A former French colony named after a separatist revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh City is now undergoing a different revolution. Young go-getters are fuelling an influx of new money and rags-to-riches stories that echo the city itself. From the surreal beauty of the Jade Emperor Pagoda to the various festivals and celebrations strewn throughout the year, Ho Chi Minh City hotels will put you in the fast lane to fun.
Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City
District 1 is aptly named: As the city’s urban centre, it’s number one in shops and attractions of all sorts, and many hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are located here. See the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, with its characteristic French red tiles, soaring white spires and granite statue that’s said to have shed a tear in 2005. Take in the scenery while sipping on du’a tu’oi (fresh coconut) and munching on fried crickets (or for the less adventurous, stuffed dumplings). Then make your way to City Hall for a nighttime viewing, when the red flag shines under the spectacular lighting.
Accommodation near Phu Nhuan is just north of District 1 and offers the perfect respite from the crowds. Take a break in one of the themed coffeehouses to drink bubble tea in a castle or a treehouse. From there, it’s only a short ride to the enigmatic Jade Emperor Pagoda. Packed with fantastic imagery from saintly to grotesque, this eerily charismatic temple is dedicated to the Taoist supreme god and the Chief of the Underworld (he’s a hell of a good time).
Getting To & Around Ho Chi Minh City
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City will land at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). The city bus can take you from the airport to Ben Thanh Market in District 1; however, it only runs until 6:00 p.m. If you get in late, or just want door-to-door service, you’ll need a taxi. Make sure you find one at an authorised cab stand, and use local currency to pay. Once you’re checked into your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, adventurous travellers can take the bus or rent a motorbike. If you’ve got cash to spare, hire an English-speaking driver and live like a monarch for a day or two—or the whole trip.
Best Time to Travel
Thanks to the city’s tropical climate, you have two options for Ho Chi Minh City holidays: dry and wet. The dry season is between December and April, with the temperature climbing steadily up to the high 30s in late April. Visit in late January or early February for Lunar New Year and you’ll get a different take on this bustling city, as many residents head to their hometowns in the suburbs. Make sure you have plenty of cash before the banks close, however, and you’ll be as golden as the year of the dragon. Most attractions and shops in the tourist areas remain open, and this can be a great time to see the city without the crowds, as long as you’re prepared.
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