HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

1. Overview of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the most modern city in Vietnam, vibrant with high-rise buildings and bustling shopping areas. However, besides that modernity, this city also possesses a long history and culture, expressed through historical relics, ancient architecture and traditional customs.
Ho Chi Minh City is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the intersection between modernity and history, between the vibrant pace of life and traditional cultural values.
  • Area: 2,095 square km
  • Population: 9,389,700 people
  • Region: South of Vietnam
  • Weather: Dry Season (Dec – Apr)/ Rainy Season (May – Nov)
  • Tourist Destinations: Historical architectual works, Museums, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Thi Ky Market, Saigon River, Bui Vien Western Street

2. Destinations in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

  • Ancient architectural works

Ho Chi Minh City is not only famous for its excitement and modernity but also attracts tourists with its unique ancient architecture. These works are evidence of ups and downs in the past, contributing to creating a unique identity for the city.
 
These are some typical historical architectural works: Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, etc.
 
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Thong Nhat Square – Independence Palace

Tan Dinh Church (Pink Church)

  • Museums

Besides ancient architecture, Saigon is also famous for many museums that preserve priceless historical and cultural values. Visitors here can explore the past, learn about the traditions and heritage of this land through vividly displayed artifacts.
 
Here are some famous museums: Vietnam History Museum, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ao Dai Museum
 
War Remnants Museum - One of the most famous museums in HCMC

War Remnants Museum

Fine Arts Museum

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels is a national historical site and a famous tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. This is an underground tunnel system more than 250km long, dug by the army and people of Cu Chi during the 20-year war against foreign invaders. This place is known as a unique “wonder of war”. Visitors here can visit the underground tunnel system and experience the life of Cu Chi soldiers and people during wartime and learn about the heroic history of the Vietnamese people.
 
Experience going down Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels system

Documentary screening room

  • Ho Thi Ky Market

When talking about Saigon, it is impossible not to mention Ho Thi Ky market, which is known as “a paradise of food and fresh flowers”. Visitors can stroll among the bustling stalls, enjoy delicious food and immerse themselves in the bustling atmosphere of this place. Ho Thi Ky Market is an ideal destination for those who want to immerse themselves in the vibrant rhythm of life, and discover many unique cultural features of the city
 
Ho Thi Ky Market is a famous destination for experience street food

Ho Thi Ky Market

Pizza Vietnam - Saigon Street Food Tour

Pizza Vietnam

  • Bui Vien Walking Street

Located in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, Bui Vien is the most vibrant and bustling street in Saigon, especially at night. This place is known as “Western Street” because of the large concentration of international tourists from all over the world.
 

Bui Vien Walking Street

  • Saigon River

Saigon River, is a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. The river curves around the city, bringing with it a simple and poetic beauty. Visitors coming here can experience a cruise or water bus on the Saigon River to see the city landscape from a new perspective.
 
Saigon River

Saigon River

Visitors on Speedboat

Visitors on speedboat tour

3. Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Saigon has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 distinct seasons, including:
  • Dry season: Starts from December to April of the following year. This is the most ideal time to travel to Saigon, because the weather at this time is quite mild, with little rain.
  • Rainy season: Starts from May and ends in November. At this time, Saigon often has sudden showers, but the rain usually does not last long and does not affect tourism activities much.
In addition, because it is a multicultural city, Saigon has many festivals taking place all year round. Therefore, you can choose to explore this city any time of the year

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