Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

Travel guide to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City has changed names several times. It was originally called Prey Nokor by the Khmer until annexation by the Vietnamese in the 1700’s, then Sagon, and Saigon again by the French. The final switch to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) came in 1976 following reunification.
 
Today, HCMC boasts an official population of around eight million, but locals suggest it is closer to 12. The downtown area, still referred to as Saigon, is growing at a rate that will equal Tokyo by 2020 - 20 million plus.
 
There are two distinct seasons: wet and dry. City life mirrors the weather, a blend of harmony and chaos. Traffic is a dense rush, but there are always locals lounging at streetside coffee vendors, content to admire the passing free-for-all. 
 
If Hanoi is the political capital of Vietnam, HCMC is the financial heart. A magnet for foreign investors, new business centres and ambitious development projects pop up every year. All that progress aside, Ho Chi Minh City is steeped in tradition, a living monument to the past that wears its culture on its sleeve. Whether you’re zooming by on a motorbike or sipping designer cocktails at a rooftop bar, there is much to savour and explore in this bustling city.

 

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Ho Chi Minh | Vietnamese
With locations all over central Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Wrap and Roll has become one of Vietnam’s most recognized restaurant chains. Featuring Vietnamese specialities such as Rice Paper Rolls and...
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Ho Chi Minh | Markets
Big C is a family-oriented shopping mall and supermarket focused on providing customers the top-notch service and quality at the lowest prices. You can find a wide variety of domestic and imported...
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Ho Chi Minh | Vietnamese
Discover the real taste of Hue cuisine at this restaurant is located just a few minutes walk from...
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Ho Chi Minh | Vietnamese
Dine in classical decor with a cool vibe. The kitchen pays homage to classic Vietnamese cuisine with fresh ingredients and refined technique. Nestled in the center of...
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Ho Chi Minh | Hotels
Hoang Hai Long Hotel is a great choice for travellers, right in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City's commercial district. It is just 25 minutes from the airport and within walking distance of...
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