Ho Chi Minh City is known as “Pearl of the Far East” as well as cultural centers, economic and political life of Vietnam. Therefore, Ho Chi Minh is the ideal choice for tourist when visiting Southeast Asia in particular and Asia in general
When you visit Ho Chi Minh City, you can see the high-rise buildings, the amusement parks, and shopping centers but the land isn’t also the shortage of ancient villas, the houses and traditional markets which have existed for hundreds of years. Therefore, when you book a Ho Chi Minh City tour, you have a chance to visit a lot of beautiful and famous in there. However, useful travel information and necessary information about Ho Chi Minh City below will help you have the best trip.
Ho Chi Minh City has 2 seasons as the rainy season from May to November, the dry season from December to April. If you come here in the rainy season, you should bring an umbrella or rain jacket when going out because Saigon is famous with a sudden rain. In addition, the city is also a place with full of sunshine. According to estimate, there are over 270 hours of the sunshine per month with average temperature 27 ° C, the highest is up to 40 ° C but not too harsh as other places.
Transport in Saigon
The main transportation in Saigon is motorbike, car, bike and bus. If you want to save money, buses will the best choice for you with 5.000VND/way. Currently, the traffic densities in the city are quite crowded, many roads in the city of traffic jams occurred at rush hours from 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 17:00 am – 18:00 pm.
Place to see
The busiest area along the Saigon River is Ton Duc Thang Street which is also in the center of the city. This road has hotels and upscale restaurants where you can see views of the Saigon River in the afternoon very poetic. Furthermore, you can book a cruise tour in Sai Gon River to enjoy the beauty of the river and delicious foods of local people.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
The church is located in the center of Saigon in District 1. Cathedral Area clearly reflected “personality” of the city of Saigon. From the church, you can visit Independence Palace, shop in Diamond Plaza, walk around Dong Khoi and Turtle Lake and drink coffee in Han Thuyen Street.
This is the road in the center of Ho Chi Minh City with a list of hotels and restaurants in two sides of the road. In addition, Nguyen Hue Street is known as “the walking street” with a lot of interesting activities in the night. If you visit Ho Chi Minh City in Tet holiday, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the beauty of flowers which are decorated in the street.
Ben Thanh Market
Hanoi has Dong Xuan market, Ben Thanh market is considered as the biggest and oldest market in Ho Chi Minh City. The market has 4 gates including South-East-West North in the main road of the city. When visiting the market, tourists can purchase a lot of souvenir products, textiles, clothing, and arts and crafts with cheap price.
“Western Street” consists of Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham and surrounding neighborhoods in the heart of District 1, HCMC. This destination has been listed in the guide book for travelers to visit HCMC of Lonely Planet which is a popular tourist magazine. The street is located near Ben Thanh market and bus station which will help you easy to transfer to other places in Ho Chi Minh City.
Chinatown is the busiest trading center in Saigon. The town is also the living area of the heavily of Chinese people in South of Vietnam. Therefore, when visiting there, you can enjoy the cuisine which is very rich with Chinese style but the dishes also have been changed slightly to suit people of Vietnam. In addition, you can visit around Chinatown where you can see the biggest wholesale and retail markets as Binh Tay Market, Kim Bien market, and Soai Kinh Lam fabric market.
Binh Tay Market
Located in Chinatown, Binh Tay market is the wholesale market for the supply of goods in the southern provinces and the whole country. Goods of the market include dry food, cereal, and dried seafood to clothes, shoes, and toys for kids. The market is located in a Chinese town, so culture and lifestyle of local are affected by Chinese people a little bit.
Open time: 7AM-6PM every day.
Address: 57A, Thap Muoi, District 6.
Beside Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit some place in South and Centre of Vietnam like Danang, Hoian, Hue and so on where you can enjoy a lot of fun and interesting activities and destinations as well.