Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) has a long list of energetic activities and stunning sightseeing, it can be difficult to prioritize and balance the travel budget. Here are top 8 Free things to do in Ho Chi Minh, it will give you some ideas to enjoy Ho Chi Minh without breaking your purse and freely experience the local life. Rent a bike and go!
1. Drag around Ben Thanh Market
You may need to spend a lot of money on shopping but how about window shopping? It costs nothing and you still have a chance to get a taste of the local life.
Ben Thanh market is the most well-known stop among hundreds of shopping sites in Ho Chi Minh. In this market, no one pushes or forces you to buy their stuff. They just speak some broken English sentences to ask you buy something in case you are in need.
Apart from the famous Ben Thanh, the Minh Phung night market is a hidden secret for window shopping lovers. You can easily catch up a great number of locals and foreigners hunting for their stuff in this small market. If you want to spend some money on the cute souvenirs, it doesn’t cost much. At Minh Phung, Sai Gon’s nightlife is visibly described.
- Be aware of pickpockets when you go around the market.
- If you buy something, don’t forget to bargain.
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2. Dip yourself into the unique architecture
As Ho Chi Minh is one of the biggest and oldest city in Viet Nam, it is understandably a place full of historical storyline and extraordinary architecture.
There is no better place to take a peaceful break from the crowded city than Thien Hau Pagoda. Located at 710 Nguyen Trai, 10 Ward, 5 District, Ho Chi Minh city, this is where the local pay their respect and make offerings every day. It’s free to enter the temple, but they do a welcome donation.
Also worth a mention is Sai Gon Cathedral of Notre Dame. Make sure you arrive either in the morning from 8 am – 11 am or in the afternoon from 3 pm – 6 pm because this church is closed at other time.
Another French colonial building in Sai Gon is the Central Post office. It’s right across the street from the Saigon’s Cathedral of Notre Dame. What makes a normal post office special? That is this structure is built by Gustave Eiffel (the man who engineered the Eiffel Tower in Paris).
- Crossing the street in a big city as Ho Chi Minh is truly a nightmare. All you have to do while crossing is take it slow and don’t panic. Walk very slowly, but don’t stop either.
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3. FREE TOUR in Ho Chi Minh, why not?
What is the most impressive feature about a free tour besides the free cost? It is the attentive attitude and the responsibility of all tour guides.
With Sai Gon free walking tour, you will understand what I mean. These young people aging from 17 to 23 run the tour without any benefits with a slogan: “Your smiles are our happiness”. Their aim is to create memorable moments for foreigners and improve their English skill as well. For these reasons, you can undoubtedly believe in their ability.
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- Sai Gon walking tour offers free tour guide but other expenses as transportation, insurance are not covered. It depends on which kind of tour you choose. Contact with them for more information.
- Sai Gon Hot pot is another free tour that shouldn't be missed.
4. Fresh breath in the middle of Sai Gon
If you are looking for a place to step away from the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Tao Dan Park is definitely a place to be. This leafy park is just behind the Reunification Palace – another popular destination in Ho Chi Minh. It seems a great way to spend a few relaxing hours watching the local doing exercise or simply reading a book without paying any VND for any matter.
- It’s advisable to not come to every park in Ho Chi Minh at late night for you can be cheated by some scammers.
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5. Take a look at Vietnamese museum
Not many museums in Viet Nam are free of charge. Luckily, San Art Laboratory is one of them. Situated right across the river near Sai Gon zoo, at 48/7 Me Linh Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, San Art is home to various outstanding work arts. It’s designed to inspire the creativity in all of us.
If you are an art lover, don’t miss the chance to get intrigued and amused at San Art Gallery.
Sai gon with its free activities and sights is definitely an unmissable destination for all travelers. This city offers a large choice of beautiful landscape and cheerful activities.
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