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 of 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.View our Ho Chi Minh travel guide
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Ho Chi Minh City travel information
When to visit
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
The staff at Ho Chi Minh Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
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 it's very easy to get to the city 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 it's 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 are cheaper than a regular taxi. There are street taxis, though be sure to get the metre turned on. You can rent a bicycle or scooter though the traffic is very crazy, so it’s not recommended.
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