Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Hi everyone! The photogenic Ho Chi Minh City is waiting for you…Whether you are a professional photographer or love to share great photos on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites, the following list of Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City includes not only famous places with beautiful architecture but also hidden places where you have chances to take the nicest photos of Saigon’s landmarks and the real local life.

We should not miss long-standing Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Saigon Opera House, Ben Thanh Market which are must-visit French architectural works. The two well-known Notre Dame Cathedral and the pink Tan Dinh Church, which have not changed so much for nearly 200 years, are surprisingly bright. Thien Hau Temple with ancient Chinese architecture and Van Phat Pagoda with countless golden Buddha statues are also great places to take pictures. Some beautiful museums and bridges are favorite places to take wedding photos of Vietnamese people. In this article, I also introduce to you many brilliant hidden spots where you hunt for spectacular photos: vibrant old apartment buildings, alleys, local markets and special coffee shops.

French architectural works

Saigon Central Post Office

Location: 125 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 8:00 – 19:00 (weekdays); 8:00 – 17:00 (weekends). If you come to the post office within operating hours, you can go inside. In the contrary, you can take photos from outside.

Built between 1886 and 1891, Saigon Central Post Office was designed by architect Villedieu and hist assistant Foulhoux. The building with a few floors above ground and a part underground has been an iconic symbol of Saigon for 150 years.

The highlight of the design is the large arches on the ceiling and wooden countertops along the sides, making it look like a train station in Europa. This architectural feature is popular in churches in Western Europa. The ceiling of the front hall is supported by four metal pillars in green color. The long arch (back arch) is supported by two lines of smaller green metal pillars. The top of the pillars is decorated beautifully and painted golden.

The highlights of Saigon Central Post Office include the long facade. It has been painted different colors including pink, light and dark yellow. Currently, the facade of the post office is in light yellow color. Two lines of arched windows with green wooden louver shutters remind visitors about the Colosseum – a symbol of Rome (Italy). The windows above the clock are rectangular and decorated with symmetrical ornaments.

The system of 20 square pillars and ornaments depicting Greek Gods and Goddesses, reliefs on rectangular cases read with names of inventors of telegram and electric professions. Besides features of Western architecture, there are also ornaments in Asian style. The top of the building is decorated in the same way as Khmer temples.

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Saigon Central Post Office is a favorite place to take memory photos and wedding photos of Saigon people. In the picture, a group of high school pupils in white Ao Dai dresses takes photos before their graduation day.

Saigon Central Post Office Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Tourists and guides take photos in front of the post office.

Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The amazingly beautiful of the arched ceiling.

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Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (City Hall)

Location: 86 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The building is located at the crossroads of Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Le Thanh Ton Street. Taking photos of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the beautiful garden, the lotus fountain at the end of Nguyen Hue is recommended.

The building is not opened to visitors because it functions as the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee building. Taking photos from outside this magnificent building is one of the top things to do in Saigon.

Designed by architect Femand Gardes and built from 1898 to 1909, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee features well-preserved French colonial architecture. It is a mix of Renaissance architectural and Baroque and rococo exterior design styles.

Covering a total area of 15 hectares, the building is 80 meters wide. Inspired by bell tower in the North of France, the building has three towers which are impressively decorated with a large number of ornaments and reliefs. Sculpted Marianne and two children overpowering fierce animals on the middle tower, sculpted Marianne of freedom on the left tower and Marianne of equality on the left tower. The light yellow facade, red tiled roofs and dozens of wrought iron arched doors and wooden louver windows make the building elegant.

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Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, green trees and grass in Nguyen Hue Street.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The French-style Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the modern Vincomn Center Dong Khoi draw a sharp contrast.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Lightened with the modern system, the building looks amazing at night.

City Hall Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Statue of President Ho Chi Minh in the garden in Nguyen Hue Street in front of the City Hall.

Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

Location: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ben Thanh Ward, Ho Chi Minh City (106 Nguyen Du Street, District 1).

Opening hours: 7:30 – 12:00; 13:30 – 17:00.

Designed by the famous Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, built from 1962 to 1963, Independence Palace functioned as the presidential home and workplace. The building is located in a spacious garden, with a total area of 12 hectares, a width of 300 meters and a length of 400 meters. The huge round grass field and the fountain in front of the building is one of the highlights of this place.

This building is a perfect mix of the East and the West. The building with modern symmetrical design, materials and construction technologies contains Eastern philosophy. Its structure renders an ancient ideogram 吉 (good fortune, cát), The front elevation’s opening means 口 in Chinese, miệng or khẩu in Vietnamese, mouth in English and represents truthful speech. The flagstaff 中 symbolizes unswerving fidelity. The horizontal strokes illustrated by the roofing, canopy and facade form the Chinese character 三 that symbolizes the mystical triad humanity, firmness of purpose and wisdom. Large-sized decoration items are in shapes of bamboo internodes are very impressive parts of the building. Inside the palace, it is designed and furnished splendidly and luxuriously. Whether you take photos of the spacious green garden, the facade or rooms in the place, all the photos will be surprisingly great.

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Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The green grass field and fountain in front of the building.

Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Green grass field, fountain and the beautiful building of Independence Palace.

Independence Palace - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Bamboo-like decoration items.

The luxurious banquet chamber or phòng yến tiệc of Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The luxurious banquet chamber or phòng yến tiệc.

Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City)

Location: 7 Cong Truong Lam Son Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Built in 1897 by French architect Eugene Ferret, Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City is a small counterpart of the Hanoi Opera House and shaped like the famous Opera Garnier in Paris. The architectural style is inspired by the French Third Republic’s flamboyant style.

The white and light brown facade of Saigon Opera House was decorated with reliefs and inscriptions depicting Laurel wreaths, deities of love, angels, Gods, Goddesses, harps. The most prominent decorations include sculpted deities of love on the top of the arch, two sculpted Goddesses supporting the entrance canopy, reliefs depicting Gods and two-winged angels playing harps.

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A photo of Saigon Opera House taken at 6:00 PM.

Saigon Opera House - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Lovely Vietnamese girls in Ao Dai takes photos in front of Saigon Opera House.

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Ben Thanh Market

Location: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 4:00 – 19:00 (day market), 18:00 – midnight (night market).

The old Ben Thanh Market had been established before 1859. The new market was built from brick, steel, concrete and tiles by the French in 1870. It was also designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu. Surrounded by 4 streets, it has 4 main gates and 12 side gates facing 4 directions. The South facing main gate impresses visitors with the tetragonal clock tower. The cream-colored facade, red roofs, blue clock and arched main entrance make Ben Thanh the nicest market and iconic sight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Ben Thanh Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese girls in Ao Dai take photos in front of Ben Thanh Market.

Ben Thanh Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market is a great place for not only local people but also foreign visitors to take photos.

Ben Thanh Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The spacious Ben Thanh Market with a beautiful ceiling.

Church

Notre Dame Cathedral

Location: 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 8:00 – 11:00, 14:00 – 16:00. Until the beginning of 2020, the church was not open to the public but Catholics due to the restoration project.

Designed by architect J. Bourard, the church was inaugurated on 11th April 1880. The highlight of the building is 60.5-m-high two bell towers, built in 1895. Red tiles and bricks, arched and round windows can be seen from outside. The interior design of the church is luxurious and splendid, with 31 round rose windows, 25 cow-eye windows.

The beautiful garden with four confluent roads forming a cross and the peaceful mother statue, made by G. Ciocchetti in Italy in 1959. The statue was reported to have shed tears flowing down her right cheek, attracting thousands of people to come and see.

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This is one of the top photogenic places in Ho Chi Minh City. You can take a photo of the statue and the red building like these guys.

Cathedral and Ao Dai girl - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Cathedral and Ao Dai girl.

Notre Dame Cathedral - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The back of the Notre Dame Cathedral is also very beautiful for taking photos.

Tan Dinh Church

Location: 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

They do not accept visitors to go inside the church. However, the exterior is the most famous instagrammable spot in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to its romantic pink color. The huge round clock on the facade, spires, arched windows with beautiful patterns, onion dome structure with steeples and angle statues are all painted white and pink, blend wonderfully.

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Tan Dinh Church - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The romantic church with pink color.

Tan Dinh Church Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

There is a large number of beautiful windows.

Tan Dinh Church Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Hundreds of people visit and take photos at Tan Dinh Church every day.

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Pagoda and Temple

Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda

Location: 66/14 Nghia Thuc Street, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. View on Google Maps.

Opening hours: 4:30 – 19:00. The main hall which should not be missed on the fourth floor opens from 6:00 to 17:00.

Hidden in a small alley, the 4-story building looks simple but the main hall on the top floor is amazingly splendid, with countless small and big Buddha statues. The biggest statue of Vairocana sitting on a Buddha lotus seat is the most beautiful. Tiny Buddha statues in petals of the lotus seat impress most of the visitors. There are ten thousand altars and Buddha statues on the walls in the main hall.

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Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda is located at the end of a small alley in Saigon China Town.

Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The wall is decorated with altars and Buddha statues, carved pillars with cloud and fairy patterns.

Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The huge Buddha statue in the main hall is the highlight of Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda.

Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Do not miss exploring and taking some nice photos of the very small statues on petals of the lotus seat.

Thien Hau Temple (Thien Hau Lady Pagoda)

Location: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 8:00 – 16:30.

Built in 1760 by a Chinese group from Guangzhou, China, Thien Hau Temple is one of the oldest and most beautiful Chinese pagodas in Saigon. Mazu (Thien Hau Lady) who supports and saves lives of people on the sea is worshipped in the temple.

The highlights of this pagoda include its unique architecture, the complex of halls and a sky well forming the Chinese character 口 (khẩu, mouth). The nice facade, lots of reliefs and ornaments on the top of the roofs of the halls, carved wooden panels. This is one of the must-see tourist attractions and the most photogenic places in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The splendid facade of Thien Hau Temple, with lots of reliefs and ornaments.

Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Spiral incense sticks are hung on metal strings.

Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Huge dragon incense sticks and a Vietnamese girl in Ao Dai prays at Thien Hau Temple.

Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

A Vietnamese girl holds flowers on her hands and poses for photos.

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Museum

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Designed by the French architect Alfred Foulhoux and completed in 1890, Gia Long Palace (former name of the museum) is one of the most beautiful palaces in the city at that time.

The beautiful white facade with grand and small columns evokes the classical style of constructions in Paris. The notable exterior design is the triangle decorated with a bust, laurel, flowers, leaves, snakes, a cock symbolizing the day and an owl symbolizing the night at the corners. Under the balcony is a circular entrance dome supported by 4 round pillars.

The magnificent curved staircase has been a famous place to take wedding photos in the city. The long corridor with lines of wooden louver windows and cement tiles is also a great Instagram-worthy spot. Some people love to take photos with the vintage car from the Nguyen Dynasty in the yard.

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The beautiful facade and the most impressive decor items of Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The well-known staircase which is a popular place to take wedding photos and film music video.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The long corridor with wooden louver windows, black and white cement tiles.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

A teenager poses for photos in the nice corridor.

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Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum)

Address: 41 Hoang Du Khuong, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:00.

The museum was built in 2003 and has been open for publish since 2007. Besides the exhibit of nearly 4,000 precious artifacts related to traditional medicine in Vietnam, FITO Museum is a great place to take amazing photos thanks to wooden materials, carved wooden furniture and decor items. Wooden carved pillars, walls, escalator, staircases, tables, shelves, panels, “bao lam”, altars, paintings and many others. Brick walls and pillars blend wonderfully with wood carvings in the museum.

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum)

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum) Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Brick and wooden facade of the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. Bamboo trees with yellow stalks and green leaves adorn the multistory building.

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum) Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

They provide some clothes of doctors specialized in traditional medicine in Vietnam. You just simply put them on, stand in the traditional drug store and take some photos.

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum) Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The green trees, brick pillars and walls, wooden doors.

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum) Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The green trees, brick pillars and walls, carved wooden walls and round wooden pillars.

Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine ( FITO Museum) Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Terracotta floor tiles, the wooden staircase with carved rails with dragon pattern. Skillfully carved wooden pillars, “bao lam” and altar.

Artinus 3D Art Museum

Location: 02-04 Street 9, Him Lam Residential Area, Tan Hung Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours:  Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 17:00); Saturday, Sunday, holiday: 9:00 – 20:00 (last admission at 19:00)

The 3D Art Museum with 9 rooms in which 3D paintings in 9 topics are displayed. The topics include Aqua Zone, Animal Zone, Masterpiece Zone, Vietnam Zone, Strange House Zone, Love Zone, Egypt Adventure Zone, Fantage Zone, Giant Zone.

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Take a photo with the giant Vietnamese girl in beautiful pink Ao Dai dress in the Vietnam Zone room in Artinus 3D Art Museum.

Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Sit on a paper boat and let the Vietnamese rider in traditional Ao Ba Ba take you through the zig-zag channels in Vietnam’s countryside.

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Bridges

Cau Mong Bridge

Location: 02-04 Street 9, Him Lam Residential Area, Tan Hung Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

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Starlight Bridge

Location: Starlight Bridge, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

Designed by Gao Ge – a Chinese company, designed in detail by Dao Fund Construction Design Consultant Company and built by Sino-Pacific Company, the pedestrian Starlight Bridge was completed in 2010. The 170-m-long and 8.3-m-wide bridge that crosses Thay Tieu Channel is as curved as the crescent moon. The highlights include lots of round led lights on the bridge, looking like stars on the sky and the fountain, illuminated with color-changing lights. There are two squares at the end of the bridge, one of which represents the sun and the other represents the moon.

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Starlight Bridge and Thay Tieu Channels at 6:00 PM.

Starlight Bridge Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The fountain makes Starlight Bridge colorful when the sun goes down.

Starlight Bridge Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Beautiful blue and green water jets.

Starlight Bridge Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Walking in the sky with countless “stars”.

Thich Quang Duc Monument

Location: 298 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (crossroads of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Nguyen Dinh Chieu Streets).

This is a spacious green park with lots of big shade trees, ornamental trees and plants, lotus ponds. The highlights of the monument include the 12-ton-heavy and 4.5-meter-high statue of a monk on fire and the large-sized relief behind the statue, both of them tell a heart-broken story about Thich Quang Duc Bodhisattva who burned himself to death to protest Diem’s policies against Buddhism on 1963.

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Thich Quang Duc Monument Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The beautiful bronze statue in the green pard.

Thich Quang Duc Monument Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Thich Quang Duc was made to be calm and unconquerable in the fierce fire by the talented sculptor.

Thich Quang Duc Monument Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The long and high relief tells the story about the brave Thich Quang Duc monk.

Alleys and old apartment buildings

Hao Si Phuong Alley

Location: 206 Tran Hung Dao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

According to an old resident in the alley, the apartment buildings in Hao Si Phuong Alley were built in 1910 by Uncle Hoa – one of the richest Chinese people at that time. The entrance to the alley is in the middle of two modern buildings. Stepping into the alley, visitors feel like being in a Hongkong town 100 years ago. The structures of the apartment have not changed. Owners have restored some of the apartment, walls and wooden doors have been repainted. Modern materials including glazed floor tiles, metal and glass doors, wall bricks and old wooden louver doors and windows shutters blend. Chinese characters, altars and stickers in Chinese styles are abundant in the alleys.

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Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The entrance to Hao Si Phuong alley.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

This street vendor sells refreshing drinks and take care of visitors’ motorbikes.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Two parallel blocks of apartments with blue balcony rails, green iron rolling doors, louver windows, brown brick walls, glass windows.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Altars and stickers with Chinese characters are in every corner.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Green wooden louver shutters metal grids and metal rolling doors.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Green vines and ornamental plants are around the alley.

Hao Si Phuong Alley Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Pink Bougainvillea (hoa giấy) and Frangipani (hoa sứ).

Old apartment buildings

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings

Location: Ward 1, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The apartment complex is surrounded by Nguyen Thien Thuat, Phan Dinh Phung, Ly Thai To, Phan Thanh Gian Streets.

Completed in 1969, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings is one of the oldest Ho Chi Minh City’s apartment residential area. The structure and materials still remain after 50 years. The colorful walls, windows, doors, balconies and moss make Nguyen Thien Thuat a great place to take photos of the real Saigon.

Clothes, blankets, green ornamental vines and plants, colorful flowers can be seen from outside. You can take great photos of the buildings from outside or climb up staircases and walk along corridors. You can also learn about how residents relax in the small park, sell and buy products at shophouses and street food stalls.

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A photo of Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings taken from the top floor of a block.

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Parallel blocks in the Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment building area.

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

People buy products in Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings in the morning.

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings

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Walking street

Nguyen Hue Street

Location: Nguyen Hue Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The 670-m-long and 64-m-wide Nguyen Hue Walking Street is one of the most luxurious street in Ho Chi Minh City. It is lined with 5-star hotels, famous coffee shops, Garden Mall and Lucky Plaza shopping malls, Times Square building and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee building. The lotus fountain is also a highlight of the walking street. The apartment building at 42 Nguyen Hue is known as the coffee apartment building in Saigon. It is great to walk in the street and take nice photos by day and by night.

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Two girls take photos in Nguyen Hue Street.

Nguyen Hue Street Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The lotus fountain in Nguyen Hue Street.

Nguyen Hue Street Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Street vendors sell foods, drinks and toys on Nguyen Hue Street at night.

Bui Vien Street

Location: Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Bui Vien Street is a non-sleeping street where locals and foreigners eat, drink and have fun at local restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The street is famous with budget travelers who are seeking budget hotels, laundromats, spas, tattoo shops, hair salons. A wide range of Vietnamese and international foods and beverages are served here.

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Bui Vien Walking Street is open from 19:00 to 2:00 (on the next day) on weekends.

Bui Vien Walking Street Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The crowded 86 Pho Tay Restaurant and Bar.

Bui Vien Walking Street Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Lines of beautiful lanterns and lovely Vietnamese waitresses.

A night Pho noodle soup stall in Bui Vien Walking Street Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

A night Pho noodle soup stall.

Local markets

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market

Location: Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.

What do you think about a wholesale flower market in Saigon? This hidden market is one of the great places to take surprisingly beautiful pictures in Vietnam. Weaving narrow alleys and Ho Thi Ky Street lines with more than one hundred flower shops, you will be lost in the wonderland of smelling and beautiful flowers, most of which are grown at flower villages in Vietnam.

Life is hard in Vietnam. In contrast to the beautiful flowers, workers and vendors at the market must work hard to earn their livings.

Next to Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is the Cambodian Market where you can see many strange things and the real local life.

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Ho Thi Ky Flower Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Bunches of roses.

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

A worker removes outer leaves of roses.

Cambodian Market - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

A vendor sells dried foods at Cambodian Market.

Trang Tu Fruit Market

Location: Trang Tu Street, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

Located next to Cho Lon Bus Station, the market specializes in fruits, spices and vegetables. You can take nice photos of the products as well as the local life and old houses on Trang Tu Street.

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Trang Tu Fruit Market sells lots of fruits.

Trang Tu Fruit Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Vendors eat at the market.

Trang Tu Fruit Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Dragon fruits.

Trang Tu Market Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Fresh vegetables.

Coffee shops

Cheo Leo Coffee Shop

Location: 109/36 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 2, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 5:00 – 18:45.

This over 80-year-old cafe is a great place to listen to Vietnamese music since the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and enjoy the amazing coffee brewed with cloth filters. The walls, tiles, staircase, kitchen, oven and kitchenware in the small coffee shop still remain. The smoky ceiling and walls have become familiar things to visitors.

Cheo Leo Coffee Shop Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The small Cheo Leo Coffee Shop is always crowded.

Cheo Leo Coffee Shop Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

The friendly owner teaches a tourist to brew coffee.

Cheo Leo Coffee Shop - Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Big stainless steel pot, clay pots, fabric filter.

Do Phu Coffee Shop – secret weapon bunker

Location: 287/70 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00.

Have you ever thought that Vietcong made lots of secret weapon bunkers in Saigon? Coming to Do Phu Coffee Shop, you will sit on old wooden sofa and enjoy delicious drinks, see lots of artifacts in the wartime and especially climb down into the bunker where they stored weapons.

secret weapon bunker Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Wow!

secret weapon bunker Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Secret weapon bunker.

secret weapon bunker Top 10+ Photogenic (Instagrammable) Places in Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy some drinks and learn more about history.

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  1. Alex April 25, 2020

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