Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest and busiest city of Vietnam, is always an attractive destination for almost foreign tourists traveling in Vietnam. Not only high-rise buildings, luxurious shopping centers, or various entertainments like restaurants, coffee shops and bars, Ho Chi Minh City also owns a lot of truly fascinating historical attractions. From classic French architecture to perfectly maintained American war planes, walking around Ho Chi Minh City will offer visitors a deep insight into heroic history of Vietnam during 2 wars against French and American colonial.
1. Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel is located on the northwest direction, about 70 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Built in 1940s during the war against French colonial, Cu Chi is an immense network of connecting underground tunnels and is used as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
Cu Chi Tunnel is an iconic attraction in Ho Chi Minh City
A visit to Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can have great chances to enjoy activities such as following the claustrophobia-inducing routes of the underground army, firing an M16 assault rifle, as well sampling meals that the underground soldiers had to live with years ago. Deeply entering the underground the tunnels, visitors are also presented a short film of Cu Chi Tunnels so that they have an understanding of how the tunnel system actually works and a deep insight into difficult wars against French colonial and American empire of Vietnamese people.
2. War Remnants Museum
Located at 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City nowadays. The museum is a place to display devastation of the war between Vietnam and the US from 1961 to 1975. It comprises several buildings storing military equipment such as a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft and a 6,800kg conventional bomb, as well as displaying photographs about the traumatizing consequences of Agent Orange, napalm and phosphorus bombs.
War planes are displayed in War Remnants Museum
The museum opens from 7.30 am to 7 pm daily with entrance fee 15000VND/person. War Remnants Museum, with a lot of interesting exhibitions about truth of history, is an ideal place for those who want to learn about history of 2 Vietnamese wars.
3. Ben Thanh Market
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is considered as the symbol of the country’s largest economic hub. Built in 1912, Ben Thanh market owns an ancient architecture with four entrances and four sections, a roof clock tower, and overlooks four main streets of District 1. It is a famous place to enjoy real Vietnamese food with a large number of vendors and street stalls selling local dishes such as banh xeo, banh cuon, banh beo, cha gio, hu tieu and so much more. This is also a great place to buy eye-catching local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs.
Ben Thanh Market is a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh market opens from 6 am to 12 pm, but in the evening, the market become extraordinary lively area by vendors and sidewalk shops opening around the market. The market is really a cultural work of art, with its architecture reflecting the pride of an exciting and modern city.
4. Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace, formerly known as Independence Palace, is a famous historical witness during two wars against the French and American colonial. It has stayed in the mind of many generations of not only Vietnamese people but also foreigners. The palace makes a big impression on almost visitors thanks to its architecture which is a perfect blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of 60’s.
Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City
When Vietnam was divided into 2 regions: north and south, the palace served as presidential home and workplace. Today, the palace is remembered vividly as a marked end to the war, just like the fall of Berlin Wall, as the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on April 30th, 1975. Walking around the palace, visitors may be reminded of various important moments in the history of Vietnam, especially the war command room with its huge maps and old communication equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth.