Ho Chi Minh city

Sai Gon city
Ho Chi Minh city, or Sai Gon as the former name, is the biggest city in Vietnam with more than 7 million people. Enegetic and charming, everything can be found in this city.

The main business section of the city is Dong Khoi quarter in District 1. Here you can find the best hotels from classic ones such as Rex, Continental to the most luxurious like Sheraton, Caravelle...In the past few years many new hotels have been built, providing a large accommodation supply, particularly the top class. The most recommended hotels are scattered in District 1, where the best restaurants, shops, supermarkets, theatres are located.

There are a lot of places in Sai Gon worth a visit including Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum or Principal Opera House. Other attractions are also worth a day drive Vietnam excursion.

Shopping lovers can find hand-made souvenirs or clothes from cheap to expensive. Although Sai Gon is usually a base to start or finish your trip, it's worth a cyclo trip down to China Town in District 5 or along Sai Gon river.

Motorbikes are the main means of transport on the streets. Young and modern girls are offen seen on scooters, wearing sunglasses with western styled fashions. Schoolgirls go on bicycle wearing white Ao Dai (traditional long dress). Junctions are controlled by coloured lights, just to slow down the flow of traffic, it looks chaotic and dangerous, but in fact it's not, tours to Sai Gon.

Most state offices, restaurants and shops open from 8.00 until 16.30, with 1 hour close for lunch break. Some restaurants, bars and clubs open overnight.

There are only 2 seasons in Sai Gon, dry and rainy seasons. Rainy season starts from May to November, however it's hot throughout the year. If you are in this city in the rainy season, don't for get a raincoat when you go out.