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 | Gaming
The experience is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Ho...
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Ho Chi Minh | Tours
Fun and friendly small group tours that take you off the tourist trail to eat – and laugh – like a local. Explore Vietnamese food and culture on a morning walking tour or one of their evening eating...
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Ho Chi Minh | Hotels
Located next to Ben Thanh Market, this boutique hotel caters to both business and leisure travellers alike. Great value in Saigon.
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Ho Chi Minh | Tours
Offering tours all over Vietnam (especially the Mekong Delta) and Cambodia, South Asia Travel provides affordable tours with customisable itineraries for the discerning traveler.
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Ho Chi Minh | Bars
Inspired by Italian sidewalk cafes, The Long offers a welcome respite to the hectic streets of Saigon. Sit back with an aperitif or enjoy fresh seasonally driven dishes while letting the world pass...
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