Don’t miss out on some of HCMC’s most famous historic, religious and modern sites:
Reunification Palace - Alternately known as the Independence Palace, this memorial previously served as the South Vietnamese presidential palace until the 1970s. Walk through re-enacted scenes of the palace rooms and grounds, pour through photographs and watch a short film on how the Vietnamese took back their independence.
Jade Emperor Pagoda - This Taoist pagoda was constructed in 1909 in honour of the Jade Emperor, Ngoc Hoang. Featuring awe-inspiring statues of divine beings and netherworld dwellers, it is one of the most elaborate religious monuments in HCMC.
War Remnants Museum - Travel back in time to Vietnam’s turbulent past. Here, you will find live-sized war artefacts parading the museum grounds. Come face-to-face with a bevy of US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons.
Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon - Rising out of HCMC’s government quarter, it’s impossible to miss the sight of the red-bricked Catholic cathedral, with its spiky, iron twin towers. The church closes for lunch and weekends, and provides free entry for all.
Bitexco Financial Tower - Standing at 68-storeys and 262.5 metres high, the Bitexco Financial Tower symbolises Vietnam reaching out into its limitless future. Designed by Carlos Zapata and launched in 2010, this multi-use complex now stands as the tallest building in Vietnam.