Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and has one of the highest population densities in the world, so expect a little crazy traffic while you are there. While Hanoi is known for its peaceful and romantic ambience, Ho Chi Minh City is synonymous with hustle and bustle which has earned it the nickname ‘The Land of Rapid Culture’. However, there are still some interesting places to visit that offer moments of quiet serenity.
Additionally, with the new LCC – VietJet Air‘s service from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh launching on 23 May’14, you can fly to Ho Chi Minh for a promotional fare of USD 4.00 return (excluding Fuel/Taxes). With so many interesting things to do and see, and at that nice price, this is going to be a good value-for-money holiday.
Pick up a free map of the city from the airport or your hotel and plan your visit around the shops and places of interest marked. Here are 5 must-see attractions for any visitor to Ho Chi Minh City.
The Famous Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were widened to accommodate tourists!
The Cu Chi tunnels were the hiding place of Vietnamese troops during the war, dug beneath the thick forests of Vietnam by the same people who carried artillery cannons up a mountain. A testament to human determination and ingenuity at its best, the 250km network of underground tunnels in the Cu Chi district are now a popular tourist attraction. For reference, 250km is longer than the combined length of Singapore’s expressways! Some of the narrow tunnels have been widened to accommodate tourists but others have to be crawled through. All the tunnels now have lowpower lighting. Visitors can see underground conference rooms and different types of booby traps that were used in the tunnels.
The elaborate City Hall, formerly the Hotel de Ville de Saigon, has been renamed as the People’s Committee Hall. Built between 1902 and 1908, this cream French colonial building is a magnificent structure. Although not open to the public, tourists enjoy taking photos standing in front of the statue of Uncle Ho, the revolutionary leader and city’s namesake.
Paddy field in Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is a dreamy landscape just south of the city with sleepy villages and green fields. The Mekong River and its tributaries empty into the sea in this biological treasure trove. This productive agricultural area is known for its fruit orchards and lush paddy fields and is commonly referred to as the ‘bread basket’ of Vietnam.
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market (Photo Credit Tanjala Gica)
Ben Thanh is one of the biggest markets in Vietnam and is a hub for city buses and several Metro lines. Housed in one of the oldest surviving structures, the market offers everything from Ho Chi Minh T-shirts, cosmetics and pickled plums to live ducks! This market is popular with tourists who enjoy bartering for a bargain. At the entrance to the market there is a majestic clock tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City.
War Remnants Museum
“The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic” – Josef Stalin
The entrance to the War Remnants Museum. (photo credit: Pipop Boosarakumwadi)
The War Remnants Museum is a poignant reminder of the hardships Vietnamese people suffered during the Vietnam (American) War with graphic photographs and disturbing examples of man’s cruelty. There are three storeys of exhibits along with US military tanks, helicopters and howitzers on display outside the building. The museum is a graphic reminder of the millions of people, both Vietnamese and American, who disappeared, suffered or died in the war.
Starting on 23 May 2014, VietJet Air will fly direct from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh! Operating a convenient daily flight from Changi to Tan Son Nhat international airport on new aircraft, the new Vietnamese Budget Carrier is set to provide the cheapest and more comfortable flight to Ho Chi Minh from Singapore. Additionally, most recently at the Singapore Air Show 2014, VietJet signed a deal to purchase more than 90 Airbus A320 jets!
To celebrate their launch of services, VietJet is offering promotional fares starting from USD 4.00 (Excluding Fuel/Taxes) for flights on Singapore – Ho Chi Minh return! Bookings can be made ONLY on the official website www.vietjetair.com, and you can find their full promotion details here. Booking is open from 31 Mar ’14 to 13 Apr ’14 at 9 pm to 1 am daily. Travel period for this promotion is from 23 May ’14 to 31 Oct ’14. This is a nice deal for your holiday in Ho Chi Minh!
This article is a special feature supported by VietJet Air