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Taking a Saigon river cruise is a wonderful experience that tourists should not miss out on. (Photo courtesy of The Planet D)

Ho Chi Minh City, with a population of more than 8 million, is the largest and most visited city in south Vietnam.

Enjoying the view from the Saigon Skydeck at the Bitexco Financial Tower is a top suggestion among the 32 best things to do when visiting the locality.

Situated in the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1, the Saigon Skydeck offers panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis. As the sun sets and the city lights up, the view from the observation deck seen on the 49th floor is nothing short of mesmerising, The Planet D wrote.

The city also boasts a lot of rooftop bars close to the Bitexco Financial Tower, and one of the best things to do is to grab a cocktail on a rooftop patio. 

Taking a Saigon river cruise is also a wonderful experience that tourists should not miss out on. These cruises often feature traditional music and dance performances, along with sumptuous dining options which offer an immersive experience, providing a taste of Vietnamese culture while guests float on the tranquil waters, the travel website shared.

Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels and Notre Dame Cathedral, visiting the War Remnants Museum, adventuring on the Mekong Delta, shopping at Ben Thanh Market, experiencing the night market at Ben Thanh Market, and discovering Tan Dinh Church are among the top 10 things to do in the city.

The travel website also recommended taking tours to sightseeing spots such as the Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, the Museum of Vietnamese History, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market, Tao Dan Park, and the Fine Arts Museum.

Strolling through Pham Ngu Lao Street, Bui Vien Walking Street, shopping at Saigon Square, indulging in street food at Vinh Khanh Street, attending a show at the Saigon Opera House, taking in a water puppet show at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, and exploring café apartments are exciting activities which attract more and more foreign tourists.

Sampling Vietnamese coffee in the city is a great experience. The coffee is prepared using Robusta beans which are drip-brewed through a filter on top of a layer of condensed milk. The condensed milk counteracts the bitterness, thereby creating a delicious coffee that can be consumed both hot (cà phê sữa) and cold (cà phê sữa đá).

Another must-try drink for guests is cà phê trứng (egg coffee). In this case, the coffee is prepared with an egg yolk which produces an unbelievably creamy and sweet coffee that doesn’t actually taste like egg, The Planet D suggested.

One of the best things about visiting the locality is its delicious cuisine. Ho Chi Minh City is filled with countless food stalls and places to eat local food.

Phở (noodle soup), Bánh mì (baguette sandwich), Bánh Xèo (filled pancake crepe), Summer Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn), Thịt Nướng (Grilled Pork), and Chicken Sticky Rice (Xôi Gà) are among the amazing street food which draws the attention of many foreigners, the travel website concluded.

Source: VOV