Tags: Attractions, Churches, Markets, Museum, Shopping, Temples, Tips, Tour-Vietnam
The opening hours of Saigon tourist attractions are not by default the usual 8am to 5pm. Some of these attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, have lunch breaks where they’ll be closed completely. Use this guide to plan your visits in maximizing your time and tour in Saigon.
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm
Address: 106 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
War Remnants Museum
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 5pm
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Hours: 8am to 4pm
Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening Hours: 8am to 11am and 1.30pm to 4.30pm (Closed on Monday)
Address: 02 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 5pm
Address: 01 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.
Ton Duc Thanh Museum
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday only)
Address: 05 Ton Duc Thanh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Opening Hours: Sunday Mass at 9.30am
Address: Han Thuyen Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Note: My Lonely Planet guidebook says that the Sunday Mass is not always in English but my friend who attended it last month (October 09) told me it was all English. If you have any information about the language used, do drop a comment here so that I can update and benefit all our visitors.
On another note, if you are visiting it on the weekdays, use the side gate (if the main gate is closed) to get inside into the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Saigon Post Office
Opening Hours: 7am to 8pm
Address: 02 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Ben Thanh Market
Opening Hours: 6am to 6pm
Note: The Ben Thanh Night Market, which flanks the 2 side roads of the Ben Thanh Market building, comes on at about 5pm and all the way to 12 midnight.
People’s Committee Building
The inside of this People’s Committee Building is closed to the public so opening hours is not applicable here. Point to note is that this building looks great at night too when the lights come on after sunset. See time lapse video of the People’s Committee Building.
Binh Tay Market
The focal point in Cholon, Binh Tay Market don’t have any formal operating time but most of the actions are in the morning.
Address: Hau Giang Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Most Saigon temples open all day from around 6am to 6pm.
Saigon Opera House
Unlike the Notre Dame Cathedral, you can’t go in for a quick peep unless you buy a ticket for an exact performance. But the lights come on every night and makes for a great picture.
Address: Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Dam Sen Theme Park
Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm
Address: 03 Hoa Binh Street, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
Suoi Tien Theme Park
Opening Hours: 7am to 5.30pm (Weekdays) and 7.30am to 6pm (Weekends)
Address: Tan Phu Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City.
Note: Suoi Tien is a BIG theme park at 55-hectare (with 45-hectare more to add in the near future). Go early in the morning to get the best out of the trip.
Opening Hours: 8am to 10pm
Address: 77 – 89 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Note: Not exactly a Saigon tourist attraction but in my book, Saigon Square is the number 1 shopping centre in Ho Chi Minh City, a ‘must visit’, and hence the inclusion here.
Tip: Go early in the morning to get the best bargain. This is because Vietnamese retailers prefer to have their first business transaction to be a successful one as a positive sign for the rest of the business day.