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Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City

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What city better than Ho Chi Minh City, promotes a feeling of freedom? What was for a long period known as Saigon, is a peaceful, welcoming city, now more than ever, open to the world. A fusion of history and modernity, tradition and novel horizons, the largest city in Vietnam is presently a land of opportunity and tourism.

The centre and surrounding area are dotted with numerous points of interest. The famous and grandiloquent Cu Chi tunnels feature amongst those not to be missed.

Initially dug during the French Indochina Period, these underground, grandiose galleries, were meant to house soldier garrisons, but were continuously expanded throughout the 20th Century to presently extend 250 kilometres.
Amongst the many delights Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, the Opera House is a must-see. Located at the heart of the City, not far from the famous Cathedral of Notre-Dame, this amazing building, built by French architect Eugène Ferret, is sure to impress with its magnificence. This white-coated striking building boasts the pretty French architectural style of the Third Republic. Symmetrical shapes, it clearly serves as testimony of the tolerance and openness of the Vietnamese.
Another architectural masterpiece awaits visitors: the Bitexco Financial Tower. This 262.5-metre tall skyscraper stands at the heart of the city's financial district and proudly displays its lotus flower-inspired unique design. With its rounded lines, turquoise hues and atypical contours, the Bitexco Tower in itself, is worth the visit.
If Vietnam is regarded as one of the wonders of the world, Ho Chi Minh City is definitely one of the best representatives.

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Ho Chi Minh City • Vietnam

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Travel transportation

Transportation

Mai Linh and Vinasun are also reliable taxis within the city, though there are plenty of other metered taxis. The 5 kilometer trip from Ben Thanh Market to Cholon (for Chinatown) is about 65,000 dong (USD $3). Uber is also developing a presence. Motorcycle taxis (known locally as xe om) cost around 30,000 dong (USD $1.5) for short journeys, as do bicycle rickshaws (cyclos), though these are slowly being phased out and nowadays are aimed mainly at the tourist market. 

Walking is also a good way to explore, especially as many of the city’s key attractions are clustered together.

Taxis

A taxi costs 150,000 dong (USD $7) to 300,000 dong (USD $14), the higher fare securing a more desirable vehicle. Issues around haggling and trustworthiness exist, but Mai Linh and Vinasun are both considered reliable companies. Several firms operate outside the international terminal, but Sasco is the only taxi firm allowed to pick up passengers outside the domestic terminal. 

Buses from the airport cost 5,000-20,000 dong (under USD $1). The yellow 109 bus is the most upmarket service, departing from both terminals every 15-20 minutes for September 23 Park via the Ben Thanh Market area. Buses run daily except 1.30-5.30am. 

getting to & from the airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the busiest hub in Vietnam. Domestic flights use Terminal 1; the slick international Terminal 2 adjacent to it opened in 2007. The airport is just 7 kilometers from District 1 in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.

To and from the airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport to the city is by bus, but it’s easier and more comfortable to travel by taxi. The journey can take just 15 minutes on a good day or up to an hour in traffic. 

A taxi costs 150,000 dong (USD $7) to 300,000 dong (USD $14), the higher fare securing a more desirable vehicle. Issues around haggling and trustworthiness exist, but Mai Linh and Vinasun are both considered reliable companies. Several firms operate outside the international terminal, but Sasco is the only taxi firm allowed to pick up passengers outside the domestic terminal. 

Buses from the airport cost 5,000-20,000 dong (under USD $1). The yellow 109 bus is the most upmarket service, departing from both terminals every 15-20 minutes for September 23 Park via the Ben Thanh Market area. Buses run daily except 1.30-5.30am. 

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