Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular metropolitan city in Vietnam. Located on the Saigon River, the city is well known for its tourism activities. Originally named as Saigon, the city was renamed in 1975 after a revolutionary leader- Ho Chi Minh. The place is the economic center of the country and is home to several monumental landmarks, museums, parks, and recreational centers. Listed below are some of the major attractions in the city.
Cu Chi tunnels
During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I had been to several historical sites and Cu Chi tunnels are the foremost among them. It is a major site that has been preserved as a tribute to the Vietnam War that went on for 19 years. The network of tunnels served as a base for many military campaigns and extends for around 250 km. The tickets were $6 per person. Also, I had hired a guide who helped me with the historical background of the place.
War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum located at 28 Vo Van Tan was my next destination. The place welcomes hundreds of tourists from all over the world. The museum speaks a lot about Vietnam and how all the years of war have affected its society. The place houses artifacts, aircraft, and weapons used during the war. The place also exhibits photographs, documents, and films that show the horrible consequences of the war. Overall, the tour was an unforgettable experience.
Bitexco Financial Tower
After all the war stories, if you are looking for some relaxation, nothing can be more welcoming than the Bitexco Financial Tower. The tallest building in the city has an observatory deck on the 49th floor. It offers a 360 degrees panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh and beyond. I had to pay VND 200,000 for a single ticket, which comes to around $9.