We all know Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing., but if you’re looking to explore one of the most diverse cities in Asia then you needn’t look further than the biggest city in Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City.
Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City really does have it all to offer. Fantastic street food, bustling markets, sky bars, temples and a whole lot more – it really is a place with a little bit of everything.
What to do in Ho Chi Minh City
You really can’t visit Vietnam, and in particular Ho Chi Minh City, without sampling some of the amazing food on offer. Street stalls sell banh mi (bread and meat) and pho (noodle soup) on almost every corner and you’ll be left wanting more and more with every taste.
Buddhist temples can be found in all the small nooks and crannies of this vast city and a visit to Ho Chi Minh City wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of Saigon’s best. Embrace the south-east Asian culture and immerse yourself in market places full of food, clothes, souvenirs and plenty more too.
For many people, when they think of Vietnam they think of war. Whilst this automatic thought may be unfair on such an up and coming country with so much more to offer, the history can’t be ignored.
The War Remnants museum in Ho Chi Minh City provides an intense but necessary reminder of the past. Make sure you read up on Saigon’s history before you visit and you’ll soon realise the importance of knowing how it all came to be.
Getting on a motorbike and joining the millions of locals in rush hour traffic can be rather daunting, but exploring the whole of Ho Chi Minh City is a definite must. Ubers and taxis are incredibly cheap so make sure you don’t miss out on the outskirts!
Ho Chi Minh’s airport also makes both domestic and international travel extremely accessible. You won’t be bored there either, as it’s one of the best airports south-east Asia has to offer with free Wi-Fi throughout so you can catch up on a couple of Netflix episodes or enjoy roulette games whilst you wait for your plane.
There really is so much to do in Ho Chi Minh City that you can easily miss out on some of the must-dos – make sure this doesn’t happen by planning ahead! You’ll need at least a few days.
Ho Chi Minh City – crazy and beautiful
Millions of motorbikes take to the roads of Ho Chi Minh City every day and whilst this really adds to the city’s charm it can make for chaos for first time visitors.
Ho Chi Minh isn’t somewhere you want to visit without making sure you’ve got the right type of insurance so make sure you’re fully covered, but don’t get ripped off either!
Nobody regrets a visit to ‘the craziest city in south-east Asia’ and with so much to offer, you’ll find yourself immersed in the chaos from the moment you touch down.