Travel guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Facts

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Local name
HO Chi Min City/Saigon
Inhabitants
5,000,000
Timezone
Ho Chi Min City is in the same time zone as the rest of the country.

Best time to visit

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It is always hot in Ho Chi Min City, and from December to April it is very hot. The rainy season is from May to October. Usually, it only rains a few hours a day, however the showers are severe.

Literature

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Lonely Planet Ho Chi Min City

Culture and entertainment

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There is not much traditional Vietnamese music in Ho Chi Min City. On the other hand, there is plenty of nightlife with numerous discos, pubs and nightclubs. In the spring and summer months, it is peak season in the theatres, which present music and theatre.

Accommodation / Hotel

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New hotels appear all the time in Saigon, and there are both cheap hotels, which may fit back-packers' budgets and large five star hotels. The inexpensive hotels are primarily situated in the area around De Tham and Pham Ngu Lao. Book your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City here

Local transport

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Taxi

There is tough competition among taxi drivers about the customers, therefore it is not unusual to see two taxis race against each other to get to the customer first. Far from all taxis have fare metres, therefore agree with the driver on a price. In Saigon, it is also possible to hire private cars with a driver.

Other transport

A cyclo is a Vietnamese bike taxi. Many of the large hotels have cysclos even though it is illegal to drive in some parts of the city. After dark, it is recommended to only choose the cyclos at the hotels because of crime in the city.

Special conditions

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If you want to drive in a cyclo after dark, always use the cyclos at the hotels.
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