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Buses
There are 4 main bus stations within ...
Taxi
Taxis are probably the most comfortable ...
Car for hire
It is not usually advisable to hire a ...
From the airport
By bus from the ...
Driving Tips
Most visitors prefer not to drive in Ho ...
Metro
The train is usually used to travel to ...
City in a Day
Ho Chi Minh City is quite huge but it is possible to see the best part of it in a day if you ...
Wandering Souls Day
The Wandering Souls Day is the second most important festival celebrated in Vietnam. On this sacred ...
Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday Festival
Credited as being the founder of the Viet Minh independence movement in 1941 and establishing ...
Death Anniversary of Tran Hung Dao
Tran Hung Dao was a Vietnamese Grand Commander-in-Chief in the 18th century and was said to be one ...
When to go
Depending on when you visit Ho Chi Minh City, you can experience either tropical wet conditions or ...

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City Today
Formerly known as Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam is now a bustling city of commerce and culture and has helped drive the country forward economically. Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City boasts of festivities and events throughout the year, which are set among its ancient pagodas and the markets teeming with life. Religion and spirituality are also accentuated in this city with its beautiful temples and churches scattered all around.
This fascinating city has evolved through the ages and with its rapid growth and development, it is now one of the most populated and most visited cities in all

Ho Chi Minh City History
What we now call Ho Chi Minh City first began as a small fishing village called Prey Nokor or “Forest Kingdom.” The area was originally nothing but swampland and was taken up by the Khmer people for centuries before the Vietnamese arrived. Colonization by Vietnamese settlers began in the 17th century and this presence isolated the Khmer, who became a minority in the region. The control of Prey Nokor by the Vietnamese restricted Cambodian access to this important port and entry to the South China Sea.
By the 19th century, Saigon was conquered by France and its heavy French influence

Caravelle Hotel
This acclaimed 5-star hotel, which has hosted numerous celebrities and dignitaries since its incepti
InterContinental Asiana Saigon
InterContinental Asiana Saigon is set in the commercial center of Vietnam, just 3 kilometers from th
Legend Hotel Saigon
Right beside the scenic Saigon River, the Legend Hotel is within walking distance of many of the maj
Majestic Hotel
Roughly 7 kilometers from the airport, the Majestic Hotel is situated very close to the Saigon River
New World Hotel
Strategically located in the city of Ho Chi Minh, New World Hotel is within walking distance of the
Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is situated in the bustling business and entertainment district c

Annam Gourmet Shop
Annam Gourmet Shop is a small but very classy shop offering an assortment of imported cheeses, wines
Blue Space Gallery
For you art buffs out there, Ho Chi Minh City is brimming with art galleries, some much fancier than
Chi Chi
Chi Chi is a designer shop in Ho Chi Minh City with exquisite fabrics and designs and custom-made ta
Gaya Designer Showroom
Gaya is famous for its new and defined style of furniture, Quasar Khanh lamps and the elegant tailor
Parkson Saigon Tourist Plaza
The Parkson Saigon Tourist Plaza is a Malaysian outlet mall. From designer apparel, jewelry and cosm
Saigon Center
The Saigon Center, also known as Sedona Suites is an office building but has 3 floors of shops in it

The Le Van Duyet Temple Festival
The Le Van Duyet Temple Festival is a very auspicious festival for the Vietnamese. It is celebrated
Tet Festival
Ho Chi Minh City is a city of festivals and fetes. The events are exotic and distinct in their own
Tet Festival
Ho Chi Minh City is a city of festivals and fetes. The events are exotic and distinct in their own w
Mid Autumn Festival
The liveliest festival celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City is the Mid Autumn Festival, which is usually c
The Fisherman’s Festival
On the 16th day of the 8th lunar month, the very important Fisherman’s Festival is held in the mid
Buddha’s Birthday Festival
An event of great importance in Ho Chi Minh City is Buddha’s Birthday Festival, which is celebrate

Café Lam
Cuisine: Vietnamese / International
Started by owner Nguyen Van Lam and popu
Pho 2000
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Pho 2000 is in an ideal location for people who are busy
Pao Restaurant & Café
Cuisine: Vietnamese
The restaurant is very new and serves traditional Vietna
Lemongrass
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Popular among tourists, locals and expats alike, this co
Au Lac Do Brazil
Cuisine: Brazilian
This restaurant is known as a Brazilian churrascaria –
L’En Tete
Cuisine: French
A stylish French bistro, L’En Tete serves classic French c

Fast Facts
Location
Ho Chi Minh City is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam, 1760 km south of Hanoi. Its average elevation is 19 meters above sea level. The city covers an area of 2095 square kilometers and borders the South China Sea to the South with a coast of 15 kilometers.


Dialing code
+848

Emergency numbers
Police - 113
Fire brigade - 114
Ambulance / Medical Aid – 115

Population
Approx 9 million

Languages
National language – Vietnamese (Mon-Khmer)
Second languages – French, English
Recently, Chinese and Japanese have become popular

Time Zone
GMT/UTC + 7:00 hours

Average January Temperatures
26.5 Degrees Celsius

Average July Temperatures
28 Degrees Celsius

Annual rainfall
1800 millimeters on average per year
 

 
What to do with Children in Tow
Ho Chi Minh City offers plenty of places where you can take your children.     
One place to spend the day is the ...
Health and Safety
When planning a trip to any new country, the health and safety of this city is always of prime concern.
Although Ho Chi Minh City ...

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