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First Time in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is one of the most popular tourist cities in Vietnam.

Population (2019): 9 million

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa, Cham, Khmer

Highlights: War Remnant Museum, the Independence Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien walking street, Nguyen Hue walking street, Cho Lon, Cu Chi Tunnels


There are 2 distinct seasons. The rainy season is from May – November and the dry season is from December – April. The annual average temperature is 27.5oC (81.5oF). It is very tropical and there is no winter.

Administrative Districts

Ho Chi Minh City is divided in 19 urban districts and 5 sub-urban districts. 


Ho Chi Minh City is 1,690km from Hanoi, 1,051km from Hue, 445km from Nha Trang, 300km from Da Lat, 338km from Ha Tien, 250km from Rach Gia, 169km from Can Tho, 136km from Vinh Long, 116km from Vung Tau, and 72km from My Tho.


Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is 7km from the city center. A taxi to the city center costs VND 150,000. Air-conditioned city buses (No. 49, 109, 199, 152) depart daily every 20 minutes and costs from VND 12,000 – 40,000.


Most travel agents or hotels can arrange car-with-driver rental services.


There are many companies offering metered taxi services in Ho Chi Minh. Some reputable taxi companies: VinaSun, Mai Linh, etc. Grab car is also available via the app.


Rentals are available at hotels and along the backpacker streets: Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, and Bui Vien. Motorbike taxis are also available via the Grab or Go Viet app.


The city’s heavy traffic isn’t bicycle-friendly.

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