Ho Chi Minh City travel guide aims to make your stay in Vietnam’s largest city a pleasurable one. Many still prefer to use the the older, more romantic name of Saigon. This is truly one of Asia’s great cities and most people who travel to Vietnam, come here. It has a colourful history being the capital of the old South Vietnam. It was the headquarters from where the Vietnamese fought unsuccessfully against the Vietcong in what is known here as The American War. The Reunification Palace here is now a museum to the events of the war. It was left exactly as it was on that fateful day of April 30th 1975. This was when the tanks of the Vietcong smashed through the ages to signal the end of the conflict.
It is a city of amazing contrasts and rich culture. It is the most modern city in the country, yet as ancient as one could imagine. Ancient Asian temples and shop houses rub shoulders with incredible French colonial buildings and giant glass towers, in a riot of architectural magnificence. There is nowhere quite like it.
What is in the Ho Chi Minh City travel guide
We have tried to include as many things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City as possible. Whether you are looking for places of historical interest or just a night out, you’ll find help here. We have bars, coffee shops and must know tips. Things to see include the most iconic building in the city, the giant Bitexco Financial Tower, which dominates the skyline for miles around. Other buildings of great significance include: The Old Post Office, Notre Dam Cathedral, Hotel Majestic, The Peoples’ Committee Building and The Saigon Opera House.
So many places to eat, drink, sleep and relax
There are so many top places to visit in the city, tours take people around the top destinations and point out the best things to do. The famous Saigon coffee scene is well represented as is the nightlife, with restaurants bars and clubs listed in large numbers.
The Saigon River is the arterial waterway that services this great City and the Port of Saigon receives cruise liners from around the world.
Saigon has many old markets dotting around its environs, including the world famous Ben Thanh Market in the centre of District 1. Just about everything is sold here in a hustling bustling typical Asian marketplace. It’s a great place for shopping and is located close to many of the best hotels.
Use our Ho Chi Minh City travel guide to get the most out of your stay here.