Drawing millions of tourists every year, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant mix of old and new, with well-preserved colonial structures and war relics from the devastating Vietnam War as well as the modernization of the city with sleek skyscrapers, elegant sports clubs, and expansive shopping malls.
The whirlwind formally known as Saigon is a hot, noisy, dynamic city that rarely sleeps, with a complex history and plenty of culture for tourists to soak up. Visiting Ho Chi Minh without a stepping inside Cu Chi Tunnel would be a lost as it would be the main area to fully understand the Vietnam War besides the War Remnants Museum.The Notre Dame Cathedral is also a famous tourist spot with the building materials were imported from France and the Virgin Mary statue was reported to shed tears. Opposite of the Cathedral is the Saigon Central Post Office with Gothic, French and Renaissance architectural influences.
If you would like to have a breakfast and shop at the same time, Packist recommends to visit Ben Thanh Market which is located at Ho Chi Minh liveliest area. While restaurant stalls are price reasonably, do bargain religiously on apparels and souvenirs and ignore the "fixed" price signs.