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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

D.I.Y. WALKING TOUR IN HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM (ITINERARY + BUDGET)


This self-guided/do-it-yourself tour covers the main attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. We spent half a day to cover these destinations. We started walking around 2PM. The total walking time along the areas of  District 1 would take about an hour. We stayed a short time in some areas and focused on the museums and Saigon Skydeck.




DIY walking tour in Saigon Route

WALKING TOUR ITINERARY 
🚩Accommodation to Bui Vien Walking Street: free
🚩Bui Vien Walking Street to Ben Thanh Market: free
🚩Ben Thanh Market: free
🚩Shopping at Ben Thanh Market: shopping budget varies
🚩Ben Thanh Market to War Remnants Museum: free
🚩War Remnants Museum entrance fee: 15,000VND (35PHP/0.65USD)
🚩War Remnants Museum to Independence Palace: free
🚩Independence Palace entrance fee: 40,000VND (92PHP/1.7USD)
🚩Independence Palace to Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon: free
🚩Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon entrance fee: free
🚩Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon to Saigon Central Post Office: free
🚩Saigon Central Post Office entrance fee: free
🚩Saigon Central Post Office to People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City: free
🚩People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to Municipal Theatre 's HCM City: free
🚩Municipal Theatre 's Ho Chi Minh City entrance fee: free
🚩Municipal Theatre 's Ho Chi Minh City to The Cafe Apartment at 43 Nguyễn Huệ Blvd: free
🚩The Cafe Apartment at 42 Nguyễn Huệ Blvd to Bitexco Financial Tower: free
🚩Bitexco Financial Tower: 1-2 hours tour | 200,000VND (499PHP/8.65USD) Booked the Saigon Skydeck with Klook


🚩BUI VIEN WALKING STREET
50-66 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Bui Vien is considered as the one of the nightlife areas in Ho Chi Minh. We booked our accommodation near Bui Vien, so this is our starting point. (or end point if you want to end the day to party here) From here Ben Than Market is a few minutes away.

👣 Bui Vien Walking Street to Ben Than Market

1. From Bùi Viện, head straight passing by Đường Đề Thám to Hệm 28 Bùi Viện.
2. Slight left once you've reached the main road of Đường Trần Hưng Đạo and continue straight.
3. Turn left onto Lê Lai and continue straight until you reach Ben Thanh Market.
(Source: Google Maps)

🚩 BEN THANH MARKET
Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:00AM-7:00PM
Entrance fee: 0VND
Ben Thanh Market is one the the well-known market in District 1. It's a tourist trap, so I suggest you triple your haggling skills when buying food & souvenirs here.


👣 Ben Thanh Market to War Remnant's Museum


1. You may go pass inside Ben Thanh Market, continue straight at Thủ Khoa Huân, pass by Lý Tự Trọng, and left on Nguyễn Du.
2. Turn right at Huyền Trân Công Chúa and at the end of the road, turn right at Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai.
3. Turn left at Lê Quý Đôn then turn left at Võ Văn Tần until you reach War Remnant's Museum.
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:30AM-6:00PM

Entrance fee: 15,000VND
This Museum has photos, weapons, military vehicles and memoirs from the Vietnam War. 

👣 War Remnant's Museum to Independence Palace



1. From War Remnant's Museum, start at Võ Văn Tần Street and head northeast.
2. Turn right at Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa until you reach Independence Palace.
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩 INDEPENDENCE PALACE
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:30AM-11:00AM, 1:00PM-4:00PM

Entrance fee: 30,000VND
The Independence Palace is also called, The Reunification Palace or Presidential Palace. You may take a tour inside which costs 30,000VND 

👣
Independence Palace to Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon


1. From Independence Palace, head southeast on Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa toward Hàn Thuyên.
2. At the end of Hàn Thuyên, turn right onto Công xã Paris and turn left to Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL OF SAIGON
01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 6:00AM-8:00PM
Entrance fee: 0VND

👣 Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon to Saigon Central Post Office


1. On the right side of Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, across Công xã Paris is the Saigon Central Post Office.
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩 SAIGON CENTRAL POST OFFICE
2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:00AM-7:00PM

👣 Saigon Central Post Office to People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City

1. From Saigon Central Post Office, head southeast on Công xã Paris and turn right at Nguyễn Du.
2. Turn left at Đồng Khởi and head straight.
3. Turn left onto Lê Thánh Tôn and continue towards People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
(Source: Google Maps)

🚩PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE OF HO CHI MINH CITY
Số 86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM

👣 People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to Municipal Theatre's Ho Chi Minh City


1. From People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, head northeast on Lê Thánh Tôn and turn right onto Đồng Khởi towards Municipal Theatre 's Ho Chi Minh city
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩MUNICIPAL THEATRE'S HO CHI MINH CITY
07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

👣 Municipal Theatre's Ho Chi Minh City to The Cafe Apartments

1. Municipal Theatre 's Ho Chi Minh city, head southeast on Đồng Khởi and turn left onto Mạc Thị Bưởi.
2. Turn right onto Nguyễn Huệ and continue until The Cafe Apartments
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩THE CAFE APARTMENTS AT 42 NGUYEN HUE BLVD/NGUYEN WALKING STREET
42 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 8:00AM-10:00PM

👣 The Cafe Apartments to Bitexco Financial Tower



1. From the Cafe Apartments, walk along Nguyen walking street and exit right at Ngô Đức Kế.
2. Walk until you reach Bitexco Financial Tower
(Source: Google Maps)


🚩BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER
7, 2 Hải Triều, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 8:00AM-11:00PM

Read more about Vietnam
- Mekong Delta Travel Guide

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FOOTNOTES:
Photos by  Jovelle Palicpic, Renz Mina, Rae Argallon, and Cheloi Marasigan | Shot with Canon 70D, Samsung NX300 and Samsung Note 9 | Mui Ne, Vietnam | Aug 2019

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  1. I don't know why, but the first picture reminds me Los Angeles so much. Comparing to other Asian countries, I would say that Vietnam looks quite good.

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