10 Top Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon, is the main city in Southern Vietnam. It’s often a compulsory stop on most people’s Vietnam itinerary, being either the start or end point of a trip through the country, but the city probably isn’t a highlight for many. It’s crazy, hectic, gritty and overwhelming, and most escape quickly to the stunning beaches in the middle of the country or the picturesque mountains in the north.
But Ho Chi Minh City does have plenty to offer. For those willing to get away from the tourist spots it provides a real insight into local Vietnamese life, with amazing street food on every corner and friendly faces happy to see foreigners embracing Vietnam. Plus it has a seriously good food and drink scene which is extremely underrated globally (this may change after Michelin releases their Vietnam guide in mid-2023).
So if you have some time to spend there, read on for top things to see and do in the city.