Why you should visit Ho Chi Minh
Take a tour through the Cu Chi Tunnels
Enjoy an evening stroll through the streets lined with food stalls and cafes
Experience colourful China town
Sample Vietnamese food at its best
Our specialists ‘Must Do’
Visit the Mekong Delta for the day or overnight.
A little more about 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. 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.
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.
When to go
The south is drier during our late winter and into spring. There will be some afternoon showers if it is very hot but otherwise you can expect clear skies and warm days.