Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 2018: The Essential Travel Guide in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 2018: The Essential Travel Guide in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most important economic, cultural and educational centers in Vietnam. The city is a representation of youth and modernity, but deep inside it is the heart of filled with many historical cultures formed from many different cultures. Moreover, Ho Chi Minh is a fascinating place to explore and there are plenty of good places for sightseeing, eat and shop here. Therefore, to help you have a good view of Ho Chi Minh and know what to do when travel to the bustling city of Vietnam, keep reading this article.

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From April 30 1975, the Republic of Vietnam was incorporated into an administrative unit called Saigon – Gia Dinh. On July 2 1976, the first National Assembly of Vietnam agreed to change the name of the country to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and renamed Saigon – Gia Dinh City as “Ho Chi Minh City”, under the name of the first president, Ho Chi Minh.

Vietnam is located in the tropical monsoon zone, near the equator. However, Ho Chi Minh City does not have four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. There are only two seasons: the rainy season and dry season. The sun is not too harsh, the rain suddenly came and then quickly go. Therefore, every time is Ho Chi Minh tourist season.

Ho Chi Minh City is the place where economic activity is most active, leading the country in terms of economic growth. The city has a system of markets, shopping centers as diverse as Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay Market, Diamond Plaza, Bitexco etc.

Tourism Ho Chi Minh City with a variety of places with the system of historical museums, religious belief system bearing many cultural imprints such as Pagoda, Church. In addition, Saigon has many beautiful architectural works such as City Post Office, City Theater, Dragon Wharf. Non-central areas such as Cu Chi Tunnels, Vam Sat Forests, etc will surely leave an unforgettable memory for visitors when traveling to Ho Chi Minh City.

I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM

1. Ho Chi Minh City weather information

Ho Chi Minh City has two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November, dry season from December to April. If you come here in rainy season, you should bring umbrella or raincoat when going out because Saigon is famous for the sudden rains. In addition, Ho Chi Minh City is also a place full of sunshine. It is estimated that there are 270 hours of sunshine per month, average temperature 27°C, highest up to 40°C but not as harsh as other places.

Moreover, Ho Chi Minh City is located in areas less susceptible to wind storms. In general, the climate of the city is relatively mild, there are no days of winter months or no hot months, fewer storms and floods. This is a favorable condition for the development of economic sectors as well as for the people’s life. Therefore, you can travel to Ho Chi Minh everytime of the year.

Ho Chi Minh
Source: weather-guide.com

2.  Best time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City

It can be said that anytime in a year is a good time to visit Ho Chi Minh City because Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its pleasant climate and rarely suffer from natural disasters like the Central or Northern Vietnam. However, it’s suggested that you should pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh City during the dry season, starting from December and last until April. 

a. In dry season

If you want to travel to Saigon with a plan to explore the bustling downtown streets, enjoy the fun, experience exciting games, adventure at the outdoor amusement park or save the moment, you should choose the dry season. It will be an ideal time to explore Saigon without having to worry about the heavy rain that interrupts your plan, the schedule of the trip was prepared before. The dry season in Saigon is beautiful with blue sky, white clouds floating and the golden sunshine. However, sometimes Saigon will be so hot, so you should prepare a hat or umbrella when down the street.

b. In rainy season

Ho Chi Minh City into the rainy season as a young woman who can not predict predetermined. Sometimes it rains all day long, the rain is pouring down, but sometimes it is only the rain across, just enough to wet the road. If you have been traveling to Saigon with rainy days, you can still enjoy your own exciting trip, such as finding a nice coffee shop, having a cup of coffee, a glass of hot milk and looking at Saigon street. Sometimes, those will be poetic, romantic and peaceful moments. Ho Chi Minh City in the rainy season more gentle weather, the temperature also decreased. Therefore, after the rain, you can wander in Saigon with cool air and enjoy watching the rainbow shimmering across the sky.

II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. How to get to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

a. By plane – The most common way to get to Ho Chi Minh City

As the largest city and economic center of Vietnam, there are so many daily flights from other cities to Ho Chi Minh City. There are three domestic airlines operating flights from Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue, Buon Ma Thuot, … to Ho Chi Minh City: Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air or Vietnam Airlines and vice versa with 43 international airlines (5 seasonal airlines) operate. The airport has two national and international terminals. From the airport, tourists can take a taxi or motorbike to the city center, take about 10-15 minutes to move.

b. By train – from another big city in Vietnam

If you do not want to get to Ho Chi Minh City by airplane because of this cost, you can choose train for its cheaper cost. However, the travel time will be much longer and you can not comfort like travel by airplane. But it is still a good option.

Stops on the Reunification Express Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi line include Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hue and Dong Hoi. Price depends on the type of train (express/slow) and the type of berth (soft-berth air-con with 4 beds/berth; hard-berth air-con with 6 beds/berth; soft seat air-con; hard seat air-con; hard seat fan) and bottom or top bunk. The sample of approximate times and costs are as follows:

  • Nha Trang to Saigon: soft berth 498,000 VND, takes 7.5 hours
  • Da Nang to Saigon: soft berth 823,000 VND, takes 17 hours
  • Hanoi to Saigon: soft berth 1,355,000 VND, takes 35 hours

Hanoi railway stationHue railway stationDa Nang railway stationNha Trang railway station
- Address: 120 Le Duan Street, Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District
- Phone: (+84) 438 253 949.
- Address: Sunny B. Hotel, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street
- Phone: (+84) 234 3822 175
- Address: Hai Phong Street, Da Nang
- Phone: (+84) 511 3823 810
- Address: 17 Thai Nguyen, Phuoc Tan, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
- Phone: (+84) 583 822 113

2. How to get around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

a. By xe om/grab bike

Ho Chi Minh is the bustling city and it is so crowded. Therefore, traffic jam always happens. The site to visit is quite far apart, so if you want to get around Ho Chi Minh City, the best option for you is choose grab bike or xe om.

With xe om, they appear all around with the sign “XE OM’’ in front of the motorbike. All you must do is go there and tell them the place you want to go. Remember that some people can not speak English so you must prepare a map and point a destination for them without saying. Xe om is much more expensive than grab bike but it is very convenient to take.

With grab bike, you just install app “grab” and write the destination you want to go and book. Everything will be easy and convenient. To take a grab, you must have the app on your phone and the internet. Sometime you must wait too long for the driver. Therefore, If you are urgent, the best way to get around is xe om.

b. By taxi

If you do not like the motorbike, you can easily hail a taxi on the street or request for one from the comforts of your hotel. It is suitable for some far destination and the way away from central of Ho Chi Minh City.

Some of the most popular taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City:

  • Dau khi Taxi: (+84) 28.35.35.35.35
  • Vinasun Taxi: (+84) 28.38.27.27.27
  • Vina Taxi: (+84) 28.38.111.111
  • Mai Linh Taxi: (+84) 28.38.38.38.38

c. By motorbike rental

If you want to have some driving experient in Ho Chi Minh City, you can rent a motorbike on your own to explore this bustling city. All are priced at 100.000 VND to 150.000 VND per day. Be aware that when traveling by motorbike, you must carry all vehicle documentation like a driver license, vehicle registration, and also passport with the foreigner. Besides, you must comply with road safety regulations such as helmets, gloves, glasses, vehicle speed, etc for your safety. If you are not an experiment driver, this option is not be recommended.

Some place for you to rent a motorbike:

NamePhoneAddress
Bao Long Store(+84) 908 188 130 -  (+84) 918 198 07954B Phan Huy Ich, Ward 15, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Vi Na Sat Company(+84) 903 939 220 -
(+84) 937 929 220
No. 19 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Vy An(+84) 946 666 566263 Nguyen Trong Tuyen, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

III. WHERE TO STAY IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. Acacia Saigon Hotel (formerly Brilliant Saigon Hotel)

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located in a quiet area in central Ho Chi Minh City, Acacia Saigon Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market. Acacia Saigon Hotel is a 30-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat Airport. Modern rooms feature classic dark wood furnishings. The hotel’s restaurant serves Vietnamese cuisine and drinks are served at the bar. It is an excellent choice for leisure travelers, shopping, and visiting museums.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 5stars 7.7/10 7.3/10


Address: 219 / 8A Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Reference price: 550000 VND

2. Sunland Hotel

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located in District 1, Sunland Hotel features a rooftop pool with the views of the city and a children’s pool with a waterslide. The hotel is only a few steps away from the Saigon River and the Russian Market, while the Ben Thanh market and Reunification Palace are just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

This hotel is highly estimated in Ho Chi Minh City by the traveler.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.2/10 8.0/10


Address:
302-304 Vo Van Kiet, Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Website: sunlandhotel.vn/
Email: info@sunlandhotel.vn
Hotline: (84-28)3 838 9922-38389933
Reference price:1300000 VND

3. Alagon Saigon Hotel & Spa

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Conveniently located in the heart of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, Alagon Hotel & Spa offers elegant and modern rooms. The hotel is just a 10-minute drive to most of the city’s main attractions, including Ben Thanh Market, Takashimaya Vietnam Trade Center, Museum of Arts and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. Guests can relax in the rooftop garden, sunbathe by the pool, or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.3/10 8.3/10


Address:
289 – 291 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
Website: alagonhotels.com
Email: reservations@alagonhotels.com
Hotline:  reservations@alagonhotels.com
Reference price: 1500000 VND

4. Fusion Suites Saigon

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located within 300 meters of Tao Dan Park in District 1, Fusion Suites Saigon offers modern accommodation.It is an amazing hotel with gorgeous rooms in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It closes to all the attractions and right in the heart of the city but its still very quiet. The room is lovely, food is delicious and the spa service is so great.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4.5stars 9.2/10 8.7/10


Address: 3-5 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Website: fusionresorts.com/fusionsuitessaigon/vi/
Email: info@fusionresorts.com
Hotline: +84 28 3910 1000
Reference price: 5500000 VND

5. Hotel Majestic Saigon

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Hotel Majestic Saigon is a colonial-style landmark building from 1920, right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and overlooking the Saigon River. It offers boutique-style accommodation and offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and rooftop bar. Especially, Hotel Majestic Saigon also features a casino.

The breakfast is very comprehensive with lots of choices. The pool is nice for a dip after a humid walk and room are large and well-appointed.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.7/10 8.6/10


Address: 1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Website: majesticsaigon.com
Email:majestic@majesticsaigon.com
Hotline: (84-28) 3829 5517
Reference price: 3.000.000 VND

6. Rex Hotel

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, Rex Hotel offers cozy accommodation in the heart of bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Guests can visit many famous destinations of the city within a 10-minute walk such as Opera House, Takashimaya Vietnam Shopping Center, Ben Thanh Market. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the Rex Hotel.

Location of the hotel is great, staffs are excellent and the breakfast and rooftop bar are really amazing.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.6/10 8.4/10


Address: 141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh – Viet Nam
Website: www.roselandhotels.com
Email:rexhotel@rex.com.vn
Hotline: (8428) 3829 2185 – 3829 3115
Reference price:4300000 VND

7. Blue River Hotel

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Blue River Hotel is a 7-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Reunification Palace and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. Blue River’s restaurant serves breakfast. In addition, there are restaurants, bars, and pubs serving both Asian and Western dishes. It has a good location, clean facilities, and kind staffs.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.4/10 7.9/10


Address: 283/2B-C Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Website: www.blueriverhotel.com
Email:blueriver1126@yahoo.com
Hotline: (84).8.38376483- (84).8.62912459
Reference price:600000 VND

8. The Myst Dong Khoi

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

With contemporary design and classic interiors, The Myst Dong Khoi offers elegant rooms in the heart of District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Guests can take a dip in the rooftop pool or simply enjoy the view of the Saigon River city from the pool.

The Myst Dong Khoi is 350 meters from the Opera House and Tan Son Nhat International Airport is 8 kilometers away. It has an awesome breakfast buffet, great location, and beautiful rooms.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4.5 stars 9.3/10 9/10


Address:
6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep St, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Website: themystdongkhoihotel.com/vn
Email: info@themystdongkhoihotel.com
Hotline: +84 28 3520 3040
Reference price: 5000000 VND

9. Eden Garden Hotel

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Located in the tourist area, Eden Garden Hotel is just 1 kilometer from Ben Thanh Market and Reunification Palace. The restaurant serves local Vietnamese cuisine with Western favorites. The location was great, with plenty of good restaurants and bars in the close vicinity. The room is very large and spacious, with plenty of available seating  It is a great central location with amazing breakfasts and friendly helpful staffs

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 3.5 stars 7.4/10 7.2/10


Address: 28/12 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Website: http://www.edengardenhotel.com/
Email: saigonedengarden@gmail.com
Hotline: +84912155039
Reference price: 700000 VND

10. Grand Hotel Saigon

Ho Chi Minh
Source: booking.com

Grand Hotel Saigon is one of the luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in a renovated colonial-style building, Grand Hotel Saigon offers spacious accommodation in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants on site. The hotel is a short walk from the Saigon River and the Opera House, within a 10-minute drive of many of the city’s famous attractions. The luxurious rooms at Grand Saigon feature classic French decorations, each room offers views of the city or pool. This is Amazing location, beautiful hotel with a great pool.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4 stars 8.6/10 8.4/10


Address: 8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Website: http://www.grandhotel.vn/
Email: info@grandhotel.vn
Hotline: (84-28) 3915.5555
Reference price: 2800000 VND

IV. WHERE TO TRAVEL IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

Ho Chi Minh
Source: tourdulich.org

Shortly after capturing Saigon, the French built a church to serve as a place of worship for the Catholics. The church was built on the road number 5, on the side of a small Vietnamese temple was abandoned. In addition to the purpose of worshiping places, the construction of the cathedral is for the purpose of exaggerating Catholicism and the greatness of French civilization to the colonists.

Notre-Dame Basilica is one of the unique buildings in Saigon, always attracting the attention of domestic and international tourists. This is a truly great architectural work of great historical and architectural art. This is a living proof of a historical period of Vietnam. Although the Notre-Dame Basilica has lived for over a hundred years, today it still exists as a living relic of the religious freedom of the country.

2. Dragon Wharf

Ho Chi Minh
Source: vntrip.vn

If you are a fan of history, Dragon Wharf is a must-see attraction in central Ho Chi Minh City. Dragon Wharf also is known as Ho Chi Minh Museum, is a place of great spiritual significance to Vietnamese people. Dragon Wharf is a courtesy, a place to transmit a lot of valuable material. Specifically, the Museum is currently exhibiting about 11.372 items, along with about 3.300 books on the subject of President Ho Chi Minh. The exhibits are displayed in different spaces to attract visitors.

3. Ben Thanh Market

Ho Chi Minh
Source: wikipedia.com

Located right next to Quach Thi Trang Square and park: 23/9 is Ben Thanh Market. The market has four gates, each with a clock gate and facing the main streets such as North Gate overlooking Le Thanh Ton Street, South Gate overlooking Le Loi Street, East Gate overlooking Phan Boi Chau Street, West Gate overlooking Phan Chu Trinh street and the main gate tower overlooking Quach Thi Trang.

One of the reasons that Ben Thanh Market is always busy, crowded is the central location and Ben Thanh brand. Visitors, tourists, especially overseas Vietnamese, foreigners … have come to Saigon, they prefer to visit Ben Thanh market because it is characteristic of the market of the Saigon people.

4. Vietnam History Museum

Ho Chi Minh
Source: expedia.com

Vietnam History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was established in August 1979. The forerunner of this museum is “Museum Blanchard de la Brosse” (from 1929-1956) and “Vietnam National Museum in Saigon “(from 1956-1975) with the purpose of showing mainly in the ancient art of some Asian countries.

The Museum was built according to the French architect name Delaval. At first, the museum has only 2,893 antiques, up to now, the museum has more than 16,000 artifacts, including a mummy. An intact mummy over a hundred years ago is being stored and displayed at the Vietnam History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.This makes many tourists curious.

5. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Ho Chi Minh
Source: vietnamfreetravel.com

Walking Street Nguyen Hue has become a destination not only attract tourists but also with the local people in Saigon. This lively pedestrian street is located on Nguyen Hue Street, in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, stretching from the headquarters of the People’s Committee to Bach Dang. Since its inauguration, this has always been one of the most bustling, fun and exciting destinations in Saigon, with many cool and interesting activities as well as beautiful condominiums and shops, eateries, bustling cafes.

6. Binh Tay Market

Ho Chi Minh
Source: vietnam-guide.com

Binh Tay Market, also known as Cho Lon (Big Market), was built in the 1920s. The market is built in the ancient style of Asian style. There are over 2,300 stalls in Binh Tay Market with more than 30 groups of products. Market items are plentiful and diversified in types and prices suitable for the purchasing power of middle-income earners.

With the ancient architecture of China and a long history, the market attracted many tourists to visit.

7. War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh
Source: aswana-cliche.blogspot.com

War Remnants Museum (at 28 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City) is one of the favorite places in Ho Chi Minh City for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Visiting the Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the struggle of the Vietnamese people in the war years fierce. The War Remnants Museum is a trenchant witness to war crimes. At the same time, this is also a heroic demonstration of the Vietnamese people who have been resisting fierce fighting, sacrificing against the forces of aggression, bringing peace and freedom to the present generation.

8. Reunification Palace

Ho Chi Minh
Source: theluxtraveller.com

History and architecture are the two main reasons the Reunification Palace became an important tourist attraction of Saigon. In 2009, Reunification Palace was recognized as one of 10 national historical relics of Vietnam. Therefore, the Palace always attracts the most number of tourists in the city. This is a work associated with many important historical events of Vietnam.

The special feature of the Reunification Palace is designed like hieroglyphics. This is said to be the traditional architecture of the East. Reunification Palace is surrounded by many trees. Standing in the middle of this green space, visitors seem to be in a green forest with nature, plants, not in the center of the crowded city.

Ticket price:

  • Adult: 40.000 VND/person
  • Student: 20.000 VND/person
  • From 6 years old to 17 years old): 10.000VND/ person
  • Under 6 years old: Free

V. WHAT TO DO IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. Walk at Nguyen Hue street at night

Ho Chi Minh
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At night, Nguyen Hue’s walking street attracts more tourists. From above looking down, walking street Nguyen Hue so bustle, shimmering color by the lights. People will enjoy the musical performance combined with the laser lights that create artistic color to attract the street.

Around the area of Nguyen Hue at night, there are shopping centers, shopping centers, restaurants, and eateries to attract tourists and make their own mark on Sai Gon’s walking street. Right on the walking street, you can have beautiful pictures along with the background is the building “lotus” Bitexco Tower in Saigon.

2. Visit historical sites

Ho Chi Minh
Source: dulichanh.vn

Ho Chi Minh City in particular and generally Vietnam is a land of historical value. If visiting Saigon without visiting the historical sites, it will be missing. There are many historical sites listed above for you to refer. You can visit them to learn about Vietnamese culture and also the people here.

3. Drink coffee sidewalk in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh
Source: kenh14.vn

The people of Saigon have long been familiar with the habit of sitting on the sidewalk, drinking coffee, sometimes alone, sometimes chatting with their friends. Throughout the streets, everywhere seen a few pictures: the small table with the baby chairs, then just a cup of coffee and tea on the table is enough to enjoy. Busy time maybe around 7-9 am, drink a cup of coffee to get energy for the new day and then continue to work.

Vietnamese coffee is very special. This beverage is so popular that President Obama of the US during his visit to Vietnam in 2016 expressed the desire to enjoy a glass. In 2017, the Canadian Prime Minister also simply sat enjoying the sidewalk cafe in Saigon. If you have the opportunity to come to Vietnam, enjoy drinks as well as the unique lifestyle of the Vietnamese.

4. Try all the delicious food

Ho Chi Minh
Source: Saigonamthuc.vn

Take a tour around Ho Chi Minh City, you will be overwhelmed by the busiest bustling two sides of the road. In addition to the mushroom-fronted shops, people here still enjoy the food and eating habits, eating the roadside more than 40 years ago. This is also a unique point in the lifestyle of the Saigon

Foreign tourists are very interested in this cultural beauty of the Vietnamese. Not only that, the food is very good and cheap. Try as much food as you can, you will not regret it.

5. Enjoy the incredible nightlife

People said that Saigon is the most beautiful at night. when the sun goes down, Ho Chi Minh City is completely different. Saigon River as a romantic and lovely point of the city. Watching the sunset on the river always gives visitors an unforgettable experience. From the area of Thu Thiem Tunnel Park, with a view of the city center, you will see the towering lights in the night. The 68-story Bitexco tower is considered the new symbol of Saigon.

Guests can easily see this building no matter where in the city the nightlight shines brightly. Nguyen Hue’s walking street is the most attractive place for tourists, with restaurants, hotels, cafes, coffee shops, as well as enjoying street art activities. If you want to see the street, you can choose a cafe on high to look down. Those moments are great.

The bar is an interesting place to visit in Saigon. Some famous bars include:

  • Sahara Bar, 227 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1;
  • Go2 Bar 187 De Tham, District 1, Vasco Bar, 16D Cao Ba Quat;
  • Saigon Saigon Bar, 19 Lam Son, 224 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward 

If you want to experience night movies, there are plenty of movie theaters that offer you:

  • MegaStar Hung Vuong 126 Hung Vuong, District 5
  • Galaxy Cinema 116 Nguyen Du, District 1;Diamond Cinema, 13th Floor,
  • Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan, District 1;
  • Cinebox 212, 212 Ly Chinh Thang, District 3.

VI. WHAT TO EAT IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. Hotpot fish sauce, noodle fish sauce ( Lau mam, bun mam)

Ho CHi Minh
Source: vietnamstreetfoodguide.com

The best hotpot fish sauce is in Western (Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An), but if you do not have time, you can enjoy hotpot fish sauce in Ho Chi Minh City. The most important of this dish is the broth, must be processed from the delicious sauce.

Some famous addresses:

  • Nam Bo hotpot fish sauce 94AB Cao Thang, Ward 4, District 3, price: 160.000 – 240.000VND;
  • An la khen hotpot fish sauce : 11 Ho Bieu Chanh, Ward 12, Phu Nhuan District, price: 210.000 – 300.000VND.

Like the hot pot fish sauce, the broth is the most important ingredient of the noodle dish. Noodle sauce is not too sweet, too salty or spicy but also not bland, especially cannot lack the taste of the sauce. Fish sauce noodles must eat with pork rotten, shrimp, squid, vegetables, bitter banana, etc.

Some famous addresses:

  • Huynh Lam (Bac Lieu), 37A Go Dau, Tan Phu District: 28.000VND/ bow\
  • 444 -369 Le Quang Dinh, Ward 5, Binh Thanh District, open from 9 am to 9 pm daily, excluding the full moon and the first day, price 35.000VND/ bowl
  • 528 Phan Van Tri, District. Go Vap, price 30.000VND/ bowl.

2. Hue beef noodle (Bun Bo Hue)

Ho Chi MInh
Source: chuyengiaamthuc.com

Hue beef noodle soup is one of the specialties of Hue, has long become very popular in Saigon. In the broth of this dish, Hue people tend to add a little sauce, contributing to the taste very own.

You can easily enjoy this popular dish in many streets in Saigon, cost from 20.000 VND/ bowl. Some famous addresses:

  • Bun Bo Thanh Noi Hue, 47A Tran Cao Van, District 3
  • Bun Bo Hue Dong Ba, 110A Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

3. Mi hu tieu – Hoanh Thanh

Ho Chi MInh
Source: vietnamanchay.com

These dishes, though not originally from Saigon, are now a feature of Saigon. For the people of Saigon, this dish is very easy to eat and quite popular. However, with Northerners, this dish has a mildly sweet taste that can be enjoyed for the first time. The vermicelli restaurant is available on any street, any street of Saigon with the price from 20.000d / bowl.

Some famous places:

  • On Me Thi Buoi street (District 1), on Ton That Dam street (District 1), on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street (District 5) 46/102 Vo Van Tan, District 3
  • Vit tiem on Pham Van Hai street, Tan Binh district
  • Chu Tac: 22 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3.

4. Banh xeo Nam Bo

Ho CHi Minh
Source: Lamthenao.com

Banh xeo with yellow crust on the outside, inside with shrimp, meat, bean sprouts, molded into a circle or folded into a semicircle. Southern with eggs, when eating the sweet and sour sauce and a lot of vegetables and leaves in the garden. At some restaurants, they add mushrooms to make puff pastry and delicious.

Some well-known addresses:

  • 46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1;
  • Muoi Xiem: 190 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 6, District 3;
  • An la nghien: 74 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1.

5. Goi Cuon

Ho Chi Minh
Source: cookpad.com

Raw materials for a goi cuon quality is to be full: vegetables, vermicelli, shrimps, mackerel and of course there is no need to wrap plastic wrapped outside. However, the main thing to be able to feel a good salad roll is its ingredients. Southerner often use the dish with the black sauce because it has a sweet taste, plus peanuts and sour. Goi cuon is so popular, but it is voted one of the 50 best foods in the world by CNN. The dish is sold widely in all street vendors, markets, and supermarkets for only 3.000 VND per plate.

Some addresses for you: Le Van Tam pavement (Hai Ba Trung Street), Big C supermarket, Coopmart supermarket …

6. Snail dishes

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Sail dishes in Saigon is a common word because there is much other seafood. Going to eating the snail is also to enjoy a world of mollusks and crustaceans such as clams, oysters, snails, mussels, crab, shrimp, squid, shrimp, etc. There are enough ways to process in Saigon such as Cooked, steamed, fried, fried, roasted and baked with all kinds of spices such as garlic, onions, pepper, chives, lemongrass, ginger, basil, cheese, butter.

Some famous restaurant:

  • Oc Dao 2 – 132 Nguyen Thai Hoc, District 1;
  • Oc Quang Anh, 189 To Hien Thanh, Ward 13, District 10;

VII. THINGS TO BUY FOR SOUVENIR IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

1. Phuc Long Tea

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The city with more than ten million inhabitants is referred to as the “city without sleep”. Mention of tea and coffee, Saigon brings hundreds of famous brands, including Starbucks Coffee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Coffee Benne, The Coffee House, etc. However, Phuc Long coffee and tea house – coffee and tea brand of Vietnam still have a special position in the heart of Saigon in general as well as tourists in particular.

Phuc Long with tea products: peach tea, green tea, jasmine tea, black tea, … are packaged to help tourists can conveniently buy as gifts without worrying about damage during the transportation process

Address: 325 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh.

2. Ceramic product

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If you want the gift from the trip to Saigon is really special, try to make pottery in the Thu Duc district to experience how to manually make a ceramic product. This is a gift that will make your loved ones cherish, and the buyer can freely create the shape of the gift they want to give as well as the color and the way it is decorated.

Famous ceramics in Ho Chi Minh City are Authentique Home (113 – Le Thanh Ton, District 1), Japanese Sei Chi ceramics (63Bis Mac Dinh Chi, District 1), Yen Lam ceramics 112 Tran Nao District 2), Minh Long ceramics (42 Bui Thi Xuan, Tan Binh), …

3. Wandering Ben Thanh Market to buy a gift

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Ben Thanh Market is considered one of the typical symbols of Saigon. Built in 1807, Ben Thanh Market is located in the prime location when it is located at the intersection of Ham Nghi and Tran Hung Dao streets. Coming to Ben Thanh Market, you can buy any of the following items: dry food, clothes, handicrafts, carvings, etc.

Address of Ben Thanh Market: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

4. Japanese Wagashi Cake

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If you want to buy a special gift Saigon as gifts, you can not miss the cake box Wagashi. Make sure you make a surprise for your loved ones when you receive this delicious cake box. The cake is made with delicious taste and moderate sweetness will give you a special fresh taste.

Address: 402 Ngo Gia Thu, Ward 4, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 8h00 – 22h00
Selling price: VND 260,000 – VND 300,000.

VIII. TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

  • People in Saigon are very friendly and enthusiastic, you can ask for help when you want to ask anything.
  • Do not be afraid to bargain when buying any item.
  • Look ahead and carry a minimap when you are walking around.
  • Weather in the rainy season Saigon is difficult to guess, if you leave the house, bring the umbrella.
  • Make sure your precious assets such as wallet, camera, and phone are kept carefully.
  • Saigon street is very busy, traffic is very fast so be careful when you go out

 

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