The largest city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the heart and soul of southern Vietnam. The city is located in a very picturesque place, the Mekong Delta and is considered to be the industrial, commercial and cultural center of the country. Surprisingly, such a huge metropolis preserves the country’s millennia-old traditions, despite the construction boom and the skyscrapers that are appearing everywhere. To get to know Vietnam better and closer, you just need to visit Ho Chi Minh City. We will tell you how best to do this in our guide.
How to get to Ho Chi Minh City?
Ho Chi Minh Airport daily receives flights from more than 30 international airlines from different cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The airport is surrounded by a city on all sides, so getting to the destination you need is easy. The easiest option to do this is a taxi. It is fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, you can take the public bus. Be careful, buses go on different routes, so check the direction before boarding. Among the most popular destinations: Pham Ngu Lao district (route No. 152) and the Sholon intercity bus station (route No. 147).
If you are already traveling in Vietnam, then you can get to Ho Chi Minh City by bus or train, for example from Hanoi, Nha Trang, as well as from some cities of Thailand and Cambodia.
Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is a pretty attractive place for tourists looking for an interesting vacation, not related to beach holidays. Today, the metropolis offers many interesting museums, theaters, the world’s oldest zoo, colorful pagodas, the famous Kuti tunnels and the historical part of the city, decorated with beautiful boulevards and buildings of the colonial French era. Here are some of the interesting places you could visit:
- Notre-Dame Cathedral Saigon on Paris Square in the city center.
- Black Lady Mount and the temple complex located here.
- Mekong Delta;
- Kanso’s mangrove forests, a unique biosphere reserve, a UNESCO heritage site.
- War Victims Museum in Ho Chi Minh
- Vinh Nygem Pagoda;
- The Ku-Chi tunnels used by Vietnamese partisans during American expansion.
- Kaodai Temple Complex;
- Royal Garden Nam-Tu, and others.
Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City?
Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City offer a wide selection of accommodation for every taste and budget. In this city, without exaggeration, you can find any hotel: luxurious with a famous name and a personal golf course or a budget guesthouse with a room that has only a bed and air conditioning. There are optimal options in the city with a ratio of price and quality of accommodation services. The most diverse and numerous category of housing is apartments. This type of accommodation is very popular with tourists who stay in Ho Chi Minh City for a few days. Also, this option will be convenient for those who came on vacation with a large company or with children.