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%


    Better than Hanoi, a western-like city in Viet Nam

    Being the capital of South Viet Nam it was westernised. There are sky scrapers, an opera, theatres. Don't believe in all what is being presented in War Remnants Museum (aka American War Crimes Museum). Lot's of it are indeed true (like agent orange story) but many things presented are clearly lies. And even more are non-verifiable for me.

    Insider Tip:Try Pho soup and lots of other Vietnamese food. Don't plan more than 2-3 days there unless you came for partying.

  • 70%


    Ho Chi Minh, city of scammers

    I like the place for its artistic look and its food, but there are so many scammers! From airport down to street food vendors! I'm from the Philippines and I know that there are also scammers here, bur I haven't experienced that much in other countries. If you really want to enjoy Saigon, join a Cu Chi tunnel tour.

  • 80%


    That fake taxi driver

    out of the airport. a guy approached us and showed his ID saying hes a driver of vinasun. however he wants to charge us $25 for the trip. then a 2nd guy approached us with same ID. but this time i said, $10 and the guy said okay. nearing the car, we noticed that its a private car. upon going out of the parking he asked for $5, thats to pay the parking fee. that stupid guy, he even grabbed my wallet and looked for money of course i said i dont have that money. kinda nervous but still dominant.

    Insider Tip:i guess you have to ask the airport people for the authorized drivers of vinasun taxi company.

  • 80%


    Ho Chi Minh

    It was pretty hot while we were walking around to all the sights. The food was great and so was the coffee. It's possible to walk to all the sights in District 1.

    Insider Tip:Get ready to sweat. Get coffee and the little Ban minh sandwiches.

  • 60%



    I am Chinese, the auntie trying to shoo me out of her restaurant while we were drinking beer at the street which packed with crowd of people at late night. She think I don't have money to pay the beer, but she asked my friend a European to stay. Most of the restaurant will pissed out when you trying to stay late to drink, because they sleep so early.

    Insider Tip:Wear mask, too much CO2 from motorbike. Don't be afraid when crossing the street, they will make way for themselves. Try not eat in the restaurant, expensive yet not tastier than street vendor. Don't stay too late in restaurant/street bar, aunties will pissed out because they want to sleep.

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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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