The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Saigon Part 1

The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Saigon Part 1
The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Saigon Part 1

Ho Chi Minh City is the vibrant and dynamic economic hub of Vietnam. It’s very international and modern compared to its sister cities, however plenty of old colonial structures remain, adding a beautiful contrast to the every day life of its residents.

BEN THANH MARKET

This emblematic market is the most famous of all markets in Vietnam, and also one of the oldest. It has witnessed the ups and downs of the beautiful city. In addition to being a market, the structure serves as a historical site, landmark, rendezvous point and a background for beautiful photo-ops.

Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market

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Mon – Sun: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Công trường Quách Thị Trang, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+842838299274
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Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Footwear, Gift Shop, Guided Tours
Atmosphere: Local, Crowded, Touristy

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Materials were imported exclusively from France to build this cathedral, modeled to look like the Notre Dame in Paris. It was completed in the late 19th century. Standing out front is a statue of the Virgin Mary that became a sensation in 2005, when eyewitnesses claimed to have seen tears being shed from her eyes.

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

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Adress: 01 Cong xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hotline: +842838220477
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Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Guided Tours, Free
Atmosphere: Quiet

CENTRAL POST OFFICE

The Central Post Office is located right next to the Notre Dame Cathedral and this too was constructed in the late 19th century. The name of the architect should be familiar to you–Gustave Eiffel. He’s known for architecting some pretty awesome stuff. The post office looks like a giant railway station and still functions today, so make sure to send some postcards back home to make your loved ones jealous of your adventures.

CENTRAL POST OFFICE
CENTRAL POST OFFICE
CENTRAL POST OFFICE
CENTRAL POST OFFICE

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Mon – Sun:7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adress: 02 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+842838221677
Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Guided Tours
Atmosphere: Crowded, Architectural Landmark, Photo Opportunity

OPERA HOUSE

The Saigon Opera House is another fine example of exquisite colonial architecture. The structure looks especially beautiful at night when the floodlights come on.

OPERA HOUSE
OPERA HOUSE

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07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+842838299976
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Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Entrance Fee
Atmosphere: Architectural Landmark

NGUYEN HUE Natural Feature

Nguyen Hue is in the vicinity of other popular sites of Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall and Opera House. This is a pedestrian street that is lively every day. You will find people in smurf and pikachucostumes, people sitting on the floor and enjoying some street food, concerts, and even the occasional art exhibition.

NGUYEN HUE Natural Feature
NGUYEN HUE Natural Feature

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Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Dancing, Free
Atmosphere: Outdoors, Crowded

CITY HALL Building

The City Hall is an architectural masterpiece completed in 1908 and still functions as a government office, so you cannot go inside. Yet you can appreciate the beauty of the structure from the outside as it looms at the north end of the pedestrian street, Nguyen Hue. The cream and yellow structure gets lit up with floodlights come nighttime and is a spectacular sight.

City Hall and Nguyen Hue
City Hall and Nguyen Hue

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86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+842838296052
Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Guided Tours
Atmosphere: Historical Landmark

BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER

The observation deck of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in the city, will give you a bird’s eye view of the city’s hustle and bustle from 52 floors above. The photos will surely make your Instagram followers dizzy.

BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER
BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER

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Mon – Sun: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
2 Hải Triều, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+842839156156
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Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Outlet, Footwear
Atmosphere: Crowded, Indoors

BUI VIEN Natural Feature

Bui Vien is the popular backpacker street and party central of Ho Chi Minh City, akin to Khao San Road of Bangkok. Neon lights, sidewalk bars, people dancing in the street, nitrous balloons–you will capture all of this in one shot.

Party street
Party street

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Bùi Viện, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Accessibility & Audience: Family Friendly
Services & Activities: Dancing, Karoke
Atmosphere: Outdoors, Crowded, Touristy

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