Ho Chi Minh District 1 Attractions | Hyen Hotel & Spa

The World of Attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, District 1

The Local Immersion

Famous local attractions at the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 are within walking distance to HYEN Hotel, which not only make a wonderful travelling experience, but also offer some respite between other thrilling activities of the day.

630M, under 10 minutes walk

Ben Thanh Market

A simple 10-minute stroll from our hotel will take you right into the culinary hub of Saigon’s District 1 featuring the one thing every Vietnamese is proud of – delicious and affordable local food. As the central marketplace in town, the place also offers a singular opportunity to mingle with the locals and experience first-hand Saigon’s daily life.

330M, under 5 minutes walk

Pham Ngu Lao Street

Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City is on the western edge of District 1. Its own unique vibe draws people from everywhere to enjoy local street food or people-watching while enjoying the incredibly cheap bia hoi draught beer.

760M, under 10 minutes walk

Independence Palace

A bridge between the past and present, the Independence Palace preserves life in South Vietnam in the 1970s amidst the hustle and bustle of 21 st -century metropolis. Featuring lush gardens, antique furniture and a distinctive colonial architecture, the Palace attracts local and international tourists alike who desire immersion into the rich history of the city.

880M, under 10 minutes walk

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.

1.2KM, under 15 minutes walk

Ho Chi Minh Square

Ho Chi Minh Square can be found in the middle of District 1, right in the city centre, and is surrounded by beautiful French colonial style buildings. On this square you will find a statue of Uncle Ho, which was placed to honour the 100th birthday of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (City Hall).

1.4KM, under 20 minutes walk

Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Named after the majestic Virgin Mary statue at the front and modeled after the Notre-Dame de Paris, this basilica is the most impressive cathedral in the whole of Vietnam, home to Vietnam’s 6.2 million Catholics. While you’re there, enjoy the signature ‘street coffee’ or ‘cà phê bệt’ and other local snacks that add to the popularity of this attraction at the centre of Saigon’s District 1.

1.2KM, under 15 minutes walk

Saigon Central Post Office

Just a quick walk from HYEN Hotel and opposite from the Notre Dame is another architectural epitome, the Saigon Central Post Office, whose gorgeous colonial architecture reflects the deep history of Ho Chi Minh city. Blended with oriental designs that mark the uniqueness of this otherwise distinct European complex, this exquisite post office has become one of the most famous photo spots in town.

Under 1KM, under 10 minutes walk

Bui Vien Pedestrian Street

An attraction famous among international tourists for the deep local immersion it offers, Bui Vien pedestrian street is your go-to place to experience Saigon’s night life in the cozy hub of District 1. Featuring signature street food and local in-house beer, the place is known for its nightly performances and theatrical activities. Join the artists on stage, or simply sit back and enjoy some BBQs, and see why Saigon is a city that never sleeps.

Under 1KM, under 10 minutes walk

Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street

Right next to Ben Thanh market is one of District 1’s local hubs for shopping centres and boutiques, Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street. Flanked by breathtaking colonial architectures, the broad promenade is also famous for its nightly water show of the fountain jets planted along the street. Don’t miss out on the perfect Instagram opportunities!

Under 1KM, under 10 minutes walk

Saigon Garden

Another local attraction of Saigon’s District 1 that you cannot miss is Saigon Garden, an amazing complex inspired by European architectures, with small streets and alleys running along Renaissance-styled boutique shops and cafes. Most popular is the ‘vertical garden,’ with lush plants and flowers embellishing store fronts from the ground up. This shopping complex not only features souvenir and clothing shops, but is also a great place to try out some of the most famous restaurants in the city.

1.2KM, under 15 minutes walk


For young travellers who enjoy a dynamic lifestyle, Zone87 is a special shopping complex in Saigon’s District 1 distinguished by its avant- garde architecture and design. The zone is a famous attraction for its ‘all-in-one’ nature, providing all services you could look for during a hangout, from food to shopping and entertainment. The open space in the centre makes a wonderful spot for small in-house concerts, a perfect addition to a weekend night.