Ho Chi Minh City Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Ho Chi Minh City, on the southern tip of Vietnam, is one of South East Asia’s emerging boom
cities. Still affectionately known by many as Saigon, this is Vietnam’s largest city and its economic
engine room. Ho Chi Minh City has an irrepressible soul
and an entrepreneurial energy that hums day and night. Despite almost a century of colonialism and
brutal conflict, today this city is renowned for its warm hospitality, which even extends to former foes. A youthful enthusiasm flows through this city, just like the stream of scooters, motorbikes and cars that flow endlessly through
its chaotic streets. In Ho Chi Minh City, it feels as though the
future has arrived… and yet the past is never far away. Wide boulevards built during the French colonial
era are lined with cutting edge skyscrapers, while jasmine scented temples gently rub shoulders
with chic rooftop bars One of the best ways to orient yourself is
with a trip up the 68 story skyscraper, the Bitexco Financial Tower. Escape the heat and enjoy 360 degree views
from the ultra modern Saigon Skydeck. More than 9 million people call Ho Chi Minh
City home and the dynamic energy of its streets is part
of its charm. The city is divided into a series of numbered
districts and District One is where almost all of the city’s main attractions can be found. Head to the area around Dong Khoi Street. Known as Rue Catinat when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century, it was the height of elegance and sophistication. Today, it is still home to some of the city’s
most graceful architecture such as the Saigon Central Post
office, still in operation today. Nearby, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House seem to echo with music of a time gone by. While the old French Hotels such as the Hotel
Continental Saigon offer a romantic oasis from the busy streets. Take a tour of the Gia Long Palace, known officially as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum. It offers a wonderful insight into the way the city has changed over the years while the
Museum of Vietnam History looks further back in time. But although the city’s history is honoured
here, Dong Khoi Street is also at the epicentre
of much of Ho Chi Minh City’s recent economic boom. Luxury brands grace the windows of many of
the area’s colonial-era buildings and glittering new shopping centres offer
stylish boutiques and coffee shops. A more traditional way to experience local
commerce is with a visit to Ben Thanh, the city’s largest and most central market. You can find nearly anything here but be prepared
to bargain. The buzzing Ho Chi Minh City’s street markets are also the perfect place to immerse yourself
in the fresh and fragrant tastes of Vietnamese cuisine. Cholon, is another great place to find the
beat of the city. Today it is one of the world’s largest chinatowns but it first became internationally famous as a thriving black market during the Vietnam conflict. Known here as the American War, it is far from forgotten and many visitors
come to Ho Chi Minh to better understand one of the most controversial
conflicts in the 20th century. The powerful War Remnants Museum attracts
more than half a million visitors each year and is a confronting reminder of the horrors of war. Take a tour of the Reunification Palace, another icon from those dark days. When North vietnamese tanks crashed through
the gates here in 1975, it signaled the end of the world’s first
televised war. See the rooftop from which the last evacuations
took place and visit the telecommunications room which
has remained almost untouched since that fateful day. Escape from the weight of history at the Tao
Dan Park, an oasis of green, right in the heart of the
city. Or, exchange the scooter fumes for flowers with a stroll through the 100 year old Zoo
and Botanical Gardens. The lush grounds of Binh Quoi tourist village are a 30 minute drive out of town. This village was created to show what life was like on the mekong delta in days
gone by. Discover a different kind of energy in Ho
Chi Minh city’s incense filled temples. Although officially an atheist country there
are a number of long established religions in Vietnam including Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. At the Jade Emperor Pagoda, pay your respects to Ngoc Hoang, the King of Heaven, a taoist gatekeeper to
the afterlife. As the sun goes down, find yourself a seat at one of Ho Chi Minh
City’s famous rooftop bars, a perfect way to soak up the buzz of the city. Dynamic, chaotic and energizing. Ho Chi Minh city may have burst onto the world
stage as a battle zone but today, there is no better destination to plug in
to the pulse of 21st century Asia.

100 thoughts on “Ho Chi Minh City Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Fun facts for Expedia: Ho Chi Minh real name was Nguyễn Sinh Cung and Ho Chi Minh city was formerly known as Saigon. The country's biggest city (Saigon) was found by general Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh in 1698. During the Vietnam's War, in ordering to receive aid from China to invade Sai Gon, Nguyễn Sinh Cung changed his birth name to Ho Chi Minh and the last name "Ho" was originated from China. Sadly, Ho Chi Minh never changed his adopted Chinese name back to his real Vietnamese name (Nguyễn Sinh Cung). Moreover, after the The Fall of Saigon, this hundred years old city was also renamed to Ho Chi Minh city by the Vietnamese Communist government. For thousand of years, since the Vietnamese history has recorded that the country had suffered countless number of invasions from China, and the country's biggest city is named after a Chinese last name, this makes many Vietnamese people feel insulted. To be fair, Vietnamese people have all the rights to upset when people call Saigon as Ho Chi Minh city when in the past, the present, and the future, Vietnamese people are always in the state of defending themselves against the big bully China when this country never stop causing all kinds of damages in terms of real wars and economic war to Vietnam in order to gain complete control over the country.

  2. Ive visited ho chi minh before. Pros: Very good and cheap food, things are very cheap. Cons: Very bad traffic and pollution

  3. Wenn Vietnam nicht kommunistisch ist, ist es am besten für Vietnam und die Welt. Ich werde sehr begeistert sein! | If Vietnam isn't communist, it is the best for Vietnam and the world. I will be very enthusiastic!

  4. If Vietnam isn't communist, it is the best for Vietnam and the world. I will be very enthusiastic! | Wenn Vietnam nicht kommunistisch ist, ist es am besten für Vietnam und die Welt. Ich werde sehr begeistert sein!

  5. "Warm hospitality" sorry but … Ive just been there and they are not hospitable… Especially when they know ure a foreigner and theyre selling, they totally overprice and scam you annnddd ask u to leave if they dont like the reasonable price u bargain with . I definitely dont feel im taken of whenever i cross the street … But i enjoyed being there, have an excuse not to act all sophisticated/classy. A simple but sketchy city

  6. i’m moving their next year from shanghai, seems noice but i’m gonna miss shanghai bcz this is my 5th year in shanghai and 8 th year in China since i used to live in Beijing

  7. Welcome to Vietnam, visit these places to explore our country from north to south including: Sapa, Hanoi, Ha Long, Son Doong, Quang Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hochiminh City, Con Dao Island, Mekong River, Phu Quoc Island. This country is beautiful and enjoy the delicious food here, we always welcome you

  8. Here is Vietnam, the most open country in socialist countries. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. Ho Chi Minh City is a former French colony, the best big city in the world. Much better than international cities such as New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney.
    Đây là Việt Nam, nước cởi mở nhất ở các nước xã hội chủ nghĩa. Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh là thành phố lớn nhất và có tính quốc tế nhất trên thế giới. Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh là một thuộc địa của Pháp, là thành phố lớn nhất thế giới. Tốt hơn nhiều so với các thành phố quốc tế như New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Hồng Kông và Sydney.
    ベトナムは、社会主義国で最も開かれた国です。 ホーチミン市は、世界で最も大きくてコスモポリタンな都市です。 ホーチミン市はフランスの旧植民地で、世界でも最高の大都市です。 ニューヨーク、ロンドン、東京、パリ、香港、シドニーなどの国際都市よりも優れています。
    베트남은 사회주의 국가에서 가장 개방적인 나라입니다. 호치민시는 세계에서 가장 크고 가장 국제적인 도시입니다. 호치민시는 전 프랑스 식민지로 세계에서 가장 큰 대도시입니다. 뉴욕, 런던, 도쿄, 파리, 홍콩 및 시드니와 같은 국제 도시보다 훨씬 좋습니다.
    Voici le Vietnam, le pays le plus ouvert des pays socialistes. Ho Chi Minh-Ville est la ville la plus grande et la plus cosmopolite du monde. Ho Chi Minh-Ville est une ancienne colonie française, la meilleure grande ville du monde. Beaucoup mieux que les villes internationales telles que New York, Londres, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong et Sydney.

  9. Wow, what a vibrant city….will be visiting by myself in October for a 4 day visit. Trying to schedule the best places to see. This has helped a lot.

  10. Such a great narration !!!
    I was in Ho Chi Minh City before, this video successfully describes the city in an incredible way! it makes me want to return so badly T_T

  11. Vietnam is a place with a long history and culture. I love Vietnam. And That Non La is so beautiful♡ Thank you Expedia <3

  12. the countries, which the United States have not invaded, are beautiful. these people earned freedom from the United States. others should do the same. Start from Cuba.

  13. Watching this gets me even more excited in planning my Saigon Trip this Autumn. The coffee culture and colorful apartment blocks seem very appealing.

    Gặp bạn Saigon !

  14. I'm from Philippines. But I love to travel Vietnam, Vietnam is very good place and interesting i have been almost 3 times visiting this place

  15. cac ban oi, tu nay toi se khong chui ong NGUYEN SINH SAC nua
    khi nao tuc gian toi se chui CHA thang NGUYEN SINH CUNG tuc la thang HO CHI MINH bu cac thoi

  16. Saigon is Ho Chi Minh city lot of people saying Ho Chi Minh City Because of map
    They Actually Vietnam in WWI WWII & WWV
    Idk IIII 😐

  17. Much better than I expected. I used to think "Ho Chi Minh City" was like "Lagos, Nigeria". Clearly this has more tourist attractions than Lagos

  18. I would like to ask for a recommendation where I should stay if I'll be visiting the city. I'm a tourist from the Philippines 😍

  19. Please come to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. A place with over 36 old streets with over 1000 years of history. Hanoi is traditional and charming. Love this city.

  20. Vietnam is a country to watch because it is rising now. In a few years Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi will be in par with other big Asian cities. I fell in love with Vietnam. The new generation people are warm, friendly and hospitable.

  21. Ho chi Minh city or Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam and was been economic city during French Indochine and entrepôt for Laos

  22. I wonder into why people in Indochina peninsula (Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Thai and Burmese ) likes and preferred to have motorcycle than a car

  23. Im frm malaysia.travel alone to ho chi minh city.love people there so much.such a nice people and clean country.

  24. I like ho chin minh city. I have several friends there. I wanna meet them and share Vietnamese cuisines with them.

  25. Now, Ho Chi Minh city had a new amazing destination, it's Vinhome center park. Go there, you can see the highest building of Vietnam-Landmark 81 !!! Very attractive and luxurious 😊

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