Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon, the sprawling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh still features the cramped alleys, ancient pagodas and buzzing markets of its predecessor. The city also offers a great aesthetic experience with elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings alongside sleek skyscrapers, designer malls, gourmet restaurants and minimalist bars. There little doubt why it is also known as the Paris of the Orient.

The Ho Chi Minh City Airport, alternatively called Tan Son Nhat International Airport, is the largest airport in Vietnam. The airport sports a clean, sophisticated look and provides basic facilities such as currency exchange, ATMs, public telephone and internet (only in business lounges).

Getting to the airport

Public buses and taxis are available from the city to the airport at relatively low rates. If you are travelling alone to the airport, there is also the Shuttle Mini Van service. However, the shuttle only picks passengers are pickups only in the Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien areas.

Leaving Ho Chi Minh? Make sure you’ve crossed these places off your checklist first!

Nha Hang Ngon

Be spoilt for choice in Nha Hang Ngon with the best Vietnamese street food on offer. Apart from the culinary novelty, be sure to visit the area’s lovely gardens and indulge in a relaxing afternoon.

Ben Thanh Market

If you really wish to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture, visit the Ben Thanh Martket for a taste of quirky local snacks such as scorpions in alcohol. Souvenir items are also available in abundance, but prices are usually higher than elsewhere, so have fun bargaining!

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

This museum is the place to visit to understand the city’s rich history, especially with regards to the region’s struggle for independence. There are also plenty of local archaeological artefacts, ceramics and old city maps to provide a feel of the quaint backstory of Ho Chi Minh City.

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