About Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City – or known as Saigon locally, is a sparkling metropolis and a high-octane city of commerce that has driven the whole country forward with its limitless energy.
Showcasing a mix of vibrant Asian culture and colonial European elegance, coupled with modern office skyscrapers, amidst tree-lined boulevards of boutiques and street-lined food stalls create a dynamic urban area in very special sense.
Bulging with a huge population, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city. Its people are enthusiastic, non-stop, sharp in business sense and robust in nature.
Expansion in recent years has attracted the attention of international talent, and the restaurant and fashion scenes are now more vibrant than ever.
There are direct flights from major cities in Asia, Europe, and Australia to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the largest airport in Vietnam.
Vietnamese is the official language.
Vietnamese dong (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.
Taxi rates are very reasonable in Ho Chi Minh City as long as you use a reputable company and the meter is used. Mai Linh (mostly white with green lettering, though sometimes green or silver) and Vinasun (white with green and red lettering) have the largest fleets in the city and are generally honest and reliable.
A ride on a cyclo through downtown Ho Chi Minh City is a great way to see the city the way the locals do. A word of warning: be careful with cameras, purses and watches while cyclo riding as these items are easily stolen by motorbike riders.
What to avoid
Getting run over by Saigon’s motorbikes. Stay alert, cross at lights or with locals, and maintain your pace. Bikes are used to manoeuvring around pedestrians.