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Ideas for Ho Chi Minh One-Day Itineraries

Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city in Vietnam, with so many sites to see and things to do. It might take a few days to a week to fully see what the city has to offer. However, if you’re on a time strain, here are our ideas for Ho Chi Minh one-day itineraries.

Map of Ho Chi Minh One-day Itineraries:

Ho Chi Minh City One-Day Itineraries



8:30 AMNotre Dame Cathedral (recommended visit: 30’)

One of the French colonial architect remnants in Ho Chi Minh City was built in 1880. In front of the church is a garden with the Our Lady of Peace statue standing in the middle. This statue has only been there for 50 years but has also become a symbol of the city center.

9:00 AMSaigon Central Post Office (recommended visit: 30’)

On the opposite side of the Notre Dame Cathedral stands the oldest post office in Ho Chi Minh City, which is still open today. Many visitors come to admire the architecture’s beauty and use the service here, sending their letters and postcards home.

9:30 AMIndependence Palace (recommended visit: 2h)

From the Post Office, it is a 5-minute walk to the government office during the Vietnam-French War and Vietnam War, a place marking the reunification of the country and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. The building and several items from that time are preserved in their original state and exhibited here.

11:30 AM – Lunch (Duration: 1h30)

Choose one of these typical Vietnamese foods and enjoy a new and flavorful combination of ingredients. These recommended places are all located in District 1, a 10 – to 15-minute taxi ride from the Independence Palace.

Com Tam (broken rice): BBQ pork chop with broken rice, egg meatloaf, and savory fish sauce.

Com Tam Thuan Kieu
Address: 114 Yersin, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 6 AM – 2 PM
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 110,000

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Ga Met (chicken on a tray): The chicken is cooked in many ways and served with sticky rice on a circular bamboo tray.

Ga Met Quan
Address: 15K Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 35,000 – VND 100,000

Bun Thit Nuong: Vermicelli with BBQ pork and spring rolls.

Bun Thit Nuong Chi Tuyen
Address: 195 Co Giang, District 1
Opening hours: 7 AM – 8 PM
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 66,000

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1:30 PMWar Remnant Museum (recommended visit: 2h)

The museum shows a part of Vietnamese history and the Vietnam War via remnants, posters, artifacts, and presentations. It is also a reminder of war crimes and their consequences with areas dedicated to Agent Orange-infected victims and war victims.

4:00 PMBen Thanh Market (recommended visit: 1h)

From the War Remnant Museum, it is about a 10 – to 15-minute taxi ride to one of the oldest markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Many stores and kiosks here sell various dried goods, produce, foods, textiles and garments, and conical hats. Don’t forget to bargain.

5:00 PM – Refresh at your hotel before heading out for dinner.


7:00 PM – Dinner (Duration: 1h30)

Enjoy an authentic local dinner by trying the well-marinated meat or fresh seafood dishes in Ho Chi Minh City. Join in the street-side BBQ and fun.

Address: 29 Thai Van Lung, District 1
Opening hours: 5 PM – Midnight
Price: VND 100,000 – VND 220,000

Oc Dao
Address: 212B Alley Nguyen Trai, District 1
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: VND 60,000 – VND 110,000

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Che (sweet dessert soup): a dessert made from coconut milk, sugar syrup, and various Vietnamese fruits.

Che Thai Y Phuong
Address: 380 Nguyen Tri Phuong, District 10
Opening hours: 10 AM – 1:30 AM
Price: VND 18,000 – VND 33,000

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8:30 PM – Bui Vien Walking Street

Stroll down the backpackers’ district and treat yourself to street food snacks and Vietnamese beer. This walking street can get very crowded on the weekends and the holidays, so be mindful of your belongings.

Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
Free entrance

Our Thoughts on Ho Chi Minh City One-Day Itineraries

From our team of local tour guides, the above suggestions are what we recommend you must see and eat if you have only 1 day in Ho Chi Minh. If you have more time in the city or looking for more things to do, check out our What to do in Ho Chi Minh in 3 Days Travel Guide.

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