Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City

This elegant 68-storey, 262m-high Carlos Zapata–designed skyscraper dwarfs all around it. It's reportedly shaped like a lotus bulb, but it also resembles a CD rack with a tambourine shoved into it. That tambourine is the 49th-floor Saigon Skydeck, its roof functioning as a helipad. Frankly, given the crowds and cost, the Skydeck is not that great a visitor experience; consider a drink in the EON Heli Bar on the 52nd floor or visit the neighbouring Sedona Suites tower instead.

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1. Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Nicknamed the ‘Dragon House’ (Nha Rong), this former customs house was built by the French authorities in 1863. The museum houses many of Ho Chi Minh’s…

2. Me Linh Square


This compact tree-studded square facing the Saigon River features a statue of the 13th-century Vietnamese general, Tran Hung Dao.

3. Saigon Central Mosque

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Built by South Indian Muslims in 1935 on the site of an earlier mosque, lime-green Saigon Central Mosque is an immaculately clean and well-tended island…

4. Opera House

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Gracing the intersection of Ð Dong Khoi and ÐL Le Loi, this grand colonial edifice with a sweeping staircase was built in 1897 and is one of the city's…

5. Fine Arts Museum

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With its airy corridors and verandas, this elegant 1929 colonial-era, yellow-and-white building is stuffed with period details; it is exuberantly tiled…

6. Ton Duc Thang Museum


This small patriotic museum is dedicated to Ton Duc Thang, Ho Chi Minh’s successor as president of Vietnam. Born in 1888 in Long Xuyen in the Mekong Delta…

7. People’s Committee Building

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One of the city’s most prominent landmarks is home to the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Built between 1901 and 1908, the former Hôtel de Ville…

8. HCMC Museum

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A grand neoclassical structure built in 1885 and once known as Gia Long Palace (and later the Revolutionary Museum), HCMC’s city museum is a singularly…