One of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh is simply soak up the atmosphere of this exotic and lively city, which attracts millions of tourists every year. Several lively markets are a must see, including Ben Thanh market, and Bui Vien Street is known for its cafes, bars and nightlife. For something more relaxing, the city’s Botanical Gardens and zoo are among the oldest in the world and are home to over 500 animals. Several museums are worth a visit, including the Museum of Traditional Medicine, the Vietnam History Museum and especially the War Remnants Museum. This focuses on the Vietnam War era and is considered one of the world’s best museums. Another fascinating historical destination is the Cu Chi Tunnels, once the revolutionary HQ for soldiers. Don’t forget the city’s temples, of which the Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most impressive.
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