Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh travel information
Ho Chi Minh City, formally known as Saigon and still referred to that by the locals, sure, makes an impression. The energy of the Vietnamese city offers a combination – heat, more motorbikes than you've ever seen, traffic and crowds. However, the city is filled with friendly locals, delicious food and a thrilling buzz. The street food in Vietnam is divine from fresh noodles, bowls of pho, pineapple and strong Vietnamese coffee. The French History remains present with an influence on food, architecture and cultural attractions. Be sure to shop for tailor made clothes, cruise along the Mekong River, take a cooking class and explore the many temples.
When to visit
Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh city has a tropical climate, with a high average humidity and has two distinct seasons. The dry season lasts from December to April, with an average temperature of 28°C and it the best time to visit to enjoy the many attractions. The rainy season, usually lasts from May to November, though is a good time to enjoy the sleek designer malls, Ben Thanh Market, stunning hotels or visit a spa.
What is the main airport called?
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).Opens external site in a new window It is the largest and main airport in Vietnam serving Ho Chi Minh city and the southeast area of the country. It is located 6 km north of the centre (District 1) of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The airport has two terminals.
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh
All passengers flying from Ho Chi Minh are allocated checked baggage. If you require more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure.
Getting into Ho Chi Minh from Ho Chi Minh Airport
With a range of transport options available at Ho Chi Minh Airport, travelling into the city centre is easy. Choose from taxis, car rental, airport transfer, ride-share or bus. A bus station is situated in front of the international terminal and is operated by Ho Chi Minh City Bus and takes approximately 45 minutes. Taxi is a convenient option to get to the city, with the main taxi queue on your left when you exit the main door on the ground floor of the terminal building. The trip to downtown takes approximately 45 minutes and is a cheap way to travel. Grab and Go Viet are two ride-sharing apps and very easy to get to the city. You can book your car with your phone and wait in the arrivals area for your car. Go Viet is only for motorbikes. It is possible to hire a car in Ho Chi Minh, though with the traffic it’s not recommended.
Getting around Ho Chi Minh
There are plenty of convenient ways to get around Ho Chi Minh, whether it’s by taxi, ride-share, buses, motorcycle taxi or walking. The best way to get around is using Grab, the Vietnamese version of Uber. They are cheap and can be booked through the app. Grab Bike is another option, where you sit on the back of a motorcycle instead of a car. Ho Chi Minh is a big city, though plenty of places are in walking distance. Be sure to cross the street at a pedestrian crossing, as crossing a street can be scary with all the motorbikes on the roads. Bus is a cheap way to get around the city, and best to use the BusMap app to find out the routes. Motorcycle taxi is another option, where you hop on the back of a bike and cheaper than a regular taxi. There are street taxis, though be sure to get the meter turned on. You can rent a bicycle or scooter, though the traffic is very crazy, so it’s not recommended.
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
Customers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are a allocated checked baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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