An energetic, colourful meeting of modern and old world
Vibrant and dynamic, Ho Chi Minh City, still often referred to as Saigon, is the cultural heart of the nation. This heaving metropolis is fast-paced and frenetic and is an eye opening experience of commerce and culture - one definitely not to be missed.
Ho Chi Minh City holiday highlights
Restored grand colonial buildings rub shoulders with striking skyscrapers and an eclectic mix of local street markets and delectable restaurants combining with ancient pagodas, designer shopping malls and historic temples. In Ho Chi Minh City old-world charm and sophisticated modernity collide effortlessly for the perfect end to a North to South exploration of Vietnam. The city is also your gateway to the verdant Mekong Delta region.
Guarding the entrance to heaven, the Jade Emperor is a beautiful example of a Taoist pagoda. A cyclo tour is a great way to see the sights whilst absorbing the city’s pulsating energy and observing local life. For a slice of Parisian Vietnam, visit the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, an impressive French built monument complete with a mesmerising Virgin Mary statue outside.
The War Remnants Museum is a haunting reminder of the atrocities of war and the exhibition titled 'Requiem' is incredibly moving. For some energetic adventure visit the lively markets and striking pagodas in Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore an incredible complex of tunnels and passageways that was built deep underground to hide up to 10,000 people from US soldiers during the Vietnam War.