When Lara first suggested the idea of a side trip to Saigon from Bangkok, my thoughts immediately turned to food, to Vietnamese food, and specifically to pho bo (or more correctly, phở bò). Soon after arriving, ...
Eating out in Saigon is an absolute delight. While street food rules in Vietnam's northern capital Hanoi, in the southern Vietnamese city of Saigon, officially called Ho Chi Minh City, you'll find some of the country's best restaurants. ...
Some call Saigon, Vietnam, the city of millions of motorbikes. Some say that there are 10 million bikes. We’re not entirely sure there are ten million motorcycles – estimates vary from 2.5 to five to ...
Saigon’s leafy streets, art deco delights and elegant colonial-era villas mean the city is easy on the eyes. But after dark, when splendid old buildings such as the Opera House and City Hall are spectacularly ...
Dec-Apr December can be cool, but it’s dry and with low humidity for this season. Mar-May Can be hot and humid but little rain at this time. Jun-Nov Frequents showers but still plenty of sunshine in-between.
If you’re sticking to Saigon, health issues and quality of medical attention is fine. A bout of stomach illness is not uncommon (take Imodium or similar), but overall traffic accidents are your main worry. Do take these recommended vaccinations
Nationals of United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and some others can get a 15 day visa on arrival. Other nationalities need a visa in advance but you can do this online at Vietnam Visa on Arrival through our visa partner, the most respected Vietnam Visa agent.
The Vietnamese currency (VND) is called the ‘dong’ and you’ll find most prices quoted to you in dong. ATMs are common all over the city. When shopping cash rules, but debit and credit cards are used in hotels. Never change money on the streets if approached.
VIETNAMESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF VIETNAM.
ELECTRICITY IN VIETNAM IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Saigon’s international airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), 6 km north of the centre. Taxi fares to District 1 should be around 150,000 – 170,000 VND (US$6-8) plus the extra 10,000 VND (US$0.50) airport surcharge. If they want to negotiate and not use the meter, start negotiations at 150,000 VND. These taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging, telling you your hotel is closed, and just dropping you off randomly in District 1. Getting around only use Mai Linh taxis, both now have booking apps.