Top must-visit venues in Ho Chi Minh City
11 months ago
Booking a Singapore hotel in district 1 to relax, visiting the best venues such as Propeller Bar, Green Spaces, tourist attractions, etc. are the great things travellers should do when they travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
If you want to tour around Ho Chi Minh city. Here we round up the best places to chill in the city this summer. Let’s discover it!
1. Swimming pool in Ho Chi Minh City
The quickest way to cool off is to dive into a refreshing swimming pool. For those who look for something quieter than the stacks of public swimming pools, some hotel pools do offer reasonable prices along with good ambiance. Occupying the 1920s former historical French garage, the Rex Hotel is a good start. With views over the vibrant downtown area and the Bitexco Financial Tower, the rooftop pool with its bar gives visitors a chance to beat the heat of the city.
Another Saigon’s iconic hotel, Caravelle Saigon is also a classy joint. It housed both the Australian and New Zealand Embassy during the 1960s and was known as a communication hub for foreign correspondents. Surrounded by plenty of plants and tropical trees to shade you from the city’s sun, the pool is just one of the elements that make this such a laid-back place. There are many lounging spots inside for you to relax and drink in communal areas decked with the eco-friendly decor.
Rooftop pool in Bay Hotel is a great idea with a stunning view of bustle city below. People will get interesting feeling while sipping a cool cocktail when they relax in this great pool here.
- Bay Hotel – 7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Website: http://www.bayhotelhcm.com/
- Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Caravelle Saigon, 19 Cong Truong Lam Son, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
2. Water park in Saigon
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon features a variety of water slides, a wave pool, and several other thrilling rides for visitors of all ages. Located in District 11, this amusement park is less than 30 minutes away from the city centre by car, making it a popular retreat amongst locals and expats with children, especially during the often scorching summer months and school holidays.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, standout rides include the Kamikaze, a fast-paced water slide measuring 19 metres in height, and a Flying Fox-themed water ride, where you get to hang from a 10 metre-long cable over a massive swimming pool. Young visitors can enjoy the children’s play area, which houses colourful slides, and massive statues of elephants and hippos spouting water jets.
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon also offers complimentary lockers, newspapers and magazines at the sunbathing area, while a team of well-trained lifeguards are on patrol at all times, where parents can enjoy some relaxation while the kids are playing.
The water park is close to the Dam Sen Cultural Park, which houses 30 types of attractions, including a botanical garden, roller coasters, electronic games, mini zoo, monorail train, miniature lakes, and a butterfly farm. A standout feature here is the massive Roman square with a musical water and light theatre that fits up to 3,000 people.
Address: 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
3. Ice crean
If you don’t want to go to great effort to chill out, head straight for the HCMC’s best ice-cream shops. It would be folly for an ice-cream shop to determine a travel destination, yet in summer Baskin Robbins really makes a powerful argument for doing just that. With 16 flavours in total, the ice-cream here is deliciously rich and creamy, not mention the real hot fudge.
A freezing scoop of ice cream is the perfect solution to the sweltering heat of Saigon. From artisanal gelato to sensational shaved ice sundaes, this city has plenty of frozen treats to cool your cravings. An ice cream parlour is the ideal place to take a break and put the fast pace of life in Ho Chi Minh City on ice. There’s nothing better than sitting back and watching the world go by with a sweet treat in hand. Whether you’re after simple, family-owned parlours or stylish franchises, you’re sure to find your perfect ice cream spot in Saigon.
- Osterberg Ice Cream – 94 Xuan Thuy Street, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Kem Nhan Chu Tam – 2 Truong Han Sieu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Roseice – 87 Nguyen Hue Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
4. Craft beer
Summer is the perfect time to quench your thirst with an icy beer. As the city has been undergoing a craft beer revolution, getting a seat in a cool, chilled-out city centre pub seems like a great plan. Pasteur Street Brewery is on a mission to prove craft beer can thrive throughout the country. Despite its modest design and tiny space, Pasteur Street has an unusually good beer selection with more than 70 varieties. Its key taps regularly feature Passionfruit Wheat and Jasmine IPA. Another option to escape the heat is Bia Craft with its warm and lively atmosphere where you do not need a TV to find a drink mate.
Address: Pasteur Street Brewery, 144 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
5. Binh Quoi Vallage – Open green spaces
You do not have to have hot weather to enjoy a cool-off day trip to a green village-like space, but it does help. For some real respite, Binh Quoi Village is a shady retreat in green grasslands, small cottages and fish ponds surrounded by coconut trees. Or head to Van Thanh Park, a miniature of a Vietnamese traditional village. On entering through areca palms lining the pathways, you are greeted by the delightful sight of coconut palms, cannonball flowers, bamboo lanterns and a serene lake view.
Address: Binh Quoi Village, 48/10 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
6. Propeller – the best rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City
Propeller rooftop bar of Bay Hotel is the best choice for tourists who want to come the best rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City. The guests will receive warm welcome from our friendly waiters/waitresses in the first time. If the guests would like to experience a stunning view of this city, they should choose the seats which face Saigon River. This is the most appealing characteristic of Propeller bar.
There are attractions on Propeller bar’s fabulous drink menu such as Bay On The High, Singapore Sling, House Spirit, etc. One of them, the bar’s namesake drink, The Propeller Cooler, is a special drink made with White Rum, Pineapple, Lime, Juice, Honey, Coconut milk; Mint leaves. It’s the sort of elegant cocktail. Besides, guests should try some Asian food as fresh spring roll with pork dumping, grilled chicken wing with BBQ sauce, seafood combo (squid, cobia steak, and prawn with fish sauce) created by the best chefs of Propeller Bar.
Address: 7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam.
7. Saigon Kitsch
While bartering at Vietnamese markets is its own special experience, sometimes it’s nice to shop for souvenirs without haggling. Saigon Kitsch offers high-quality, attractive goods–sometimes at lower prices than at the markets, especially when they put items on sale.
As with any major tourist destination, the same souvenirs seem to pop up all over the city, and even across the country. Ho Chi Minh City is no exception, with enough conical hats and lacquered coconut bowls for every single visitor. If you fancy a keepsake that’s a little different from the norm, Saigon Kitsch has plenty of quirky and stylish gifts, from stylish t-shirts to amusing covers for your electronics. Most of the items feature vintage war-time posters or Vietnam-related puns.
Address: 43 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
8. 3A Station
Vietnam’s arts scene is growing rapidly, with young creatives excelling in a number of different mediums. 3A Station, also known as 3A Alternative Art Area, is one of the best places to get a taste of the industry. The area is comprised of three converted warehouses, which were built in the 19th century and abandoned after the Vietnamese gained independence from the French. The warehouses are now graffiti-clad cafés, offices, shops and galleries.
The 2,000 m², graffiti-art-strewn area is currently home to art galleries, cafes, food stores, boutiques and design shops. In 2014, the minds behind 3A Station restored a French-era building that once consecutively housed intelligence agencies of South Vietnam, the American CIA and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Address: 13 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
9. Trầm Café
It’s no secret that the Vietnamese love their coffee, and they’ve got thousands of coffee shops to prove it. Although it’s impossible to pick just one café, we’ll happily share one of our favourites; Trầm Café. This is a tropical little haven filled with greenery, lanterns and even a little stream running through the middle, complete with koi fish swimming around.
Trầm Café, multi-leveled and labyrinthine this coffee shop is a genuine oasis where you can swap the roar of motorbikes for the trickle of water and rustle of leaves. Outside seating, under the canopy of trees, remains cool in the dappled sunlight of even the fiercest of dry season days. Raised wooden walkways lead from one ‘tree house’ to the next and stepping stones guide you through tasteful water features, adorned with reclining Buddhas, giant earthenware vases and faux classical busts. The walls, pillars and windows are dripping with foliage, and lanterns hang from branches and trestles, swinging gently in the breeze. Inside seating is cosy, cushioned and softly lit like a plush, first class dining car on a Victorian train.
Address: 100 Tran Huy Lieu, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
10. Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda
This beautiful temple is unlike many others in the city, due to its colourful, detailed figurines dotted around the roof and many other surfaces. The Taoist pagoda is dedicated to Quan Cong, a military general from the Three Kingdom’s period. The entrance of the temple boasts a large statue of Quan Cong’s horse, which many visitors will stroke the mane of, for luck before a journey.
Address: 184 Hong Bang, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
11. Thanh Da
Despite having the name ‘tourist village’ in its title, this place is visited by relatively few Western tourists. In fact, it is more popular with Vietnamese locals who fancy a peek into the past. The town was established in the 1970s as a window into the lifestyle of traditional Vietnamese riverside villages. Banh Quới may look as if it’s in the middle of the jungle, but it’s actually only a 30 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City centre!
Address: Thanh Da Peninsula on Saigon River, Binh Thanh District, HCMC, Vietnam.
12. Tan Dinh Church
Vietnam is more likely to conjure up images of temples than churches, but the country actually has a relatively large Christian population – just under 10% according to a 2014 poll. The most famous of the city’s churches is probably Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, but there are plenty of others that are worth a visit. Tân Định is less well-known but no less eye-catching. The 19th century building was built when Vietnam was part of French-Indochina and boasts a bright pink exterior, a large clock tower and a number of interesting statues.
Address: 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, HCMC, Vietnam.