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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

  • 80%

    rflanagan6783

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Really cool city. Quite full on but very cool. I've spent a month here. This is my first time in Asia so I don't have much comparison but I've had a blast. The locals are very friendly. There's a big expat scene. I felt a bit of culture shock at first. If this is your first taste of asia you may too. The roads are crazy. It can be smelly and load, there's lots of pollution. But after a few days of adjusting it just adds to the charm.

    Insider Tip:Get safety tips from locals/hostel staff. There is some bag snatching and pickpocketing. Also check online what your taxi should cost from the airport as lots of people get ripped off this way. Taxi from airport to backpacker area should cost around £10. I met someone who got charged $40. Vinasun and MaiLinh are cheap reliable taxi firms. But don't let these 'warnings' put you off. It's a cool city, just be careful. Avoid carrying a purse late at night, and if you do keep it on your front under your hand.

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    Ho chi minh

    Pretty boring city, wouldn't spend more then 3 days here. CU chi tunnels are good and the war museum. The Dan nam waterpark is also fun to do for a day.

    Insider Tip:Dan name waterpark is cheap and fun to experience if you have a day to waste. Spotted cow is also a nice place to eat.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Ho Chi Minh City is an interesting place.

    Cheap price, good salon. There are many pretty women. Detam street is fun. Not many tourist attractions. However, the life of the Vietnamese people having fun. There are many luxury department stores. Electronic bidet, and also, I was often used. This may be the most delicious Vietnamese food in Indochina. However, there are many bike thieves. Vietnamese Communist government organization must kill to catch a thief. Vietnamese people friendly, but a lot of people say money.

    Insider Tip:Vietnam must remember the spirit of Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam won the war in the United States only. It will be available in their soul is more important than money. To the Vietnamese people, do not forget their own souls. Citizens to Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh do not forget. You are the proud Vietnamese people.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Lovely city

    Could finishe all attraction in a day. Got really tired in the evening. Saigon is different from Hanoi, more developed and modern so to say. Many high skyscrapers and old French built houses in the city. But beware it is very hot there, even now in mid October.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    a great starting point for a tour in Southeast Asia

    Ho Chi Minh has many sites (historical buildings, museums) that will offer the visitor cultural opportunities that will help him understand the history of Vietnam. I found Vietnamese people very hard working and friendly in general. Given that tourism is relatively new to Vietnamese, in my view, they are doing a pretty good job in this area. Ho Chi Minh City is a great starting point for those interested in Southeast Asia.

    Insider Tip:I would suggest a tour of at least five days, to cover the most important cultural and historical sites.

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