Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. The city lies along the Saigon River to the north of the Mekong River delta.
Despite a long history, Saigon, which is slightly over 300 years old,is still the youngest and most dynamic city of Vietnam. Right from its establishment, the population of Saigon included many different ethnic minorities such as Kinh, Chinese, Cham, etc. This young city is also an intersection of American and European culture. Saigon is a multi-cultural city.
Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon – has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with an average humidity of 75%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons.
- The rainy season, with an average rainfull of about 1,800 millimitres, usually begins in May and ends in late November.
- The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperatures sometimes reach 39 degrees celcius, around noon in late April, while the lowest may fall to 16 degrees celcius in the early mornings of late December.
THINGS TO DO IN HO CHI MINH CITY
10. Ben Thanh Market
09. Notre Dame Cathedral
08. Reunification Palace
07. Nguyen Hue Walking Street
06. De Tham and Pham Ngu Lao Street
05. Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone
04. Jade Emperor Pagoda
03. Vietnam National Museum of History
02. Cu Chi Tunnels
01. War Remnants Museum
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15. Banh trang tron
14. Bot chien
13. Bo la lot
12. Bun thit nuong
11. Banh cuon
10. Bun rieu
09. Bo to Cu Chi
08. Goi cuon – Cha gio
07. Banh mi
06. Hu tiu …
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HO CHI MINH CITY TRANSPORT
Travelling via the iconic cyclo is a tourists’ favourite way of getting around, but there’s also an efficient network of motorcycle taxis, public buses, and private taxis connects you to the city centre and beyond. Travellers can also rent a bicycle or motorbike, though navigating through the city’s busy (and dangerous) traffic might be quite the challenge for the inexperienced. For a hassle-free way of navigating through the city, check out our guide to Saigon public transportation.
Travelling by taxi is one of the easiest ways to get around Ho Chi Minh City as you can find several vehicles parked outside renowned hotels, landmarks, bars, and restaurants…
Mai Linh taxi: (028) 3838 3838
Vinasun taxi: (028) 38 272727
- Motorcycle Taxi (Xe om)
A common yet interesting mode of transportation in Vietnam is xe om – motorcycle taxis, where you will be weaving through the bustling traffic with an experienced driver.You’re also provided with a helmet for safety; just make sure to keep your knees in and most drivers appreciate you looking out for traffic and hand-signalling a turn. The only downside to xe om is the language barrier, as most locals can’t converse in English.
- Uber – Grab
Install Uber – Grab mobile applicaton for Android or iPhone before going to Ho Chi Minh City. Grab and Uber both accept cash and credit card here in Vietnam.
Uber and Grab drivers usually contact you before arriving to confirm your location and they may not speak English