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Best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bar
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“Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later. ”
65 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“This is the famous Banh Mi (pork sandwhich) in HCMC. Highly rated and recommended by many food blogs. It's a tiny little food stall with several women working real fast.The queue is typically really long but moves quickly. Address: 26 Le Thi Rieng Street, Ben Thanh, D1, HCMC. ”
76 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“One of my most favourite skybar in town with a great view to the city centre.”
37 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Fancy Vietnamese homemade meals? You should do some research on Vietnamese dishes as their menu are stating mostly ingredients (not much of the actual dishes).”
90 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“In the beautiful Pedestrian street, you can do your shopping, going out or just take a walk!”
25 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Nguyen Hue walking street is one of the most famous places in Ho Chi Minh City”
70 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“ It is a rustic garden sited on the rooftop of the city center, where people can enjoy the deliciousness of foods and tea with affordable price. ”
54 locals recommend
Market
“It is the most famous market for local people and foreigners. You should remember to bargain from 30%-50% because there are different prices for locals and tourists. ”
96 locals recommend
City Hall
“8 minutes driving to City Museum ( Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM)”
33 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Nice place to spend an hour, especially if you are interested in cultural experience ”
46 locals recommend
Park
“Let's take a walk under the tree. The home-made yoghurt of the cafeteria inside the park is the best! (I always ask for soft instead of frozen one)”
28 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“It serves delicious and authentic Vietnamese foods. The restaurant theme is a Vietnamese traditional wooden house. Highly recommended ”
52 locals recommend
Government Building
“The People’s Committee Building Saigon in central Ho Chi Minh City features well-preserved French colonial architecture in a spacious garden landscape. Originally constructed as a hotel in 1898 by French architect Gardes, it now serves as a city hall and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. ”
34 locals recommend
History Museum
“Ho Chi Minh City History Museum is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, next to Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This is the place to preserve and display tens of thousands of valuable artifacts collected at home and abroad in Vietnam.”
33 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Lush Nightclub in Ho Chi Minh is a sleek and fashionable nightspot where the young and beautiful party the night away to different styles of music, depending on the evening. On Fridays and Sundays Lush is taken over by some of the best hip hop DJs in the city while Saturday night is the real highlight of the week with International funky house ensuring Lush is packed by a crowd of locals and foreigners. There is an amazing ladies night on Tuesday when the fairer sex drink free until midnight and on Thursdays there is a buy one get one free deal on beers and mixed drinks that lasts until closing. Lush Nightclub is located on Ly Trong Street in District 1, close to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 20:00 but we wouldn’t advise arriving before 21:30. The club is open seven nights a week and is consistently busy. For a modern, funky and fashionable nightclub in Ho Chi Minh, Lush is the obvious choice. Address: 2 Ly Tu Trong, District 1 Tel: +84 (0) 9 1863 0742”
35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Various kind of clothes, comestic, shoes, food, home accessories, and Cinema”
18 locals recommend