About Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City (population: 7.98 million) is considered to be one of the most exciting cities in Asia because of its party lifestyle, delicious food, exciting art galleries and endless explorations, plus cheap prices. The city started its journey in the form of a small village that was always surrounded by tigers in search of prey. A century of opium-dominated French rule finally gave way to the modern day metropolis and glittery skyscrapers that you see today.
Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City
The Opera House is located in the historic heart of the city and should always be one of your first stops. On either side of this iconic landmark are two hotels that were made famous by the people who once lived in them. The Hotel Continental is where Graham Greene had put up while in Ho Chi Minh City where as Hotel Caravelle is where foreign correspondents would gather up for drinks during the Vietnam War. Next, head over to the Reunification Palace, a beautiful retro palace that faces Le Duan Street, one of the main corridors of power in the city. Another attraction is the beautiful Saigon Central Post office.
On the eastern end of Le Duan lies the Museum of Vietnamese History and the Botanical Gardens. The War Remnants Museum is also located close by. Ho Chi Minh City is big on art and its art museums and galleries are the best ways of exploring all that beauty. The Craig Thomas Gallery is one of the most acclaimed art galleries in the city. It is famous for its impressions of emperors from the Nguyen Dynasty painted on antique doors. Other popular art museums and galleries in the city include San Art and Fine Arts Museum. For an entirely unique experience, head over to the Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Getting Around Ho Chi Minh City
Although motorbike taxis are becoming popular in the city, we recommend travelers to stick to those xe oms. They might be more expensive, but they offer the safety of an air conditioned vehicle as opposed to those jittery bike rides. Cyclos can also be used to travel over short distances, but be aware that traffic is dense in Ho Chi Minh.