The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall | © Cavan / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Piumi Rajapaksha
30 March 2018

Ho Chi Minh City is the vibrant and dynamic economic hub of Vietnam. It’s very international and modern compared to its sister cities, however plenty of old colonial structures remain, adding a beautiful contrast to the every day life of its residents.

Ben Thanh Market

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Fruit shops, Ben Thanh market, Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon), Vietnam
Fruit shops, Ben Thanh market | © kevin hellon / Alamy Stock Photo

This emblematic market is the most famous of all markets in Vietnam, and also one of the oldest. It has witnessed the ups and downs of the beautiful city. In addition to being a market, the structure serves as a historical site, landmark, rendezvous point and a background for beautiful photo-ops.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City | © ITPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo

Materials were imported exclusively from France to build this cathedral, modeled to look like the Notre Dame in Paris. It was completed in the late 19th century. Standing out front is a statue of the Virgin Mary that became a sensation in 2005, when eyewitnesses claimed to have seen tears being shed from her eyes.

Central Post Office

Post Office
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Viet Nam. Vietnam. East Asia. The neo classical Saigon Central Post Office. Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh city. Saigon
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City | © John Davidson Photos / Alamy Stock Photo

The Central Post Office is located right next to the Notre Dame Cathedral and this too was constructed in the late 19th century. The name of the architect should be familiar to you–Gustave Eiffel. He’s known for architecting some pretty awesome stuff. The post office looks like a giant railway station and still functions today, so make sure to send some postcards back home to make your loved ones jealous of your adventures.

Nguyen Hue

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Traffic intersection Nguyen Hue boulevard and Le Loi boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, Indochina, Asia
Nguyen Hue boulevard | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

Nguyen Hue is in the vicinity of other popular sites of Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall and Opera House. This is a pedestrian street that is lively every day. You will find people in smurf and pikachu costumes, people sitting on the floor and enjoying some street food, concerts, and even the occasional art exhibition.

City Hall

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Ho Chi Minh City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon, South Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall | © R.M. Nunes / Alamy Stock Photo

The City Hall is an architectural masterpiece completed in 1908 and still functions as a government office, so you cannot go inside. Yet you can appreciate the beauty of the structure from the outside as it looms at the north end of the pedestrian street, Nguyen Hue. The cream and yellow structure gets lit up with floodlights come nighttime and is a spectacular sight.

Bitexco Financial Tower

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM - FEBRUARY 22, 2017: Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. This 262 meter high skyscraper  was opened at 2010.
Bitexco Financial Tower stands testament to the city's financial prowess | © Goran Bogicevic / Alamy Stock Photo

The observation deck of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in the city, will give you a bird’s eye view of the city’s hustle and bustle from 52 floors above. The photos will surely make your Instagram followers dizzy.

Bui Vien

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Young people sitting at a bar in Bui Vien Street in Pham Ngu Lao District, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.
Bui Vien Street in Pham Ngu Lao District, Ho Chi Minh City | © Y.Levy / Alamy Stock Photo

Bui Vien is the popular backpacker street and party central of Ho Chi Minh City, akin to Khao San Road of Bangkok. Neon lights, sidewalk bars, people dancing in the street, nitrous balloons–you will capture all of this in one shot.

Thien Hau Temple

Buddhist Temple
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Thien Hau Temple's ornate facade | © Tran Ngoc Dung/Shutterstock
Thien Hau Temple's ornate facade | © Tran Ngoc Dung / Shutterstock

This is one of the most famous pagodas in the city and is located in the middle of Chinatown, or Cho Lon as the locals call it. It’s a Chinese-style temple so you can expect a lot of colors and intricate artwork. It is a very photogenic pagoda but be respectful of the locals as the temple is still an active site of worship today.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Buddhist Temple
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Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Jade Emperor Pagoda | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

The Jade Emperor Pagoda has many chambers to explore, each with its own array of intricate woodwork and statues. The dark lighting and incense smoke-filled rooms will certainly allow you to get some unique snaps, but again, please be mindful of the locals.

Buu Long Pagoda

Buddhist Temple
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Aerial view of Buu Long Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. A beautiful buddhist temple hidden away in Ho Chi Minh City at Vietnam
Buu Long Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City | © MongkolChuewong / Getty Images

This golden temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Ho Chi Minh City and mixes architectural styles of India, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. It’s a little far away, in District 9, but the drive is worth it as this is a really unique temple set on tranquil grounds.

The Crescent Walk

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Anh Sao or Starlight Bridge is a pedestrian bridge with  waterfall and beautiful colored lighting on the Saigon River. It is a tourist attraction
Anh Sao (Starlight Bridge) | © Nguyễn Thanh Phong / Alamy Stock Photo

Troll your Instagram followers for a bit by pretending you’re in Singapore. Walking around the Crescent Walk really does seem as if you are no longer in Vietnam–it’s high-end and international. There is a bridge that connects The Crescent to Ho Ban Nguyet Park and at night, the fine streams of water on both sides change color thanks to the neon lights installed in the bridge.

Du Mien Garden Coffee

Cafe, Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Du Mien Garden Coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Cindy Phan

You don’t expect to find too many garden paradises hidden behind cement walls, but that’s exactly what Du Mien Garden Coffee offers their many customers. This is a little oasis in the concrete jungle of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a spacious eco-friendly garden café full of trees, waterfalls and ponds, giving off a slight Da Lat vibe.

Babo Cafe

Cafe, Vietnamese, $$$
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If your Instagram feed usually only has puppies and kittens, how about adding a whole new kind of animal? Head over to Babo Café, the first reptile themed café in Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps you can get a picture of a tarantula on your head and a python sharing your seat while you enjoy a nice cup of Vietnamese coffee.

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