Ride Sai Gon by bus from Tan Son Nhat airport
If you have a free day, what will you do? Relax at home by listening to music, reading books; gathering friends with gossip … So have you ever thought about spending that time wandering Saigon (where you were born and growing up or where you are working or studying) by bus – a means of exploring the city The city is very popular with young people.
This trip will have the following itinerary:
Tan Son Nhat Airport – Vinh Nghiem Pagoda – Independence Palace – Notre Dame Cathedral – City Post Office – Book Street Nguyen Van Binh – Nguyen Hue Walking Street – Ben Thanh Market – Tan Son Nhat Airport
The reason for choosing Tan Son Nhat airport is the departure place because this is the gateway to gather many domestic and international tourists when coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, going to the center of Saigon by bus from Tan Son Nhat airport will have many opportunities to communicate in English and introduce the city to international friends (especially bus route No. 109).
You buy a ticket at the counter at 12 International Arrival Station and at the counter from 18 – 19 Domestic Station – where it is easy to see the outstanding yellow buses waiting for departure. Ticket price: 20,000 VND for the route over 5km. The staff are very enthusiastic to guide the route and other bus routes if there is a connection.
Bus 109 departs from International Arrival Station -> Domestic Station -> Truong Son -> Hoang Van Thu -> Nguyen Van Troi.
Right at Cong Ly Bridge, on the right-hand side is Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
The pagoda was started in 1964 and completed in 1971. The pagoda has a floor and a ground floor. the ground floor has two parts: the outer part and the terrace is 3.2 m high; The inner part, under the electric Buddha, is 4.2 m high. The ground floor is divided into a church, a lecture hall, an office, a library, a classroom, a classroom, an increase room, etc.
On the first day, the full moon or Buddha’s birthday, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is one of the temples to welcome people and Buddhists to burn incense and worship most.
Passing Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street. You will visit the Palace of Independence Palace – Notre Dame Cathedral – City Post Office – the book street Nguyen Van Binh should be taken to the station on the side of Le Quy Don school (just past the intersection of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Vo Van Tan). From here, walk about 100 meters to the Independence Palace.
Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)
The palace was started construction on July 1, 1962 and inaugurated on October 31, 1966, covering an area of 120,000m²
The Independence Palace was recognized as a national cultural and historical relic on June 25, 1976 and ranked as one of the first 10 special national monuments of the country on August 12, 2009.
Historical Palace of Independence Palace is open for ticketing to serve tourists visiting daily (including Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, Tet)
– Morning from 7h30 ‘to 11h00’ – Afternoon from 13h00 ‘to 16h00’
+ Adults: VND 30,000 / person / time
+ Student: VND 15,000 / person / time
+ Students (from 6 years to 17 years): 5,000 VND / person / time
After visiting the Reunification Palace, you will pass through the cool 30/4 park that people often call with the familiar name “the coffee house”. On the left side will be Diamond Plaza building (if you do not intend to window-shopping, skip this place to save time), on the right is Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the tourist destinations that cannot be abandoned over when to HCMC
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral: Official name is the main basilica of the Immaculate Conception, in English: Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica was built by the French in 1863 and inaugurated in 1880.
If you go on Sunday, there will be a ceremony for the parishioners. Behind the Notre Dame Cathedral, it is the city post office.
City Post Office
The city post office – one of the typical architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City, was built by the French around 1886 – 1891. Outside, in the middle is a large clock, in front of each shape rectangular registration of inventors of the telegraph and electricity industry.
In the middle of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the City Post Office, the book street is Nguyen Van Binh – the destination of readers of cultural reading.
Street books Nguyen Van Binh
This is the first complex book road of Vietnam built with open space. If you have a lot of time, just brooding a book or just sipping fragrant coffee in a quiet and noisy space of Saigon, what is equal.
After walking around, searching for favorite titles, you walk about 800m to Nguyen Hue Walking Street (follow Dong Khoi Street, turn right Le Thanh Ton). On this street, you will find the Vincom Center and Union Square shopping malls with shops displaying countless fashion items of world-famous brands.
Walking Street Nguyen Hue
Officially put into operation on April 29, 2015, welcoming 40 years of liberating the South to reunify the country.
The pedestrian street is 670m long, 60m wide, is the place for the city’s festivals, flowers, cultural exhibitions, sports, art performances … of the city. Besides, Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street is also the paradise of beautiful surprise cafés or super cool clothes shops nestled in old apartment buildings.
The final destination on the journey to explore the city center by the main airport bus is Ben Thanh Market. The distance from the pedestrian street to Ben Thanh market is 700m (go along Le Loi street to the market).
Ben Thanh market
There is a total area of 13,056m², with nearly 1,500 stalls with 4 main doors and 12 sub-doors radiating in four directions.
Going to the food court, you will surely be confused, do not know which dishes to enjoy because there are so many dishes to choose from. From northern, central and southern dishes, from food to full food, they all gather here and will make your belly speak out.
From 7pm, the booths outside Ben Thanh market started to light up, creating a lively and bustling Ben Thanh night market and considered a culture of Ho Chi Minh City.
And now, return to Ben Thanh bus station, take bus 109 back to Tan Son Nhat airport and end a day exploring the city center.
If there is time and energy, from Ben Thanh Market, walking more about 500m, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Bui Vien, De Tham will welcome you with the bustling atmosphere from restaurants, clubs, restaurants ( The ideal time to fully feel this place is around evening until late.
Most famous places are on the right hand side (direction from the airport to the city center), so make sure you choose the right seat to see more clearly and take photos easier if you do not intend to go to the pedestrian station.