Many tourists choose Ho Chi Minh City as the first destination to start the holidays in Vietnam. With the limited time, many guests often ask what to do in Ho Chi Minh in 2 days. It is because there are many things to visit and do here.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has the former name – Saigon. After the war, this city has become the business center in the south of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City also has the international airport Tan Son Nhat with many flights from other countries.
What to do in Ho Chi Minh City in 2 days
Day 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
We start the first day in Ho Chi Minh to visit famous tourist destinations of the city.
Dinh Thong Nhat – the Reunification Palace is located in the center of district 1. This was the old Presidential Palace of the President in the South of Vietnam during the war. Today it is also called the Reunification Palace or Reunification Hall or Independence Hall. The palace has a beautiful architectural work of about 22 hectares in Ho Chi Minh City. Reunification Palace has been ranked as a special national relic.
The Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post office are closed together in the district 1 as well. The Notre Dame Cathedral is also known as the beautiful building in the city. The architecture of the church is designed with the combination of Roman and Gothic styles. The church was built in 1877.
Saigon Central Post Office is located very close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The building was built by the French from 1886 to 1891, according to the design plan of the architectures and Villedieu and the assistant Foulhoux, this building has European style (more French style) and Asian décor.
Ben Thanh Market (District 1) is one of the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The market is seen as a symbol of the daily business activities of the city. Many tourists also choose to visit Ben Thanh for exploring daily activities of Saigon people and for shopping.
Tourists also visit the Jade Emperor Temple – Chua Ngo Hoang. The Jade Emperor Pagoda has 2,000 square meter area with the location in the path of Mai Thi Luu (Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), about 100 meters from the main road Dien Bien Phu street. The temple has been famous for the people as the old temple with over 100 hundred years. US President Barack Obama also chose this Jade Emperor Pagoda to visit during his work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in May 2016.
The Giac Lam pagoda is also one of the oldest and finest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City for you if you like to explore the old style of architecture and Buddhist culture.
During staying in this city, you should not miss in your list of what to do in Ho Chi Minh in 2 days with coming one of these famous restaurants to taste Pho – Vietnamese noodle soup. Pho Dau is at 288 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; Pho Hoa is located at 260 Pasteur street, Ho Chi Minh; or Pho Le is at 370 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5 or 303 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What to do in the day 2 in Hoi Chi Minh City. Today there are many potions, but I like to explore in depth of the life of people in Saigon in the past and the present.
I start the morning to visit Cu Chi Tunnels with Ben Duoc tunnels. These belong to the tunnel system Cu Chi. Visiting this area, tourists will understand more about the war in Vietnam and the life of Saigon people during the war.
In the afternoon, I just walk along Nguyen Hue Street and some surrounding streets to explore more the life of people here to take pictures. And stop to enjoy Saigon Coffee to know the flavor of Vietnamese coffee.
I hope the information will give you good ideas for you to plan what to do in Ho Chi Minh City in 2 days during your holidays in Vietnam.