Area: 2.095 km2
Ho Chi Minh city, former name Saigon, is the largest and the most bustling city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city, known as sleepless city, with variously modern entertainments and relaxation, is without doubt the last flavor for your perfect holiday.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
On the contrary to Hanoi and some other northern provinces, Ho Chi Minh city has high average temperature all year round and has only two seasons: Dry and Rainy season. The rainy season starts from May to November while the dry season is between December to April.
While in rainy season, it is often hot and humid, the weather is quite mild and cool during dry season.
SEE & DO
War Remnant Museum: is considered to be the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city. With numerous objects and documents, the museum reveal the extreme crimes of US military to the Vietnamese during Vietnam War
Independence Palace: This magnificent building remarks the Independence Day of Ho Chi Minh city as well as South Vietnam Country Fall on 30 April 1975. The relics as well as documents inside the building tell the story about one of the most striking moment of Vietnam’s history.
Notre Dame Cathedral: Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city centre, the Notre-Dame stands out as a pride of Ho Chi Minh citizens for its timeless beauty and solemn atmostphere.
Post Office: Just besides the Cathedral, the Post Office is another impressive building of the architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. Though it is a working post office, one can still enter even not for sending any post card or letter, just to enjoy the spacious as well as amazing architecture of the Vietnam’s largest post office.
Cu Chi Tunnels: were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.
Ben Thanh Market: The busiest and most central market, Ben Thanh and its surrounding areas make up one of the city’s liveliest areas. Local can find almost everything needed for their daily lives here, no matter what purpose: Food, drinks, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and so on. Tourists also have a wide variety of choice for souvenirs in both day and night markets.
Mekong Delta: Mekong Delta is one of the most engrossing tours in Vietnam. Besides the interminable fruit gardens, rowing the bamboo boat on the immense Mekong River, enjoying Don Ca Tai Tu folk songs while having fruit specialty of South Vietnam, don’t forget to embark a motor boat and join one of the typical floating markets with myriad canals and boats of goods, which create a unique lively feature of the watery Mekong Delta.
EAT & DRINK
The populous city is indisputable one of the most various cuisine centres of the country.
“Bún thịt nướng”: grilled marinated pork with rice vermicelli noodles. A typical dish of Saigoners. Luscious from its appearance to the real taste.
Add: 195 Co Giang, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Pho Hoa (Soup noodles): any city has its own special "Pho". If you already had "Pho" in other regions of Vietnam, try "Pho Hoa" to feel the difference.
Add: 260 Pasteur str., Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh city
Dong Hoa Xuan restaurant: located in a laidback area of Ho Chi Minh city, some may feel Dong Hoa Xuan a bit challenging to reach amidst crazy traffic in the city. However, after passing all those little obstacles, this is where all your senses are satisfied to the utmost.
Add: 49 No Trang Long, Binh Thanh dist., Ho Chi Minh city
“Banh canh cua”: Noodles with crab meat. This is what you are seeking for after long day travelling. A hot and nutritious bowl of "Banh canh cua" values much more than ten energy drinks!
Add: 87 Tran Khat Chan, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh city
“Banh trang tron”: Mixed beef with vegetables rolled in rice paper, the favorite and typical snacks of Saigon teenagers. Let join them at a street corner and enjoy the youthful as well as merry atmosphere around you.
Add: "Bánh tráng trộn Chú Viên"
38 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, Dist. 5, Ho Chi Minh city
"Barbecue Garden Restaurant": Enjoy a relaxing night with friends with tasty barbecue and some local beers under the starring sky at Barbecue Garden Restaurant.
Add: 135A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
"Dinner Cruise on Saigon River": This is no doubt one of the most memorable time on your trip. Try a romantic night with haute Asian and European cuisine while leaving the chaotic and jostling life behind the flow of Saigon River.
Add: Nha Rong Pier, 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh Str., District 4, Ho Chi Minh city
NIGHTLIFE - Bars and cafes
As a sleepless city, nightlife in Ho Chi Minh city has never been less hectic and energetic than any elsewhere in the world.
"Sky Bar": Located at the 27th floor of AB Tower, this is where you can capture the most scenic panorama of the city centre. Live music, nice drinks, Sky Bar is what you need to fulfill a luxury holiday.
Add: AB Tower, 76 Le Lai, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh city
"Carmen Bar": a typical bar for local Saigon and Asian travellers, with fabulous live music and dancing stage. Gripping venue for a night chilling out with fiends.
Add: 8 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
"Saigon Saigon Bar": This iconic bar is a great place to watch the sun go down over the lights of the city and relax with friends. Live entertainment nightly.
Add: 9th floor, Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
"Seventeen Saloon bar": Nice surrounding and décor bring the bar nice and happy atmosphere. Very friendly staff and great music by the Philippino band with reasonable price.
Add: 103A Pham Ngu Lao str., District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
"Tinh Tra Quan: (Tinh Tea cafe): The quintessence of Vietnamese Tea combined with green and intimate space bring this cafe a rarely seen tranquility within the bustling Saigon.
Add: 44, Road no. 8, Linh Trung commune, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh city
"Sozo cafe & fastfood": You may not find anywhere else with such good combination of high quality cafe and luscious lunch or dining at a reasonable price other than Sozo cafe.
Add: 176 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao str., Ho Chi Minh city
"L'Uzine cafe": Located in the French Quarters with awesome view over the street, this is a truly world class cafe. Excellent coffee, friendly staff, L'Uzine is where you will definitely love to come back.
Add: 151/1 Dong Khoi Str., 1st floor, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city