Ho Chi Minh City Holidays

The epicenter of culture in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant population center of about 9 million. Still referred to as its original name of Saigon by most (downtown Saigon was folded into a larger metropolitan area and renamed after the war in 1975), the city is making it onto many 'Must-Visit' lists. A former French colony, Saigon is known ... Read more
as the Paris of Asia. Wide boulevards and tree-lined streets are populated with cozy cafes and architectural marvels. To understand the Vietnamese perspectives on the Vietnam War, a day spent at the Reunification Palace (supposedly it is exactly the same as it was when it fell to the North Vietnamese) and the War Remnants Museum. In 2008, the city opened the massive Dai Nam Tourist Park, where tourists and locals alike spend time at the temple, zoo, hotels, and restaurants. If the day isn’t stifling, shoppers will be in bargaining paradise at Ben Thanh Market. Finally, be sure to try some authentic Vietnamese coffee (Vietnam is the one of the top five exporters). The Cu Chi Tunnels, outside of Ho Chi Minh City, are the most popular day trip from the city.

Ho Chi Minh City Hotels

Things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ben Thanh Market
    8.190 reviews
    Shopping, Flea Market
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  • War Remnants Museum
    8.451 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum
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  • Cu Chi Tunnels
    8.250 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryAdventure
  • Saigon Central Post Office
    7.540 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Landmark
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Ho Chi Minh City


Although air conditioning has become standard in this city that boasts temperatures in the 70s and 80s (21-31C) all year, the rainy season (May - November) can make summer and fall difficult for travel. The ... Read more
residents are used to a little tropical downpour, so everything stays open and the city keeps moving, but the streets can flood and transportation becomes tricky. The dry season from December to April is a much better bet, and if you time your trip right, you can participate in Tet (Vietnamese New Year) celebrations, which take place in late January/early February and fill the city streets with color and energy.

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Top Ho Chi Minh City restaurants

  • Pizza 4P's
    9.616 reviews
    Italian, Pizza
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  • QUAN NGON 138
    7.623 reviews
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  • The Workshop Coffee
    10.03 reviews
    Coffee and Tea
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  • Cuc Gach Quan
    8.414 reviews
    Popular withFoodiesLuxury
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Ho Chi Minh City reviews

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    Nightlife Lovers
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    History Buffs
  • 6.5
    Family Travellers

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people were very nice! food? really really great esp if youre vegetarian! very cheap coffee and others heheheh! wish to come back soon

Recommended for:Budget TravellersFoodiesBackpackersNightlife Lovers

You'll need a sense of inquisitiveness be prepared to go the extra mile the history and shopping are two things not to be missed

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravellersFoodiesHistory Buffs

Those that say it is overrun by motorcycles and the traffic is crazy are not overstating anything at all. But I found that as one of the super interesting things about the city. Try being downtown on new years eve. I was. what an adventure. If you feel the people are not friendly, just smile and say hello. they will change in a heart beat. Very wonderful people! I recommend that you visit the city, but do not DRIVE!

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Loved it! Great food, architecture, shopping, nightlife and history. Very safe, easy to get around, many people speak English, signs are in English. People are very warm, welcoming and happy!

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People aren't kidding when they say Vietnam is friendly. I know Thailand is officially the land of smiles, but everyone I encountered there was friendly. The pho and Bánh mì are to die for, the fruit is delicious, and the coffee-I took bags and bags home.

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Foster City

The more I get to explore this city, the more it starts to fascinate me. Interesting mix of old and new worlds, food and culture.

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Ho Chi Minh is one the most enjoyable cities in South East Asia, with a nice climate and a great mix of old and new.

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Surigao City

This is our entry and first tour destination before going to cambodia and back here to manila. If you know how to drive a motorcycle, you must rent one! So amazing, joyful and exciting to ride along the vietnamese riders!!! Its more fun to explore everywhere on a bike ;) no drivers license needed

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Checking out the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Central Post Office, and street food from vendors is a must!

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Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon is the most populated city in Vietnam. It's an affordable city to visit if you're an American. There's plenty of delicious food to eat, places of interest, and warm weather the majority of the year. Shopping can be found just about everywhere and it's worth it to visit the Mekong Delta.

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