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Checklists of Ho Chi Minh City Travel


Planning your upcoming Ho Chi Minh City travel is easier when you have a checklist of what things to do and see, the items to bring, and the food to try.

Checklist of What to Pack

  • Visa and Passport
  • Sunscreen & Toiletries
  • Clothing for the hot & humid weather
  • Shoes
  • Camera

Visa and Passport: Check whether you need a visa to visit Vietnam and prepare yourself some time for the application process. 

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Always keep your passport secured 

Sunscreen: Ho Chi Minh is a tropical city with high temperatures and harsh sunlight. Preparing sunscreen is extremely necessary to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. The UV rays from the sunlight can cause sunburn and it is also a cause of skin cancer in the long term. Choose non-greasy, protective sunscreen formula for the upcoming Ho Chi Minh City travel. 

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Clothing: As you know, Vietnam is famous for the diversity and affordability of clothing and apparel. With low prices, you can find different kinds of clothes during your Ho Chi Minh City travel. In addition, the price of laundry services in Vietnam is not expensive so you can have your clothes washed while traveling in Vietnam.

Shoes: Your Ho Chi Minh City travel might require lots of walking, so good shoes are what you need to put in your backpack. A pair of athletic shoes for walking is the most essential. Besides, flip-flops or sandals also make you feel more comfortable for a short walk or good for the rainy season from April - October.

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A pair of comfortable shoes for walking is the most essential

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Camera: Nowadays, a camera is an inevitable item for every trip. In your Ho Chi Minh travel, you will wish to capture many beautiful sceneries and your best moments in this wonderful city. 

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A smartphone with a good camera may be enough and easy to carry

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Checklist of What to Do

Depending on the length of your trip, your itineraries for Ho Chi Minh City travel may vary. Now, we will give you some suggestions of must-dos when you are in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Visit famous attractions
  • Enjoy the nightlife at Bui Vien Street
  • Go on a motorbike tour

Visit famous attractions: Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Independence Palace, and the War Remnant Museum are some attractions located in the city center. These places are all well-known historic relics in Ho Chi Minh City with a lot of historical stories and values.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

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Saigon Central Post Office

Enjoy the nightlife at Bui Vien Street: Bui Vien is considered as the most vibrant street of Ho Chi Minh nightlife. When the night comes, Bui Vien becomes a walking street and it is crowded with a lot of young locals and tourists. There are many bars, restaurants, and street food vendors that make you indulge in the liveliness of this area.

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Bui Vien Walking Street

Go on a motorbike tour: Vietnam is famous for the huge number of motorbikes in the streets. Traveling around the city by a motorbike will be one of the most interesting experiences you must try on your Ho Chi Minh city travel. With a motorbike tour, you have a chance to explore places as a local citizen with guides who understand the city thoroughly.

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Motorbike tour is a great way to explore Ho Chi Minh City

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Many more activities to discover Ho Chi Minh City.

Checklist of Foods to Try

Many travelers decide to go on a Ho Chi Minh City travel just because of the excellent cuisines here. Let’s check out the list of must-eat food when traveling to Ho Chi Minh City as below:

  • Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette)
  • Pho
  • Goi Cuon (Summer Rolls)
  • Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Beef Noodle)

Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette): Banh Mi is a well-known and popular street food in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. It used to be recognized as one of the most delicious street food in the world. In Ho Chi Minh City, there are many variations of Banh Mi, from banh mi op la (bread with sunny-side-up eggs), banh mi xiu mai (bread with meatballs and tomato sauce), to banh mi cha ca (bread with fried fish patties), banh mi ca hop (bread with canned sardines), etc.

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A loaf of Banh mi

Pho: The main ingredients of pho are rice noodles and broth along with sliced beef or chicken. Pho is commonly used for breakfast in the morning or supper at night, but in large cities as Ho Chi Minh City, this bowl is enjoyed throughout the day.

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A delicious bowl of Pho

Goi Cuon (Summer Rolls): In Ho Chi Minh City, it is very easy to find a vendor selling this dish because it is a very popular kind of snack with local people. A roll includes many ingredients such as rice vermicelli, shrimps, pork slices, fresh vegetables, and herbs then dipped into a special sauce.

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Summer Roll is a popular dish in Vietnam

Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Beef Noodle): Bun Bo Hue is known as cuisine with a perfect balance of many flavors: spicy, sour, salty, and sweet. The special flavor of this dish comes from its broth. The broth is made by simmering the beef bones with lemongrass in many hours. Bun Bo Hue is usually served with sliced banana blossom, water spinach stem, and many kinds of herbs.

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Bun Bo Hue

Contact us to plan your Ho Chi Minh Food Tour itinerary! 

Checklist of What to Buy

When going on a trip, we all want to buy some souvenirs or specialties to save the best moments of your travel. These items can be bought in shopping malls or traditional markets.

  • Vietnamese Coffee and Tea
  • Silk
  • Conical Hat
  • Vietnamese Stamps
  • Sand Paintings

Vietnamese Coffee and Tea: The coffee and tea from Vietnam are unique and different from the ones from other countries. Vietnamese coffee is well-known for its rich and strong taste with a unique way to enjoy (with filter). Besides, many kinds of traditional tea are also the best gifts for your friends and family.

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Vietnamese Coffee and Tea

Silk: A kind of textile made from worm fiber. It is one of the traditional specialties of Vietnamese culture.

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Vietnamese Silk

Conical Hat: the items that protect the people from the sunlight and rain. Nowadays, it has become a typical symbol of Vietnamese culture.

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Conical Hat

See more things to buy in Ho Chi Minh City.

Summary of Checklists of Ho Chi Minh City Travel

Ho Chi Minh is an interesting and fun city with unique charms. Preparing the checklists before going on a Ho Chi Minh City travel will give you better experiences while traveling. The checklists above are our recommendation for your trip to Ho Chi Minh but don’t hesitate to create your own checklists to fit your interests most.

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Guest - Stacey Rodriquez on Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:56

Your city tour is incredibly amazing

Your city tour is incredibly amazing
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