Once called Diamond of the Far-east because of its economics position in the past, now Ho Chi Minh city is the largest metropolis and major port in Vietnam. This is a harmony of French-style buildings and Oriental style Pagodas, bustling local-styled markets and modern office skyscrapers. Not only is it an irregular harmony of architecture, Saigon but is also a blend of plentiful religions from Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Hindu to local religions like ‘’Cao Dai’’, which creates different quarters with distinctive colors here. From a busy District 1 with theatres, narrow streets, sidewalk café, to fascinating “China Town” and city-panoramic Bitexco Tower-Landmark 81, Saigon is an ideal place for visitor loving discovery. Until now, Saigon is considered as a center of Deluxe Mekong cruise and a stopover for sea cruise ships because of its connection with East Cambodia by both waterway and highway. Thanks to strong development and huge investment, Saigon is becoming an outstanding point not only in Vietnam but also on Asian Tourism Map.
Ho Chi Minh City – the most modern city in Vietnam. It is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, ornate temples, sleek skyscrapers and various entertainment spots.
- The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh:
In term of geographic, Saigon has a tropical climate, a dry season (November to April) and a wet season (May to October). In general, visitor can visit Saigon in any time of the year because each season brings a different experience. But, many visitors prefer to visit Ho Chi Minh from December to February since the heat is no longer a prevention with cool weather in the morning 17°C and normal weather in the afternoons and evenings 24- 26°C. Moreover, December, January and February are also the months of festivals, especially New Year and Lunar New Year. During this time, the most bustling city will be more colorful with lots of decoration.
- How to go Ho Chi Minh?
By Flight: there is Tan Son Nhat international flights in Ho Chi Minh, which connects with lots of international and domestic airlines. So very easy for visitors to fly to Saigon by plane.
By train: Other interesting way to Saigon is by train, which helps passengers enjoy local experiences. There are train to connect Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue, Dong Hoi, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh, etc.
By bus: Buying a bus ticket, then you can transfer to Ho Chi Minh from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, respectively about 6 hours and 12 hours.
By cruise: if you stay in Phu Quoc or Cambodia, it is great for you to take a cruise to Ho Chi Minh. It will be a such an amazing experience with new discovery along with cruise.
- What to do in Ho Chi Minh?
Cu Chi Tunnel: 70km far from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnel is a must-see destination for visitor coming Saigon and preferring to discover history. This is an important base in Vietnam War and still display objects related to memory of the war.
Cao Dai Temple: convenient for clients to visit Cao Dai Temple from Cu Chi Tunnels when it is near each other. Cao Dai is a great religious temple with extraordinary and impressive architecture thanks to a mixture of a French church, a Chinese temple and an Islam mosque.
Mekong River Delta: well-known for lush green rice fields and coconut tree along with the peaceful river. Coming Mekong Delta is discovering a water lifestyle of a net of rivers, canals and streams.
Cat Tien National Park: located 150km in north of Ho Chi Minh City, Cat Tien boast an amazing biodiversity of lowland tropical forests. The park is home to some endangered animals for example, golden-cheeked gibbon, Asian black bear, Gaur bull as well as a variety of birds and reptiles. And it is one of the outstanding natural treasure with exciting outdoor activities, such as the hiking, mountain biking and bird-watching here.