Travel Planning
Ho Chi Minh City
Travel Planning
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City at a Glance

Ho Chi Minh City has pagodas, ancient alleyways and timeless spice counters. It is also Vietnam's powerhouse and a growing city filled with malls, fancy bars, new restaurants and other tourist friendly destinations. 

Dive right in to Ho Chi Minh's atmospheric back streets. Watch children playing, women haggling over a price and people sipping Vietnamese beer on their stoops. Go to a park in the morning to watch graceful t'ai chi practitioners, people out for morning strolls and curiously, old men with their birdcages. Be sure to inhale deeply and to sample different foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vietnam's unique location between China and India means that its food shares the best of both cultures and not just a little bit of its own flair.  

Elsewhere, get ready to shop, visit modern museums, stay in international hotels and party late with the city's trendy youth. Ho Chi Minh has it all waiting at your fingertips. 

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July - August, November - March
Low Season
April - June, September - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Tan Son Nhat International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists to Vietnam need a visa, which is valid for up to thirty days. The paperwork and requirements are often difficult to sort out so it is best to do this ahead of time. Contact a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country to start the process. American citizens can learn about the application process at the U.S State Department website

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Monsoon winds bring rain to the country basically year round. July - November is typhoon season and a good time to avoid due to the violence and unpredictability of these storms. 

      Safety Concerns Beggers, scam artists and pickpockets will be persistent, especially in Vietnamese cities. This doesn't have to ruin your trip if you use a few precautions. Keep money, passports and valuables touching the skin with a money belt. Leave some petty cash handy for small purchases.  Know where you are going and insist taxi drivers leave you there instead of a different hotel or restaurant where they might get a cut. Don't leave your bags unattended and hang onto them while at restaurants and in museums. Keep food and drink close to you to avoid it being drugged by thieves. 

      Health Concerns Ask around about beach safety and rip-tides when you head to the beach. Jelly fish and other stinging sea-creatures are also a good thing to ask about. Travelers to Vietnam may want to speak with their doctors about health concerns and vaccinations. While in Vietnam, avoid drinking un-purified water. Bringing your own water filter can reduce the hassle of purchasing bottled water.