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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Overview

Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon until 1975, is Vietnam's largest city. It's located along the Makong Delta and in its early history began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. Today, the name Saigon is still used by many of the locals and by various venues.

Saigon was Cambodia's main port, prior to it being annexed by Vietnam in the 17th century. France took over this area in 1859 and made it a French colony. There are many Western-influenced buildings in the area that were a result of this period of time. In 1954, the French were defeated and left the city.

There is a tropical climate in Ho Chi Minh City, with an average humidity of 75%. The rainy season is considered to be from May through November, while the dry season is from December through April. The daily high temperatures usually range between 88°F and 93°F (depending on the time of year).


Destinations
Ho Chi Minh City is included on several Asia cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Ho Chi Minh City is not a cruise departure port.



Currency
The official currency of Vietnam is the dong (VND). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. English has become a popular second language in Vietnam, as it is often taught in school. Because of this, English is understood and spoken by quite a few locals, especially in tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions
The city centre (downtown) of Ho Chi Min City is located along the Saigon River.
In this section of the city you'll find various French colonial buildings and beautiful wide boulevards. A popular shore excursion in Ho Chi Minh City is a city tour, as it's a great way to take in many of this city's main attractions without risking getting lost on your own.

Among the main attractions in the city centre is Reunification Hall. Formerly called Independence Palace, this was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Also in the city centre is the Majestic Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in the city (dating back to the French colonial days). The Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and City Hall are also located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

Ben Thanh Market is a major marketplace located in downtown Ho Chi Min City. This is a true symbol of the city, as it is one of the oldest places that remain from Saigon. It's a great place to experience the local cuisine and to shop for a variety of crafts and souvenirs.


There are many museums in Ho Chi Minh City. Among them are the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the War Remnants Museum (a major attraction, focusing on the American phase of the Vietnam War) and the Museum of Vietnamese History.

The famous tunnels of Cu Chi are located about 2 hours (driving) from Ho Chi Minh City. Going through the (sometimes tight) tunnels is a fun and popular activity. This extremely large network of underground tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

Vung Tau, located about 2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, is a seaside beach resort area that offers a nice break from the city life. There is shopping, beaches and a wide variety of dining venues in this port city.


Port Location
The port of Phu My is used by many cruise lines (such as Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Cunard Line) as a gateway to Ho Chi Minh City. It's about a 2 hour drive from Phu My to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Ho Chi Minh City Aerial
Ho Chi Minh City Aerial
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Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace
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Notre-Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral
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Ben Thanh Market
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Downtown Ho Chi Minh City
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall (and the statue of Ho Chi Minh)
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