Under the influence of monsoon season, the weather in Vietnam is stretched vertically and is split into three main distinct climate zones: North, Central, and South with many specific weather characteristics, partly affected by the oceanic climate. Ho Chi Minh belongs to Southern Vietnam which is particular to the tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons:
Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Open hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday
Admission: Nearly 0.45 USD (10,000 VND per person)
Experiencing the ups and downs of time, Saigon's Fine Arts Museum still remains the important collection of Vietnamese art inside three splendid colonial-era mansions. Coming to the Museum of Fine Arts, you will be impressed by the harmonious mix between French and Chinese architectural styles. These three grand buildings are constructed by one of the famous Chinese families - Hui Bon Hoa family. Its collection includes contemporary, lacquerware, sculpture and painting.
After a long day, let's relax with the unique artistic type of Vietnam - Water Puppet, which draws the attention of most visitors in Ho Chi Minh city. If you travel with your family, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre is the perfect option for your family and children, which is one of the renowned traditional entertainment. Existing more than 1000 years, water puppetry provides you a new performance about the folklore of Vietnamese rural villages in general, especially Red River Delta areas. Combine with traditional instruments such as bamboo flutes, two-stringed violins, nowhere also other than Vietnam you can see this unique musical performance like this. This charming musical performance lasts 50 minutes depicting many different interesting stories, which provides you a new presence about the country's culture.
Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm from Monday to Sunday
One favorite destination of visitors you can consider is Ngoc Hoang Pagoda (Jade Emperor). In 1892, Jade Emperor Pagoda is built for the purpose of praying for luck in Liu Ming's family and business. Until 1984, under the control of Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, it is opened as one of the attractive tourism sites and become the worshipping space of locals. You should try to visit once to admire more than 300 ancient statuses, especially 100 made from cardboard.
Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm from Monday to Sunday
Besides, you come to see one of the most ancient temples - Thien Hau Temple. You will be round-eyed with amazement by its traditional curvy roof with many porcelain figures and many artworks. All of these details are recognized as the symbolic Chinese religion. Existing more than 400 years, locals often go to Thien Hau Temple to pray for prosperity and health for their family and children, especially the ones who travel on the sea.
Address: 118 Lac Long Quan Street, Binh Thanh District, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
Opening hours: 5:00 am - 20:00 pm
Located in Binh Thanh District, Giac Lam Pagoda is protected by the guardians - legendary dragon statues in front. This pagoda includes three main parts: the ceremonial hall, the chanting hall and the refectory. Along with its sprawling establishment of beautiful statues, it surprises you with all the wooden pillars carving Chinese characters. Additionally, you have a chance to watch the white statue of the Goddess of Mercy, 32-meter tall stupa, and so on.
Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Opening hours: 7:00 am - 6:30 pm, except for Sunday (5:00 am - 12 pm)
Until now, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is still the remarkable entertainment site in Ho Chi Minh city. If you are a nature lover, this place is perfect with a great variety of wild animals as well as a huge array of flora and fauna. Surprisingly, it has more than 1,830 trees in the botanical gardens dating back over 1000 years. You do not forget to take photos of rare wild animals like lion, tiger, hippo, and so on.
At the end of the day, you should immerse yourself in the bustling pace of living in Walking Street. It is one of the most eventful memories in your Ho Chi Minh Itinerary 5 days. The two most common walking streets in Ho Chi Minh city are Bui Vien street and Nguyen Hue street. At the weekend, Walking Street becomes more bustling than ever by the unique and attractive entertainment activities. Take a seat on one side of a stall, drink one cup of coffee or eat Vietnamese street food, you can have a look at the daily life of locals.
After that, you will move to another fun adventure in Can Gio Crocodiles & Monkey Island. It is one part of the grand Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, which is recognized by UNESCO since 2000. Only nearly 2 hours away from Ben Thanh Market, you will be eager to watch a broad spectrum of funny monkeys living here. Additionally, you also explore the former Rung Sac Guerrilla base, Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Center, and so on.
Taking a motorboat ride through the waterways to Rung Sac base (10.87 USD ~ 250,000VND) is one of the remarkable experiences in your Ho Chi Minh itinerary. After the reconstruction, locals add many dummies portray Viet Cong cadres fighting with crocodiles but now they are confined to a crocodile farm. Along with wildlife exhibitions, there is a wide range of displays that relate to the Vietnamese war. At the end of your trip, you have a chance to feed crocodiles only with 20,000 VND (about $0.86 USD) in the preservation area.
Are you wondering what to do in Saigon nightlife? You can chill out your interesting Saigon night with 2 different choices below:
You can take advantage of one binocular to get a more vivid look, especially at night when the city is glittered by the lights from skyscrapers. After that, you enjoy a romantic dinner or watch specific Vietnamese textiles, locally premium tea in the exhibitions here.
There’s no better way to immerse in Ho Chi Minh Itinerary than riding a motorbike. Savor city signatures from banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese coffee to abnormal cuisines such as sweet soup and barbecued scallops is extremely interesting. Surprisingly, do you know that one of the most attractive things in Vietnam is a great variety of delicious food? To begin with, seating one street-side stall, getting a Vietnamese baguette sandwich, and drinking a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee are the essential Vietnamese experiences you cannot miss. Additionally, there are a great variety of well-known cuisines in Saigon you can try such as Saigon Broken Rice, Nam Vang Rice Noodle, Saigon Spring Rolls, Saigon Mixed Rice Paper, and so on.
Generally speaking, a 5-day itinerary cannot help you cover your deep insights into Vietnam.What's more, if you have a chance to stay in Vietnam longer, we recommend you extend your trips from Ho Chi Minh city.
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