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Family Outings in Ho Chi Minh

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Making plans for your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City? With numerous types of activities from visiting famous historical and cultural sites, exploring zoos, parks, and museums to learn and enjoy some peaceful moments in the garden cafes, or be adventurous riding on the back of the bikes, you can definitely find activities that are suitable for your family's travel style.

Saigon Central Post Office

Built in the Indochina era, this building has witnessed many ups and downs of the city. Many details of French architecture are still well-preserved, and the Saigon Post Office is opened to welcome hundreds of locals and tourists who come for postal services or sightseeing. After the visit of this attraction, you can check out the nearby destinations and activities, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, or have a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a cafe nearby.

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The outside sophisticated beauty of the Saigon Central Post Office

Take a look at our half-day fun Day Adventure city tour for a chance to visit this gorgeous post office and other iconic sites of Ho Chi Minh City.

Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Free entrance
Opening hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 7 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 7 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: 8 AM - 6 PM

Notre Dame Cathedral

Visiting Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the activities that should be on your checklist when you first come to Ho Chi Minh City. Built in the French colonial era, this building which is a harmonious combination of ancient Roman and Gothic style has become a proud signature of the locals.

The cathedral is now under a two-year renovation that should be completed in 2019. 

Your kids will love this site as there is a flock of numerous pigeons at the park in front of the cathedral. They are not afraid of humans so you can feed and take photos with them. Their food is also sold here, which is about VND 10,000 for a pack of grains.

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The pigeons flying around the cathedral is a magnificent scenery

Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Independence Palace

The Independence Palace is another site that you should not miss out on during your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City. It is a former presidential palace full of historical artifacts and precious antiques, with a beautiful fountain and big old trees in the green garden. 

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Independence Palace is one of the attractions that the citizens are proud of

Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Entrance fee: VND 40,000/person
Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 11 AM, 1 PM - 4 PM

Exploring Ho Chi Minh City's Streets on Motorcycles

Motorcycle tours in Ho Chi Minh City is a must-try experience. You can not only get the thrill when riding on the back of the bikes weaving through narrow streets but also make visits to hidden gems around the city with the help of your local guide. Besides the famous attractions above, the local markets and pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City will definitely charm you and your children with exciting new sights and experiences.

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Family outing in Ho Chi Minh City with motorcycle tours

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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

This is one of the oldest zoos in the world with an incredible collection of animals and plants. It is refreshing and ideal for your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City. You can either walk or use the service of trains or electric cars to have a full observation of the zoo and garden. Your children might enjoy playing and feeding the goats and sheep, seeing the pink flamingo, watching art performances, or simply having a little family picnic here.

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A greenhouse of various flowers inside the zoo

Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Entrance fee:

  • Children (Under 1 meter tall): Free of charge
  • Children (From 1 meter to under 1.3 meters tall): VND 30,000
  • Adults and kids who are taller than 1.3 meters: VND 50,000

Opening hours:

  • 5 AM - 6:30 AM: Opening hours for individuals to practice Tai Chi or do exercises
  • 7 AM - 6:30 PM: Opening hours for visitors

Tao Dan Park

Tao Dan Park is one of the remarkable green spaces in the city. To the residents, the park is their favorite place to do exercises every morning. It is also where you can have your midday walk, enjoy the fresh air under the lush trees, and recharge yourself after long sightseeing. The atmosphere here is almost always enjoyable during the day.

Thanks to the density of verdant canopies, the sun has hardly been glaring and the rain has rarely been heavy. On the weekends, a few locals would bring their beautiful birds to the park, enjoy their coffee while listening to the joyful singing of their pets. There are some playgrounds in the area of the park so you can definitely bring your kids here on your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City.

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A corner of Tao Dan Park

Address: 55C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Free entrance

23/9 (September 23rd) Park

23/9 Park is another green space on your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City. Exciting and colorful cuisine, cultural festivals, and flea markets are occasionally celebrated here, especially on weekends. From the park, it is very convenient to visit other famous destinations of Ho Chi Minh City such as the Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien Walking Street, and Nguyen Hue Pedestrians’ Boulevard.

Location: Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1. The park extends from Quach Thi Trang Roundabout to Nguyen Thai Binh Market and is surrounded by Le Lai Street on the right and Pham Ngu Lao Street on the left. Free entrance.

Suoi Tien Theme Park

This unique amusement park is an entertainment complex that is designed and built based on Vietnamese folktales and Eastern ideology. It has a water park and a recreational area with different types of activities such as thrilling rides (roller coaster, Kamikaze), exploring sites (aquarium, aquatic circus), and spiritual sites (pagodas, simulations of heaven and hell). The entrance fee of the park includes the free participation of some historical and cultural activities, but not the games.

There are many festivals celebrated in every season of the year, they are one of the most interesting ways for you to learn about Vietnamese culture. The most well-known festival is the Southern Fruit Festival that is celebrated in every June and is also a chance for you to find fresh, delicious signature fruits, as well as to see some impressive arts made from fruit.

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The amusement park Suoi Tien promises a joyful day for your family outing in Ho Chi Minh City

Notes: the park is quite expansive but the number of green spaces is not very significant, so you should wear comfortable clothes, hats, bring umbrellas, and apply sunscreen. To make the most of your visit, you should enjoy the outdoor activities from the early morning, having lunch and play indoor activities from the afternoon. You can either bring your own snacks and water or buy them in Suoi Tien.

Address: 120 Hanoi Avenue, Tan Phu Ward, District 9
Entrance fee:

  • Children under 1 meter tall, accompanied by adults: Free
  • Children from 1 meter to 1.4 meters tall: VND 60,000
  • Adults: VND 120,000

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Holidays: 7 AM - 11 PM

Dam Sen Cultural Park and Water Park

Besides Suoi Tien, Dam Sen is another optional amusement park. The recreational area has plenty of rides and great photo-taking zones, while the water park is the favorite place of many Vietnamese families in summer days because of its variety in games and expansive space.

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Many activities in Dam Sen are waiting for you to participate

Address: 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11
Ticket price:

  • Children below 1-meter height: Free
  • Children above 1-meter height and adults: ranges from VND 70,000 - VND 330,000 depended on your height and types of tickets

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 8 AM - 9 PM
  • The water park is off every Tuesday

Water Puppet Show

An over-1000-year-old art form, water puppet is a must-see show when visiting Vietnam. The whole show takes place in a small pond where the stage is the water’s surface and the actors and actresses are the colorful wooden puppets. The artists hide behind a curtain at the end of the stage and control the puppets through a system of strings and rods. The show has few dialogues and usually permeates either the magical Vietnamese myths or the idyllic events of Vietnamese farmers’ life.

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Water puppet is a unique traditional show that is only found in Vietnam

With easy-to-understand storylines and funny characters, water puppet shows can draw the attention of your kids and deserve a place in your note of activities for a family outing in Ho Chi Minh City. Below are some addresses to enjoy a memorable show:

Rong Vang Water Puppet Theater (inside Labour Culture Palace)

Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
Price: VND 250,000/ticket for children under 3 years old and adults
Showtime: 5 PM and 6:30 PM every day
Duration per show: 30 minutes

Phuong Nam Art Theater (inside Museum of Vietnam History)

Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Price: VND 80,000/adult (include VND 30,000 for the museum’s entrance fee and VND 50,000 for the show)
Showtime: 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM from Tuesday to Sunday
Duration per show: 15 minutes

Artinus 3D Art Museum

The museum has an area of more than 4,000 square meters, hundreds of 3D paintings that were carefully drawn by 15 professional Korean artists. The 9 zones depict different topics including Aqua Zone, Animal Zone, Masterpiece Zone, Vietnam Zone, Egypt Adventure Zone, Fantage Zone, Giant Zone, Strange House Zone, and Love Zone. As one of the top art museums in Ho Chi Minh City, Artinus promises an interesting exploration for your family.

Address: 02-04 Road No.4, Tan Hung Ward, District 7
Ticket price:

  • Monday-Friday: VND 200,000/person
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: VND 220,000/person
  • Children below 0.9 meter: Free

Opening hours: 9 AM - 10 PM

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels is a famous historical attraction of Ho Chi Minh City. Its structure was so complicated that this maze could be regarded as an underground city with all the necessary facilities such as hospitals, kitchens, weapon caches, office rooms, meeting rooms, and storehouses. The place was not only the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers but a fighting ground for the Vietnam War.

Going on our Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, you can learn more about Vietnamese history through real experiences with instructions from our English-speaking tour guides. At the end of the tour, there is an option to shoot a few war-time guns, such as the AK-47, M16, M60, Carbine, and the M1 Garand.

Address: 741 Tinh Lo 15, Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu Chi District
Ticket price: VND 110,000/person
Opening hours: 8 AM - 5 PM

Garden Cafe

The spacious garden cafes are widely established in the districts near the suburbs. Going to garden cafes is not only about trying the famous Vietnamese coffee but also to relax with your family. These cafes are decorated with beautiful flowers, lush trees, glassy lakes with delicate oases. The babbling brooks and fresh air create a relaxing atmosphere and help customers have some peaceful moments. Of course, they serve meals and other drinks besides coffee, so it is totally fine to bring along your kids.

Below are some addresses of splendid garden cafes where your family can relax and enjoy the green:

Du Mien Garden Cafe

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A green corner of Du Mien Cafe

This cafe is like a small island in the city. From morning till night, it would go through every season of the year. The morning is comfortably cool with glistening dewdrops all over the leaves just like spring, and the whole place is bright like summer in the afternoon. While the evening has a romantic vibe of fall, the night is slightly cold and beautified by the colorful lights as if winter has arrived.

Address: 7 Phan Van Tri, Ward 10, Go Vap District
Opening hours: 7 AM - 11 PM

City House

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City House with beautiful designs

The cafe is decorated to make it look like a European neighborhood with many European colorful houses. Your kids can wander around to explore the garden and these houses while you relax with a cup of coffee.

Address: 21 Huynh Khuong An, Ward 5, Go Vap District
Opening hours: 7 AM - 10 PM

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Sightseeing on a Cyclo

Cyclo, or rickshaw, is a distinct means of transport that reminds many locals of the old Saigon - former name of Ho Chi Minh City. Being once the exclusive transport for the nobles to use, it is now only served for tourism purposes as an icon of Vietnamese culture. It will be an exciting family outing in Ho Chi Minh City going around the city's center on the rickshaw. 

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Cyclo is the means of transport that is hardly found anywhere else all over the world

Notes: although most drivers now gather in unions, there are still some chances that you might face some scams and annoyances. To avoid wasting your time and money, please make your booking through a trustworthy agency.

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Summary on Family Outing in Ho Chi Minh

When visiting Ho Chi Minh City, there are high chances that you would find the favorite activities for your whole family to enjoy. You can choose to learn about Vietnamese history and culture in many popular sites, have an exciting day in amusement parks, wander in green spaces, or great photos at peaceful garden cafes.

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Guest - Zandana Taylor on Saturday, 01 February 2020 13:16

My family went on a private tour on a car once. Our guide Minh was incredible and so attentive to our kids, leaving my husband and I some time to enjoy ourselves a little bit. I'll make sure to try the motorbike tour next time we visit Ho Chi Minh

My family went on a private tour on a car once. Our guide Minh was incredible and so attentive to our kids, leaving my husband and I some time to enjoy ourselves a little bit. I'll make sure to try the motorbike tour next time we visit Ho Chi Minh
Guest - Jenny Marshall on Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:35

My whole family really enjoyed the motorbike tour we took, especially the kids

My whole family really enjoyed the motorbike tour we took, especially the kids
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