1. War Remnants Museum
Add: 28 Vo Van Tan Street
Open daily: 07:30-11:45, 13:30-17:30.
War Remnants Museum opened its doors in 1975. The ugly truths about war shown in pictures exhibited, hit you sharply. You see how much suffering has taken place through the eyes (cameras) of foreigners witnessing Vietnam war. It is very hard to hold yourself not to cry when war crimes are shown in one exhibition section. We left the museum with my wife deeply saddened and we felt more connected to Vietnamese people learning more about their history. In a world where we seek peace globally, this museum shows how ugly things can get during war. (Muratkorman on virtualtourist.com)
2. Cho Lon - China Town in Sai Gon
Cho Binh Tay is the main market of Cho Lon (Chinatown). This huge complex sells a mixture of goods and fresh products. You can get vegetables, poultry, bags, fruits etc. The market is chaotic and noisy. Beware of pick pockets.
The Cho Lon area itself is the Chinatown of Saigon and home to Vietnamese Chinese. The area is busy with its markets, restaurants and is abuzz with all kinds of activities. As it is normal for most Chinatowns worldwide, the area is dirty and chaotic. But it makes an interesting walk. (Zuyao on virtualtourist.com)
3. Cu chi tunnel
These daily tours cost around 8 - 10 USD (Form Pham Ngu Lao Area).
Cu Chi Tunnels are legendary due to being the center of resistance in 1960s. The narrow and low tunnels network strech to 200 km. Some parts have been demolished in time, but there are still 2 sites, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc where you can actually see and even enter the tunnels. Only a 100 metre crawling from one entrance to an exit will be enough to appreciate Vietnamese resistance where they used to stay weeks inside these claustrophobic tunnels. The traps used around tunnel zone give you an insight on how difficult it was to survive during war era. Daily tours are available from Saigon and usually they include CaoDai Temple and then Cu Chi Tunnels. (muratkorman on virtualtourist.com).
4. Ben Thanh Market and Ben Thanh night Market
This large market is close to the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859. This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon's largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Ben Thanh Market to distinguish over its predecessor.
Food, T-shirts, cloth and material, souvenirs, kitchenware, spices, fruit, flowers, watches, jewellery - are just some of the things on offer here where you'll find everything you need under one roof. The quality of goods varies, and you must bargain - expect the initial price to be inflated up to two or three times what it should be.
The Ben Thanh night market comes on alive starting at about 5pm everyday. This centrally located Saigon night market, which is on the 2 roads on both sides of the Ben Thanh Market, is the place to go for your night shopping and late supper. You’ll find contemporary clothing, men and ladies shoes, Crumpler bags, sunglasses, bikinis, souvenirs from Vietnam and a lot more. As for food, the Ben Thanh night market won’t disappoint with a wide range of Vietnamese food from the north and all the way down south. Another big plus point about this night market is that they open till about 12am everyday.
5. Saigon Central (Notre Dame Cathedral - Reunification Hall - Saigon Post Office).
The late 19th century Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the oldest and biggest Catholic churches in Vietnam, and is a prominent feature of the city’s skyline with its 40-meter tall twin spires.
This neo-Romanesque Church was built with bricks and tiles imported from France, and is located at the beautiful Paris Square in the center of the city. The Virgin Mary statue, is also within the small garden, in front of the cathedral.
The Park is an area where Brides & Grooms were having their photos taken, very popular place!
Visitors can attend mass held three times on weekdays and six times on Sundays
No admission is charged in this cathedral......donations are appreciated.
Open: Daily, Sunday Mass 9:30am
(balhannah on virtualtourist.com)
Formerly South Vietnam's Presidential Palace, this is a restored five-floor time warp to the Sixties left largely untouched from the day before Saigon fell to the North. On April 30, 1975, the war ended when tank 843, now parked outside, crashed through the gate. Be sure to check out the impressively kitschy recreation room, featuring a circular sofa. You can also visit the war rooms in the basement and view a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese lackeys and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces.
Entry ticket: 15000 dong; open daily 07:30-11:30, 13:00-16:00.
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