Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam with a colourful history going back hundreds of years, resulting in a myriad of attractions, restaurants, and hotels as well as a vibrant nightlife and shopping scene.
As a first time visitor, having prior knowledge of the local culture, currency, climate, and public transportation is crucial for a worry-free holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. With that being said, we’ve compiled a handy travel and local information guide on Saigon for your convenience.
Getting around Ho Chi Minh city
Despite its notorious traffic, getting around in Ho Chi Minh City is a fairly easy task once you’ve done a bit of research before making your way to this lively city. Ho Chi Minh City is made up of 24 districts, with District 1 to 5 hosting the highest number of attractions, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping venues in the city.
Travelling via the iconic (and diminishing) cyclo is a tourists’ favourite way of getting around, but there’s also an efficient network of motorcycle taxis, public buses, and private taxis connects you to the city centre and beyond. Travellers can also rent a bicycle or motorbike, though navigating through the city’s busy (and dangerous) traffic might be quite the challenge for the inexperienced.