Saigon Tourist And Travel Guide

When the war ended in 1975, one of the first things the communist authorities did was to re-name Saigon after the country’s national hero – Ho Chi Minh. This was perhaps an attempt to be done with the city that had gained a reputation for being wild and exciting during the days when US troops were in town, and produce a metropolis that is both sane and sanitised.

The trouble is, it didn’t work. The place may be tagged ‘Ho Chi Minh City’ in school atlases, but to the people who live here, it is still Saigon and still wild in its own wacky way. The city’s main attractions reflect its turbulent past, with buildings that betray the influence of China, France and the US on its development. For a comprehensive guide to Ho Chi Minh City see our dedicated website at 1StopSaigon.

 

Attractions

Wander around the city’s thought-provoking museums and atmospheric temples which demonstrate a fascinating and diverse national identity which remains strong today...more

Activities

Shop in Saigon’s glitzy malls, take a cyclo ride around the city’s sights, or cool off in a downtown pool before exploring more of the city’s heady delights and cultural activities...more

Hotels

Check into a luxurious suite near the city’s historic heart or find a budget deal in the De Tham area which a perfect for backpacekrs and will only cost a few dollar per night...more

Restaurants

Squat on a stool for a bowl of noodles or be serenaded in one of Saigon’s most opulent restaurants with international and fusion fare servered up from top European chefs...more

Nightlife & Bars

Enjoy a chat with seasoned travellers in a welcoming Saigon expat pub or dance to the latest pop music in a dim-lit nightclub with throngs of young Vietnamese partying til dawn...more

Transportation

Discover the city’s backstreets by taxi, motorbike taxi, cyclo or even on foot with tips for beating the bedlam and staying safe amid the chaos of Saigon's notorious traffic...more

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Ho Chi Minh City Guide - Gateway to Vietnam

Because of its significance at the end of the war, the Reunification Palace is the city’s prime tourist sight, with tour guides telling the story time and again of how the North Vietnamese troops stormed the gates and raised their flag over it in April 1975. The furnishings are classic 1960s and the command centre in the basement still has the feel of a war zone.

But for the full story of the war, or at least the current government’s version of it, you’ll need to visit the War Remnants Museum and Ho Chi Minh City Museum, where the complexities of the city’s past begin to unravel.

Though the city sprawls over a massive area, it is quite convenient for tourists as most attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants are all near the centre. Getting around can be a bit of a headache given the terrible traffic, but hotel staff will advise on the best way to get where you’re going, and much can be achieved on foot near the centre.

Many visitors rush to see a few sights in the city and then move on, but for anyone eager to savour the delights of Vietnamese cuisine or to get under the skin of Vietnamese culture, there’s no better place to do so than in Ho Chi Minh City.

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