Visit Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Visit Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it was once known, is filled with history museums and remnants of the Vietnam War, such as the Reunification Palace, untouched since the fall of Saigon in 1975. It’s a lively city too, with some great restaurants and lively rooftop bars.

After a day or two touring the museums, don’t miss a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, once used by the Viet Cong, and the colourful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. 

To start planning your visit give our Ho Chi Minh City Travel Experts a call today on 0800 707 6010.

Modern Vietnamese history

Ho Chi Minh City, once known by the more evocative name Saigon, is a buzzing metropolis and one of the densest urban areas in the world. Towering skyscrapers, wartime tunnels, boutique hotels, ancient pagodas, thriving markets and former GI hotels are all bundled together in this tropical city.

Its attempts to modernize are clear, but its recent traumatic history is also evident in the diverting museums and palaces, which include the War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace, the site of the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

Did you know?

Ho Chi Minh statue, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City was known as Saigon from 1955 to 1976, when it was the capital of the independent republic of South Vietnam.

Motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City’s residents prefer to travel by motorbike – over a million motorbikes enter the city every day.

Vietnamese coffee

Ho Chi Minh City is obsessed with coffee, which is often served ice-cold with sweetened condensed milk. Try it!

Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

For a dazzling view over Ho Chi Minh City, fruity cocktails and a lively atmosphere, you can’t beat the Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar.

How to get around

Rickshaws in Ho Chi Minh City

Join the locals

When it comes to modes of transport, there are a number of options to choose from in Ho Chi Minh City. Taxis, which are very reasonably priced, are probably the most comfortable way to travel, but for something a little more fun, join the locals and take a rickshaw (cyclo) or even hop on the back of a motorbike taxi (moto). It’s an exhilarating and exciting experience, weaving in and out of the traffic. Walking is also an option, but watch out for all those motorbikes!

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