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%


    By far the busiest of Vietnam

    The most modern city in Vietnam, and a lot less charming and more generic than Hanoi. Still definitely worth visiting though for a few days

    Insider Tip:Go on an overnight trip to the Mekong Delta, and make sure to stay in a homestay - incredible experience!

  • 60%


    Chaotic, but Interesting

    It's definitely an adjustment to come from a Western country and attempt to navigate HCMC's traffic; it almost seems like even odds that one would do just as well while wearing a blindfold, as the motorbikes would probably just flow around the person like water. There's a lot going on in this city if you can brave that mess; there's also a lot of people trying to sell things, and getting in your face about it. Good luck if you give it a shot!

    Insider Tip:There's a very cheap bus that goes from the airport almost directly to the backpacker area - much easier and hugely more affordable than the taxis! Just look for bus #152.

  • 50%


    Grosstadt eben

    HCMC ist eine Grossstadt mit viiiiel Verkehr. Es ist eine Herausforderung die Strasse zu überqueren, manchmal sogar unmöglich. Das macht die Stadt recht unattraktiv. Hanoi ist weniger anstrengend und daher eher zu empfehlen. Von HCMC kann man gut Touren machen zu den Cu Chi Tunnels oder in den Mekong Delta. Die Tunnels sind sehr touristisch aber die Eintagestour in den Mekong Delta ist zu empfehlen, wenn man nicht viel Zeit hat. Besser sind aber 2 Tage, um die Floating Markets morgens zu sehen.

    Insider Tip:Man kann teilweise auf die Hochhäuser in die rooftop Restaurantes und sieht von hier aus auch die Stadt. Somit spart man sich den Eintritt auf den Tower.

  • 80%


    Beautiful Saigon

    A lot of people hate Saigon but I found it to be beautiful. The whir of the motorbikes and bright lights were intoxicating like New York City. There is a wealth of things to do from museums to to bars to street food. Worth taking a few days to explore the city and get out to the Cu Chi tunnels.

  • 80%


    Excellent Place of Stay

    MyMy Arthouse fulfill our needs as a traveller. Value of money, staff service, clealiness, location, and others free are definetely needed :)

    Insider Tip:Some note : You have to prepare to go upstairs if you get the room in high level.

Vietnam: Itinerary

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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