Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide
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User Reviews (133 Reviews)
- Ho Chi Minh CityAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 30, 2013
Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam, and this is where all the action is!!! It's very difficult to walk around the city because there are thousands of scooters and taxis going every which way, breaking every rule, and never-ending. The city never seems to sleep. During the day, everyone goes about their business, but once they're off work, the night transforms into midnight dining. Stores close, and the streets clear up for red and blue plastic tables and chairs, as food vendors set up shop and serve any type of cuisine all through the night. Every corner of the city has food stands, so no one ever goes hungry! Look around for landmarks of European descent, during the French occupation. The city is alive and overwhelming, so enjoy yourself!!!
- Ho Chi Minh CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 09, 2013
City of supprise, diversity, street food and friendly friends, you will see something that you've cannot meet anywhere else (like motorbike's traffic) and interesting local people that you never met before.
- Ho Chi Minh CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 21, 2013
Even though Ho Chi Minh City is the official name, I will always call it Saigon. It is one of the most chaotic cities I've ever been to, and I mean that in the best and most charming way. Despite the constant traffic and poverty, there's a sense of optimism that permeates throughout the city and gives me hope that Saigon will continue to develop and prosper. There's lots to do, the locals are friendly and upbeat, and the food is really delicious. Plus, everything is so cheap!
- Ho Chi Minh CityFeb 17, 2013
Fun and friendly people! There are many traditional Vietnamese food as well as delicious tropical fruits, such as Jack Fruit and Mangosteen. The distance from the international airport to downtown (District 1-3) is very close which makes it very convenient.
- Ho Chi Minh CityMember ofFoodiesTrendstersArt & Design LoversFeb 02, 2013
I've been to a few major cities in Asia and I was surprised that HCMC was so distinctive. The French influence is obvious in the city layout, and I loved all of the large parks scattered around the city, as well as the way the locals take advantage of them. Getting around was easy because of the many inexpensive taxi cabs and motorbike drivers. The food is amazing and very affordable. I would be very happy to return here, even though I already spent a month exploring the city.
- Ho Chi Minh CityDec 18, 2012
For the uninitiated, crossing the street in Saigon is pretty terrifying. Scooters upon scooters upon scooters come at you from every direction honking, buzzing and yelling in frantic Vietnamese. The result is a jumble of scooters, cars, vans, busses and cyclos mixed into a lawless free for all where only the craziest gets ahead. It doesn’t make for the most pedestrian friendly city, as crossing the street involves just manning up and doing it. Put your life into the hands of the traffic and hope they don’t hit you. While the riders seem well practiced at avoiding obstacles, I did see a local lady get plowed into by a wayward scooter. Nobody was hurt but seeing that left me feeling like if a local that crosses the street here all time can get hit then someone that doesn’t know wtf they’re doing would defiantly get hit. . . On a lighter note banh mi, bun bo hue, and pho all freakin day!
- Ho Chi Minh CityMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsDec 18, 2012
I think of Saigon a little bit like a kind of hell on earth. Do you enjoy insane, ear-splittingly loud traffic, horrible congestion, serious price gouging, an epidemic of drive-by bag snatchings, and insanely aggressive touts? Then Saigon might be right up your alley. The War Remnants Museum merits a visit, but don't expect to love this charmless failure of urban planning.
- Ho Chi Minh CityMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Nov 19, 2012
Nice hotels n restaurant
Shopping n bars
Everything you could think of
But I believe it still need another 10 years to attract tourist like Bangkok
Overall different experience
- Ho Chi Minh CityOct 31, 2012
There are many great hotels to stay in during a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, but I have two favorites: The Majestic and the Hotel Continental Saigon. I stayed at the Majestic. After a long day of travel, I was greeted by refreshing air conditioning, welcoming staff, comfortable beds and my favorite part - the music! They have fantastic Vietnamese music playing from an old radio in the rooms. During the day I visited the Hotel Continental, where my Dad stayed during the Vietnam War. The hotel has been renovated with a lovely courtyard and lobby, and it is centrally located in the city. Both are fabulous escapes from the bustling streets below.
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