City Guide Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Visiting Ho Chi Minh

With a population of 5½ million people Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, although it isn’t the capital. Unofficially still known as ‘Saigon’, it is also sometimes referred to as HCMC. While it is the country’s busiest city, the tree-lined streets are wide and you can walk around the city for hours looking at life go by.

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Ho Chi Minh City Reviews

  • 80%



    Loved Ho Chi Ming City, it was hands down the best place we went, when it comes to big cities which i really dont like, but super easy to get around on foot, everything is around 15to25 mins walk but its worth seeing everything on the way, parks are great, the zoo is a alday event which includes the biggest flower garden in southeast asia. the war museam sucks but it cost like a 1usd so if your bored go, the real fun is out on the streets.

    Insider Tip:try to get everything done in two days, wake up at 7 and do 2 staright days and get out of there on day 3, you dont need to be their anymore then that, its a fun city so if you stay more its understandable

  • 40%


    Stopover in HCMC

    I was only there to get a connecting flight the next day. It's probably a great place. No idea really. Too hot and humid for me, so I was happy to fly up North to cooler temperatures.

  • 20%


    Too hot, air quality is terrible due to polution. Messy big city, even though it's actually funny to see all the crazy motorbikes going around. Crazy city.

  • 100%


    Some tips for fellow travellers in Ho Chi Minh

    Its a great city with amazing people. Its always buzzing with activities & the nightlife is also wonderful. However..as no city is perfect ...so the same goes for Ho Chi Minh. If you are a foreigner then most of the people will think & so many may try to overcharge you. So here are some tips : 1) Look for stalls with best fixed prices. 2) Use Free Wi fi wherever you can. Internet is very good in HCM. 3) Do visit Du Mein Garden Cafe..its an awesome tree house Cafe..the best Cafe I have seen.

    Insider Tip:Be prepared for language barrier if you are going away from the city center. I recommend getting a 1 GB mbl data pack for Google translator & maps. Plus use Only FREE Wi FI wherever u can get it. All Cafes in HCM have free Wi FI but u need 1 GB pack for Google maps or buying stuff from the street.

  • 40%


    Come, See, And leave A.S.A.P.

    I wouldn't go back there, but for 1 or 2 nights it's ok, there are somethings you should see like the War museum and definitely the Cu Chi Tunnels.

    Insider Tip:Cu Chi Tunnel, you can take the public bus to there, it's very cheap so it will safe you money, when your there you can easily join a tour group because there pretty big and there are walking a lot of guides there! One thing you have to check is the time to go back because the buses will stop riding around 5:30 PM.

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Northern Vietnam presents visitors a sharp contrast of things to do. Hanoi, the capital, is a lake-filled city, Haiphong is a smaller, more industrial version and Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful and tranquil bays in the world. As Hanoi is the transportation hub of the country, you are bound to visit here if you are going to Vietnam.

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