Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City For Family Fror A 5-Day Trip

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Ho Chi Minh City has a lot to offer its visitors featuring a mix of modernity and colonial charm. If your family is looking for a trip to this buzzing city, here’s our 5-day guide for things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 1: Great first things to do in Ho Chi Minh City: Notre Dame Cathedral – Saigon Central Post Office – Independence Palace

8:00 am: Fall in love with the most famous Vietnamese breakfast called “banh mi”. This a portion of common street food is what you can find at almost any food cart on the street. It’s best to enjoy with a cup of coffee.

9:00 am: Visit Notre Dame Cathedralan – one of best places to visit in Vietnam and an architectural wonder in Ho Chi Minh with its giant twin towers.

10:00 am: Having a short walk to the adjacent Saigon Central Post Office is gathered as one of adventurous things to do in Vietnam . This is a construction of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences mixed style, featuring one of the most typical city attractions.

12:00 pm: Try “com tam” (Vietnamese broken rice) in a local vendor at Ben Thanh Market. This quintessential dish comprises various meat options including steamed pork and egg patty, fried egg or roast meat.

3:00 pm:  Continues your journey with a visit to Independence Palace, one of the best-known landmarks for history buffs.

Day 2: Delve into the history (Cu Chi Tunnels – War Remnant Museum

7:00 am: One of usual things to do in Ho Chi Minh City is enjoying a morning caffeine kick-start and a steaming hot bowl of “pho”

8:00 am: You’ll take a 1.5-hour bus ride to Cu Chi Tunnels, an important site during the Vietnam War to try to crawl through the narrow tunnels.

1:00 pm: After lunch, back to Saigon for another crucial historical landmark – War Remnant Museum. There you can find the storage of military equipment, an array of photos and demonstrations about Vietnamese victims suffered from the grisly and severe effects of ‘Agent Orange’.

8:00 pm: you and your family can choose either to refuel with a number of street food delicacies or in a top-notch restaurant. Top suggestions include “goi cuon” (Vietnamese spring rolls), “hu tieu” (rice noodles), and “banh xeo” (Vietnamese crispy pancake).

Day 3: Experience the culture (Vinh Nghiem Pagoda – Fine Art Museum – Ben Thanh Market

8:00 am: This morning, try “bun thit nuong” (fried spring rolls, roast meat and vermicelli), another typical specialty that you must eat while in Saigon.

9:00 am: Visiting Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is considered one of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, it is the Saigon’s biggest pagoda and enjoy silence moments before the crowds descend. To experience the best pilgrim atmosphere, you should come there during the 1st day and 15th day of every lunar month.

12:00 pm: Fulfill your craving tummy with Phan Rang specialties such as “banh can,” “bun sua” (jelly noodle) and “banh canh” Phan Rang at Anh Dat’s food store (106 Truong Dinh, District 3).

2:00 pm: Satisfy your curiosity by admiring an impressive selection of arts, inspired by war and historical events at the Museum of Fine Arts.

4:00 pm: Just a short walk from the Fine Art Museum- one of most famous places to visit in Ho Chi Minh. Moreover, the iconic Ben Thanh Market unfolds before your eyes. This is where you can enjoy endlessly Vietnamese style cuisine, capture stunning photos of local vendors and bring home a collection of exquisite souvenirs.

Day 4: Escape from the hustle and bustle (Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

8:00 am: Wake up and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Gio.

9:00 am: Stop at the foot of Dan Xay Bridge to enjoy sugarcane juice and visit a number of attractions such as Hoa Ca Crocodile Farm, the mangrove forest and the revolutionary base of Sac forest.

12:00 pm: Savor a hearty lunch at Phuong Nam Resort, relax and take a bath in the freshwater pool of the resort.  

2:00 pm: Get on the car to 30/4 beach to shop for unique souvenirs and stroll around Can Gio Market.

5:30 pm: Back to Ho Chi Minh City after a day with memorable things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

8:00 pm: It’s time for hanging out at Bui Vien Street, the most popular expat area in Ho Chi Minh City. You won’t want to miss a chance to enjoy lavish dishes and experience a vibrant atmosphere with live music there.

Day 5: A leisure day of a shopping spree

The last day in Ho Chi Minh City is free and easy for shopping. Besides Ben Thanh Market, you can check out An Dong Market, a fashion and craft market or Binh Tay Market where a plethora of textiles, handicrafts, dried fruits, and Chinese cuisine abound.

Pay a visit to the new symbol of Ho Chi Minh City – Landmark 81 and admire its spectacular design.

We hope these suggestions about good things to do in Ho Chi Minh City with your beloved family are useful and contribute to make your vacation in Vietnam perfect. 

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