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Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest metropolis is often described as busy and chaotic. But Ho Chi Minh City’s disarming French colonial charm and wide gastronomic choices make it a worthy cosmopolitan destination in its own right and an excellent starting point for countryside excursions.

Top 5 Must Do's

Dong Khoi Street

Dong Khoi Street

A walk from Notre Dame Cathedral down to the south bank of the Saigon River passes by colonial-era structures, including the much-photographed People’s Committee Building. A photographer’s heaven and a lovely stroll for sightseers, it’s a guaranteed tourist’s delight!



Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Now a museum, the former South Vietnam President’s residence was where the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Replicas of the tanks that stormed through the palace gates during the Fall of Saigon are on display at the palace grounds.



Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

An hour away from the city, the tunnel complex was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout-cum-attack base. Today, there are dioramas, booby traps and a firing range for history buffs and warriors at heart.



Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple

The mix of architectural styles is symbolic of Cao Dai beliefs, rooted in various world religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Islam. Also known as the Great Temple or Holy See, it is a popular day trip destination.



Bến Thành Market

Bến Thành Market

Come early to bargain hard at this sprawling market for áo dài (traditional Vietnamese dress), local handicrafts and souvenirs. The large downtown marketplace and its surrounding streets make for one of the city’s liveliest areas.


To and from Gimhae International Airport

Transportation To Duration Fare
Bus
(7am-7pm)
Ben Thanh Market/Pham Ngu Lao 60-90 mins VND 4000 + VND 3000 for large luggage
Taxi City centre 30 mins or longer, depending on the location Between USD 4 &7. Stick to reliable companies such as Mailinh and VinaSun, or pay extra for coupon taxis from SATSCO and Saigon Car Rental.

 


 
Quick Facts

Currency
Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Electricity
220V 50Hz

Language
Vietnamese, French, Chinese

Time zone
UTC +7

Tel code
+84 8

Religion
Buddhism, Christianity, indigenous religions


Weather

Dec-Apr

Dry Season
22°C - 32°C
Warm throughout the year, with December as the coolest month and April as the hottest.


May-Nov

Monsoon Season
23 °C - 33°C
Humid and rainy, with short heavy bursts of rain. Bargain hunters can get great deals during this season.