A Weekend in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam, Saigon/HoChiMinh City Guide (B): A Weekend in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still known to many, is Vietnam’s center of commerce and biggest city. Perched on the banks of the Saigon River, it has transformed itself from a war-torn city to a thriving metropolis full of fine restaurants, luxury hotels, bars and nightclubs. However, amongst the remains of the modern-high rise buildings, French colonial architecture and ancient pagodas, you can still find reminders of a world less developed.

The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the dry season from December until April. Humidity is moderate in December then begins to decrease from January to April. Ho Chi Minh City experiences frequent tropical storms during May to November, the wet season, with the hottest months being March, April and May.

You will need to arrange for a Vietnamese tourist visa from your nearest Embassy or Consulate prior to departure from the United States. Many online services will offer you a visa upon arrival. This is not recommended unless you want to wait in potentially long and chaotic immigration lines at the airport. The visa process is quite painless. Contact your local embassy and you’ll be able to mail them an application form, copy of your passport, passport photos and check for the visa fee ($100/person when I applied) and they will mail your visa back to you. Your passports need to be valid for 6 months after your departure date. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Weekend in Ho Chi Minh City
Guide Location: Vietnam » Saigon/HoChiMinh City
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Melody Hsu
Read it on author's website: http://www.thepaleopanda.com/ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Dong Pho
  • Hotel Continental
  • Saigon Opera House
  • Reunification Palace
  • War Remnants Museum
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Dong Khoi Street
  • Pizza 4P’s