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Ho Chi Minh City

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
1 and a half hours from Hue by plane
When to go
From November to April
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Ho Chin Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is a huge city in South Vietnam. It is also considered to be the country's economic capital.

My suggestion:
If you have any mail to send, use it as an opportunity to go and see the post office and its huge, Gustave Eiffel designed main hall. It's not every day you see a post office like that.
My review

When I visited Ho Chi Minh City, I stayed with friends who live on the 21st floor of a high-rise building. From that high up you can really appreciate just how big the city is: Ho Chi Minh City is an immense megalopolis of more than seven million inhabitants; no matter where you look, it seems to go on forever. Something else you become aware of is the simply staggering number of scooters and motorbikes of all types zipping around the city's streets, making the traffic very dangerous when you're down at ground level.

As well as the streets inundated with motorbikes and scooters, other things I remember from this city are its incredible energy, the rapid development taking place, high buildings all competing with each other to be the tallest, and the many things there are to go and see. Incidentally, and to gain a better understanding of a terrible event in the country's history that continues to leave its mark to this day, be sure to visit the War Remnants Museum. Ho Chi Minh City is certainly a destination to include on the itinerary for your trip to Vietnam.

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Ho Chi Minh City is the country's biggest city and its economic capital, and also an unmissable place to go during your trip to Vietnam.

My suggestion:
Don't miss the War Remnants Museum which is both interesting and moving.
My review
Bigger than Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (once called Saigon) is Vietnam's biggest city and its economic capital. Sitting on the banks of the Saigon river, it is the country's southern metropolis.
What will shock you most when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City is the traffic. What was already impressive in Hanoi is quite simply unbelievable here! So be careful when you are crossing the road.
Ho Chi Minh City is obviously a city that never sleeps. I had the impression that the city is always moving, and always at 100 miles an hour! It has an unusual mixture of cultures: small shops which sell a bit of everything, local coffee shops, cosmopolitan restaurants and trendy clubs, immense shopping centres...
You should visit the War Remnants Museum and the Museum of Vietnamese History, as well as Ben Tanh market.
Claire Guerin Seasoned Traveller
38 written opinions

Saigon, which is called Ho Chi Minh nowadays, is the economic capital of Vietnam and the biggest city in the country. Heaving with people, and suffocating in the heat, people are drawn to this town for its history, culture and heritage.

My suggestion:
Something to see on every corner!
My review

You can't go to Vietnam without going toHo Chi Minh, it's the most dynamic city in the country and constantly growing.  

Ho Chi Minh is a cultural town and there are numerous museums. I can only recommend the moving War Remnants Museum, as it was the only one I went to. Its photographs are both moving and interesting. The cathedral, the post office, the colonial and Chinese quarters are also worth a visit.

It's town where it's easy to party, there are "tourist streets" full of bars, restaurants and places to stay; Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vient street are where the backpackers go and also the Vietnamese who want to eat and drink the night away. 

You should visit Ben Thanh market because of the variety of things there but be careful, the Vietnamese know there are a lot of tourist so make sure you bargain!

In my opinion, Ho Chi Minh is also a very hot town! You sweat all the time!

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