Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City on a budget? Fortunately, the Vietnamese city has a surprising number of famous tourist attractions and activities that can be enjoyed for free. Check out our run-down of the best things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City without spending a dime.
The colonial-era architecture
Visit the local markets
Local parks and open green spaces
Tour the public library
Go and get lost in the General Sciences Library, a windowless 1960s three-story building with a large front yard and two other small rear courtyards. The current complex — a post-war reconstruction — was previously named “Maison Centrale de Saigon” (Saigon Central Prison), and was used to house the city’s overflow of prisoners.
Take a free walking tour
Saigon Free Walking Tours are guided by local students, and offer something more energetic, passionate and thought-provoking than dry facts. Travelers can enjoy hearing about the city in detail as they stroll through the city’s landmarks without a fixed itinerary. It’s fascinating to learn about local culture through a young local’s lens.
For a taste of contemporary art, head to San Art Laboratory. It provides a platform to engage both local and international artists in discourse through visual arts, literature, exhibitions, workshops, and residency programs. San Art’s reading room is open to public visits, so you can have a cup of coffee and enjoy reading art books on diverse topics.
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