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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

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Historical Place

    You can learn about Vietnamese wars here. It was nice to experiencing inside a tight and dark tunnel used in the past for the wars. You can feel the amazement.

    Insider Tip:Just watch out for your things when you are roaming around the city. Our host in the hotel warned us.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Loved it!

    I really enjoyed my time in HCM. The city has a great vibe and we were able to do lots. We visited Cu Chi tunnels, the war museum, independence palace, the cathedral, the postoffice and also did dinner on the floating restaurants (which was a little pricey, but still a great outing!). We just walked everywhere which saved from being scammed. Great food and bars around too! Overall enjoyed my time here

    Insider Tip:Walk rather than go on motorbikes!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    be careful of scammers

    there are these motorbike guys targeting young travellers, they have a book full of pictures and comments of people from different countries, when they earn your trust, you will need to pay big later :( the city is nice, a bit noisy and very hot, construction is everywhere, it's a city in fast grow. I only spend one day, but did see a lot poor and rich areas of it. just be careful with your valuable stuff.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Fun

    City is tourism heaven as there is much to do from light night naughty stuff to mid day sightseeing.

    Insider Tip:Good luck crossing streets. Be ready to haggle.

  • 60%

    arrandal8766

    Ho Chi Meh

    Meh, basically only came to Ho Chi Minh because I had to fly out of here. The city is nice though, and you can do your typical city activities. Shop, museums, site see, etc. etc. Average city all around.

    Insider Tip:The nightmarket is not that great but there is a day market located in a similar area that anyone can point you to. There you can often get better deals on things that are usually sold at the night market and as another tip, bargain hard, ALWAYS walk away before actually buying, it will cut the cost down even more.

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