Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city in Vietnam with its population of 7,123,340. It is located in the south-east of Vietnam. The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the dry season, between the months of November and March, when the rain is considerably lower. There are many accommodation options in the city, from luxurious hotels to lovely boutique hotels. If you prefer an accommodation that is reasonably priced, you should consider Le Thanh Ton, Ly TuTrong, Le Ahn Xuan, Tran Hung Dao and Dong Khoi streets. The city has a very developed inner city transportation network. The most commonly used vehicle by the natives is the motorcycles. (lots and lots of motorcycles: 7.4 Million and counting)
Ho Chi Minh is the most attractive spot of Vietnam when it comes to places to visit because of it’s historical significance, architecture from the French colonial period, museums and overall mystical atmosphere.
While Inside Ho Chi Minh City
There are many other things to do in this city and each of them is a must see. You can visit the The War Remnants Museum which contains the details of the 30-year war between America and Vietnam, from the Vietnamese point of view. Most of the ‘story telling’ is done with photographs, some of which are very graphic. You can visit the Cao Dai Temple which is the center of Cao Dai faith which is a religion that has taken something from Islam, Taoism, Christianity and Confucianism. You should not miss the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Mariamman Hindu temples.
Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates, also a must see. And do not leave without visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh City Zoo.
Going Outside of Ho Chi Minh City
You should especially visit the floating market and Cu Chi Tunnels. These are outside of the city. It would be better if you were to get there with a tour. Cu Chi Tunnels is the tunnel system that was built by the Vietnamese in order to hide from Americans during the war. It is approximately 250 kilometers long with its kitchens and living rooms. There is a section that has been reopened and you can travel through the tunnels. You will no doubt emerge with a totally different outlook of what it was like during that time. The Floating Market is literally a floating market where the locals sell their fresh produce from their boats. It is best to visit the Market in the early hours of the day.
There is also the tour of My Tho. When you get to the city of My Tho, you could get in small boats and go across to one of the four islands. Every island has been given the name of a sacred animal; Dragon, which stands for the king; Phoenix, which stands for the queen and the female; Unicorn which stands for wisdom; and Turtle which stands for a long and healthy life. On these islands. there is a coconut factory, the products of which are pure and natural. You can also see the production of rice paper.
The Decision Of What To See Is Yours
Honestly, all we have done is ‘barely scratched the surface’ of what there is to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City. Before you decide to travel to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh specifically, do some research. There is tons of information on the internet, read reviews and pick out places that interest you. Be flexible and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your visit. A rushed holiday is no holiday at all.
All our photographs that we process will be published here.