Airport code: SGN (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)
Distance from Airport to city center: ~ 9km
City center: District 1, 3, 10
Formerly known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh is the bustling and vibrating economic center of the south. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading center for the Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who traveled up the Saigon River.
HCM City is only 300 years old but there are many human and historical values created by the exchange of different cultures. The culture of the former Saigon and present-day HCM City shows an original characteristic of the Vietnamese culture and nation in the historical and geographical context of the country’s southern region. It is possible to say that Saigon-HCM City is a convergence of many cultural flows during its process of establishment and development.
Among of its famous beauty spots and cultural-historical places in the city, these sites are worth a visit during your time in Sai Gon: Saigon Zoo, Dam Sen, Suoi Tien, Museum of History, Museum of Revolutions, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ben Duoc Temple, An Phu Dong Resistance Base, 18 betel-growing hamlets, Historical Sites of Lang Le Bau Co, and Can Gio Ecotourist Resort.
Exploring Ho chi Minh City
The most prominent area in the city is around Dong Khoi Street in District 1, boasting fashionable shops, museums, and fine dining. It also features examples of French-colonial structures, such as the Municipal Theater, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the General Post Office. To the north are sprawling residential areas and the historic Jade Emperor Pagoda, known for its exquisite architecture and ornate carvings. To the west lies Cho Lon or China Town, home to the ethnic Chinese or Hoa this is the best place to find herbs, traditional Chinese medicines, and the other goods, as well as some of the city's most ancient pagodas.