“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

Ho Chi Minh City


The city borders on Binh Duong province to the north, on Tay Ninh province to the north west, on Dong Nai province to the east and north east, on Ba Ria – Vung Tau to the south east, on Long An province and Tien Giang province to the west and south west.

  • Center District: District 1
  • Urban Districts: Urban districts are numbered from 1st to 12th, Tan Binh District, Tan Phu District, Binh Tan District, Binh Thanh District, Thu Duc District, Phu Nhuan District and Go Vap District.
  • Rural Districts: Nha Be, Can Gio, Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and Binh Chanh.
  • Climate: There are two distinct seasons. The rainy season is from May to November and the dry season is from December to April. The average annual temperature is 27.50C.
  • Transportation: Ho Chi Minh City is far from My Tho 72km, from Vung Tau 125km, from Can Tho 169km to, from Nha Trang 445km, from Da Nang 965km, from Hue 1,071km and from Ha Noi 1,738km. The ways of transportation from the city to other provinces are rich with the road, railway or the sea conveniently. There is the National Highway No 1 and Thong Nhat Railway that connect Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi; and National Highway No 13 through Ho Chi Minh City to connect Viet Nam and the rest of Indochina. From Tan Son Nhat International Airport - the biggest airport in Vietnam to the centre of the city, you spend only 7km to come. 


  • In the center of the city: the places where you should come to visit including Notre Dame Cathedral was built in 1877, Reunification Hall or Presidential Palace was built in 1863, Ho Chi Minh City’s Head Post-office or called normally Central Post Office was built 1886 and situated nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. And then the next destinations should be Ben Thanh Market that is one of the symbol of the city, then visit the municipal Theater that considered one of the most typical and costly cultural architectures in Sai Gon in the French domination. And it is not far from this place there is The People’s Committee of the City with its special architecture.
  • Outside the center of the city: there are main points for your visiting. They are included Giac Lam Pagoda located in Tan Binh District which is one of the oldest pagodas in the city, War Remnants Museum located in District 3 where is the place you can understand more about the time war in Vietnam, Binh Tay Market located in District 5 that was built in 1928 and now it is still of the biggest market in the City.
  • Beside, there are three destinations that attract you by the eco system and the historical meaning. They are Binh Quoi Tourist Village in Binh Thanh District with its position along Sai Gon River, Can Gio Mangroves located in Can Gio District and far from the city center about 50km to the southeast and Cu Chi Tunnels located in Cu Chi District with the underground tunnel system in total of more than 100km long now existed.


There are the typical festivals in the city for you to explore:

  • Hung King Festival: from 10th of March in Lunar year.
  • Le Van Duyet Temple Festival: from 29th to 30th of the July in Lunar year.
  • Tran Hung Dao’s Anniversary: in 20th of August in Lunar year.
  • The Festival of Cham People: from 1st to 30th of Sep in Islamic Calendar.
  • The festival of the Khmer: including Chol Cham Thmay is happened from 13th to 14th of April in Lunar year and Worship the ancestors Ceremony happened from 8th September in Lunar year.
  • The festival of the Chinese: in 15th of the January in Lunar year. The festival is called Nguyen Tieu Festival.

 Food and drink

Ho Chi Minh City is rich of food and drink. There are all typical regional flavors in this city and your can find any delicious dishes that come from other places from the North, the Middle to the South. However the most specific things you should not miss that are having coffee eating “phở” – the noodle soup and enjoying street food any time you love to.