5 Best Destinations In Saigon
The twin-towered Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was established by French colonists between 1963 and 1980. This is the must-see place for every tourist coming to Saigon, located in Paris Square. All the materials of this building were imported from France. The vivid, red bricks still retain their color until today. With the unique architecture, it is considered as an architectural masterpiece in the middle of modern skyscrapers in the city’s center. The highlight of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is the statue of Virgin Mary in front of the cathedral, which was reported shed tear in 2005, causing such a huge attention of onlookers.
Located next to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Center Post Office is the ordinary place to buy stamps or send letters. The construction is one of the city’s most famous destinations and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Saigon Center Post Office was designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux and build between 1886 and 1891. Visiting the Post Office building, you can easily contemplate the blended architecture of Europe and Asia, although the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh hanging high above everyone at the far end of the building makes an impression upon entering. Coming here, tourists not only use usual mail services but also buy souvenirs, postcards or lacquerware.
Built in the 19th century, Ben Thanh market has been experienced many ups and downs throughout Saigon’s history. This market located in District 1, the liveliest area of the city. If you want to know the authentic atmosphere of Saigon, you cannot miss Ben Thanh market. Coming here, you can easily find everything from tasty food, spice, electronic goods, clothes to souvenir with the reasonable price. From late afternoon to midnight, shops inside market close but restaurants around the perimeter market open the doors to welcome tourists. At that time, Ben Thanh market will give chances to try the real Saigon’s street food.
Also known as Reunification Palace, it was a base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem until his death in 1963. The Independence Palace is a milestone throughout the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of Vietnam War during the fall of 1975 when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed the wrought-iron gates. Nowadays, you can see two original tanks on the ground of palace. The palace has 5 levels of many interesting things on each floor. With this large area, it takes quite a time to explore the entire palace.
Listed as the tallest building in Saigon with the height is about 262 meters, Bitexco Financial Tower stands right in the heart of city’s central business and entertains district. Visitors often come here for the 360 degrees view from the enormous Sky Deck on the 49 floor, 178m above the ground. The best time to visit Bitexco Financial Town is at sunset and at night. When the sun goes down, the whole city is covered by lights and vivid illusions that give you an unforgettable memory. Sky Deck also serves restaurants, coffees or stores. Having a dinner with friends while enjoying the beautiful view of the city from above is an amazing reward that you cannot deny.