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

  • 40%


    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%


    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%


    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%


    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.

  • 90%


    Ho Chi Minh: City of the Vespas

    City was very interesting, especially from an American perspective. I was very worried about going there due to the war and wasn't sure how the locals felt about Americans. Overall, however, I felt safe and all of the war sites and memorials I visited were historically accurate- only a few bits of propoganda. The tours dedicate themselves to understanding the truth of the war from both country's perspectives. Overall, it was an opportunity to learn and grow and I really enjoyed it. Not to mention t

    Insider Tip:Ask your hotel/hostel receptionist if it's safe, but there are men in the hostel area that are willing to take you on vespa tours of the city at relatively cheap costs. The hostels/hotels offer great tours through them- don't both booking online where it's more expensive!

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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