Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Reunification Palace
Enter at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street. Open: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: 
30,000 dong.
This is a restored five floor time warp to the 1960s, left largely untouched from the day before Saigon fell to the Vietnamese People's Army (North Vietnam). It was formerly South Vietnam's presidential palace (construction completed in 1966), until the end of the war in April 30, 1975, when a tank crashed through the gate. A replica of that tank is now parked on the lawn outside.
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Be sure to check out the impressive recreation room, featuring a circular sofa and the eerie basement, full of vintage 1960s phones, radios and office equipment, supposedly left exactly as it was when the North took over. There is also a photo gallery and a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese supporters and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces, upon which point the South Vietnamese supporters were forgiven and everyone lived happily ever after. Tours are available and are free but not necessary. There is a nice outdoor cafe on the grounds outside the palace.

Reunification Palace by Seonjong Park

Bitexco Financial Tower
36 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1.
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s business and entertainment district. The tower was designed by world renowned American architect Carlos Zapata. Inspiration for this skyscraper’s unique shape came from Vietnam’s national flower, the lotus. To the Vietnamese, the lotus is a symbol of purity, optimism and commitment.

Built at a time of unprecedented growth of the Vietnamese economy, the tower is designed to represent the energy and aspirations of the Vietnamese people and an iconic embodiment of the new and dynamic Vietnam. The Observation Deck (Saigon Skydeck) is situated on Level 49 and offers sweeping 360‐degree views of the entire city and the nearby Saigon River. Entrance is 200,000 dong.

Bitexco Financial Tower by Bitexco

City Hall
End of Nguyen Hue Street.
Built in 1909, and originally called Hotel de Ville, it's a striking cream and yellow French colonial building beautifully floodlit at night. One of the most beautiful French building in the city and now the People's Committee Hall. No entry but the statue of Uncle Ho in front is a very popular place for photos.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens
2B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1.
The Gardens is home to one of the oldest zoos in the world, established in the mid-19th century. The zoo is home to nearly 600 species of animals including monkeys, tigers, leopards, lions, gibbons and deer. The gardens is home to more 250 species of plants including orchids, roses and cactus.

Vam Sat Ecological Tourist Center
Can Gio District.
Situated between Vam Sat and Long Tau Rivers, this thick mangrove forest is located about 52 km (3 hours) from Ho Chi Minh City. It is home to flying foxes (bats) living in the mangrove, various species of tropical birds and an interesting crocodile farm. There are also opportunities for crab fishing in the swampy river.

Binh Quoi Tourist Village
Bình Thạnh District.
Located about 8 km from Ho Chi Minh City, this scenic village offers a nice day-trip away from the city. The village offers a glimpse of traditional life in the Mekong Delta featuring garden-like lawns, thatched cottages, canals and coconut trees. The village also features a floating Vietnamese restaurant and cultural shows.
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