Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), or Saigon as the locals still call it, is an ever-moving sprawl of city life, where history competes with modernity and motorbikes rule the streets. In this economic powerhouse of over 13 million people, suited workers commute to skyscraper offices alongside pyjama-clad fruit sellers, passing stools where locals spit sunflower seeds and street vendors peddle fat spring rolls and crispy rice pancakes. In HCMC, crossing the traffic-choked roads is a sheer test of nerves and you’re bound to get lost in the noodle-soup-scented alleyways and labyrinthine markets.
This overflowing urban landscape, split into 24 districts, offers a dizzying blend of culture. Wander past the incense-tinged Jade Emperor Pagoda and Notre Dame replica to western megamalls and rooftop bars where an affluent, young Vietnamese crowd enjoy cocktail sunsets. Echoes of Vietnam’s turbulent past reverberate at the haunting War Remnants Museum, which pulls no punches when recalling the horrors of the American War. At the Independence Palace, you can still picture Ho Chi Minh’s tanks storming the complex in 1975, changing the course of Vietnamese history forever.
Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City tours with help from our destination experts, who’ll guide you through this bewildering, yet addictive, metropolis.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Pam, who's travelled extensively in Vietnam. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the vespa rider who’ll whizz you round HCMC for a unique foodie tour, the guide who’ll take you fishing with locals at Chuon Lagoon and the ranger who’ll guide you to golden-cheeked gibbons to hear their dawn duets.
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