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Attractions and Activities in Ho Chi Minh City The city of Ho Chi Minh, or what was popularly known as Saigon, is considered as the Pearl of the Far East. This title gives it a very peculiar hidden charm that you cant see in other cities in Vietnam. People say that Ho Chi Minh city is not as romantic as the city of Hanoi, yet it boasts of its own unique features and attraction that can match any other tourist destination in any part of the world. When it comes to tourists or visitors from all over the world, HO Chi Minh city is not behind the great tourist attractions in the world since their tour packages attracts a lot of these visitors. Below are some of the attractions and activities in this city that will prove why this place is worth visiting. One place to visit is the Mekong Delta a sprawling 39,000 square kilometers and made famous by its rich biodiversity supporting over 10,000 newly discovered biological species. The human inhabitants of this place is also for their unique cultural tradition. The Floating Markets is something that you should not miss in the Mekong Delta. In the morning you should visit the markets through a small sampan together with a local guide who will give you firsthand experience of the market’s colorful and relaxed ambiance. Fruits and vegetables from local producers are being sold by locals in seller’s boats which they sell to market goers. And there are also sampans that serve as mobile cafes offering soft drinks, iced tea, and strong noodle soup. In the Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi district there is a large network of interconnecting tunnels called the Cu Chi tunnels. This tunnels are connected to other tunnels which go all through Vietnam’s underground. During the Vietnam War, the Viet Congs used the Cu Chi tunnels for military purposes. There were many uses for this tunnel during the war including communication and supply route, food and weapon cache, hiding spot, hospital and living quarters.
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Ho Chi Minh city is a mixture of cultures, and since many immigrants inhabited the city this unique local culture is really a product of various cultures existing in the city. If you want to have an unforgettable cultural tour of the city, your should visit Chinese markets as well as the Thien Hau pagoda. If you want to really experience local community life, you should check out their lantern making activity.
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There is so much more to experience in this beautiful city of Ho Chi Ming. The ones listed above are just some of these that make traveling to Ho Chi Minh City a truly rewarding experience.