Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

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Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful Old Architecture, Shopping and lots of Food 

  • Con
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     The traffic & it can be expensive if you don't know 

  • In a nutshell
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     Unpolished diamond yet to be tainted by mass tourism 

Ho Chi Minh City Things to Do

  • Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    This tour was arranged by Impresstravel .Departed from our hotel ,the Liberty Central about 7.30 am ,a quick stopover at the Mekong Rest Stop and Dai Dao Temple,located at Thanh That My Tho. The Mekong Delta is located on the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.We reached the pier, found that there's a few shops selling souvenirs ,and T shirts . We board...

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  • Ben Thanh Market

    The Cho Benh Thanh market is just beside our hotel , the Liberty Central.So everyday if we have free time , we would kill our time in here.We found this market interesting, as well as other markets in every countries we visited. This market is huge,hot,humid, with so many vendors and stores you can imagine, selling everything from clothing , foods,...

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  • War Remnants Museum

    The Vietnam War is famous and we were interested in learning more about it. This museum is very interesting, but also very sad with many horrific photos of the victims of the war. The museum mainly focuses on the war with the Americans with a few things related to the war against the French. The museum has 8 rooms. Outside in a courtyard there are...

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Ho Chi Minh City Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City Restaurants

  • Eat & Drink like the locals

    People just come to KFC, Lotteria or lately Burger King for fast food. However, I've found out a great place for those things. At The Burger Corner, they serve classico burger and also rice burger - an excellent combination between burger and Vietnamese rice. They have us beef, bacon, teriyaki, tonkatsu...and they are pretty good! You could come...

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  • Quan An Ngon

    The establishment has great decor and is worth a visit for that alone if you are craving something a bit different from the average HCMC vibe. The menu is big with lots of choices but the food was quite average and definitely overpriced. The sauteed flowers were interesting.

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  • Lemongrass

    I am writing this tip long after my visit so it may be of no earthly use to anyone. I remember an attractive building, enjoyable food and picturesque musicians playing almost unobserved in the background. I looked this place up on Tripadvisor hoping to find a photo like mine to confirm I am writing about the right place. I found mixed reviews from...

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Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife

  • Apocalypse Now

    first of all, they don't allow pictures inside, I managed to get 2 stolen shots inside before being reminded not to shoot pictures again by the burly security guards. This is the number one bar cum lounge for foreigners and locals and you would know since there will be a long taxi line in the street going to the Apocalypse Now. They only have a...

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  • Rex Hotel Rooftop Beer Garden

    Part two of the Rex Hotel Roof Top Beer Garden tips with more pictures. During the Vietnam War, the Rex was a favorite watering hole for American officers and after the end of the war, it has several renovations but the roof top garden remained and still packs them crowds specially the former Veterans of the Vietnam war and curious tourists like...

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  • SAIGON SAIGON

    had a spanish band reeling out spanish numbers... little did I understand but the music and the band members dancing salsa, involving the guests ensured that everyone was enjoying the music and the atmosphere. the terrace is a great place to sit and enjoy the evening... breezy, great view... and the large french windows (?) ensured that you got a...

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Ho Chi Minh City Transportation

  • Taxis

    Taxis are not cheap to get around the city, but they're certainly good and better than those bicycle and motorbikes in big cities like Hanoi and HCMC We figured out some of taxi drivers are smart ! they can make your ride longer to appear at their running meter Be sure you remember some any streets on the way to your hotel It happened to us while...

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  • Buses

    The bus No. 152 air-conditioned airport bus is the cheapest way to the city from the airport. For 3,000 dong per person plus a fee for bags which varies randomly, it will drop you off on the west side of the Pham Ngu Lao area, or at the bus terminal on the south side of the Ben Thanh Market roundabout. Upon exiting the airport, turn right and you...

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  • Motorcycle

    Wherever you go in Vietnam, you’ll find all the roads full of motorbikes. It’s for all ages! Riding in tandem is allowed in the country. My friends and I were shocked when we saw a family in 1 motorbike! This is usually the order how a family rides in a motorbike- father driving, 2 kids and the mother. Well, I guess it’s okay since they are all...

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Ho Chi Minh City Shopping

  • Stores & Markets

    Ben Thanh Market is a large, indoor market worth going to for shopping or just to look. This is a huge market that dates back to the days of French occupation. This market has aisles and aisles of stalls that are arranged according to the types of items they are selling. There are plenty of Clothes including the Vietnamese Ao Dai outfits and...

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  • Clothes

    H&D Tailor provides excellent quality with skilled tailor crew. The master tailor cum owner will give you advice about formal style with you can not make up your mind. The receptionists are really nice and warm. They have a wide range of fabrics from normal to luxurious, so that you can select your favorite easily. H&D Tailor usually runs special...

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  • Asian Food

    THE BEN THANH MARKET IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT A GOOD LOOK SEE They have everything under a roof and their oringinal food court is not bad. Coffee shops, clothes, jewelery is sold to tourist and mass market, but there is one crazyer than this in Chinatown call the BINH TAY MARKET that sells wholesale to all the other tourist market. All my life I...

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Ho Chi Minh City Local Customs

  • People

    During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I noticed that many motorcycles had an extra seat for small children. Actually, it was a wooden chair placed between the driver and the handle bars. I don’t know if the chair is special designed for this purpose?

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  • Politics

    Though Vietnam seems like any thriving capitalist city in asia, it is still a communist country by heart. You'll see propaganda pictures and policemen everywhere, even in places like Apocalypse Now ( A Happening Night Spot Frequented by Tourists and Yuppies) Needless to say , talking about politics is a no-no but asking about Uncle Ho is fine. The...

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  • COCONUT CANDY

    On one of my tours to the Mekong Delta, we were shown the process of making Coconut Candy and given a "FREE SAMPLE" to try. It was nice, and I did buy a small packet along with most people on the tour.Making Coconut Candy....................* Firstly, you need to grate the coconut flesh.* Next, the grated flesh is pressed to extract coconut milk...

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Ho Chi Minh City Warnings and Dangers

  • Thieves & Beggers

    Indeed , HCMC is no longer a good and safe place to travel anymore. The crime rates are going up and the local authorities seems unable to do anything at all. Those thieves are everywhere now, from the Home to the Street, From the Street to Hotel and from the Hotel to the Airport .. EVEN THE AIRORT IS NOT SAFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , if you...

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  • Traffic

    This sounds risky,but locals say that you just step out,make eye contact with the nearest approaching vehicle and keep walking.The first few times it took some nerve,but after a few attempt's found that it did work ,and the traffic went around you.However,if your lucky you won't have to wait long before one of the city's tourist police will come to...

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  • Clothes & Accessories

    Be wary of the high prices some stuffs are being sold at the famous Ben Tanh market. For most parts they try to sell it at first call 50 +% higher than the original price. Try to haggle and bargain at the lowest possible they if they don't bite - just leave. Most of the time they will chase for you to come back and give in at the lowest price. Be...

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Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

  • Over-pricing

    people in the markets have a 200% mark up in their merchandise moreso at the Benh Thanh market. you MUST HAGGLE and remember the exchange rate of a Vietnamese Dong into a US Dollar so that you can gauge the amount being overcharged!, start at 150% of the price and if they don't agree then LEAVE since 90% will ask yes to your price. Remember, just...

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  • The money-thing

    we arrived in hcmc around 1am and we didnt see any mai linh or viansun taxi so we took the saigon air taxi ...befor e we rode the cab we asked the one in charge if it was metered, he assured us yes it was, half way to our hotel the cab driver suddenly was asking for us$20! we were arguing that it was agreed that itll be based on meter but the...

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  • Saigon River Cruise

    The Saigon River isn't smelly anymore when i went unlike what has been described by the others. However there really isn't that much to see either. The banks are lined with industrial boats and construction works. You will not get to see much of Saigon on the cruise. They do have preformances like fire-dancing on board, But otherwise there isn't...

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Ho Chi Minh City What to Pack

  • Clothing & Shoes

    you can buy class A counterfeit Bags like Kipling, Samsonite, Mango, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Etc. at Lucky Plaza Mall, Benh Than Market and lot of other stores in District 1 and at the nguyen hue boulevard facing the ho chi minh statue or at the nearby Dong Khoi Street just parallel to Nguyen Hue Boulevard plus really cheap silk bags for the...

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  • Weather Gear

    The popular Vietnamese Straw hat not only protects you from the sun but also from rain sinece it's waterproof! Straw hats are a generic in asia an most asian countries like china, korea, cambodia, philippines, malaysia, etc have their straw hats and are basically made from dried straws and are made into different designs but the vietnamese straw...

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  • Bring sleeping bag liner with you

    If you are going to do a cross country trip in Vietnam utilizing the different modes of transportation available, I suggest that you pack a silk sleeping bag liner with you. It is a practical thing to have specially if you are going on an overnight trip via Camel Bus or train. :) It will keep a barrier between you and the scratchy wool blanket...

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Ho Chi Minh City Off The Beaten Path

  • Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels

    On our trip to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi we also visited a lovely Buddhist temple in Chau Doc. Chau Doc is best known for a massacre. On July 11 1957 anti-Diem insurgents stormed a bar in Chau Doc and killed 17 people who were drinking inside.The victims were tied up and then machine gunned. The crime was apparently carried out by communists opposed to...

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  • Mekong

    After visting My Tho we boarded a boat and set out to explore the Mekong Delta. It was Hogmanay we had lunch in a little restaurant on an island and the local children played us Auld Lang Syne on their traditional musical instruments. As a Scot, I suddenly felt overwhelmed with homesickness; something I thought I would never again feel. We visited...

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  • Out of Saigon - Cao Dai Temple

    The capital of the same-named province, Tay Ninh is situated 95km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and is the original home of the Cao Dai religion which has around 3 million adherents in Southern Vietnam. Tay Ninh is home to the Cao Dai Great Temple, built between 1933 and 1955, which sits a few kilometres outside of the town. A rather garish meld...

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Ho Chi Minh City Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Park

    Saigon Water Park is just a great place to visit. The hotter it is the more refreshing this place is. The water park was built with the aid of an Australian company so the standards are just like in the west. The entrance fee is 60.000 Dong. There are around 30 water slides, a wave pool, a children's wading pool, guarded lockers to put your stuff...

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  • Hash House Harriers

    If you think you'd enjoy running or walking in the Vietnamese countryside, then join the Hash! They meet every Sunday at 2:30pm at the Caravel Hotel. It costs about 200,000 dong ($13 US), which covers transportation and all you can drink beer or water. Most people opt for the beer. =P Make sure you bring your sense of humor as members will...

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  • Song Be Golf Resort

    If you love golf, you have to visit the Song Be Golf Resort. The resort is beautiful and very first class. The course is an 18 hole course spread out over some of the most beautiful Vietnamese land complete with beautiful palm trees, water bunkers filled with lotus blossoms, sand traps too numerous to count, and lush green fairways. It is about a...

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Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

  • Useful tips

    Traffic in Ho Chi Minh..........I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life, at least they weren't going fast like at home! How to get across to the other side of the road? Mmm, rather daunting with all those bikes, but it can be done quite easily. The trick is to stay aware, and walk slowly and confidently. The motorbike riders are...

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  • Local Life

    -- My eighth visit to Saigon was from April 23-26, 1965. I stayed in the Dong Khanh Hotel again, and I remember that I went swimming several times at an outdoor pool that belonged to a formerly very suave French colonial club, now not so suave and exclusive but still very nice. I also saw some films at various Vietnamese cinemas where I was...

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  • Street life

    -- My fifth visit to Saigon was from January 31 to February 4, 1965. In a letter from Saigon on February 1st I wrote: Happy Chinese New Year --or Vietnamese New Year, as the Vietnamese call it ("Têt" in their language). Most shops and offices will be closed for the next three days, some for a week or more. The V.C. have put out the word that...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnamese cuisine has received some major street cred in recent memory (Anthony Bourdain's praise comes to mind), and a quick visit to Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh or Binh Tay Markets explains why. Similar to the other Southeast Asian destinations listed, the street food in Saigon embraces a mix of cultures, primarily the city's French colonial background with Vietnamese spices and ingredients. In addition to Vietnamese standards of pho and bánh mì, some other notable dishes include c_m t_m (cooked broken rice) with a fried egg on the top, Bo La Lot (seasoned beef in a leaf), and spring rolls. A member noted that no matter what C_m t_m dish you get, it will always be served with n__c m_m (fish sauce), and since each street food stall usually makes their own, people will often choose which stall to return to based on their n__c m_m. However, since hawker registration and street food health standards aren't as stringent in Vietnam, travelers should be careful to always choose popular, crowded stalls with high turnover.

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