Ho Chi Minh is originally known as Saigon & it was known as Saigon only until 1976 where it was renamed after famous leader Ho Chi Minh. Since, then the place is known as Ho Chi Minh. This place is one of the cities to enter Vietnam. It is also the largest city by population, it is easy to get the sense of the place while you step on this land. This city was my first stop in this beautiful city. This city still has the wound of war which is still very evident in the museums. The city is constantly bustling with the crowd. A place with lots of people, great night life & beautiful streets. This place should be in your list while traveling to Vietnam.
How To Reach:
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh has an international airport. Thus, one can directly reach this place via flight. Major airports in the world directly connect to this place. I traveled from Hyderabad as the flights were cheaper compared to any other cities in India. A round trip from Hyderabad cost me approx INR 15,000. I booked my flight tickets 3 or 4 months in advance.
Vietnam has recently started visa on arrival & evisa services. I chose visa on arrival. I have already written a post on the same. You can view my post by click on following link.
Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh:
After completing initial hustle of boarding a flight & getting visa. It's time to enjoy this fabulous city. Ideally 3 to 4 days are enough to cover this city & its surroundings. So, here are some of the things to do in Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnam is one of the least expensive countries. There is hardly any cost of living if you are coming from the western part of the world. Following is the amount you will have to pay for various activities while staying in the city.
Considering you will stay at hostel, eat on street & spend wisely. A budget of 500,000 VND is enouogh for a day. You can do plenty of stuff in this amount. However, if you wish to try more fancy stuff like rooftop bars, fresh beer. Then this budget shall exceed.
It has been an awesome journey so far. If you are looking for a complete Ho Chi Minh Trip. You can use following links to get some information. I hope this will be useful to you.