Things to know when traveling to Ho Chi Minh city

Things to know when traveling to Ho Chi Minh city

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Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam. Area of 2,061 km², population of about 9 million. Ho Chi Minh City has 24 districts consisting of 19 inner city districts and 5 suburban areas, some numbered and others named. Districts one and three are considered the modern heart of the city.

Note: You can call Ho Chi Minh or Saigon without any cultural or political problems.

What is the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh?

The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the drier months of December to March, when temperatures range between 21°C and 34°C. Many like to visit during the Tet Festival (Vietnamese New Year) in late January or early February.

How many days do I need in Ho Chi Minh City?

2-3 days is enough for you to enjoy most of site attraction from Ho Chi Minh City and its Province (Cu Chi & Mekong Delta). The more time you spend here, you probably will love the city.

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Can I wear shorts in Ho Chi Minh?

Well, shorts are fine. But if you visit worshiping places, please do wear short that can at least cover your knee, and proper T-shirt, not sleeveless one.

What is the best area to stay in Ho Chi Minh?

A guide to the best areas to stay in Saigon, including District 1, the backpacker district, and the expat area of District 2. Saigon’s downtown District 1 is where most travellers choose to stay. It’s right by the city’s major museums and attractions, dining and nightlife.

How much is a taxi from Ho Chi Minh airport to downtown?

The fare to most hotels in District 1 is about 150,000 to 170,000 VND. Note that there’s an airport surcharge (10,000 VND) for trips departing from Ho Chi Minh Airport. Usual fare to the city centre is 300,000 VND, which includes all tolls. From the airport to the city center takes about 30-45 minutes. Vinasun and Mai Linh taxis are considered the two most reputable taxi companies.

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Taxi Mai Linh and Vinasun

Note: Public bus #152 is the cheapest option to Ho Chi Minh city center and leaves every 12 to 17 minutes from 6:00 to 18:00. You can find the bus when you walk out of the arrival terminal.

What is the best currency to take to Vietnam?

Do not deal in dollars, change to Vietnamese Dong (VND).

The government-run Vietcombank can exchange dong for US dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht, and Singapore dollars. Banks in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will let you change foreign currencies and most travelers’ checks

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Best hotels in Ho Chi Minh

  1. Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
  2. Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel
  3. Ibis Saigon Airport
  4. Hotel Nikko Saigon
  5. Hotel Majestic Saigon
  6. Pullman Saigon Centre
  7. Rex Hotel
  8. Fusion Suites Saigon
  9. Park Hyatt Saigon
  10. Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon
Best hotels in Ho Chi Minh
Best hotels in Ho Chi Minh

Best restaurant in Ho Chi Minh

  1. Banana Mama Rooftop & Kitchen
  2. Duong Restaurant Ho Chi Minh – Reserve Now
  3. Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House
  4. Poke Saigon
  5. Signature Restaurant
  6. Poke Saigon Ly Tu Trong
  7. Baba’s Kitchen
  8. Bun Bo Nam Bo – Ba Ba
  9. Bollywood Indian Restaurant & Bar
  10. Shanti Indian Cuisine
Best restaurant in Ho Chi Minh
Best restaurant in Ho Chi Minh

Best dishs in Ho Chi Minh

  1. Com Tam (Broken Rice)
  2. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)
  3. Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)
  4. Hu Tieu (Rice Noodles)
  5. Ca Kho To (Caramelised Fish in Clay Pot)
  6. Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake)
  7. Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork)
  8. Ca Kho To (Caramelised Fish in Clay Pot)
  9. Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake)
  10. Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork)
Best dishs in Ho Chi Minh
Best dishs in Ho Chi Minh

What are the top attractions to visit in Ho Chi Minh City?

  1. Binh Tay Market
  2. War Remnants Museum
  3. Cu Chi Tunnels
  4. Cao Dai Temple
  5. Jade Emperor Pagoda
  6. Ben Thanh Market & Saigon Square
  7. Reunification Palace
  8. Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office
  9. Mariamman Hindu Temple
  10. Notre Dame Cathedral
top attractions to visit in Ho Chi Minh City
Top attractions to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Top souvenirs to buy in Ho Chi Minh city

  1. Tea and Coffee
  2. Ao Dai
  3. Hand embroidery
  4. Silk
  5. Non La (conical hat)
  6. Propaganda art
  7. Ceramics and Lacquerware
  8. Sand Pictures
  9. Bracelets
  10. Musical Instruments
Top souvenirs to buy in Ho Chi Minh city
Top souvenirs to buy in Ho Chi Minh city

Things to know before you go to Vietnam

  • Beware of counterfeit tour agencies
  • Watch your belongings from snatch theft and pickpockets
  • Leave credit cards in your hotel safe
  • Be prepared to haggle in Vietnam
  • Some places have curfews
  • Vegetarians are welcome
  • DO the budget tours in Vietnam
  • Don’t get left behind on your tour
  • Vietnamese carry their houses on their motorbikes
  • Do not show anger
  • Wear appropriate clothes at the temple
  • Remove footwear in temples and houses
  • Your hotel will ask to hold your passport
  • Walk slowly when crossing the street
  • Eat street food but carefully…
  • Avoid the tap water
  • Protect your trip with travel insurance
  • Vietnamese buildings are long
  • Eat Pho
  • Getting around in Vietnam
  • Get your Onward Traveling Vietnam
  • Best Travel Insurance for Vietnam Travel
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Things to know before you go to Vietnam
Things to know before you go to Vietnam

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