Ho Chi Minh is Vietnams largest city with around 8.4 million people calling it home. It’s extremely busy. Scooters, cars and buses form a constant wall of traffic along every road, crossing it is interesting to say the least. We really enjoyed Ho Chi Minh. It’s happening, there’s history, markets and cheap food. What’s not to like?
If your planning on travelling Vietnam for more than 14 days be sure to sort your visa out prior to arrival. This will save you a substantial amount of hassle. A 1 month single entry visa costs $42 USD if your entering via the airport. Other visas prices are available here. Be aware, travelling across the border by bus is cheaper, however, you’ll have to deal with the often corrupt police there.
For arrivals from HCMC airport, the best method of transport to the city centre or your hotel is by taxi. We would recommend getting either a Grab or Uber taxi (just download the apps) and get your fair for half the price.
Getting Around Town
As soon as you touch down in HCM you will notice its a crazy old place! Cars, Tuk-Tuks, Scooters and Bikes coming at you from every direction. These are all good modes of transport but if you are staying centrally the best mode of transport is by foot.
What to See
War Remnants Museum: Previously known as ‘Museum of American War Crimes’ the Remnants Museum will open your eyes to the shocking and brutal Vietnamese War that only ended in 1975 and how it still effects the people of Vietnam today)
Cu Chi Tunnels (half day tour): We loved this place! See and explore some of the 250km long underground tunnels used during the war to hide and fight the Americans. Its a truly fascinating place, you can enter the tunnels yourself to get a glimpse of what it would of been like living underground for up to three weeks!
Reunification Palace: This is the site which saw the end of the war when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its gates.
Ben Thanh Markets: Fancy a bit of local culture and madness? Hold onto your bags tightly get your bartering heads on.