Information for first time traveler to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 𝐎𝐅 𝐇𝐎 𝐂𝐇𝐈 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐇 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 – VIETNAM
Ho Chi Minh City, also known to locals as Saigon, is Vietnam’s financial hub. The city used to be considered as “the Pearl of the Orient” by the French. It is a brazen, industrious and dense metropolis, the largest city in Vietnam and the business capital of the country. We provide some basic information for first time traveler for planning Ho Chi Minh City Tours, Vietnam
𝟏. 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐡 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲
First established in 1698 and considered as an administrative unit under the Nguyen Dynasty, Saigon Gia Dinh attracted people from all over the country coming here to reclaim the land and settle. Later during the mid and late 19th century, it became the principal city of Cochin China under the French rule. From 1956 to 1975, Saigon served as the capital city of South Vietnam under the anti-communist Ngo Dinh Diem and his corrupt American sponsored successors. On 30th April 1975, Ho Chi Minh’s forces overthrew the South Vietnamese regime and reunited the whole country. In July 1976, the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City to honor the spiritual leader of Vietnamese Communism.
Experiencing more than 300-years establishment and development, today, Ho Chi Minh City has emerged as the center of commerce, economy, education, science and technology. It is also a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas.
𝟐. 𝐖𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐡 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 & 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭
Located in the tropical monsoon climate near the equator, Ho Chi Minh City is characterized by high tropical temperatures all year round with 2 seasons: rainy season and dry season. The dry season is from December to April while the rainy season lasts from late May to November. April and May tend to be pretty hot but the cooler weather will appear around December and January. With the detail information you can find out best time to visit this largest city, keep reading at Weather in Ho Chi Minh City.
𝟑. 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐡 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲
A modern Ho Chi Minh has been developing say by day while some French era boulevards and colonial structures are well-preserved, creating a vibrant mix of old and new culture. Tourists may be amazed by a dynamic metropolis of skyscrapers and traffic juxtaposed with war relics from the devastating Vietnam War, a wealth of ancient temples and traditional markets. To make sure you do not miss any worthy places when exploring this bustling yet exotic city, check out Top Ho Chi Minh City’s attractions, including:
– Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
– Saigon Central Post Office
– Independence Palace
– Ben Thanh Market
– FITO Museum
– Saigon’s Chinatown (Cho Lon)
– Fine Art’s Museum Ho Chi Minh City
– War Remnants Museum
– Cu Chi Tunnels
– Mekong delta
Above is some basic information for your perfect firsst time travelling to HCMC. If you are planning a trip to HCMC, you can visit Indochina Treks Travel, a local tour Vietnam Tour Operator and take it as a good suggestion to book a tour to Ho Chi Minh City