Ho Chi Minh City

Located near the Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most exciting city in Vietnam. The population of around 9 million people makes it one of the densest urban areas in the world and it's common that several families share the same living space together.

Travellers will likely be amazed by the vibrant mix of old and new including war relics from the devastating Vietnam War and well-preserved colonial structures. The vibrant nightlife of Ho Chi Minh makes it stand out from other cities in Vietnam.

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Most of the tourist attractions including the Museum of Vietnamese History or the famous Ben Thanh Market are located in District 1. Here you will also find a range of gorgeous temples and architectural buildings, as well as the Museum of Vietnamese History which houses 2,000 years of Vietnam’s history and enables you to truly understand the meaning of the temples and buildings around.

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Planning Your Ho Chi Minh City Visit

How to get to Ho Chi Minh City from the airport?

The cheapest way to get to the city is by taking bus 152 near the arrivals exit. It costs extra if your luggage weighs over 10kg, but will take you all the way downtown to the bus station near Cho (market) Ben Tanh. Taxis are located to the left of the terminal. Make sure you take a metered taxi and do not pay in any currency other than Vietnamese dong or you risk being ripped off.

Where to eat?

One of the most charming things about Ho Chi Minh City is how the low-cost street food can so often outperform its best restaurants. You’ll find many good ones on Dong Khoi, the lively stretch of shops and bars between the river and cathedral.

Where to shop?

Ho Chi Minh City has several markets worth visiting as well as the aforementioned Pham Ngu Lao Street. The two largest are Cho Ben Tanh and Cho Lon. Cho Lon – the Chinese market – has a dazzling array of goods on offer and is the least touristy of the two. Ben Tanh is also fun to visit, and better regulated, with less knock-off merchandise and fewer pickpockets. That said, you should always be wary of both those things.

What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

★★★★★ Henry was very entertaining and informative

I think Henry really made this tour, hearing his stories and reenactments was unmissable. This is especially true when compared to the other guides who were walking around.

★★★★★ Great variety/experience and great value

Amazing value for money. We saw a lot and learnt a lot. Everybody in the tour was great. We had the opportunity to try everything made and if we wanted to buy we could.

★★★★★ Our VIP Private tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels was excellent.

The VIP private tour with limousine was the most comfortable tour we have done while visiting. Our tour guide Jackie was so interesting, knowledgeable and the best guide. Our lunch buy the river was very nice.We would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks to Jackie stories.

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