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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City at a glance

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Sai Gon to the locals, is one of the most appealing attractions when traveling to Vietnam. Situated in the southern part of Vietnam, this city is famous for its large acreage and population as well. Once biased as “The Pearl of the Far East” by the French, Saigon's modern pace now grabs tourist’s attention for not only its breathtaking views but also its dynamic lifestyle, especially the nightlife.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city, business and financial hub of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city, business and financial hub of Vietnam

Acting as the heart of the economy, the center of religion and entertainment, and the non-sleep city in Vietnam, you should definitely take a Ho Chi Minh City tour to deeply immerse yourself in life and culture. Let’s let Vietnam Travels provide you with the top things deserving to do in your journey of exploring there!

Must-visit attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon is more of a multicultural metropolis, so do not anticipate breathtaking mountain views or a soothing coastal wind. You will not likely have this city at hello, but if you stand a second chance, you will recognize why so many foreigners choose to make it their home. However, if you just have a few days to spend in the city, check out these top sights to learn more about Saigon's lifestyle and history. 

Ben Thanh Market - a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market - a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market is definitely a worthwhile place to add to your Ho Chi Minh Tour Day list. Located in the center of the city, this market is well-known for its quantity of commodities and regional produce. You can find whatever you need on the market. Since this market is indoors, you may avoid the Saigon heat while still having a real shopping experience. You will need to take a long stroll to thoroughly explore the market, but do not forget to stop by the food court and the meat and fish aisles to get a true sense of the hustle and bustle of the energetic environment. 

The Cafe Apartments on Nguyen Hue Walking Street – home to an eclectic mix of cafes, fashion boutiques and beauty parlours

The Cafe Apartments on Nguyen Hue Walking Street – home to an eclectic mix of cafes, fashion boutiques and beauty parlours

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is the best place for walking lovers. The Saigoneers frequent this location, especially when the sun is out and the temperature drops. There is a lot to "see" in this place. You may get a taste of how the inhabitants spend their evenings by taking a stroll down this street. In just under a kilometer, there is a lot happening, including people taking photos, kids practicing skating, water music performances, and more. The Cafe Apartment is one of the most amazing places. These former flats were converted into cafes and stores along the pedestrian street; at night, the lights from the sign panos are lit, creating an incredible sight in and of itself. Here, folks bring their significant others, take pictures, or complete work. You can also take into consideration Saigon Garden, which is a cluster of restaurants where you may find fusion meals and have a drink before returning to the street.

Independence Palace

Independence Palace

The Independence Palace in Saigon is the go-to historical location if you have only one day for a tour in Ho Chi Minh City. The residence and workplace of the brothers Ngo Dinh Diem and Ngo Dinh Nhu, the previous presidents of the Vietnam Republic, may be compared to the White House. The palace, which has survived for more than 150 years despite the passage of time, exhibits a subtle fusion of Indochina and Western architectural styles. On the campus, there are more than a hundred rooms with various settings, a rooftop where an airplane could land, and a network of sturdy tunnels that could hold powerful weapons and bombs.

Located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnel is a historical relic from the Vietnam War and the Indochina War. It is suitable for the Cu Chi 1-Day Tour if you do not have much time in Saigon. The entire tunnel is actually an underground metropolis with all the amenities needed, including kitchens, meeting rooms, hospitals, and hundreds of kilometers of connected road tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels attract flocks of tourists to its historical value and exciting experience

Cu Chi Tunnels attract flocks of tourists to its historical value and exciting experience

Only one crawling human can fit in the lowest stratum, which is only 0.8 meters high and 10 meters below the surface. Now that the tunnel has been extended for viewing purposes, you can enter it and envision spending days or months there.

Cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City 

The food scene is thriving in Saigon. Food and beverage production is Saigon's most important business, hence there are several dining options available. Here are a few traditional Saigon foods to try. 

Nguyen Hue Walking Street at night

Nguyen Hue Walking Street at night

The most likely savory dish to be attempted in Saigon is Banh Mi, because it is ideal for takeout while you are busy seeing the city. A Banh Mi is essentially a baguette with a variety of fillings inside, such as char siu, pickled veggies, and Vietnamese pig sausage. It is practical, affordable, and delicious.

Com Tam - signature dish that locals in Ho Chi Minh eat daily

Com Tam - a signature dish that locals in Ho Chi Minh eat daily

Com Tam, is a cuisine that this city excels at more than anyplace else. Saigon is alleged to have no particular niche at times. Steamed broken rice is the base of a classic Com Tam Saigon, which is topped with grilled pork ribs, egg cake, sunny-side-up eggs, and shredded pig skin. To keep the dish balanced, cucumber, tomato, and pickled carrots are also often included. A tiny cup of fish sauce with garlic and chile is offered beside the rice to round out the flavor.

Recognized as the world’s second-largest exporter of coffee by the International Organization of Coffee, it is not surprising that cafe is the most popular in Vietnam. In Saigon, people have a habit of enjoying a glass of coffee in the early morning before breakfast. This enables coffee lovers to be fresh and have enough energy for a long working day. Saigonnees have a unique way of devouring coffee, forming a cafe-consuming culture – “Ca Phe Bet”, which means you just need a comfortable place to enjoy your own kind of coffee without chairs or desks. It is time to get your own coffee and immerse yourself in Saigon’s lifestyle!

Even popular across Vietnam, Banh Trang Tron is originated in Ho Chi Minh

Even popular across Vietnam, Banh Trang Tron is originated in Ho Chi Minh

Last but not least, Ho Chi Minh City is regarded as “the heaven of street food” in the world. It is not very challenging for tourists to catch up with the random food stalls in the streets. Take a quick street food tour in Ho Chi Minh; some dishes could be mentioned, such as Banh Trang Tron (a snack that changes the game) with the combination of a bag of rice paper strips, dried meat and shrimp, quail eggs, and green mango and herb shreds, Bap Xao Tep (fried corns and shrimp), Ca Vien Chien (fried fish balls),... All the mouth-watering dishes will definitely make you fall head over heels in love with the city.

Weather in Ho Chi Minh City 

As it is only 8 degrees north of the equator, Ho Chi Minh City is full of the characteristics of a tropical place—always hot and dry. Therefore, the weather in Saigon is divided into two main seasons: dry and wet. 

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

The rainy season usually starts from May to November and is the coolest month in Saigon, when the average temperature is around 26 °C. It is also the best and most suitable time for tourists to visit the attraction because of its cool breeze and lower humidity. Summer-weight jeans and a loose shirt are the most appropriate clothing for you. More importantly, do not forget to take an umbrella along with you to protect you from the sun as well as the rain when you go on a Ho Chi Minh Road trip.

The dry season, meanwhile, starts in December and ends in April. From January to April, the temperature soars to an average of around 33°C in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also around this time that the locals prepare for Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. This is a week-long holiday where people wear red, exchange gifts, and decorate with fruits. Remember to choose suitable clothing, like shorts or loose shirts.

Transport in Ho Chi Minh City

Being one of the five central cities of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has the most advanced transportation system. Newcomers to Saigon may feel intimidated by the traffic because of the overwhelming number of motorcycles and the erratic flow. On the other hand, that is one of Saigon's "specialties" and what you will miss about it. This is the ideal halfway point for your journey and serves as a convenient starting point for visiting other places in the south of Vietnam.

Transport in Ho Chi Minh City

Transport in Ho Chi Minh City

With a great capacity for serving passengers and travelers, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is one of the largest and most essential airports in the nation. Vietnam Airlines, the official national airline, and other commercial airlines such as Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Bamboo Airways,... are some good choices for tourists. It takes 7 km to get to the city center.

Moreover, short-route or long-route buses should also be considered. Because buses in Vietnam do not have their own lanes, traveling by bus during rush hour is incredibly slow. That may help explain why it is less well-liked. If you are not in a rush, it is an intriguing way to view the city. The city’s bus system is widely dispersed, with 136 different routes that guarantee to bring you the best day trips from Ho Chi Minh City.

Many tourists agree that you haven’t seen Saigon until you see the city with a motorbike, which is also the iconic means of transportation in the country. It is definitely overwhelming for foreign visitors when traveling to Saigon for the first time because of the high level of motorbikes on the roads. It is considered a “specialty” of Ho Chi Minh City. Service for hiring motorbikes now is developing significantly, and you can completely hire a motorbike on your own easily at a reasonable price. 

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City

For visitors from abroad, Saigon is the preferred entry point into the nation. As a result, a variety of hotels have been springing up to satisfy the needs of the city's tourism business. No matter your trip goals or budget, you will always be satisfied. For opulent vacations, Ho Chi Minh City has a sizable selection of 5-star hotels. They are situated in the most desirable areas of the city, notably in areas that were still part of the French colonial era, with views of the Saigon River and ongoing traffic.

Vietnam Travels hopes that the above information somehow assists you with your next vacation to Ho Chi Minh City. For all its remarkable heritage, along with its diverse and typical cuisine, Ho Chi Minh City is definitely a must-go destination on your Vietnam tour. Contact Asia Private Travels right now to experience the best journey!

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Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

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Chill Sky Bar Dinning

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Chill Skybar Dining is notably the first and the original "Skybar" concept in Vietnam. It's perched atop the AB Tower in the bustling District 1 of Ho Chi Minh city and situated exclusively on 26th floor of the city skyline.

Chill comprises of a large open air terrace with a circular feature bar with indoor lounge both offering separate music room with international and resident DJ's spinning nightly. The skybar and lounge offer high tables and sofa seating. The dining room features grilled steaks and chops that offer a social dining experience complete with private room and comfortable leather seating.

EON51 Fine Dinning

EON51 Fine Dinning

Level 51, 2 Hai Trieu street, Ward Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC

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The contemporary interiors, infused by vintage-touched furnishing, perfectly merge with the building’s ultra-modern structure and create a sophisticated ambience. Menus of restaurant are inspired by the flavors of Western cuisines, orchestrated from finest locally sourced produce and good quality, imported ingredients.

EON51 Fine Dining

EON51 Fine Dining

Level 51, 2 Hai Trieu street, Ward Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC

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Quan An Ngon

Quan An Ngon

160 Pasteur, Dist1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Chill Skybar Dining

Chill Skybar Dining

Level 26, AB Tower 76A, Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Quince

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Seafood options might include Hokkaido scallop sashimi with citrus-based marinade, Dalat tomatoes and puffed heirloom quinoa, while meat eaters will rejoice at dishes like barbecued smoked duck breast with burnt cabbage, black vinegar dressing and Sichuan chilli oil. Small plates are available (and are a good way to go) as there's so much to savour here.

Quan Bui

Quan Bui

17A Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Stylish Indochinese decor features at this slick place where the focus is on authentic local cuisine. Many dishes feature the more hearty flavours of northern Vietnam; offerings include delicious heo quay Quan Bui (roasted pork served with pickle). Cocktails – from the associated bar across the lane – are among HCMC's best, and upstairs there's an air-conditioned and smoke-free dining room.

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