ho chi minh
Ho chi minh is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam, situated in the center of rich Southern region. The city is previously known as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh is also the most developing and populous city in Vietnam, it is a major transport hub, closely connected to the local provinces and Mekong Delta and is the international gateway of the region. Ho Chi Minh is very famous for not only people, culture, but also attractive sightseeing spots.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Climate in Ho Chi Minh and the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City
Different from Hanoi and the north with 4 distinctive seasons, Ho Chi Minh City has warm weather round year with monsoon climate in 2 distinctive seasons: dry and wet. The wet season lasts from May to October and it rains quite a lot but mostly short downpours, the dry season starts from December until the end of April. Travelers can visit Ho Chi Minh around the year. But the Best time to visit in Ho Chi Minh is from December to April.
Sai gon City Hall
Transportation: How to get there and away: The best way to travel Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most attractive places for both domestic and international visitors to explore. Visitors can come to Ho Chi Minh City by Air, Sea, Railway and Road.
By Air: Ho Chi Minh City has the Tan Son Nhat international Airport. Visitors can be easy to book the tickets to Ho Chi Minh from Ha noi Capital, Nha trang, Da lat, Da nang and other places by Vietnam airlines. From Tan Son Nhat Airport, visitors can easily book airport transfer, Open Bus, taxi or private car to hotels or tourist places in Ho Chi Minh.
By Sea: Ho Chi Minh has Sai Gon Port. Every year many famous Tourist cruises land at Sai Gon Port and transfer many travelers to visit Ho Chi Minh and join some Tours in Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta.
By Railway: Travelers can book Package Tours or high quality train Ticket via Travel Agencies (High recommended from Ha Noi and Da Nang).
By Road: if travelers take a bus or private car from Ha Noi, Da Nang or Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh, it is very far and not convenient for travelers and not recommended.
Saigon by night
Sightseeing and what to see and visit in Ho Chi Minh City
At first glance, Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City has left a deep impression of the largest, busiest and most dynamic city in the country.
The life is noisy and bustling with light streets, activities and entertainment until the night. Lines of cars rush around the streets like never-ending. Colorful and copious stores have contributed to the renown of “Saigon- shopping paradise". The variety of cafes, shops, restaurants and nightclubs with diverse menus make dining becomes an indispensable enjoyment of visitors to this place.
Ben Thanh market
But behind the excitement is a liberal and harmony life with ancient customs of a traditional culture adapted with the culture of the region and the West. Hundreds of temples and worship houses of national heroes. The evidences of the liberation of the city and country are respectfully preserved. The ancient architecture of Saigon - Pearl of the Far East is preserved embellished to become interesting sights. For people who love exploring culture, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Ba Thien Hau Pagoda, Quan Am Pagoda, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Cao Dai Temple, Bach Dang, Mariamman Hindu Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels … are highly recommended for you.
In this densely-ground, visitors will be surprised with shady avenues of hundred years old, the glorious green parkland, and the serene villas on Dong Khoi Street, Saigon Square, and Saigon Square.
Beside is modern works inspired from the traditional architecture of Vietnam. The famous places and sightseeing you cannot ignore when coming to Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office and Sai Gon City Hall, War Remnants Museum, Sai Gon Opera House, Reunification Palace (Independence Palace), Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Bitexco Financial Tower & Sky Deck, Central Mosque. In addition to the new buildings in the city center, visitors will have a chance to visit the Big Market (Ch? L?n) or China Town, Ben Thanh Market with the bustling old streets, commercial activity and production all day and night.
People enjoying outdoor activities can go to Dam Sen Water Park, Suoi Tien, Can Gio Forest, Ho Chi Minh City Zoo, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Saigon River, Bink Quoi Tourist Village. You will absolutely be satisfied there. Especially, Nguyen Hue Street Festival celebrated on every Lunar New Year is really a good time to travel Ho Chi Minh. On this festival, Nguyen Hue Street becomes colorful with various types of beautiful flowers, attracting thousands of tourists.
Bitexco Finacial Tower
As a tourist center and major tourist gateway in the country, Ho Chi Minh owns quite developed infrastructure and tourism services, from the entertainment places to hotels, restaurants.
Central Ho Chi Minh has been fully colonized by luxury hotels- among them the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers, Hotel Nikko Saigon, Rex Hotel, Majestic Saigon Hotel, Tajmasago Resort and An Lam Saigon River.
Food is everywhere in Saigon, and the street is the place to eat well - if you know how. Quan An Ngon is a good first-night stop to acquaint yourself with curbside delicacy.
High recommended: Five famous restaurants for Sai Gon’s cuisine in turn:
1. Wrap and Roll Restaurant, 62 Hai Ba Trung street, Dist. 1, Saigon
2. Pho 24 – Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant – 5 Nguyen Thiep street, Dist.1, Saigon
3. Muoi Xiem Egg Pan Cake Restaurant – 190 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Dist. 3, Saigon
4. Ngon Restaurant - 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Dist. 1, Saigon
5. Nam Giao Restaurant – 136/15 Le Thanh Ton street, Dist. 1, Saigon
The friendly and generous citizens are always looking forward to welcoming visitors all around the world.