Ho Chi Minh - Paris of the Orient

Officially named Ho Chi Minh City, this young city is often called by its beloved name Saigon. The city occupies the vibrant and modern lifestyle and it is famous for many diverse tourist spots and a system of historical museums, cultural and religious places. Areas outside the centre such as Cu Chi Tunnels, Vam Sat Can Gio etc. will surely leave an unforgettable memory for visitors when in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour

Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour

1 day from $120 pp

Taking you from the busy city to the rural villages of the Mekong Delta, this Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour brings you the fascinating chance to discover one of the most fascinating places in Vietnam. The tour includes lots of entertaining activities to learn about the authentic culture in such...

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Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Full Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Full Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

1 day from $45 pp

Ho Chi Minh city, often called by the former name Saigon, is a young and fast-paced city which is an important centre of ecomony, politics, culture and education of Vietnam. After the brutal wars, Saigon develops quickly with high-rise buildings and skyscrapers beside the remnants of the fights and...

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Ho Chi Minh city & Cu Chi Tunnels full day

Ho Chi Minh city & Cu Chi Tunnels full day

1 day from $58 pp

This is an amazing combination tour of Cu Chi Tunnels visit and Ho Chi Minh City exploration, which shows you a mixture of history and culture. Start the day with an adventure to the underground city of Cu Chi Tunnels where you learn about the history lessons of the country in the war and have...

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Ho Chi Minh → Cu Chi → Ho Chi Minh
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Cu Chi Tunnels Half day by luxury speedboat - SIC tour

Cu Chi Tunnels Half day by luxury speedboat - SIC tour

1 day from $86 pp

Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour by speedboat is an amazing excursion to the famous hostorical sites Cu Chi Tunnels which is an iconic remnant of the brutal wars. As you travel by speedboat along the river, you will arrive the site early before the large tour groups go by bus, therefore you can avoid...

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Ho Chi Minh → Cu Chi → Ho Chi Minh
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Saigon After Dark by Vespa Tour

Saigon After Dark by Vespa Tour

1 day from $111 pp

Looking for a tour that allows you to enjoy a street food adventure while join in a night excursion around the bustling Saigon city? This Saigon After Dark by Vespa Tour is the perfect option for you. After you got picked up from your hotel by your guide and drivers, you will come to Café Zoom for...

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Saigon by night with Bonsai River Cruise - SIC tour

Saigon by night with Bonsai River Cruise - SIC tour

1 day from $48 pp

Ho Chi Minh City, also called by former name Saigon, is a young and vibrant city, even in the evening it is still bustling and teeming with plenty of recreational activities. If you are looking for a unique way to admire the magical beauty of Saigon at night, let join us on this group Saigon dinner...

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Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels

Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels

1 day from $54 pp

If you are looking for a day trip out of the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, this Cu Chi tunnels & Cao Dai Temple full-day tour is the perfect option for you. In the morning, your guide will take you to Tay Ninh Province and visit Cao Dai Temple. There you will attend a noon service held by...

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Ho Chi Minh → Tay Ninh → Cu Chi
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Experience Rustic Ben Tre day trip

Experience Rustic Ben Tre day trip

1 day from $78 pp

This amazing day trip from Ho Chi Minh take you to the heart of the Mekong Delta and explore the rustic countryside settlement of Ben Tre province. After driving this picturesque little place, hop on a boat floating through the waterways and witness lively activities of local people in the morning....

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Ho Chi Minh → Ben Tre
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Full-day Vung Tau city from Ho Chi Minh City

Full-day Vung Tau city from Ho Chi Minh City

1 day from $55 pp

Within the 125 km distance to southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is one of the most popular seaside resorts of Vietnam with sandy beaches, transparent warm blue water all the year round. On this Vung Tau city full-day tour, you will enjoy a nice time to a scenic vista of this refreshing sea...

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Ho Chi Minh → Vung Tau → Ho Chi Minh
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Private Can Gio Ecological full day tour

Private Can Gio Ecological full day tour

1 day from $67 pp

Known in full as the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, this UNESCO-protected region is situated in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City that makes it the ideal place for an escape from the bustling city. On this Can Gio full-day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the green and fascinating...

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Ho Chi Minh → Can Gio → Ho Chi Minh
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Insight Ben Tre full day

Insight Ben Tre full day

1 day

Ben Tre full day trip is a great way to explore into the heart of the bustling Mekong Delta with various activities around small villages and green fruit orchards. On this exciting day tour, you’ll learn how local people use all parts of coconut to make popular products like coconut canday or...

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Ho Chi Minh → Ben Tre → Ho Chi Minh
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Saigon Street Food Tour By Motobike - SIC

Saigon Street Food Tour By Motobike - SIC

1 day from $77 pp

Immerse yourself into the bustling ambiance of Saigon night streets on this amazing food tour by motorbike. Our English speaking guides and also drivers will pick you up and join the crazy traffic flows in Saigon that lead to busy markets and hidden eateries. You will have a chance to taste some...

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Mekong In Style

Mekong In Style

2 days from $158 pp

Get an insight into the life of the people living in the Mekong area with a boat trip and homestay in Mekong Delta. You will be taken along the river and walk through one of the rural villages where you learn how to make regional specialties: rice paper, coconut candy, popcorn, etc in traditional...

2 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Experience Authentic Mekong Delta with homestay

Experience Authentic Mekong Delta with homestay

2 days from $110 pp

If you need some time to decompress out of the big city, let’s spend the days in the lush Mekong Delta and catch a glimpse of this fascinating way of life for many locals in southern Vietnam. During this 2-day tour to Cai Be - Vinh Long, you will live like a local when seeing and joining in many...

2 days
Ho Chi Minh → Cai Be → Vinh Long
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Mekong Real Local Life Experience 2 days

Mekong Real Local Life Experience 2 days

2 days from $120 pp

The Mekong Delta is a water world with various shades of green where still keeps a true taste of the tranquil Vietnam countryside. This authentic 2-day trip is the great chance for travelers to explore this rustic region of Southern land. Start at CáiThia village of Caibe district, you’ll make...

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Ho Chi Minh → Cai Be
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Ho Chi Minh travel guide information

Ho Chi Minh Quick Facts

Location: southeastern Vietnam

Population (2019): 8,859,688 people

Area: 2,061.04 square km

Status: the largest and also most crowded city of Vietnam

Also well-known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is one of Vietnam’s commercial, technological, industrial and tourist centres.

The majority of tourist spots are located in District 1 along with the "Western Quarter" on Pham Ngu Lao Street and Bui Vien Street

Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh, vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: the dry season (November – April) and the rainy season (May - October). It is recommended that you should travel to the city during the dry season, especially from December to February when the city welcomes many enchanting festivals.

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Best things to do in Ho Chi Minh, vietnam

"Tour around the iconic landmarks of the city"

Ho Chi Minh is a great city for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts and touring around the most famous tourist attractions of this city is an absolute must with any visitor. If you are keen on exploring Vietnam’ complex history, make a visit to the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace (also known as the Independence Palace) where you travel back in time with many war photographs, exhibits and written documentation. In case you are culture and architecture lovers, do not miss admiring French colonial features at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Saigon Opera House.

"Experience the daily lives at famous marketplaces"

Shopping or window-shopping when travelling to a new land is always a fully relaxing thing to do. In Ho Chi Minh city, there are the two most popular street markets you should not skip on your travel itinerary. The first choice is Ben Thanh market located in District 1. This is a great place to find some authentically Vietnamese with a wide array of local goods, handicrafts and other souvenirs. At night, you can immerse in endless stalls of local food surrounding the market, enjoy a bite to eat and admire the vibrant street-side scene. The other is Binh Tay market, also called Cholon and located in Vietnam’s largest Chinatown of District 6. This is the best place to savour unique Vietnamese-Chinese dishes and experience the local lifestyle.

"Visit the extensive network of Cu Chi Tunnels"

Located about 70 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi Tunnels is an amazing getaway where tourists, especially veterans and history buffs, explore about the underground life of local Vietnamese during the wartime against the French and the American. The attraction is a marvellous complex of more than 120 km of underground tunnels served as hospitals, hideouts, kitchens, storage facilities, and command centres, etc. Touring to the place, visitors will watch a short film of the tunnels before experiencing a small section of the system which has been cemented and widened. You can also join in the activities in the shooting range where you see and try an M16 or AK practice.

"Sample authentic street foods "

Saigon street food is nutritious and diverse which can satisfy your appetite at any time of the day. Take a walk along the streets and you will find plenty of street food carts, roadside eateries and food stalls at vibrant local markets. You can enjoy not only authentic street eats such as pho noodle, banh mi, ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk), banh xeo, but also many exotic dishes originated from neighbouring countries. If you have a chance to travel to Ho Chi Minh, tour around the famous streets such as Co Giang (District 1), Nguyen Thuong Hien (District 3) or Vinh Khanh (District 4) and try a lot of delicacies for a real taste of the city.

"Enjoy the incredible nightlife"

If you’re a night owl, Ho Chi Minh City is your place. The nightlife in the city is thriving and there are plenty of things to do that makes you never feel bored during your stay. Start at Ben Thanh night market, this is definitely a should-not-skip place for any foodie as it features a wide variety of seafood stalls, as well as fashion and souvenir shops set up along Phan Boi Chau street. Then come to Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien streets which are renowned as the western quarter with a huge influx of backpackers. The best way to explore this area is to join groups of young travellers, enjoy some fresh beers and street eats. If you would like to get close up to the local, it is nice to take a walk on Nguyen Hue street and have a look at the daily life of the locals.

Top Vietnam Food in Ho Chi Minh, vietnam

"Com Tam"

Literally translated as “broken rice” in Vietnamese, Com tam is one of the most favourite dishes of local people from South Vietnam at any meal. The main ingredients on this dish are broken rice, suon nuong (barbecued pork chop), cha trung (steamed pork and egg patty), fried egg and maybe some shredded pork skin. It is also served with pickled vegetables, lettuce, slided cucumber and tomato. A bowl of dipping sauce or broth will normally go along with as well. 

"Hu Tieu"

Hu Tieu is another version of noodle soup, featuring flat rice noodles, pork-based broth which is lighter and sweeter in flavour, and different kinds of toppings. The most popular choice among locals is Hu Tieu xuong going with pork ribs. If it is not your type, let sample others such as sliced pork, shrimp, squid, fish or meatball.

"Oc (Vietnamese snails and shellfish)"

Snail is one of the best street food in Ho Chi Minh City, especially among young people. You can find plenty of roadside stalls and eateries opened in the late afternoon with dozens of raw or cooked snails and shell types such as clams, blood cockles, crabs and shrimp displayed out front. Choose some kinds that make you fancy, let the owner know how you want them to be cooked (steamed, grilled, curried or sauteed) and just wait to enjoy your huge feast.

"Bun Thit Nuong"

A great alternative to pho or com dishes in Saigon, Bun Thit Nuong is found throughout the city and favoured by diners of all ages. A bowl of Bun Thit Nuong will feature rice vermicelli noodles, grilled pork shoulder and an assortment of toppings such as fresh lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber slices, pickled vegetables, peanuts, mint and basil. A side of mixed fish sauce will be served to make the bowl more flavourful.

Top accomomodation to stay in Ho Chi Minh, vietnam

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Park View Saigon Hotel

Park View Saigon Hotel lies on Le Lai Street and opposite September 23 park which is also close to the city's must-see attractions. This property houses 54 modern guestrooms with excellent services and superior facilities for an unforgettable stay.

Silverland Central Hotel and Spa

Just only footsteps to Ben Thanh Market and several minutes to the Independence Palace and Tao Dan Park, Silverland Central Hotel is a luxurious 3-star accommodation housing 106 rooms and suites. This hotel promises to offer you authentic experiences when in Ho Chi Minh city.

Signature Saigon Hotel

Located in the vibrant District 1, Signature Saigon Hotel provides the best in services and facilities to make sure a comfortable stay for every traveler. The hotel houses 72 inviting guestrooms and plenty of recreational offerings.

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Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

With luxurious branded amenities and superb facilities, Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa is an ideal accommodation when in Ho Chi Minh city. Featuring 92 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a rooftop swimming pool with stunning city views.

Alagon Zen Hotel & Spa

Located ideally in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and close to famous tourist attractions, this property offers 116 trendy and stylish guestrooms with excellent services, which provides you with a memorable stay in this vibrant city.

Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel

Lying on the busy Le Thanh Ton Street, this hotel is a 4-star international standard accommodation with modern structure and trendy décor. It is also in walking distance to many famous tourist attractions of the city.

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Rex Hotel

Converted from a French garage, Rex Hotel now is a luxury 5-star hotel located at the most famous Nguyen Hue street. Offering 286 elegantly appointed rooms, this hotel becomes a favourite accommodation among visitors to the city.

Hotel Majestic Saigon

Since 1925, Hotel Majestic Saigon has been one of the best luxury accommodations in Ho Chi Minh city. With stunning views of the Saigon River, your stay at this property will be a comfortable experience during your time in the city.

Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

Park Hyatt Saigon is an outstanding accommodation among other 5-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh city. What travellers love about this hotel is the sophisticated design of guestrooms with handcrafted details beside ultimate personalised services.

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