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Street Vendor, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh conjures up images of busy street life, teeming markets and chaotic roads swarming with motorbikes. It is a fascinating yet complicated city with a buzz only found in South East Asian city life.

The capital of South Vietnam until 1975, Ho Chi Minh, known formerly as Saigon, has traditionally been a place of business and enterprise.

Motorcycles vie with bicycle rickshaws for space on the roads and many of the colonial buildings which were synonymous with the Vietnam War such as the Rex Hotel, the Caravelle and the Post Office have all survived and add to the city’s charm.

Old Church Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

The city is currently going through an economic boom, there are a number of small boutique hotels developing and the cuisine is sumptuous, enabling the restaurants within the city to expand.

Cholon, or China town, bustles with activity and an hours’ drive away you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which are just part of the huge labyrinth of underground passageways used by the Vietcong. Nearby is the Cai Dai temple, the centre of a religion where gods such as Victor Hugo are worshipped.

Ho Chi Minh skyline and Saignon river
Ho Chi Minh skyline, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Although Vietnam is still coming to terms with its history, Ho Chi Minh seems to be putting the past behind it and moving onwards. It will always be remembered due to its pivotal role in so many historic events but it is growing from this to develop as one of the most metropolitan cities in the Far East.

Experiences

Cu Chi Tunnels

Take a tour through the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war.

Chinatown

Experience colourful Chinatown.

Mekong Visit

Travel into the Mekong Delta for the day or even an overnight on board a small Sampan, a traditional wooden boat typical to South East Asia.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Reverie Saigon £££££

  • Vietnam
  • City

The Reverie Saigon is found in the historic heart of the central business district. Situated on the 27th to 39th floors, it is one of the highest hotels in Ho Chi Minh and features spectacular views of the city skyline. With 286 sumptuous rooms and suites, all feature the signature lavish Italian style, using vibrant colours, marble, gold and grand chandeliers throughout. With a 24-metre free form pool, spa and sought-after restaurants, the Reverie is a glamorous address in the city.

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Park Hyatt Saigon £££££

  • Vietnam
  • City

The Park Hyatt’s 245 rooms and suites blend sophisticated design and decor with all the trimmings that one expects from a smart city hotel. It plays host to world-class restaurants and bars, from the Italian Restaurant Opera, a traditional Afternoon Tea to Square One – a vibrant and contemporary blend of French and Vietnamese. For sheer relaxation, Park Hyatt features Xuan Spa, a tranquil urban retreat offering private therapy rooms, a fitness centre and outdoor pool.

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Caravelle Hotel £££££

  • Vietnam
  • City

The Caravelle Hotel is one of Saigon’s original hotels opening its doors in 1959 and used by foreign correspondents during the Vietnam conflict. Found in the heart of the city it is a great base for exploring.The facilities include several restaurants, a large pool and spa.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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