Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
We were lucky enough to get into the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City for free since, unbeknownst to us, it was Ho Chi Minh’s birthday! Normally admission costs $1 USD. The museum houses some very interesting exhibits detailing the myriad ingenious ways in which the Vietnamese resisted French and American incursions. The building itself is slightly dilapidated, although it was once a palace and is still a beautiful example of French classical architecture in Vietnam. The exhibits are in fairly good shape, and the interior is cool and provides a good refuge on a hot afternoon. Even in May, things were already heating up! The museum also had some captured American war planes and tanks stationed around the grounds. It was fascinating to see how the Vietnam War was viewed from the other side, both politically and militarily. The museum is worth a visit if you’re particularly interested in the history of Vietnam, but otherwise give it a miss.