pagoda
What to eat
Your Saigon tours would never perfect if you don’t spend time moving around to find the good places of delicious food. Just look at some of the suggested food’s list.
- Banh Mi: Amazingly treat yourself with condensed milk coffee
- Com Tam
- Pha Lau (Southern Chinese origin)
- Banh Trang Tron
When to travel to Saigon
From December to April is the best time for Saigon day trips. At that moment, you may experience pleasant weather with warm temperature and dry air. During the rainy season (from May to November), it usually rains for a few hours during the afternoon and there are even some serious storms which might occur as well.
Eventually, all of the information mentioned above is just some of the hundreds of wonderful spots in Saigon which we can show you. Although one day is not enough to explore the whole city, hope that the article is helpful for your Saigon day trips and even your travel to Vietnam