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Ho Chi Minh City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ho Chi Minh City

Prepare to be dazzled by Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's economic and cultural powerhouse. This is a city full of energy, where past and present come together, and where a new experience waits around every corner.

The city formerly known as Saigon came to prominence decades ago during the Vietnam War, and before that it was a French colony. You can still find traces of the past in modern Ho Chi Minh City, from the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral to the decorative Central Post Office that dates from the 1800s.

Today the city of over 8 million thrives. Sleek skyscrapers give way to centuries-old alleyways, where you'll find temples and street stalls. It's a foodie's paradise, and there are entertainment options like the Dam Sen Water Park, motorbike tours of the city and area, and Urban Tales Cholon, a cross between treasure hunt and city tour.

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Ho Chi Minh City enjoys warm weather all year round, with daytime temperatures that average between 87 in December to 94 degrees Fahrenheit in April. The rainy season extends from May to November, with September the wettest month. It is a year-round destination, with an uptick in visitors between December and March, the sunniest time of the year.

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City

There are many value-priced hotels in the city such as Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon, with modern amenities and furnishings. At the high end of the scale, the An Lam Saigon River hotel offers resort-style luxury and you can even fish from the river while you're there. Luxury can still be affordable at places like the Saigon Domaine Luxury Residences, or Hôtel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection, where stylish rooms come with a reasonable price tag.

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Shopping Streets

For locally produced artisan crafts and goods, like lacquered bowls and plates, along with smaller fashion boutiques, you'll find the best bargains and quality around Dong Khoi and the surrounding streets. Ben Thanh Market is the city's largest outdoor market, with stall after stall of souvenirs. Cho Binh Tay, a market in Chinatown, has spices, silks, and other textiles.

Groceries and Other

You'll find multiple locations of Citimart and Co.op Mart Supermarkets with good selections and prices. Supermarkets selling Western products, like Parkson or Diamond Plaza, are generally much more expensive. A quart of milk costs about ₫30,410 and a dozen eggs is about ₫27,560.

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Where to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City

You can get a good fix of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese-style street food like Pho noodles or sticky rice at Nha Hang Ngon, set up in a garden with a number of food stalls. Mains start at just ₫60,000. Bloom Saigon Restaurant offers creative fusion cuisine in a restored mansion, with mains starting at ₫100,000. Soul Burger serves up creations named after American music legends like Little Richard, along with wings and other North American-style fare starting at ₫165,000.