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List of Attractions in Saigon – Discover Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is a treasure trove of many discoveries for visitors. From French colonial landmarks to ancient temples, the city offers many points of attractions to visitors.

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Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh is one of Sedona's oldest landmarks that still retain the traditional vibes of Vietnam. This is possibly the perfect first tour to get a whiff of the city's flavour once you have settled into your hotel or serviced apartment. Ho Chi Minh City will seem to entice you with its exquisite handicrafts, aromas of Vietnamese dishes and refreshing drinks from this marketplace. It is advisable to visit the market when the sun is not shining brightly as it is a vast area and navigation too will prove to be a challenge. At night the market space will transform into an exotic scene with restaurants selling grilled, barbequed and wok-fired goodies.

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Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai temple is a sacred place where the Cao Dai religion which has assembled spiritual teachings from Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity invites visitors to explore its unique appeal. Cao Dai practitioners wear white robes when entering the temple along with a sash that represents their previous faith. Many visitors take pleasure in gazing at the vibrant representations of dragons and murals that decorate the temple.

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Mariamman Hindu Temple

If you are staying at a place such as the Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City, you can simply walk towards this architectural and religious place of interest. The temple opens at 7 am and closes at 7 pm daily and the small Hindu community who lives in the city flock to their sacred place to worship and seek blessings. Visitors can take in the vibrant architecture and the appealing ceremonies that take place inside the temple. Don't forget to dress in a conservative manner and take off shoes before entering the Mariamman temple.

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Ben Dinh Tunnels

These tunnels were used during the Vietnam War. You can visit the tunnels as part of a tour and spend a few hours learning about life in the days of war and exploring the tunnels. Your guide will take you around the forest and give you a comprehensive description of the place and the situation during the war. The tunnel complex houses a nursery, sleeping areas, barracks as well as the rooms where once war councils were held.

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Ba Thien Hau Temple

Dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu this temple was built in 1760. As you enter the temple the fragrance of burning incense will usher you into the interior of the temple covered by a curvy roof and designed artistically. The décor on the roof depicts scenes from a bygone era. Take your time to explore the temple and look at the nooks and corners for there you will find exquisite sculptures and figurines. The sea goddess Mazu is believed to be a protector of seafarers. She flies around on a mat or a cloud looking for ships or people lost at sea.