THE ULTIMATE HO CHI MINH CITY TRAVEL GUIDE (PART 1)
I. About Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly referred to as Saigon, is the largest city of Vietnam. Located in southeastern Vietnam, the city surrounds the Saigon River and covers about 2,061 square kilometres. Also, this is the economic and financial centre of Vietnam, and plays an important role in the country’s culture and scientific developments.
Today, the city is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. The city is also filled with rooftop bars that overlook Saigon and beyond, while fantastic restaurants offer a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.
When is best to visit Ho Chi Minh City?
Unlike Hanoi, the weather in Saigon is divided into 2 distinct seasons: dry and rainy seasons. But the sunshine of Saigon is not strong while the rain does not last too long. Therefore, you can come to Saigon at any time of the year because this is a vibrant, bustling city all year round. Whenever you can visit Saigon to experience, have fun or learn the differences of people here.
To make the trip more meaningful and full of memories, you should come to Saigon on the occasion after Tet (around February, March) to join the biggest January full moon festival in Chinatown and the Chinese New Year lantern festival on the Saigon River.
II. Vehicles To Ho Chi Minh City
Currently there are many options for visitors to get to this city. Saigon has all kinds of tourists to visit, and so it is also diverse in the way of travel. If you want to save time, visitors can choose to come to Saigon by airplane. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is South Vietnam’s main airport and one of the world’s busiest airbases. It has most routes from all parts of the country and abroad. Only a few hours if traveling in the country, and a little longer for foreign visitors, then it is possible to set foot on the land of Saigon and enjoy your ideal travel.
For those who want to explore a bit, you don’t hesitant to pick up motorbikes, along with some best fellow travelers to come to Saigon. Traveling by motorbike to Saigon will be a crazy but also attractive idea, marking a passionate youth with your best friends.
- From Hanoi to Saigon: about 1730 km
- From Danang to Saigon: about 965 km
- From Vung Tau to Saigon: about 96 km
If you are not afraid of a trip that is neither pleasure nor pain, and it might take a lot of time, but still contains interesting things, then hesitate no more to choose a train. Sitting on the chair and watching the scene of the countryside before your eyes, talking with friends or with strangers, will be an interesting experience when traveling to Saigon train.
Bus is also a form of economic means when traveling to Ho Chi Minh city. There are many routes from different provinces to Saigon. You can refer to some of the following reputable buses/coaches:
- From Hanoi:
Mai Linh Express: 02839292929 (860,000 VND/person)
- From Danang:
Phuc Thuan Thao: 02363 767677(380,000 VND/person)
- From Lam Dong:
Phuong Trang: 02838386852 (220,000 VND/person)
(TO BE CONTINUED…)