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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh

Get a taste of all the things to do that Saigon has to offer and experience the warm hospitality of the ever-friendly locals at the PARKROYAL Saigon hotel. Be it trawling through the vibrant stalls of the famous Ben Thanh Market or getting harrowing glimpses into Vietnam’s past through a visit to the War Remnants Museum, enjoy unforgettable experiences in one of the most intriguing cities in Asia.

At PARKROYAL Saigon, our PARKROYAL people will be more than happy to provide recommendations for you to truly experience the Vietnamese way of life. Find out where to get the tastiest pho, or how to get to Cu Chi Tunnel within the shortest duration possible. An added bonus of staying at the hotel is our convenient location within the Tan Binh District – accessible to Vietnam’s many iconic attractions which include the Sài Gòn Opera House, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace.

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Reunification Palace

Once home to South Vietnam’s President, this historically-significant palace was the very site that marked the end of the Vietnam war.

War Remnants Museum

Opened in 1975, this museum serves as a reminder of Vietnam’s chilling past.

Central Post Office

A gorgeous landmark designed by the renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel, this iconic building is one of the many examples of French influences upon the architecture of Vietnam.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Constructed between 1863 and 1880, this magnificent ancient church stands as a testament to the French’s artistry and craftsmanship.

Thien Hau Temple

Located a short distance away from from Chinatown, this impressive pagoda is testament to Vietnam’s Chinese influences in the form of intricate ceramic friezes.

Did You Know?

Never touch a Vietnamese on the head as this would be considered as a personal insult to the individual and perhaps even to his ancestors. Many Vietnamese believe the spirit resides there.

One of the delicacies in this country is the Vietnamese Snake Wine, also known as ‘ruou ran’. This is typically made of rice wine with a dead snake floating in it. This wine is believed to be an aphrodisiac drink in Vietnam and is commonly consumed on occasions like Valentine’s Day or marriage anniversaries. This wine is believed to cure night-blindness and impotence as well.

Lizard fishing is one of the most popular past-times in Vietnam.

Vietnam is known for its annual love market called ‘Khau Vai’. Here, youngsters and adults come to find soulmates or engage in a night of passion without having to commit to them. The tribes of Khau Vai are also known as the original ‘swingers’, who practiced husband and wife swapping for over a century.

In Vietnamese schools, instead of bells, gongs are used to call children.

Approximately 40% of all Vietnamese, or more than 30 million people, share the same family name of Nguyen.