Ho Chi Minh City is one of the busiest cities in the country of Vietnam. Many tourists from different countries and visitors from neighboring cities come and fill the crowd in the southern part of Vietnam, which is the Ho Chi Minh City or commonly known to many people as Saigon. Aside from going to markets for shopping beautiful and creative souvenirs and having a taste of the best Vietnam delicacies; people come and visit Ho Chi Minh City because of the amazing architecture that French colonists have brought up during the Vietnam Wars.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City is the War Remnant Museum, which is also called as the, “Museum of American War Crime,” but later on recognized by the United Nations as the, “Museum for Peace.” Sometimes, it is very important for tourists to also have a knowledge and understanding about the history of any place where you are going. Visiting the War Remnant Museum will make you feel how it feels like to be in a war, especially during the Vietnam War. You can find different photos, battle equipment and transportation used by the Americans. And of course do not fail to come and see the Cu Chi Tunnel, which is an underground tunnel where you can find relics during the Vietnam War.
The next spot that tourists should not miss to visit the Ho Chi Minh City is the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built on the highest spot in the city. The height of this church is over 57 meters. The Notre Dame Cathedral is a very good example of French architecture where all materials used to build the cathedral are all coming from France. With the cathedral built on the Ho Chi Minh City, it shows that Vietnam has freedom when it comes to religions, and so everybody respects this place as holy and as part of the Vietnamese history. And do not fail to visit the Central Post Office, also architecture from French colonization, which is just adjacent to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The next place that you should not fail to visit the Ho Chi Minh City is the Giac Lam Pagoda. In Vietnam, the major religious affiliation of the Vietnamese people is Buddhism and there are thousands of temples for Buddhist to worship for their spiritual belief. The Giac Lam Pagoda was built more than 230 years ago, having more than a hundred antique statues and tablets declared by their King during the year 1804s. Still, this old temple has something for local and foreign visitors when it comes to understanding their history, so it is a must to visit. And you must also come and check the Cao Tai Temple, where Cao Dai religion is worshipped.
The next place that people should come and see in the Ho Chi Minh City is the Saigon Opera House, which lies in the heart and center of the Ho Chi Minh City. The Saigon Opera House was built during the French colonization in the year 1897 for entertainment purposes, but later used by the Americans as the, “Home of the Lower House Assembly” until the year 1975. The Saigon Opera House is very accessible for many local and foreign visitors because it is surrounded by many hotels and shopping stalls where everybody will surely enjoy grabbing their choice of souvenir items for their family and friends.
And of course, do not fail to enjoy a ride on a boat on the Mekong River and go shopping along the way. You may also check out Ben Thanh Market for more options to choose from when you are looking for souvenir items and Vietnamese delicacies.
The Ho Chi Minh City has much for local and foreign visitors, so whoever wants to come will surely have a great time at the Ho Chi Minh City. It is not just a simple tour and exploration, but also an understanding of the brief history of the city during the Vietnam Wars. You are not just going for a tour and shopping, you will surely leave the place with full enthusiasm to come back again and again, because the Ho Chi Minh City is simply the best.