Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Website : http://www.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/

Location : 10° 45′N, 106° 40′E

Area : 2,095㎢

Population : 16,650,942

The first impression the travelers will have on Siagon-Ho Chi Minh City is that it is a highly modernized and dynamic city. Visit Ho Chi Minh City that offers dynamic life and marvelous, 300 years of history. The city is visited by 4.6 million people every year and this accounts for more than 50% of all foreign travelers visiting Vietnam.

Boasting modern infrastructure and a variety of tourism services, Ho Chi Minh City is the center of your Vietnam travel.

Ho Chi Minh City is the gateway to southern Vietnam and offers traveler-friendly access to all transportations. Also, as the Pearl of Saigon and the Far East, Ho Chi Minh city still preserves beautiful, historic architecture in their original forms. It will be hard to miss some of the beautiful attractions such as the old Presidential Palace (Independence Palace), Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, People's Committee Building, Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum in the city.

Visit Ho Chi Minh City where sunlight cascades over the beautiful city. Millions of Saigon people will greet you with kind smiles.

Ho Chi Minh City – Vibrant Pearl of the Far East

Saigon is the river that flows around Ho Chi Minh city. Cholon and Saigon Port lie along the riverside and since the 18th century, Ho Chi Minh has been of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia. For centuries, Saigon was an important center of trades and was referred to as the Pearl of the Far East.

In 1976, the city was renamed from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh to honor the nation's greatest leader Ho Chi Minh.

Named after a legendary leader, Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. This energetic city is not only the largest city in Vietnam but the industrial, economic and cultural center of Vietnam. The city also preserves the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture.

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is a busy city. The roads are bustling with vehicles and streets are filled with markets, cafes and vendors selling a variety of products. Also, the city's modern, unique and convenient transportation systems live up to Ho Chi Minh City's reputation as the true center of Vietnam travels.

Ho Chi Minh City also boasts marvelous museums that exhibit from traditional Vietnamese customs which have developed over the years to pictures of war heroes who were loved by the people. Travelers will also be amazed by the beautiful parks, scenic canals, cathedrals and temples in the city as well.

A City Standing in the Crossway between the East and West

We cannot go back in time. But, you will be immersed in the beautiful history and architecture of Vietnam touring wonderful attractions such as the Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House, Saigon Central Post Office, People's Committee Building, Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum as well as beautiful temples like Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Giac Lam Pagoda, Thien Hau Temple and Quan Am Pagoda.

Dong Khoi Street which is regarded as the most beautiful street in Ho Chi Minh City, Bến Thành Market which is the oldest market and the symbol of the city, Pham Ngu Lao Street which is a renowned travelers' street in Ho Chi Minh City and Cho Lon (Chinatown) can also show you different and unique aspects of the city.

Ho Chi Minh City – Experiencing Rich and Diverse Food Culture

Ho Chi Minh City is a mixing pot of Western and Eastern food culture. It is also a perfect place to experience Vietnam's unique and rich flavors.

Ho Chi Minh City is the crossway of foods from different regions in Vietnam and no other place in Vietnam can offer more variety of food cultures than Ho Chi Minh. Here, you will be able to enjoy Chinese food, Western food as well as authentic Vietnamese food.

Offering pho rice noodles, banh mi baguette sandwiches, com tam (Broken Rice, traditional Vietnamese breakfast), Ho Chi Minh City is one of the top street food heavens in the world CNN has selected. You will never have to worry what to eat in Ho Chi Minh.

Also, don't miss out on Vietnam's coffees. Ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced milk coffee), ca phe sua nong (Vietnamese hot milk coffee) and ca phe da (Vietnamese iced coffee) are the most famous coffees you can try in Saigon. Why don't you relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the city like a true Saigon citizen?

Ho Chi Minh City - Shopping

Something travelers visiting Ho Chi Minh City can't give up is shopping. You can find a variety of brands and products in the city. Bến Thành Market which is one of the most traditional landmarks in the city is an ideal shopping place where you can find souvenirs and special regional products at wonderful prices. Travelers can shop at Vincom Center, Takashimaya Department Store, Parkson Plaza Department Store and Diamond Plaza or at wonderful stores on Nguyen Trai Street, Hai Ba Trung and Le Van Sy streets.

Ho Chi Minh – Busy Lives

What are some fun activities you could enjoy in a busy city like Ho Chi Minh City? Would you like to experience some exciting night life of the young generations of Sai Thanh?

Also, if you really wish to get to know Vietnam's traditional culture and arts, you can watch water puppet show designated as UNESCO's World Heritage, a traditional Vietnamese guitar performance called Don Ca Tai Tu or watch AO Show which is a wonderful fusion of Vietnamese visual artistry, rural music and acrobatics.

There are also many modern lounge bars where you can enjoy Saigon beer ‘King' and ‘Queen' cocktail. There are many bars that offer different music and ambience.

A City Filled with Exciting Events

Ho Chi Minh City is emerging as the economic capital of Southeast Asia and for many years, the city held various international and historical events. The City is also equipped with many basic infrastructure that allows the city to provide quality tourism services. The city boasts unique music, food, entertainment activities, shopping sites and luxurious hotels.

Trade Fairs

Ho Chi Minh City holds one of the largest and the most important trade fairs in Southeast Asia. Through these shows, many Vietnamese products are introduced to the world.

Seminars and Conferences

World-class conference center and hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are equipped with technologies, facilities and personnel that can accommodate trade events, science and technology seminars and academic conferences.


Ho Chi Minh City has swimming pool, bowling alleys, golf courses and many other wonderful sports facilities that can be used by professional athletes as well as ordinary people who want to enjoy their leisure time after work.

Vietnam Golf & Country Club

With the area of 300ha, Vietnam Golf & Country Club has two 18 hole championship length golf courses and the Lakeview Villas complex. It is one of the most important attractions for Vietnamese and foreign travelers who love golf. The Club hosted the Vietnam Open (Asian PGA Tour Event) in both 1995 and 1996 as well as many international championships.

Spa for Your Health and Beauty

Experience quality spas that offer a variety of massage techniques and medicinal herbs. You can easily enjoy wonderful spas in 5 star hotels as well as private shops. Don't forget that Ho Chi Minh City is one of the best places that offer leisures activities in Vietnam.

Key Events in 2017

Key Events in 2017
Date Events
January 2017 Welcoming Event for Foreign Travelers
March 5~12 2017 Ao Dai Festival
Mar 30 ~ Apr 2 The 12th International Travel Expo
April 29 International Marathon
May 25~28 2017 Southern Food Festival
June 2017 Southern Fruit Festival
September 7~9 The 13th International Travel Expo (ITE HCMC)
Late September Lion Dance Performance
December 2017 International Food Festival