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What can you do in Ho Chi Minh City in two days? Our blog will go through Ho Chi Minh City's two-day itineraries with suggested activities, attractions, shopping, and eating. Check it out below and start planning your trip.
Day 1: See details in our previous guide Ho Chi Minh City One-Day Itineraries.
8:00 AM - Breakfast (Duration: 1 hour and a half)
Start your morning with Vietnamese coffee and one of these typical Vietnamese breakfasts.
Pho (beef noodle soup)
Address: 243 Nguyen Trai, District 1
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 3 AM
Price: VND 50,000 - VND 66,000
Read more on The Best Places to Eat an Authentic Pho in Ho Chi Minh.
Banh Nam - Banh Mi
Address: 25/1 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1
Opening hours: All day
Price: VND 22,000 - VND 31,000
Read more on Vietnamese Foods: A Guide to the Banh Mi.
Banh cuon (steamed rice roll)
Banh cuon Hai Nam
Address: 11A Cao Thang, District 3
Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 10:45 PM
Price: VND 40,000 - VND 88,000
Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
Opening hours: 7 AM - 9 PM
Price: VND 50,000
Read more on A Guide to Drinking Vietnamese Coffee.
9:30 AM - Binh Tay Market (Duration: 1 hour and a half)
It will be a 30-minute ride from the city center by motorbike or by taxi to Binh Tay Market. The market is in Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown and along with Ben Thanh Market, is one of the most visited markets in the city. You can not only find souvenirs like conical hats and porcelain but also see the daily life of many Chinese in Ho Chi Minh City.
11:00 AM - Nhi Phu Temple (Duration: 30 minutes)
The temple is also located in Chinatown, and it will take you 9 minutes to walk from Binh Tay Market. The temple is a typical architecture of the Chinese temple, that was built by Fujian Chinese who immigrated to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the early 18th century.
11:30 AM - Thien Hau Temple (Duration: 30 minutes)
Another temple you should visit in Chinatown is Thien Hau Temple. The temple was built by the Cantonese in the second half of the 18th century to worship and pay gratitude to Mazu for guiding them to the new land safely. It will take about 8 minutes to walk there from Nhi Phu Temple.
12:00 PM - Lunch (Duration: 1 hour and a half)
Refresh yourself with a bit unusual but delicious combination of Vietnamese noodle creations: Banh canh cua (crab noodle soup) and Bun rieu cua (crab meat patty noodle soup).
Banh canh cua
Anh Vu Banh Canh Cua
Address: 19 Calmette, District 1
Opening hours: 11 AM - 6:30 PM
Price: VND 30,000 - VND 60,000
Bun Rieu Ganh
Address: 4 Phan Boi Chau, District 1
Opening hours: 9:30 AM - 7 PM
Price: VND 50,000+
1:30 PM - Southern Women's Museum (Duration: 30 minutes)
The museum is opened to honor women, especially women in the South of Vietnam, for what they did to support the Vietnamese revolution during the Vietnam War as well as their strong will and achievements in the modern world. You will get to know not only another side of the Vietnam War but also how amazing Vietnamese women are. It is at 202 Vo Thi Sau, District 3, about 20 minutes ride by motorbike or taxi from Thien Hau Temple.
2:00 PM - Vietnam History Museum (Duration: 1 hour and a half)
The place kept many remnants and small replicates of historical events from different periods of Vietnamese history. The journey in this museum will get you back in time and understand both Vietnamese history and Vietnamese culture more. You should also check out the water puppet show here. It is a 45-minute long of many Vietnamese tales performed with puppets and music. You will have to take another 15-minute ride from the Southern Women's Museum to come to Vietnam History Museum at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1.
3:30 PM - Rest at your hotel after a long day exploring Vietnamese culture and ready for the evening (Duration: 3 hours)
6:30 PM - Dinner (Duration: 1 hour and a half)
Enjoy another local dinner with these rice-inspired dishes.
Bun bo Hue (Central Vietnam’s beef noodle soup)
Bun bo Hue 31
Address: 31 Mac Dinh Chi, District 1
Opening hours: 6 AM - 8:45 PM
Price: VND 25,000 - VND 39,000
Read more on Bun Bo Hue.
Banh beo (steamed rice cake)
Banh beo Thanh Nga
Address: 45C Ky Dong, District 3
Opening hours: 3 PM - 9 PM
Price: VND 20,000 - VND 44,000
Read more on Banh beo.
8 PM - Bach Dang Wharf and Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Go through the harbor at night, admiring the beautiful view of Saigon River, and watch many activities of young people at night on the walking street. Here you can also find some street foods, coffee shops, or bars opening along the street and the surrounding areas.
Find a hotel for your two-day stay in Ho Chi Minh
Spending two days in Ho Chi Minh City, you will not only get a chance to visit famous attractions in the city center but also be able to see another side of the city and understand more about Vietnamese culture.
If your time allowance is shorter than two days, check out our one-day itineraries.
And if you want to spend more time in the city, check out What to do in Ho Chi Minh City in 3 Days Travel Guide.
At i Tour Vietnam, we also offer Ho Chi Minh City Motorbike Tour and Ho Chi Minh City Day Trips, like Cu Chi Tunnels. You can have a look at our featured tours here.
Other Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City Travel Tips:
Travel Time and Taxi Fares from Tan Son Nhat Airport to the City Centers.
Getting Around Ho Chi Minh City.
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