Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam – Part 2

Ho Chi Minh City earlier named Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam.

Overview of Ho Chi Minh City

• When it was known Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china.
• Later, it was the independent republic of South Vietnam.
• This was from 1955–75.
• The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River.
• It is about 60 kilometers (37 mi) from the South China Sea.
• It is about 1,760 kilometers (1,090 mi) to the south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Historical Sites and Places to See in Ho Chi Minh City

2. War Remnants Museum
• 28 Vo Van Tan Street
• ? +84 89302112, +84 89306325, +84 89305587
• warrmhcm@gmail.com
• Opens daily from 7:30AM-12PM, 1:30PM-5PM
• Last admission 4:30PM
• The museum was opened in less than five months after the fall of the South Vietmanese regime.
• It has moved to new premises.
• There are 3 stories of exhibits.
• Entry 15,000 dong
• There is various U.S. military hardware outside the building. They include:
– Tanks
– Jets
– Helicopters
– Howitzers

3. City Hall
• It is at the end of Nguyen Hue Street.
• It was initially and originally known as the Hotel de Ville.
• It is re-branded the People’s Committee Hall.
• It is a striking cream and yellow French colonial building.
• It is floodlit at night.
• There is a statue of Uncle Ho in front.

4. Museum of Vietnamese History
• It is at the intersection of Le Duan Street and Nguyen Binh Khiem.
• The museum has a good collection of Vietnamese antiquities.
• The Botanical Gardens are outside.
• This is a very nice and a good place for a cheap lunch.

5. Ho-Chi-Minh Museum
• Duong Nguyen Tat Thanh, Dist. 4.
• Opens daily from 7:30AM-12 noon, 1:30PM-5PM
• Last admission 4:30PM
• Price: 10,000 dong entry.
• The museum is housed in a French colonial era building.
• This is near the dock of Saigon.
• It shows the life story of father of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.
• There’s also a Ho Chi Minh book shop.

6. Central Mosque
• 66 Dong Du, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
• ? +84 8 824 2903
• Opens from 8 AM-8 PM daily
• This is one of the 12 mosques that serve the Ho Chi Minh City.
• Central Mosque was constructed in 1935.
• It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India.
• Friday draws the biggest crowds.
• The shaded verandah and cool stone floors are an attraction.

7. Notre Dame Cathedral
• Han Thuyen Street
• This faces down Dong Khoi.
• It closes for lunch and weekends.
• This is a French-built Catholic cathedral that is located in the city center.
• Entry is free.

8. Thien Hau Pagoda
• 710 Nguyen Trai St, Cholon
• This pagoda is dedicated to Lady Thien Hau who is a sea goddess.
• The legend says that she left two giant turtles to keep watch on things in her absence.
• A festival is held in her honor.
• It takes place on the 23rd day of the March lunar month.
• There are magnificent sculptures in the walls of the courtyard that is outside the temple.
• Entry is free.

9. Quan Am Pagoda
• 12 Lao Tu, Cholon
• Opens daily from 8 AM-4:30 PM
• This is the oldest pagoda in town.
• Entry is free.

10. Phung Son Tu Pagoda
• 408 3 Thang 2 Blvd
• This pagoda is dedicated to the god of happiness and virtue.

11. Bitexco Financial Tower
• 36 Ho Tung Mau Street
• ? +84 8 39156 156
• Inside viewing platform for a 360° view of the city
• VND 200,000

12. Dam Sen Water Park
• 03 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11
• ? +84 8 858 8418, +84 8 865 3453
• damsenwaterpark@vnn.vn
• fax: +84 8 858 8419
• Mon-Sat 8:30AM-6PM
• Sundays and Holidays 8AM-7PM
• Close to the city center
• Opened in 1999
• Take bus n°11 from Ben Thanh bus station.
• Admission is based on height and time of arrival

13. Dai Nam Tourist Park
• Thu Dau Mot Town
• Binh Duong Province
• Catch the 616 Bus from the Bus Station
• Located about 40km from Ho Chi Minh City
• Entry is 100,000 VND for adults, 50,000 for children.

14. Twenty-Three September Park
• Across from Ben Thanh Market and running the length of Phan Ngu Lao Street.

15. Emperor Jade (Tortoise) Pagoda
• 73 Mai Thi Luu St
• Saigon’s finest pagoda

16. Saigon Street Eats
• Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phu Nhuan Dist, HCMC, Vietnam
• ? +84908449408
• Morning and night tours available
• $40-$55

Best time to visit / climate

• The city has a tropical climate.
• The year is divided into two distinct seasons.
• The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres .
• It usually begins in May and ends in late November.
• The dry season lasts from December to April.
• The average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F).
• The highest temperature sometimes reaches 39 °C.
• This is around noon in late April.
• The lowest may fall below 16 °C in the early mornings of late December into early January.

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How to To reach there?

1. By Air
• The city is served by Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
• This is the largest airport in Vietnam.
• Long Thanh Airport serves international flights.
• Tan Son Nhat Airport serves domestic flights.

2. By Rail
• Ho Chi Minh City is also a terminal for many Vietnam Railways routes.
• The Reunification Express runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
• This runs from Saigon Railway Station in District 3.
• The two main stations are Song Than and Sai Gon.
• There are several small stations.
They are:
– Di An
– Thu Duc
– Binh Trieu
– Go Vap

3. By Water
• The city’s location is on the Saigon River.
• This makes it a commercial and passenger port.
• There is a constant stream of cargo ships and passenger boats.
• Traffic between Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s southern provinces has increased.
• The Doi and Te Canals are the main routes to the Mekong Delta.
• They receive 100,000 waterway vehicles annually.
• They operate regularly between Ho Chi Minh City and various destinations in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia.
These include:
– Vung Tau
– Can Tho
– Mekong Delta
– Phnom Pen

4. By Coach bus
• Ho Chi Minh City has a number of coach houses.
• There are coach buses to and from several areas in Vietnam.
• The largest coach station is the Mien Dong Coach Station which is in the Binh Thanh District.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
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Blogs/Sites about Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

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