Visitors can learn about the horror the Vietnamese faced during the war through the museum’s collections, which include photograph displays, experimental weapons used in against the Vietcong and exhibitions focusing on the anti-war movements around the globe.
Reunification Palace is one of the most important landmarks of Vietnam’s recent history. The current structure dates back to 1966, as the previous building, which served as the residence of the South Vietnamese President, was bombed in 1962 by South Vietnamese renegade pilots. The palace was the very spot where the Vietnamese War officially ended by a Vietcong tank running over the front gate. Today visitors can see the former war rooms and telecommunication centre, along with several other attractions.
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Ho Chi Minh City Museum carries collections which present the city’s history from ancient times until the Vietnam War. From archaeological exhibits to customs of different minorities to displays on the struggle for independence to US military aircrafts, the exhibitions of this museum cover all significant periods of the city’s past. A wide bunker network is located at the museum’s basement, but unfortunately it is not yet open to the public.
Binh Tay Market
Located in Cho Lon District, Bihn Tay is the city’s largest market. Most stores sell in bulk, which makes the market less popular with tourists. However, this is also the main reason to come here, as you can take a peek on how authentic Vietnamese markets are, with locals flocking to stock up with all types of goods for their home of business. From fruit and herbs to beauty products and accessories, anything is on sale here. A central courtyard offers a chance for a small break, while food stalls are great for a quick bite to recharge your batteries.
Tao Dan Park
Located in central Ho Chi Minh, Tao Dan Park is a green peaceful sanctuary from the hectic atmosphere of the city’s crowded streets. Come early in the morning to see the locals working out in groups. Covering a 24-acre area, the park features sculpture gardens, under-scaled models of famous city landmarks, colourful flower arrangements, dragon shaped bushes and an original bird-cafe, where bird owners bring their cages and sit around along with their feathered friends.