Ho Chi Minh City, the far-reaching wings of the era, proudly bears the name of President Ho Chi Minh. The legendary city where the quintessence of history and all parts of the world connect. The cradle of dreams, where the passionate life and intense vitality of the young city. With the vibrant rhythm, the immense kindness of the people of the city creates a perfect and loving Ho Chi Minh City.

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81 Landmark - tallest building in HCMC

1/ Where is HCM City located on the “S” shaped map of Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City (abbreviated HCM City), formerly commonly known as Saigon and now many people still call both these names. As the most populous city in Vietnam, located in the Southeast region, the city surrounds the Saigon River.


2/ How is the weather in HCM City?

Located in the tropical monsoon region, Saigon’s climate has clear manifestations of 2 rainy seasons and dry seasons.

The rainy season usually lasts from May to November, the rains come and go very quickly, and sometimes they just make you “startle” and disappear.

The dry season follows from December to April next year, this time the city is flooded with golden sunshine. The weather will sometimes be hot but don’t worry, HCM City still has enough places to play for you regardless of the weather.

3/ How to get to Ho Chi Minh City?

As the largest city in the country, you can travel to Saigon by any means. For those who are far away, they can choose to travel by plane or train. For those who come from closer provinces, they should choose a bus, or go by motorbike by themselves to save more money.


In addition, traffic to Saigon is extremely convenient for you to “travel” to Saigon from neighboring provinces. Those who love to master the speed can choose to ride a motorbike. Or if you have a car, it’s even more convenient because the city now has many highways, helping to shorten the travel time a lot.

4/ Pocket guide "What to eat - where - what to play" when visiting Saigon

4.1 Where to go to HCM City?

There are many ways to book a room when coming to Ho Chi Minh City, you can book a room on travel apps, and there are many rooms for you to choose from. From hotels to homestays or motels or cafes designed bedrooms so that you can sleep one night and only pay for coffee and a little service fee to stay.

4.2 Places to visit not to be missed when coming to Saigon

As a city that converges a variety of entertainment activities, amusement parks, sightseeing, shopping suitable for many types of tourists.

4.2.1 Visiting museums

Not only is it a young and dynamic city, but Ho Chi Minh City is also a place to keep many cultural and historical values. Many monuments and museums in the city are known to domestic and foreign tourists: the Dragon House in District 4, the Independence Palace, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum, the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, and the Central Post Office. city ​​center…

Nha Rong Wharf in District 4

City Center Post Office

The post office is reminiscent of the Orsay train station in Paris, located in parallel with Notre Dame Cathedral to form a special architectural cluster of the city.

Visiting time: 7 am to 7 pm (Monday to Friday), 7 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 8 am to 6 pm (Sunday).

Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office
Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office

Independence Palace

Located in the center of District 1, the Independence Palace has long become one of the symbols of the city. Tickets to the Main Building and Gallery are priced from VND 15,000 to VND 65,000. If you only visit the main building, the ticket price is 10,000 VND to 40,000 VND.

Visiting time is similar to the city center post office: 7am to 7pm (Monday to Friday), 7am to 6 pm (Saturday), and 8 am to 6 pm (Sunday).      Independence Palace

Independence Palace

4.2.2 Water tourism

River bus

River buses depart daily from 8:30 a.m. at Bach Dang Wharf, then move to Binh An, Linh Dong, Thanh Da, and Hiep Binh Chanh wharves. Last night’s bus route was at 10 p.m. Book tickets online or buy directly at the wharf, priced at 15,000 VND per turn. Experience exciting Ho Chi Minh City travel on the river, see the city from a new perspective, and pass through many beautiful spots such as Nha Rong Wharf, Ben Nghe Port, Phu My Bridge, Den Do Cape, and Binh Khanh Ferry Terminal.

Saigon Bus Water
Saigon Bus Water

Dinner on the cruise

The cruise departs every evening from Saigon Port, visiting Nha Rong Wharf, Ben Nghe Port, Saigon Bridge, Landmark 81 building… Visitors can experience dinner on the yacht and, a river view with fares from 350,000 VND to more than 1 million VND, depending on the type of yacht. The cruise serves Asian-European-style buffet meals, art shows, music and dance performances, and magic shows. In addition, visitors can rent a small yacht from 10 to 25 million VND with a capacity of about 20 people.

See the Saigon River on a cruise

4.2.3 Road travel

See the Saigon street scene by double-decker bus

The open-top double-decker bus has a multilingual voiceover system, an automatic street tour guide, free wifi, and a guide. Each trip lasts 60 minutes, visiting famous attractions such as the Zoo and Botanical Garden, War Remnants Museum, Bui Vien Walking Street, Ben Thanh Market, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, City Theater, and Bitexco Financial Tower. The bus operates from 9 am to 10.30 pm, every 30 minutes. You can buy tickets at 92-96 Nguyen Hue or book online.


Double-decker bus takes tourists to visit the streets of Saigon
Double-decker bus takes tourists to visit the streets of Saigon

Cycling on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City

Cycling on the streets of Saigon is an exciting experience, discovering the beauty of the vibrant city. You can rent a bicycle to experience at the bike station on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street.

Cycling to explore District 1

4.2.4 Experience Bui Vien West Street

Referring to Ho Chi Minh City, surely many foreign tourists will want to go to Bui Vien West Street to try once. West Street is located in the Bui Vien – De Tham – Pham Ngu Lao area, operating from evening to dawn the next morning. Coming here, visitors will be immersed in the world of bars, and restaurants along the two sides of the street, always creating a vibrant atmosphere.

Bui Vien Walking Street is always crowded every evening in District 1
Bui Vien Walking Street is always crowded every evening in District 1

4.2.5 Other suburban destinations

Can Gio

Located about 50km southeast of the city center, Can Gio has diverse terrains including forests and sea, an area approximately equal to Singapore, Many ecotourism activities can be experienced during the day: canoeing in the forest. visit the revolutionary base of Rung Sac, the relics and learn about life during the war, admire the wild monkeys over 1,000, row a boat to visit the bat reserve, fish for crabs; visit the bird sanctuary, experience the feeling of adventure when going on a crocodile fishing boat; Conquer the 26m high Tang Bong tower to see the whole mangrove forest.

rừng Sác Cần Giờ
monkey rừng Sác
tower Cân Giờ

*Transportation tip: From the city center, in the direction of Tan Thuan Bridge, go to Binh Khanh ferry and buy a ferry ticket. You can go by motorbike, car or bus.

Cu Chi

About 70km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City to the west, you can move to Cu Chi Tunnels (Cu Chi district) by motorbike, car, or bus. Coming to Cu Chi tunnels, you can experience a tunnel 3 – 8m deep and a small tunnel just enough for 1 person to go through and have to stoop. It’s quite a difficult experience, but it’s also quite enjoyable. In addition, you can experience some Cu Chi specialties: durian sugar cane juice, steamed tapioca with coconut water, Cu Chi heifer,…

Cu Chi Park
Tourists visit Cu Chi
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The tour guide is skillfully moving under the Cu Chi tunnel

*Transportation tip: Bus number 13 departs from Ben Thanh market to Cu Chi directly, a taxi is about 500,000 VND one way. If traveling by private car or motorbike, visitors follow Highway 22 and then turn to Provincial Road 15.


4.2.6 Visit the markets

Ben Thanh market

Operating since 1914, located in the heart of the city, it is not only a busy trading place but also a historical witness to the many changes and ups and downs of the city and is the intersection between old and modern Saigon. This place focuses on many items, you can buy from clothes, shoes, fabrics, handicrafts, brocade products, jewelry to specialty dishes.

South Gate of Ben Thanh Market

South Gate of Ben Thanh Market
South Gate of Ben Thanh Market
Binh Tay market gate

Binh Tay Market (big market)

Operating since 1930, the market was built with Asian-style architecture. Binh Tay Market is the focal point with a variety of goods in Chinatown. Come and check to experience Chinatown.

4.3 Must-visit culinary addresses when coming to Saigon


Ho Chi Minh City is the convergence of multi-regional cuisine and many countries. You can find dishes along the three regions in the streets. In addition, there are typical Chinese dishes of the Chinese people, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Thai… and vegetarian dishes at countless large and small restaurants in the city. Typical dishes visitors should try include: broken rice, noodle soup, bread, grilled snakehead fish, pancakes, and braised burnt rice,…

Vinh Khanh snail street

Having come to Ho Chi Minh City, you will not be able to fail to try snail dishes, and the famous street for snail dishes is nowhere else than Vinh Khanh Snail Street, District 4. This place has many snails and seafood restaurants. the most famous product in the city. Snail dishes cost from 80,000 VND to 150,000 VND for a piece (depending on the type of snail). You can enjoy many different ways of cooking from salted egg sauce, fried satay, or grilled with salt and chili,…

Snails are processed with many different spices
Snails are processed with many different spices

Nguyen Thuong Hien rice paper street


Nguyen Thuong Hien Rice Paper Street (extending from Dien Bien Phu to Nguyen Thuong Hien, District 3) operates mainly from 16:00 to 23:00 daily. This route has more than 90 stalls selling food and drinks (especially famous for selling a variety of rice paper and mixed bamboo).

famous mixed rice paper you must try

Ha Ton Quyen Dumpling Street

Ha Ton Quyen Dumpling Street isAddressselling Chinese dumplings, with shops lining both sides of the street. It is always busy with people coming in and out, especially in the afternoon and evening. The dishes here are diverse such as fried, dried (oyster sauce), dumplings, shrimp, squid, mixed, fish balls, and pulled noodles with an average price of 60,000 VND per portion. When you come here, someone will come out from the restaurant to greet you, guide you to the free parking space, and then come in and order your food. That is the secret of the Chinese offering to help them always sell expensive.

Mixed dumplings

Ho Thi Ky Food Street

Lis one of the most attractive destinations for both tourists and locals in District 10. Open from 3pm every day, more than 100 shops selling all kinds of Eurasian dishes and many other regions in Vietnam. The typical feature of Ho Thi Ky neighborhood is the aroma from grilled skewers, the aroma of processed seafood such as grilled lobster with cheese, grilled squid with salt and pepper. These dishes have prices ranging from 7,000 to 100,000 VND

5/ Notes when coming to Ho Chi Minh City

– Actively preserve personal belongings when going to crowded places and when traveling on the road.
– Tourists should avoid going to the street during peak hours, in the morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., from 5 p.m. to 6h30 p.m. because it is easy to get stuck in traffic.
– You should check the road according to the map to avoid one-way roads and car lanes if traveling by motorbike, especially in the central area.
– If you are not familiar with the road just look at the Google map, it is a mistake. Because Ho Chi Minh City has many small alleys connecting, you should not go into alleys that you don’t know yet

6/ Conclusion

Enjoy the passionate and youthful pace of Ho Chi Minh City – where historical and cultural quintessence converges. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the attractions, and enjoy the diverse cuisine and non-stop entertainment. A city proudly named after President Ho Chi Minh, where the soul blends tradition and modernity.

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