Traffic in Saigon
Traffic in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City is in southern Vietnam, north of the Mekong Delta. The city was founded in the 17th century and was known as Saigon then. Thanks to the convenient location and easy transportation, Saigon quickly turned into the center for all commercial activities in the whole region of southern Vietnam at the time.

Residents of Saigon had been immigrants from different regions of Vietnam and from neighboring countries which helped to shape up the multicultural society in Saigon from the beginning. This cultural feature of Saigon has remained the same until now, after so many vicissitudes of the city as well as of the country for many centuries. Visiting Saigon nowadays, you can still feel that the city is in stark contrast to the older and more reserved Hanoi in northern Vietnam in many different aspects....

Ho Chi Minh City Peoples' Committee
The Building of the Peoples' Committee Ho Chi Minh City

After reunification, Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. Since then, the city has always been the biggest city and the economic center of Vietnam. With the development of Vietnam's economy, Ho Chi Minh City is turning itself into one of the commercial and financial centers of South East Asia. There are daily direct flights between the city and other international hubs in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, ….

The Cultural Park in front of the Reunification Palace in Saigon, Vietnam
The Cultural Park in front of the Reunification Palace in Saigon, Vietnam

There is a wide range of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City ranging from rustic hostels to luxurious 5 star hotels. The visitors to Ho Chi Minh City also have many choices for their daily expenses from cheap local standards to high-end luxury.

Traveling in Ho Chi Minh City, you normally don't have difficulties finding the suitable food for yourself, as there are street restaurants, luxury fine-dining restaurants,... serving all kinds of cuisine in the East and the West. Getting around the city is very easy with a system of public transport, taxis, motorbike taxis (Xe Om),...

The Municipal Theater in Saigon, Vietnam
The Municipal Theater in Saigon, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City can either be the starting city or the ending city for your trip to Vietnam. People normally stay 2-4 nights in the city and use it as the base for exploring the Mekong Delta and other tourist attractions in the surrounding countryside. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can take flights to the beautiful islands of Con Dao, Phu Quoc or to other cities in the country. Alternatively, you can travel to Vung Tau, then follow the scenic coastal road traveling northward to Phan Thiet, Phan Rang, Nha Trang,...

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Saigon Ben Thanh Market

Security in Ho Chi Minh City seems to be bad compared to other cities in Vietnam. Be extremely careful when you walk in the streets, travel late at night, or when you are in busy public places like at the airport, at the train station, at a park, … as you may be the target of many pickpocketing experts and drive-by snatchers, robbers... The authority has done a lot to bring back order, but you'd better protect yourself first. When you take taxis to travel around the city, ensure the taxi has a meter. If you want to get around the city by motorbike taxi or by rickshaw,  make sure you and the driver agree clearly on a price before setting off.

There are different tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City that you can easily spend a full day to visit. Normally, you can start with the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace (also called Independence Palace). Then continue onto China Town and visit Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay Market. Have a walk around Ben Thanh Market, The Municipal Theater and Notre Dame Cathedral before concluding your city tour.