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 | Adventure
Take a unique adventure tour of Saigon and surrounding areas in restored US army Jeeps. Feel the wind in your hair while passing by historical spots of the city, driving through rubber plantations on...
Ho Chi Minh | House Ware
Since 2001 this unique fashion company has been offering travellers sustainable, high quality clothing with designs inspired by the vibrant sights and sounds of Vietnam. These chic shops offer a full...
Ho Chi Minh | Bars
This shop has been serving wine lovers in the city since 2006. Choose from a selection of 1,500 bottles or ask one of their knowledgeable staff to assist you. The shop stocks a wide variety of...
Ho Chi Minh | House Ware
Since its foundation in 1995, this crafts shop has dedicated itself to celebrate and uphold the fine craft traditions of Vietnam with refined design, selected materials and masterly craftsmanship.
Ho Chi Minh | Japanese
Just a 3 minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, this restaurant serves...

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