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General Info Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh, or also commonly called by its former name ‘Saigon’, is the largest city of Vietnam by population. This former capital of South Vietnam is often the first or last city that people visit during their trip in Vietnam and the busy traffic can be overwhelming for some.
In Ho Chi Minh, can learn more about the Vietnam war by visiting the War Remnants Museum, the Cu Chi tunnels or dive into the Vietnamese culture by visiting the local ‘Benh Thanh market’. This market is located at the end of “Pham Ngu Lao Street”, or better known as “backpacker street”. Around this street, you will also find most accommodations.
Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh? If you don’t have many days left to visit both, we advise to spend more time in Hanoi. We found Hanoi a more pleasant city thanks to its many attractions and vibe. Also does Hanoi give a better impression of the Vietnamese culture than the big city Ho Chi Minh.
Tip: A great alternative to the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh are the Vinh Moc tunnels in central Vietnam. The Vinh Moc Tunnels are not as packed with tourists and the tunnels are still in their authentic state.
How to get there
Yellow airport bus #109: 45min, 20.000 VND (€0,80)
Airport bus #49: 45min, 40.000 VND (€1,50)
Public bus #152: 45min, 5.000 VND (€0,20)
Taxi: 45min, 100.000 VND (€4)
3 hours, 784.000 VND (€29)
18 hours, 815.000 VND (€30)
24,5 hours, 440.000 VND (€16)
3 hours, 556.000 VND (€21)
9,5 hours, 571.000 VND (€21)
11 hours, 580.000 VND (€22)
2,5 hours, 565.000 VND (€21)
8 hours, 250.000 VND (€9)
4,5 hours, 176.000 VND (€7)
5 hours, 120.000 VND (€5)
My favourite accommodations in Ho Chi Minh
- €15 or less Cozy Room by Saigon River
- €15 to €30 Saigonese Boutique Bed & Breakfast- City Centre
- €30 to €50 Nguyen Shack – Saigon Museum of Tea Coffee & Spirit
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