Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as it is officially known) is the vibrant, cosmopolitan hub of Vietnam and the original ‘Pearl of the Orient’. In this thriving metropolis, old and new collide. Gleaming sky scrapers, expensive restaurants, bars and designer shops, stand in stark contrast to the ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks, ramshackle markets and wandering monks. Saigon is a feast for the senses, fast paced, colourful, loud and utterly mesmerising.
Whilst it hurtles head first into the 21st Century, Saigon is a city with a compelling and unforgettable history. Key sites such as the historic Reunification Palace, the Revolutionary Museum and the War Remnants Museum provide a fascinating insight into the Vietnam War and the historic fall of Saigon in 1975.
Famous landmarks include the French colonial landmarks Hotel de Ville and the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in the main square and the lively Ben Thanh Market, which sells everything from food, clothing and bags to souvenirs. Cholon is the city’s bustling China Town, home to brightly coloured pagodas and markets. 70kms northwest of the city, the historic Cu Chi Tunnels which played such a vital role in the war, are another highlight.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Saigon, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Southeast Asia