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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) aka Saigon (former name) is the largest city in Vietnam by population. This is a city of mixed culture from the classic French architecture to the modern skyscrapers. HCMC is also the business capital of Vietnam and has a rich history, vestiges of the war. The city now has been growing rapidly

Saigon was colonized by France and Spain in 1859 and became the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina.

During the Vietnam War, South Vietnam was a Capitalist and Saigon was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam. At the end of the Vietnam War on 30 April 1975, with the victory of North Vietnam or Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Saigon was controlled by Vietnamese People’s Army.

In 1976, the city of Saigon merged with Gia Dinh province and two suburban districts and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

Good to Know

Visa Requirements
Visa is not required for those included in Vietnam visa exemption policy
Languages spoken
Currency used
Vietnam Dong (VND)

Weather and best time to visit to Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC has a tropical wet and dry climate, there are two distinct seasons. The rain season starts from May to late October, the average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres annually (about 150 rainy days per year). The dry season begins from December to April. The average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F).

Actually, the dry season could be the best time to visit HCMC, even this is the hottest period of the year, the peak is 40°C, at daytime in the late April, but the lowest temperature can decrease below 16 °C in late of December. Therefore, travelers may have more activities than the rainy period.

Ho Chi Minh City Attractions

  1. Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
  2. Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office
  3. Cu Chi Tunnels
  4. Saigon’s Chinatown
  5. Emperor Jade Pagoda
  6. Gia Long Palace
  7. Reunification Palace
  8. The War Remnants Museum