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Guide to Ho Chi Minh City for Families

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Perched on the edge of the magical Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City is an exuberant, energetic and sometimes chaotic place. A city of contrasts, the streets teem with motorcycles and food stalls, while elsewhere there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to explore. If you’re planning a holiday with the kids, here’s your guide to Ho Chi Minh City for families.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Water Buffalo Tours

Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips

Dam Sen Water Park

Water Parks, Theme Parks

Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village

Dinner Theaters

War Remnants Museum

History Museums

Suoi Tien Theme Park

Theme Parks

Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck

Observation Decks & Towers

Emperor Jade Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Snap Cafe

Restaurants

Diamond Superbowl

Bowling Alleys

The Independence Palace

Historic Sites, Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • The bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City are not particularly conducive to weaving a pushchair around so if you have very young children you may need to rethink bringing that stroller.
  • The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is between December and April, when it’s warm and dry. If visiting during the rainy season (May to November) be prepared – the city can see more than 70 inches of rain each year!
  • There have been reports of taxi scams in Ho Chi Minh City as it isn’t an industry that’s regulated. Vinasun and Mailinh are the two main reputable taxi firms that use meters, so look out for their logos.
  • You’ll need to arrange a visa to enter Vietnam. A regular 30-day, single-entry tourist visa typically takes four or five working days to process from most western countries.
  • Water Buffalo Tours
    Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A trip to Ho Chi Minh City isn’t complete without a trip out to see the Mekong Delta. There are of course many companies offering day trips from the former capital but Water Buffalo are particularly family-friendly, with enough on their tours to keep the kids entertained as well as the adults. This one is a private tour so no waiting or straining to listen to your guide – just a comfortable, safe and enjoyable day out on the Mekong Delta.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Water Buffalo Tours will arrange a visa on arrival for you. You’ll need to arrange it with them in advance and they’ll send confirmation of the visa to be issued at the airport.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 484 Tours in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mekong Local for a day 01/31/2019
    • Our guide Cuong was amazing! 01/18/2019
    • Water Buffalo Tours
    Phone:
    +84 972 977 778
    Other:
  • Dam Sen Water Park
    Water Parks, Theme Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You can’t go far wrong in the kids’ eyes with a good water park, and Dam Sen Water Park in Ho Chi Minh City is a particular hit with families. It has a variety of water slides and rides for a whole range of age groups, plus plenty of events and food options to keep everybody happy.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The Dam Sen Water Park is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 6pm on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Above Average 02/10/2019
    • Good fun day 01/21/2019
    • Dam Sen Water Park
    Address:
    3 Hoa Binh Street
    Ward 3, District 11
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 3858 8418
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village
    Dinner Theaters
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Seeing a water puppet show while in Ho Chi Minh City is a must, and if you’ve got kids with you it’s a great opportunity to take in a bit of Vietnamese culture while keeping the little ones entertained. Water puppet shows in Vietnam date back to the 11th century and are symbolic of the link that water has with every aspect of life. The shows are performed on water and in Vietnamese, with bamboo rods used to control the puppets.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Water Puppet Show is held in the Ngon restaurant in Thao Dien Village on Saturday evenings from 7:30pm. Be sure to make a reservation.
    • If you don’t mind the odd splash of water, get a front row seat if you can. The kids will love it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 23 Concerts & Shows in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The show was very entertaining 01/23/2019
    • Kitsch but cute. 12/20/2018
    • Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village
    Address:
    195 Nguyen Van Huong
    Thao Dien Ward, District 2
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 3744 6457
    Other:
  • War Remnants Museum
    History Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    While perhaps an unlikely contender for a family-friendly activity, a visit to the War Remnants Museum is an important and educational stop on your Ho Chi Minh City itinerary. Interesting and informative for the adults and older children, the youngsters will no doubt be fascinated with the aircrafts and tanks located outside.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The only part of the museum that is not child-friendly is the upper floor, which display graphic images of the effects of agent orange and unexploded ordnance. Stay downstairs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 02/16/2019
    • Good place to visit and know the story from one perspective 02/16/2019
    • War Remnants Museum
    Address:
    28 Vo Van Tan
    Ward 6, District 3
    Ho Chi Minh City 700000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 829 0325
    Other:
  • Suoi Tien Theme Park
    Theme Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Suoi Tien Theme Park is a unique attraction. It’s a Buddhist cultural theme park featuring a number of themed areas with Buddhist statues throughout. There are plenty of rides for both small children as well as the teens and adults, and it features a botanical garden, a zoo, a water park and a huge food court, among other attractions.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Hit the water park after you’ve seen everything else – or take a spare pair of clothes to change into so you’re not walking around in wet clothes all day.
    • The park opens daily from 8am until 6pm, although on weekends it closes a little later, at 6:30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    • great activities ,good budha and lovely animals 12/13/2018
    • HIDDEN GEM! Don't miss it! 11/28/2018
    • Suoi Tien Theme Park
    Address:
    120 Hanoi Highway, Tan Phu Ward, Dist. 9
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 1900 636787
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You and the kids will love the thrill of reaching the top of the Bitexco Financial Tower and peering down at the far-reaching views of Ho Chi Minh City from the Saigon Skydeck. From this vantage point you’ll be able to see the entire city in all its glory. This is a great attraction for the whole family – as long as nobody’s afraid of heights!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Go late in the afternoon in time for sunset and prepare to be awed!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A bit overpriced but a good views 02/14/2019
    • Good views, but expensive 02/14/2019
    • Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck
    Address:
    36 Ho Tung Mau Street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 93 843 93 27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
  • Emperor Jade Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you want to visit an authentic and incredibly atmospheric temple during your time in Ho Chi Minh City, head for the much revered Jade Emperor Pagoda on Mai Thi Luu Street. Filled with fascinating figurines and sculptures, this temple might be old and worn down, but it has an undeniably charm about it.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Jade Emperor Pagoda is ordinarily open from 7am to 6pm, but on the 1st and 15th of the month, it’s open from 5am to 7pm.
    • There are turtles kept in the grounds of the pagoda, so get the kids to keep an eye out for them as you exit on the right.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    • A very interesting pagoda 02/06/2019
    • A lovely example 01/23/2019
    • Emperor Jade Pagoda
    Address:
    73 Mai Thi Luu
    Ho Chi Minh City 700000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 28 3820 3102
    Other:
  • The Snap Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, International, European)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Snap Cafe is a the ideal place for a dose of western style food for when the kids (or adults!) need some home comforts. It’s incredibly child-friendly with a safe and shaded outside play area that the kids will go mad for. Once they’re settled there, the adults are free to sit back and enjoy some great simple food in a relaxed and carefree atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Snap Cafe is located in District 2 and is open from 7:30am to 9:30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #336 of 3,507 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place for family and kids 02/14/2019
    • If you want any level of customer service, 'Dan' / 'Dung' is not the employee to speak to. 02/06/2019
    • The Snap Cafe
    Address:
    32 Tran Ngoc Dien Street
    Thao Dien Ward, District 2
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 8 3519 4532
    Price range:
    $2 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Diamond Superbowl
    Bowling Alleys
    Kirsty S Says:

    To some it's simply a shopping mall, but to families visiting Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Plaza is an air-conditioned activity hive for children! They’ve got bowling alleys and a games arcade next door, so you and the kids can while away long hot afternoons having fun. Best of all, it’s gloriously air-conditioned!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • While great for kids at other times, I wouldn’t recommend the arcade after school hours or in the school holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 61 Fun & Games in Ho Chi Minh City
    • For a simple good time with friends! 12/23/2018
    • Dorky & Delightful 12/08/2018
    • Diamond Superbowl
    Address:
    4th Floor 34 Le Duan St
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • The Independence Palace
    Historic Sites, Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Ensure the whole family gets a history lesson about the city you’re visiting by taking a trip to the Reunification Palace, home to the presidents of South Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Inside the palace it’s as if time has stood still since then, and this makes for an interesting visit, particularly for older children who are able to understand the history behind it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Don’t leave without seeing the palace’s fascinating bunker with its telecommunications center and network of tunnels.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 203 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Former Residecne of Governor General & President 02/16/2019
    • Huge modern looking exterior n antique interiors 02/16/2019
    • The Independence Palace
    Address:
    106 Nguyen Du, District 1
    District 1
    Ho Chi Minh City 70000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 80 85094
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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