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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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    Racist

    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.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    My favorite big city in Southeast asia!

    I love Saigon! Much easier to understand than Hanoi and it has everything you could want in a big city without beeing too big like KL or Bangkok where you have no idea where to go. Better shopping than Hanoi, at least if you want Top Shop! If you're in Saigon you also have to book a trip and visit the Cu chi tunnels - really cool! For partying, meeting other backpackers and locals go to Bui Vien! You can spend hours just sitting on those plastic chairs talking for hours with interesting people!

    Insider Tip:Cu chi tunnels is a must and feel the real backpacker spirit at Bui Vien Street!

  • 90%

    nagelmonna25

    nice city

    if you have time to visit Ho Chi Minh you should stay in backpacker area it in center of town, easy to walk and explore the town and enjoy nightlife there.

    Insider Tip:look at what local people do

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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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