Holidays to Ho Chi Minh: An Overview

Step onto the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and you can't help but be swept up into the electric atmosphere. Ho Chi Minh City is a city of juxtapositions; skyscrapers tower over ramshackle markets, canals and rivers criss-cross labyrinthine streets and the wide Song Sai Gon River curves around its edge.

Anyone embarking on a trip to Vietnam should have Ho Chi Minh City high on their hit list - and expect to leave dizzy with love for this vibrant and varied city.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • This is Vietnam at its bustling best; full of chaos and culture, the energy in Ho Chi Minh City is at the epicentre of what makes Vietnam such a fascinating country.
  • From street stalls to five star restaurants, there are gastronomic treats aplenty in the city - get ready to eat more Pho and Banh Mi than you can imagine.

Luxury Ho Chi Minh Holidays

Formerly Saigon, the city was renamed in honour of the revolutionary Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in 1976 following the reunification of the country and the end of the Vietnam War, though the city had been a busy commercial centre long before that. Due to its turbulent history, Ho Chi Minh is also a blend of the various cultures and architectural styles - Vietnamese, Chinese and European - that have influenced the area over time.

While in Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you do a guided tour to take in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city's bustling Chinatown.


Top picks for Ho Chi Minh City

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Ho Chi Minh City

Well worth a visit from Ho Chi Minh are the Cu Chi Tunnels.

What to do

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City

Original Travel can arrange an expertly guided tour of the city, taking in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon post office, temples, a lacquerware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’s bustling Chinatown

What to do

Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Aqua Expeditions started life with two luxury cruise ships on the Amazon before choosing another mighty river – the Mekong – for their third vessel. Aqua Mekong duly launched in 2014, and plies the waters between Saigon in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to the extraordinary temple complex of Angkor Wat.

Where to stay

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Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel Des Arts is a 5-star boutique hotel that invites guests to take a journey back in time to French colonial Vietnam. The building is a modern work of art itself and, true to its name, the inside is just as much an art gallery as it is a hotel since the walls are lined with the owner’s personal collections.

Where to stay

Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City

The Park Hyatt Saigon is colonial in style with marble halls and high ceilings, and the ultimate place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Where to stay

Bassac River Cruisers

Bassac River Cruisers

Ho Chi Minh City

The traditional, wooden-built river cruisers Bassac I or Bassac II depart from Can Tho or Cai Be for overnight cruises, navigating some of the many river channels and canals that bisect the delta.

Where to stay

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