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Must Try Experiences in Hồ Chí Minh City

Must Try Experiences in Hồ Chí Minh City

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Hồ Chí Minh City is a beautiful and dynamic city in south Vietnam. It's the largest city in the country and has become infamous for its French colonial architecture, remnants of the Vietnam War (known as the American War in Vietnam) and food stalls that line the busy city streets. Here are the top things that you must experience when you visit this lively city.


Bến Thành Market

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Hồ Chí Minh City is a beautiful and dynamic city in south Vietnam. It's the largest city in the country and has become infamous for its French colonial architecture, remnants of the Vietnam War (known as the American War in Vietnam) and food stalls that line the busy city streets. Here are the top things that you must experience when you visit this lively city.


Bến Thành Market

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Exploring the Củ Chi tunnels is worth the excursion to experience first-hand how the Viet Cong used the immense network of connecting underground tunnels as hiding spots during the war. Take the opportunity to go into the tunnels to fully understand the Viet Cong's creativity and endurance. The tunnels can be quite small and narrow but it's a great way to dive into the history of the Vietnam War from the Viet Cong's perspective. The best way to visit the Củ Chi tunnels is by speedboat down the Mekong Delta river.


War Remnants Museum

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An important and eye-opening place to visit is the War Remnants Museum. The memorial museum exhibits emotional and powerful photographs showing the atrocities that happened during the Vietnam and Indochina wars. Although some of the exhibits can be overwhelming, it's a deeply moving and insightful place to visit to understand more about the impacts that the war had on Vietnam and its people.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral


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Officially known as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, this breathtaking landmark is located in downtown Hồ Chí Minh City. The cathedral consists of French Gothic architecture, where it holds stunning stained-glass windows, ornate ceilings and 58 metre tall Romanesque bell towers. After exploring the interior of the cathedral, buy an ice-cream or a cold Vietnamese coffee and sit outside to gaze at the church whilst surrounded by the busy streets.


Jade Emperor Pagoda 

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The kaleidoscopic pagoda built in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), is regarded as the city's most spectacular temple. It's full of statues of divinities and heroes, and beautiful woodcarvings that line the ceilings and walls. The roof is covered with exquisite and colourful tile work that helps to make the red temple look enchanted.

If you aren't planning to visit Hồ Chí Minh City or Vietnam any time soon you can still experience the excitement of Vietnamese cooking from your own kitchen. Cook authentic Vietnamese food with our Asian Home Gourmet spice pastes and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out our Vietnamese products available here.

 


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