Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is Vietnam in high gear. To travel to Ho Chi Minh City is to be introduced to a dramatic meeting of old and new culture, a dynamic metropolis of skyscrapers and traffic juxtaposed with a wealth of ancient temples and traditional markets. Whether you're traveling to Ho Chi Minh City for a quick stop en route to other parts of Vietnam or are planning a visit to the city exclusively, you will be won over the city's frenetic energy and the many local gems just waiting to be discovered.
Things Not to Miss in Ho Chi Minh City
From buzzy new hotels and restaurants to ancient temples and markets steeped in culture and history, our Ho Chi Minh City travel guide will point you to the city's must-see sights, including:
• The underground tunnels of Cu Chi
• The Jade Emperor Pagoda
• Nha Hang Ngon, one of the city's most popular restaurants
• The War Remnants Museum
• The Cao Dai Temple in the nearby town of Tay Ninh
When to Visit Ho Chi Minh City
The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is between December and April, when the temperatures are warm and the air is dry. If you visit Ho Chi Minh City from May to November, during the rainy season, the city can be very wet—it receives more than 70 inches of rain each year.