Welcome to Sai Gon
Ho Chi Minh City, widely known as Sai Gon and the second biggest city in Vietnam, is a metropolis on the move. The city is known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: an important hub for commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its endless energy.
The hustle and bustle of urban life and its vitality inspire all who settle here and tourists cannot help but be hauled along for the ride. Wandering through timeless alleys, you encounter an astonishing change in scenery from ancient pagodas, teeming markets, past ramshackle wooden shops selling silk, spices and baskets to sleek skyscrapers or at designer malls, foodie restaurants and minimalist bars. Whether luxurious hotels or affordable guesthouses, classic restaurants or humble street stalls, stylish boutiques or busy outdoor markets, Saigon has it all.
The Saigon experience is about so many things – memorable conversations, yummy delicacies and moments of frustration – yet it will not evoke apathy. Stick around this conundrum of a city long enough and you may just reveal its secrets. And once you're done with the city, use it as a handy base to explore its neighbors: head out to the tunnels at Chu Chi, the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh or jet off to the sublime Con Dao. Then there's the delightful Mekong Delta to explore.