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All you should know before visiting Ho Chi Minh city

Visit Ho Chi Minh City, there are some things you should take note if you want a good trip. These tips could very well save your trip or prevent it to go downfall just because some unexpected bad things happened. Here are all of the things you should know about Ho Chi Minh City before coming here.

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Tan Son Nhat airport @ Vi Wikipedia

When visit Saigon, Vietnam, Tan Son Nhat Airport, located in Ho Chi Minh City, is the main international airport in Vietnam. It is also the domestic terminal (from HCMC to other provinces). From Tan Son Nhat Airport to downtown Ho Chi Minh City takes about 20 minutes by taxi.

From the northern provinces to the south, you can also go by rail. Continuous trains of the year serve North-South passengers, fares you can refer and book a ticket.

The next option is to take the bus from the province to Ho Chi Minh City and vice versa as Mai Linh Express passenger transportation service is available throughout Vietnam and other transport enterprises. To get to Ho Chi Minh City there are many options for you such as taxi, bus, motorbike taxi…

Should you go to Ho Chi Minh City?

When book a tour Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, you should know that Ho Chi Minh City has two distinct seasons: the sunny and rainy seasons, the rainy season starts in June and ends in November. But in general, you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City any month. and do not travel in Ho Chi Minh City on New Year’s Day. When the Lunar New Year, people often go home for Tet with their families.

During the festive season, shopping and entertainment activities in Ho Chi Minh City are exciting all over the street. In the Christmas season, the streets are filled with lights, busy traffic and leisure activities are happening near the night, you can come to Ho Chi Minh City on these days to enjoy the air will be cold but warm in Ho Chi Minh City.

Points of interest in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh Museum @ Viet Vision Travel

Touring Ho Chi Minh City takes about 3-4 days. On the first day, visit the cluster of points in District 1: Bach Dang Wharf, Ho Chi Minh museum, Ton Duc Thang Museum, Quach Thi Trang market, Ben Thanh market, HCMC Opera House, City Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral. The sights within the radius of 2km, so you will easily visit in the morning. Arrive at Thao Cam Vien, take a rest. The horizontal line car park Tao Dan, Lake Turtle, Le Van Tam Park, Tan Dinh. Go to District 5 to see the market of Binh Tay, overlooking the peaceful neighborhood of the Chinese. Enjoy the dishes of flowers. Evening at Ben Thanh Market, Saigon street, coffee or visit the center, the fashionable way to shop as well as enjoy some specialties of other places imported to Saigon.

Best tours Ho Chi Minh City takes you to Cu Chi Tunnels, visit Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc next. After visiting the Cu Chi tunnels, you do not forget to cross the landscape 18 winery garden. Afternoon walk through Phu My Hung to see the beauty of the new urban area, watching the banks of the Panorama River, Kenh Dao, Paragon, Anh Sao, sparkling moonlit night or visit Phu My complex. From Phu My Bridge, go to District 2 to see the peaceful South Saigon in the night. Have a glimpse of the river and Saigon at night on board the restaurant at Bach Dang wharf.

 On the third day, depending on your interests, you can schedule a visit to Van Thanh KDL, Tan Cang Tourist Complex, Binh Quoi Tourist Area … large cultural parks such as Suoi Tien and Dam Sen with thousands of games. There are also many temples, churches of different styles. At evening, buys gifts at the supermarket, souvenir shop. If you have time, visit Sac forest – Can Gio, special military area of the South.

Please visit Top popular Saigon destinations on TripAdvisor for more references.

Hotel and local cuisine

Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of hotels to choose from, but for the evening walking the Nguyen Hue, watching the typical works of your city should choose the hotel in the center of District 1 on Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien or Le Thanh Ton. Before booking a hotel should see reviews on sites such as Agoda, Tripadvisor or My tour to make the choice to suit the pocket. Some hotel suggestions are good and affordable such as Aries Ben Thanh, Phung Hoang Gold Palace, Hong Lac with 3-star standard or 2-star hotels like Ava Sai Gon 2, Hoang Lien, Sai Gon Odessey.

Ho Chi Minh City is the convergence of Vietnamese and world cuisines, so you can enjoy the cuisine of the three regions and countries such as Japan, Korea, France, Italy … Want to enjoy Hue cuisine? Hue Restaurant or O Spring Restaurant near Tan Dinh Market, while Western dishes are located at Quan Banh Bar on Hai Ba Trung Street, also near Tan Dinh Market. Most of the foreign dishes are concentrated in District 1 so it is easy for you to choose.

Being a place of convergence and cultural interaction, Ho Chi Minh City has a diverse identity in cuisine, which is considered specialties of Ho Chi Minh City, including meat sandwiches that are sold in many places and diversified in the processing of various kinds and sauce, you should try hamburger sandwiches (51 Cao Thang, District 3), 150 Nguyen Trai bread rolls, Huynh Hoa bread sandwich (22 Le Thi Rieng, District 1), bread 358 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, alley barbecue 37 Nguyen Trai (District 1) or Dalat style bread (alley 189 Cong Quynh street, district 1).

What to buy in Ho Chi Minh City?

Pia cake @ Viet Wikipedia

Because of the locals’ convergence, Ho Chi Minh City has many local specialties, such as Cat Hoa Loc mango, duck breast, green grapefruit. In addition, you can buy Pia cake. coffee or cashew nuts, which are delicious and interesting, can be used as gifts for relatives.

Things to note

In Saigon, restaurants often do not raise the price like in Hanoi, so you can rest assured for this. However, when shopping at the market, note the price before buying to avoid being particularly high price inBen Thanh market because this market is known to raise the price for foreigners.

Hopefully, you will have a wonderful trip in Ho Chi Minh City! These tips above will surely improve your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as to Vietnam. We hope to see you again in a street of Ho Chi Minh City!

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