Ho Chi Minh City Overview

Ho Chi Minh City (the old name of the city is Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam, the locomotive of the Vietnamese economy, and the most important cultural and educational center of the country. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest metropolitan city in the South of Vietnam, in a picturesque place, in the Mekong Delta.

The southern capital of Vietnam is more than a curious tourist destination. Whatever the traveler wants - rich excursions or a bustling nightlife, exotic Vietnamese cuisine or the usual European dishes, chic hotels or budget guesthouses are not difficult to find in Ho Chi Minh City.

Where To Go And What To Do In Ho Chi Minh City?

The Mekong Delta, in which Ho Chi Minh City is located, is a unique place of its own. Plains are replaced by elevations that reach several hundred meters. And although there is no jungle, landscapes delight the eye with endless gardens, rice fields, and mangroves.

In the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh, there are many species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals. In general, the Mekong basin on biological diversity is second only to the Amazon River basin. Here there are three national parks and four reserves.

History lovers should definitely visit the Cu Chi tunnels, which are located about 30 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Tunnels were built during the time of the guerrilla war. 

Among the museums of Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Military History are of special interest. Unique plants and natural landscapes can be seen in the botanical garden of Ho Chi Minh City. 

Besides, Ho Chi Minh City has many architectural attractions, such as Saigon Opera House, The Bitexco Financial Tower, Saigon Skydeck and so on.

As a young and dynamic city, there are a lot of interesting activities for you to do in Ho Chi Minh City. You can explore China Town – the cinematic stage of the famous movie “The Lover” as well as taste amazing Chinese food.

On the weekend, you can enjoy walking around Nguyen Hue Street and join in street activities of the young in Saigon. At late night, let’s stop at Bui Vien Street (Street of Foreigners) where you can have fresh beer and chit chat with tourists from all over the world as well as locals.

What To Eat And Drink In Ho Chi Minh City?

You are spoiled for choice in Saigon, which offers the country's largest variety of Vietnamese and international food. Due to the variety of culture, cuisine in Saigon is quite diverse. This is a place where you do not need to go far to enjoy dishes.

If you want to enjoy rice cake with forest leaves in Tay Ninh, you can go to Hoang Ty rice cake store on Cao Thang Street, Phan Dang Luu Street, etc. If you want to enjoy the central dishes, you can visit a chain of Hue dish restaurants. For Mekong Delta dishes, you should taste sizzling cake MuoiXiem, etc.

There are two categories of beer places in Saigon. You have the regular local bottled beers and Bia Hoi which you can find easily. One unique phenomenon with Vietnam is all the local microbreweries that serve Czech or German-style beers.

Furthermore, Vietnam is the world’s second-largest exporter of coffee behind Brazil, and coffee is very popular among the Vietnamese. Ho Chi Minh City’s a paradise for coffee-loving visitors. Don’t ever miss tasting Bao Long Coffee – many travelers have fallen in love with it.

When To Visit Ho Chi Minh City?

In Ho Chi Minh, the subequatorial climate prevails, so it is possible to come here on holiday all year round. The average annual temperature does not drop below 28 Celsius degree, even at 22 Celsius degree in winter. The hottest months are April and May when in the afternoon the column of the mercury column reaches more than 35 Celsius degree.

Choosing the time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, remember that the rainy season here lasts from May to November. In the rest of the time, there is practically no rainfall in Ho Chi Minh City. This period is considered optimal for visiting the city. 

Best Tours from Ho Chi Minh City

If you want to visit South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a must to fly into. From Ho Chi Minh City you can travel to Cu Chi Tunnels for a half day and visit the popular destinations in Ho Chi Minh City. One day or two days to visit Mekong Delta can be a good option for you when you stay in Ho Chi Minh.

If you have time you may fly or get a bus to Dalat for visiting the beautiful city of Dalat. That is a city of flowers. Phu Quoc or Mui Ne are also good options for you if you want to have time for relaxation on the best beaches in Vietnam.

Having more time, travelers can travel to Central Vietnam and up to Hanoi for join in a North Vietnam Tours for visiting Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa and other destinations.

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