Old and new collide in this modern city as gleaming sky scrapers, glamorous restaurants and designer shops stand side-by-side with colonial era landmarks and post-war remnants. Start the day with a tour of the Reunification Palace, an important site holding great political and cultural significance for Vietnam. The palace has been bombed, rebuilt and in 1975 became a site synonymous with the liberation of Saigon, when a North Vietnamese tank was crashed through its gates. Today members of the public can explore the palace’s deserted halls, private quarters, and War Command Room, where you can still see old radio equipment and strategy maps on the walls.
Next head to the central Post Office in downtown Saigon, but this isn’t just any Post Office. Constructed in the 19th century by the same architect behind the iconic Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty, the gothic architectural style of this famous building is something to be admired. Neighbouring the Post Office is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the impressive red-brick Notre Dame Cathedral. Built into Neo-Romanesque style, this 19th century building features two bell towers, beautiful stain glass windows.
Later gain insight into the war crimes of the Vietnam War with an eye-opening tour of the poignant War Remnants Museum. Here you can explore a series of themed rooms that tell the stories of those who suffered during the war through photography, documents and dioramas. There is also a courtyard displaying retired military equipment such as helicopters, tanks and bombers.