The Opera House, opposite the Hotel Continental Saigon, was built in 1897. Every Saturday morning, from 8:00 – 9:30, the Opera House serves the local residents and tourists the Vietnamese traditional music and many other performance in front of the House for free of charge. Other shows are also available inside the Opera House. Tickets to be booked in advance.
Since March 2013, A O show was introduced and performed on schedule at the Opera House. This is an original and inspiring portray of Vietnam reflects and captures the spirit of Vietnamese people, their dream of life, love and their heritage using a new kind of art performance, known as “new circus”. During the 60 minutes of the show, you are gently introduced to many different tones of emotion, peace, comfort and serenity mixed with astonishment and joy.
City Hall, 5 minutes walking from the Hotel Continental Saigon, also called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. This charming building was built in 1890, the former Hotel de Ville’s design is based on the original in Paris. The City Hall remains one of the most stunning colonial monuments, especially when floodlit at night.
Notre Dame Cathedral, 15 minutes walking from the Hotel Continental Saigon, was built in 1877 being one of Saigon’s architectural marvels. In 2005, the Cathedral statue was reported to have shed a tear.
The church is open to visitor:
Weekdays: from 3:00 P.M – 5:30 P.M
Weekend: from 8:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M and 3:00 P.M – 4:00 P.M
Morning Sunday masses in English are available at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30
Saigon Central Post Office, next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the largest post office in Vietnam and is one of the most popular attractions in town. The Post Office was built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows lend a classic look reminiscent of early European railway stations. Tourists can send postcards, letters, parcels and making phone calls to all destinations in the world.
The opening hour is from 7:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M (weekday) and from 7:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M (weekend).
Ben Thanh Market, 10 minutes walking from the Hotel Continental Saigon. Ben Thanh market sells everything: clothes, souvenirs, foods, flowers and seasonal fruits... The market opens from 5:30am to 5:30pm. At night time, a night market is open outside the Ben Thanh market that sell varieties of souvenirs and Vietnamese tasty dishes, a great place to have dinner.
Reunification Palace was the house and head quarter of former president of South Vietnam by 1975. The official handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the palace became a monument to that historic data. This palace is a very interesting place to visit for those who are interest in the modern history of Vietnam. Do not miss the basement set up like a war time movie set.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, 15 minutes walking from the Hotel Continental Saigon.
The reunification Palace opens from 7:30am to 11am & 1pm to 4pm.
Entrance fee VND30,000 (#US$2) per person.
City Museum (10 minutes walking from Hotel Continental Saigon). This is not only an elegant building, but also displays varieties historical memorabilia of Saigon from the old time. The museum itself is a historical location from the early time of Saigon – Gia Dinh (former name of Ho Chi Minh City). Now it houses a photographic record of the revolutionary struggle against the French and Americans as well as a display of archaeological relics. There is an underground tunnel that connects the Museum to the Reunification Palace.
Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1.
Open hour: 8:0 A.M to 5:00 P.M daily.
Entrance fee: VND15,000 (# 80 cents)
In-house guests can take a walk from the Hotel Continental Saigon to said tourist attraction sites. It is a good idea to make a history-culture tour, in the morning, from our hotel to the Notre Dame Cathedral and City Post Office, then to the Reunification Palace and on the way back to our hotel, by the City Museum. This tour can be continued by having lunch at Ben Thanh Market, visit and shop at the famous market of Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City. Many other shopping malls nearby the Hotel Continental Saigon will make your evening more enjoyable. Please contact our Reception Desk for city map (free of charge). They will be more than happy to show you how to get there.
There are also more tourist attractions that we’d like to suggest you to visit during your stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Since these places are more than walking distance, we’d like to suggest you to contact hotel’s tour desk for transportation.
National History Museum, established in the 1920s, located in the zoo. You can visit both the museum to learn about the history of Vietnam and the zoo to discover century old trees and tropical forest wild animals.
Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1.
Open from: 8:0 A.M to 11:30 A.M & 1:30 P.M to 5:00 P.M, Tuesday to Sunday
Fine Arts Museum: rotating exhibits of contemporary art by local and international artists are displayed in the first floor and the permanent collection of sketches, paintings and statues, many of which focus on resistance to colonial rule are on the second floor. The third floor shows older works from Vietnam’s history.
Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1.
Open hour from 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M, Tuesday to Sunday
Jade Emperor Pagoda
Built on 1909, this atmospheric Cantonese pagoda houses the Jade Emperor watching over an incense filled room while hidden chambers harbor woodcarvings and altars depicting scenes from Talist and Buddhist myths. One hall has the best deity if you’re seeking fertility and the upstairs represents heaven and features the goddess, Kwan Ying. It is said that this pagoda is very sacred for couple who are wishing to have babies. The pagoda has a mass of turtles in the pond, that said to bring good luck.
Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 1.
Open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, daily.
War Remnants Museum
This museum is not for the faint of heart as it houses harrowing displays of weapons and photographs. Established in 1975, it’s home to U.S armoured vehicles, bombs, infantry weapons and provocative images detailing the brutality of war. You should visit the Cu Chi Tunnels first for an understanding of the military tactics used.
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3.
Open from 7:30 A.M to noon, 1:30 P.M to 5:00 P.M Monday to Friday.
Entrance fee: VND15,000
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
The largest pagoda in the city and a popular pilgrimage site, Vinh Nghiem is a blend of modern influence and traditional Japanese and Vietnamese culture. It is home to a sanctuary and a seven-floor, 40m tower. People come here to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha himself, and Samantabhadra, the Lord of Truth and Manjusri. In 2006, the Pagoda’s brick gate was moved 10m toward inside the pagoda, without being pulled down, to give room for the Street Nam Ky Khoi Nghia’s extension project.
Address: 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, on the way to the Tan Son Nhat airport to our hotel.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
This building was also called Dragon House Wharf, where Nguyen Sinh Cung (born name of Uncle Ho Chi Minh) left Vietnam in a French ship to begin his struggle for Vietnam’s independence in June 5th, 1911. Nowadays, this is the museum about Uncle Ho’s life and his revolutionary career.
Address: 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 4.
Open hour: 7:30 A.M to 11:30 A.M & 1:30 P.M to 5:00 P.M, Tuesday to Sunday
Please be noted that the entrance fee may change that is not updated here.
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