Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Viet Nam Travel Guide Last Updated: Dec 2021

Vietnam’s largest city, Saigon (officially Ho Chi Minh City) is much more sprawling and modern than the capital. Nearly all of the downtown buildings are new and it has a very different feel than Hanoi. It’s best to visit both cities if you have a chance, and the long train ride that connects them is an excellent way to see even more of the country.

Why Visit Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Facts

Population 7,200,000
Area 7,200,000
Timezone UTC+7
Currency Vietnam Dong
Airports Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Budget breakfastSome hotels include breakfast, but if not you can get pancakes or eggs and a baguette at many places.$1.30 - $2.30
Budget lunchSaigon has many restaurants featuring Vietnamese and Western food.$2.30 - $4.19
Budget dinnerAll the same restaurants are open all day and well into the evening with the same menus. This is a sit-down meal.$4.61 - $6.70
Beer (.33L)Saigon and Tiger are the most popular brands. Prices in nightclubs are about double.$0.92 - $1.47
Bahn mi sandwichThose on a tight budget can get an excellent sandwich at many stands all over, from morning until very late at night.$0.67 - $1.00
Wine (Vietnamese) - full bottleLocal wine, bottled in Dalat, is fairly drinkable and available by the bottle in most restaurants and many shops. Imported wine is many times more expensive.$2.93 - $3.77
CocktailsNearly every restaurant serves mixed drinks at good prices. Ones with local spirits are cheapest, and at nightclubs they are at the top range.$1.88 - $3.77
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BEST TOURS in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

WHEN TO VISIT Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL

Month High F Low F Precipitations(INCH)
January89700.6
February91730.2
March93760.5
April94781.7
May93778.7
June907613.0
July907612.3
August897610.5
September887613.2
October887510.6
November88734.5
December87712.2

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) WEATHER ADVICE

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

21 Mar5:57am6:04pm
21 Jun5:32am6:13pm
21 Sep5:42am5:50pm
21 Dec6:06am5:36pm

Where to stay in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Hotel Seasons

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar7.00 - 21.00
starstarstarstarstar9.00 - 36.00
starstarstarstarstar17.00 - 65.00
starstarstarstarstar35.00 - 120.00
starstarstarstarstar68.00 - 180.00
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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed5.00 - 8.00

Getting to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

GETTING AROUND Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) TRANSPORT PRICES

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center6.70 - 14.65
Bus from airport to city center0.21 - 0.42
3km taxi ride in Saigon1.51 - 2.51
1 hour cyclo ride around town1.47 - 1.63
Motorbike rental (per day)5.28 - 6.28
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WHERE TO GO BEFORE AND AFTER