In the morning: Notre Dame Cathedral – City Post Office – Sidewalk Coffee
These are destinations in the city center where any visitor to Ho Chi Minh City will have a look at their first visit. Notre Dame Cathedral is considered an architectural masterpiece, located among the square, with beautiful views from all sides.
The Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Post Office is located just to the left of the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1886 and 1891 under the design of architect Villedieu and assistant Foulhoux, bringing the beauty of the interweaving of European and Asian architecture. many visitors when coming here commented that it’s beautiful from the outside to the inside.
The 30/4 park is called a sidewalk coffee area because there are no tables or loungers, and sellers will only give you newspapers to sit on the ground. Once settled, you can order some drink (condensed- milk coffee, kumquat tea, fresh coconut …) as you like.
In the afternoon: Ngoc Hoang Pagoda – Nhieu Loc Canal – Ben Thanh Market
As the temple is more than 100 years old, Ngoc Hoang Temple retains the ancient architecture with yin-yang tile. Formerly known as a holy temple for people to pray for good business, peace, blessings and especially children. In 1984, the temple was renamed Phuoc Hai Temple and was recognized as a national architectural heritage in 1994. In May 2016, the temple was also visited by President Barack Obama during his visit to Vietnam. The temple therefor is more famous for both architectural space and sacred atmosphere.
Not far from the Jade Emperor Pagoda, the Nhieu Loc canal with a boat tour helps you better understand the daily life of the two sides of the river, through the stories of the formation and development of the Nhieu Loc canal and the history of Saigon. There are famous temples on both sides of the river. There are 2 boat terminals in District 1 and District 3, boats running from 8h to 20h, according to the route, depending on the weather and tide.
Ben Thanh market with the oldest architecture, is considered one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Saigon. In addition to specialties, souvenirs of many regions, you can discover the cuisine of Saigon with many stalls selling delicious salad rolls, noodles, pancakes … There is a saying that: if you want to know what Saigon people eat, what to wear or use everyday … go to Ben Thanh Market.
Evening: Nguyen Hue Walking Street – Bui Vien the street of foreigners
Walking Street is a popular destination for Ho Chi Minh City’s young people every evening. As a tourist, you will feel the vibrant and colorful life here, with street singers, weekly music shows, or cafes I the high old building to enjoy the street from above.
The ending point for the one-day trip in Ho Chi Minh City is the “sleepless street”, home to many local and foreign visitors. Every corner of Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham are crowded. You can choose a wooden chair in a small bar or bar that is always vibrant with music, depending on your preferences.
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