Exotic food, gorgeous architecture, and a dizzying, cosmopolitan atmosphere – Saigon inspires the spirit like no other.
Energetic, enchanting, and ever-evolving, in Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s now called, Vietnam's moving, elegant, and at times tumultuous past, is always present. Effortlessly blending old with new, ancient pagodas, grand mansions, colourful markets, and magnificent temples jostle shoulders with neon skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, and designer shopping malls. Wide boulevards, peaceful public gardens, a delicious culinary tradition, and stunning French colonial architecture lend the entire city a charming, romantic atmosphere, resulting in the nickname ‘the Paris of the east’. Reflecting the inimitable culture and spirit of its people on a grand scale, it's a truly unforgettable destination.
One of the country's largest and most popular cities, and possessing many of its most memorable sights, Ho Chi Minh is the natural choice for tourists seeking to immerse themselves in southern Vietnam. Perhaps its most famous point of interest, the striking Notre-Dame de Saigon cathedral, stands proud in the heart of Saigon, forming an iconic part of the skyline. Fantastic for discovering the country's unique history, there are plenty of museums, ornate pagodas, shrines, palaces, and Buddhist temples to visit and photograph as well, whilst a guided tour of the incredible Cu Chi tunnels provide an emotional taste of the hardships endured by Vietnamese soldiers as they tried to resist the onslaught of the American forces.
Saigon’s contrasting personalities are best observed from above, in one of the many high-rise bars with a cocktail in hand, or witnessed at street level as you wend your way through dynamic neighbourhoods and crowded streets, taking in the meeting of the ancient and the modern, the traditional with the contemporary. Experience Ho Chi Minh local-style atop a bike or moped, or indulge with a trip to one of the city's vibrant night markets to be rewarded with the best possible introduction to the warm local culture and world-famous authentic local cuisine.
Approx. 12 hrs 35 mins
Best Time To Go
December to April
The weather in Ho Chi Minh is split into just two seasons, and the city has a tropical climate with hot, humid conditions all year round. The rainy season lasts from May to November, with showers tending to be short and sudden during this period. The dry season sees slightly cooler temperatures, but still maintains an average temperature of 28ºC. Typhoons are common between July and November, so it's advisable to avoid this period. Most people choose to visit during the dry season.