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Best Outdoor Activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City) does not just attract tourists with its noteworthy landmarks around the city; there are also various other outdoor activities that you should try once in the city. This guide talks about some of the best outdoor activities in Saigon that you should try to experience and adventure.

Sightsee on Motorbikes

Many people love this experience when they wonder how locals can navigate the scooters very well through crowded streets. Going sightseeing on scooters or motorbikes is an exciting outdoor activity in Ho Chi Minh City if it is the first time you have traveled to this lively city. Do not worry too much about the traffic when you ride because it’s best experienced with the help of local guides and drivers zipping through the city. And take our word for it: once you are part of the traffic, it isn’t as intimidating as it seems.

Sightseeing around the city on scooters is adventurous and exciting

Enjoy Local Street Foods

Nothing is more delicious and appealing than to discover Saigon on bikes and enjoy street foods, especially with a local guide. You will see things from the locals’ perspectives instead of seeing things behind windows in a tour bus. This is one of the best outdoor activities in Ho Chi Minh City you could do.

Read more about the Food Tour in Ho Chi Minh

Local street food always attracts tourists to explore and discover

Cool off at The Waterparks

Dam Sen Water Park

Address: 3 Hoa Binh Street, Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Sunday)

Suoi Tien Water Park

Address: 120 Xa Lo Hanoi, Tan Phu Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 8 AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Sunday)

Dam Sen and Suoi Tien are popular Ho Chi Minh City water parks. There are more than 300 water games for everyone to cool down from the heat of the tropical weather. Meeting the entertainment needs of all ages, many families often visit here to play water games and enjoy their free time together. There are water games, and regular performances and shows are also held for the visitors to participate. There are many pricing options. For about VND 150,000, you can be sure to have a fun-filled day outdoors.

Check out the Swimming Pools in Ho Chi Minh

Wander the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Thao Cam Vien

Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Monday – Sunday)

Saigon Zoo is an exciting attraction in the city center for many Saigonese, especially families with kids. This is one of the favorite outdoor activities in Ho Chi Minh City, where kids love to visit the animals and enjoy the weekends with their parents. Besides, this place is one of the few destinations in the city where you can feel the peaceful vibes and enjoy the green surroundings. There are even changing events organized weekly.

Saigon Zoo is a good place for local families to visit outdoor

Shop at Local Markets

Ben Thanh Night Market

Address: Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

You should come here to stroll through the market at night and enjoy some street food in the vendors’ area right behind the market. Ben Thanh Night Market often starts in the evenings and closes around midnight. The products sold in this market are mainly clothes, souvenirs, and accessories. You should ask about the price of products and bargain if you are interested because the costs of most products are not fixed. Check here for other night markets in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Square

81 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
179E-181-183-185 Hai Ba Trung Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 9 AM – 9 PM (Monday – Sunday)


Saigon Square is a unique local market that has air conditioning. If you are around the corner and wish to stay away from the outdoors, hop into Saigon Square.

Hello Weekend Market

Hoa Lu Stadium – 2 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, or
23/9 Park – Le Lai Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time:
9 AM – 9 PM (Saturdays – Sundays, twice a month)

Although this market opens twice a month, it attracts a lot of young locals to go window shopping and wander around. Most of the vendors in the market often sell clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, and decorative accessories. You can also enjoy the food at affordable prices in the market’s food court.

More Ho Chi Minh’s Most Authentic Local Markets

Walk around the French quarters

Most of the main streets and structures downtown related to the French colonial period have changed a lot over time. However, some unique places still bear the French architecture, such as the city hall, Saigon Central Post Office, Saigon Opera House, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Walking around the French Quarter is a great outdoor activity in Ho Chi Minh City if you want to get some excellent photography.

Many French architectures in the city are still preserved carefully&

Stroll through The Book Streets

Address: Nguyen Van Binh Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 8 AM – 10 PM

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street was established in 2016 and has attracted many locals and tourists to search for and buy their favorite books since then. Around 15 bookstores on the street sell foreign language books, souvenirs, postcards, memorial pictures of the city, etc. The book street does not allow any vehicle to travel through, so the road is just for walking, but a motorbike parking lot is adjacent to the coffee shop. You will love the space to enjoy fresh air under the trees, read books, and drink coffee in the street cafes. Besides, it is not hard to find because it is next to the Saigon Central Post Office.

For those book lovers, this outdoor book street is the place to be

Gym Rock Climbing

Many people spend their weekends or days off enjoying and relaxing with sports such as football and swimming or more unconventional sports such as going to Ho Chi Minh’s climbing gyms. The dynamic gym settings make for a particular outdoor activity in Ho Chi Minh City where you can healthily spend energy and get fit. If you are interested in this type of sport, you can come to the places below to climb.

Push Rock Climbing

Address:188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 10 AM – 10 PM (From Tuesday to Sunday)

Push Rock Climbing

Address:789D So 1 Street, Binh An Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Time: 5 PM – 10 PM (From Tuesday to Friday) and 10 AM to 8 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Fish in Man-made Ponds

Fishing is a relaxing outdoor activity in Ho Chi Minh City, especially in suburban areas. Moreover, most fishing destinations near the city are ecotourism places where visitors can enjoy fishing in a peaceful environment and enjoy good restaurant meals. Therefore, some local families often choose this outdoor activity for their kids to relax on the weekends. These are some addresses for your reference. These places are usually open from 11 AM to 8 PM.


Fishing Pond Ngoc Linh

558/15/9 Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Fishing Pond Dong Dieu

79 Ta Quang Buu Street, Ward 4, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City

Fishing Pond Phu Ong

493A Vuon Lai Street, An Phu Dong Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City

Some heads-ups for having fun outdoors in Ho Chi Minh City:

– Wear sunscreen. The best one would be a spray sunscreen with SPF 50+. You would not want to risk some painful sunburns on your trip.

– Carry a water bottle. Stay hydrated for more exploration.

– Find a good pair of walking shoes. There is no need for fancy brands. An affordable and sustainable type will do.

Summary of Best Outdoor Activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Besides famous tourist attractions, there is a wealth of outdoor activities in Ho Chi Minh City that you should take part in to get more fascinating experiences in the city, like sightseeing on motorbikes, enjoying street foods, shopping at local markets, and many more.

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