City Orientation Walking Tour, Saigon/HoChiMinh City

City Orientation Walking Tour, Saigon/HoChiMinh City
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Saigon/HoChiMinh City Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Saigon/HoChiMinh City Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon, is a busy, vibrant metropolis, largest in Vietnam and perhaps one of the coolest in the world, popularized by numerous Vietnam war movies. The city streets are filled with bikes and curious visitors admiring local sights. The latter are plentiful and include museums, palaces and skyscrapers, among others, featuring both SouthEast Asian and French Colonial tradition. This orientation walk will lead you to some of Ho Chi Minh City's most notable attractions.

City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: Vietnam » Saigon/HoChiMinh City (See other walking tours in Saigon/HoChiMinh City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: vickyc
Ho Chi Minh Square

1) Ho Chi Minh Square (must see)

Located right at the heart of bustling, traffic-filled Ho Chi Minh, the historic Ho Chi Minh Square is an oasis of tranquility and elegance of French Colonial architecture, perfectly manicured hedges and fragrant blooms of hibiscus and poinsettia. A snapshot of 19th- and 20th-century South Vietnamese heritage, today it is dominated by the statue of communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh standing in front of the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, built by the French in 1908, and coexisting peacefully...   view more
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Nguyen Hue Street

2) Nguyen Hue Street (must see)

The idea to convert the old Nguyen Hue Street from an average downtown thoroughfare into a wide elegant promenade was brilliant! Located right in the centre of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this pedestrian area is a great hangout for tourists and families on an outing. With the infamous city traffic now banished, the street is gradually becoming a major cultural hub. Among its attractions already in place is the water fountain set in front of the Sun Wah Tower - particularly impressive at night...   view more
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Ho Chi Minh City Hall

3) Ho Chi Minh City Hall (must see)

The Ho Chi Minh City Hall is the present name of the former Hotel De Ville or City Hall of Saigon. The ornate yellow French style building is located on the Le Thanh Ton Street at the end of the Nguyen Hue Boulevard.

The Ho Chi Minh City hall was designed by the French architect P. Gardes and built between 1898 and 1908. It was called the Hotel de Ville until 1954. Between 1954 and 1975, it was called the City Hall of Saigon under the then South Vietnam Government. After the reunification of...   view more
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Hotel Continental

4) Hotel Continental

The Hôtel Continental is a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. It was named after the Hôtel Continental in Paris, and is located in District 1, the central business district of the city. The hotel is situated on Dong Khoi Street by the Saigon Opera House and was built in 1880 during the French colonial period. The hotel has undergone refurbishments over the years, whilst still maintaining the essence of its original architecture and style. The hotel is owned by the state-owned Saigon Tourist. During...   view more
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Municipal Theater

5) Municipal Theater (must see)

The Municipal Theater also called the Saigon Opera House is one of the finest examples of 19th century French colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built to stage plays and operas for the entertainment of French troops stationed in the city.

The Municipal Theater was designed by architect Felix Olivier and its construction was supervised by architects, Ernest Guichard and Eugene Ferret. It was built between 1898 and 1900. The theater was damaged by the allied bombs of World War...   view more
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Central Post Office

6) Central Post Office (must see)

The Central Post Office is an elegant colonial style building in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It is located beside the Notre Dame Basilica at the Paris Commune Square.

The Central Post Office building has a gothic architectural style and was designed by the world famous French architect, Gustave Eiffel. It was constructed between 1886 and 1891 and resembles a European railway station. It was and is a working post office where visitors can send postcards and purchase stamps.

The Central...   view more
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Notre Dame Basilica de Saigon

7) Notre Dame Basilica de Saigon (must see)

This Roman Catholic cathedral constructed by the French colonists is the seat of the Archbishop of Saigon. The red building with two pointed bell towers is a distinctive landmark of Ho Chi Minh City.

The French Bishop Isidore de Colombert laid the foundation stone of the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica in 1877. The building was designed in France and built under the supervision of a well known French engineer named Bourad. It was consecrated on Easter Day, 1880 in the presence of the then...   view more
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Reunification Palace

8) Reunification Palace (must see)

The Reunification Palace is a historic landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. It was here that North Vietnamese tanks breached the gates and were declared victorious in the Vietnam War resulting in the reunification of the country.

The Reunification Palace was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. The Palace was the former residence of the French Governor of Cochin China and was also called the Governor’s Palace at the time. It was occupied by Japanese colonists during World War II. After...   view more
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War Crime Museum

9) War Crime Museum (must see)

The War Crimes Museum tells the story of the war between the North and American supported South Vietnam in graphic detail. Most of the exhibits relate to the American phase of the war.

The War Crimes Museum is housed in a series of warehouses, although a new museum building is currently under construction. When inaugurated in 1975, the museum was called The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government. It was later renamed the Museum of American War...   view more
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Saigon Trade Center

10) Saigon Trade Center

Saidon Trade Center is the 2nd tallest skyscraper in all of Ho Chi Minh City, standing at 145 m tall. The skyscraper is surrounded by the embassies and consulates of the city. There are plenty of shops inside the building and, as every other major skyscraper, it offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the...   view more
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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

11) Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden offers a peaceful getaway from the bustle of the city. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world and the adjacent botanical garden has some rare, native Vietnamese species of orchids.

The Saigon Zoo was founded by a French Veterinarian, named Louis Germain, and covered an area of 12 hectares in 1864. Later, eminent botanist Louis Pierre, who designed the botanical gardens of Kolkata in India, was invited to design the landscape for a garden, covering an...   view more
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Vietnam History Museum

12) Vietnam History Museum (must see)

The Vietnam History Museum is a repository of objects dating from prehistoric times to the formation of the communist party in 1930. The building housing the museum is a unique pagoda like structure designed in Neo Vietnamese style during the colonial era.

The Vietnamese History museum was constructed in 1929. At the time, it was called the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum. Between 1929 and 1956, the museum displayed objects from all parts of French Indochina. It was renamed, Saigon National...   view more
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