Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum

Must See Attractions

You can find amazing architecture, illuminating museums, and a must-see marketplace. Here are the top things to do there on your trip…

Must-see attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) is a dynamic city with a complex history and plenty of culture to soak up. Let’s find out incredible things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

  • War Remnants Museum
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Reunification Palace (or Independence Palace)
  • Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone
  • Vietnam National Museum of History
  • ......
Com tam - Vietnamese broken rice

Must Eat Dishes

There’s nowhere better to immerse yourself in the exquisite flavours of Vietnamese cuisine than right here in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City…

Must-eat dishes in Ho Chi Minh City

Everywhere you look, no matter what the time of day, there are people eating and preparing food. On the streets, down alleyways, and in every other “hole in the wall”, something food related is occurring.

  • Banh mi
  • Bun bo
  • Com tam
  • Banh cuon
  • Goi cuon - Cha gio
  • ......

Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Cyclo
Travelling via the iconic cyclo is a tourists’ favourite way of getting around, but there’s also an efficient network of motorbike 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.
  1. Motorbike Taxi (Xe ôm)

    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.

  2. Taxi

    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. There are two main types of taxi in Vietnam: taxi of reputable corporations (“official”) and taxi of individual drivers. There are really only 2 reputable cab companies: Mai Linh and Vinasun

    Mai Linh taxi: (028) 3838 3838
    Vinasun taxi: (028) 38 272727

  3. Ride-hailing app in Ho Chi Minh City: Grab - GoViet - Fastgo - Vato - Be

    Install mobile applicatons for Android or iPhone before going to Ho Chi Minh City. They accept cash and credit card here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

From Ho Chi Minh City to Other Provinces:
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport: Truong Son Str., Tan Binh District
  • Ho Chi Minh City Train Station: 01 Nguyen Thong Str., District 3, HCM City
  • Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station: 292 Dinh Bo Linh Str., Binh Thanh District, HCM City
  • Mien Tay (Western) Bus Station: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong Str., Binh Tan District, HCM City
See more details about Transportation in Vietnam here


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