Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Vietnam  /  Ho Chi Minh City  /  Sightseeing  /  The Independence Palace

The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

(3.3/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
Captured in the historic 1975 photograph of a North Vietnamese military tank crashing through its gates, The Independence Palace played a pivotal role in the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. The interior of the palace has remained nearly intact since it was built as a residence of the South Vietnamese president in 1966. Its desolate halls and rooms are time capsules, displaying period-style furnishings and motifs--conference rooms, reception halls, a war room, a telecommunication center, and tunnels in the basement. Check out the president's living quarters, featuring bizarre decorations, such as actual elephant feet. At the entrance you can see a Vietnamese T-54 tank and the roof is topped with a model of a presidential helicopter. Before you head to Ho Chi Minh City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ho Chi Minh City trip builder, to make sure you see all that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, including The Independence Palace.
map
Create a full Ho Chi Minh City itinerary

Plan your trip to Ho Chi Minh City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Ho Chi Minh City by other users

24 days in Middle East, Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in Ho Chi Minh City, Sydney & Hong Kong BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Vietnam, Thailand & Siem Reap BY A USER FROM HUNGARY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Ho Chi Minh City BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Asia BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Rather enjoyed the 60s architecture and decor. Nice gardens and a good stopping off point on the way to the War Remnants museum a few blocks away. 
  • This site is very interesting as an example of 1960s architecture as well being historically very significant. The Palace is very large with lots of very sumptuously furnished state rooms as well as t...  more »
  • I found this site so interesting when I visited. It is as if it has been left exactly as it was the day the war ended, giving you an interesting insight. It was fascinating to see this in contrast to ...  more »