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Ben Thanh Market - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) being the tourism centre and the business centre of Vietnam is 1,690km south of Ha Noi (the capital of Vietnam). About 60km from the coast. Hundreds of rivers and canals cross HCMC.

The Saigon River is the biggest. The river network from HCMC to the surrounding provinces and Cambodia is also an means of transportation and by road, railway or sea from HCMC to all other provinces. National Highway 1A and Thong Nhat Railway connect HCMC and Ha Noi. National Highway 13 connects Vietnam with the rest of Indochina. Tan Son Nhat International Airport, only 7km from the centre of the city, is the biggest airport in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City also constitutes the cultural centre of the South and the Mekong Delta. It is the city where the quoc ngu (national writing) was first generalized, and where the first books written in quoc ngu were published. With the appearance and development of books, essays, schools, artistic and intellectual circles, HCMC has had a long history of cultural influence.

Climate 

There are two distinct seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to November and brings an average rainfall of 1,979 mm (77.9 inches). Read More

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History

While Ha Noi has 1,000 years of history, Ho Chi Minh City is a relatively new settlement. The name of "Saigon" was registered for the first time in documents dating back to 1698. Read More

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Tourist Attractions

Despite its quite recent past, with more than 300 years history, HCMC nevertheless possesses numerous interesting buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures. These include Nha Rong (Dragon House Wharf), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors' Temple), Xa Tay (Municipal Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and churches. Ho Chi Minh City draws approximately 70% of visitors to the country. The city's resources and accommodations are attractive to many travellers. Numerous steps have been and will be taken to stabilize the tourism potential of the city. For instance, historical relics and architectural works have been restored, traditional values have been recovered in festivals, and many museums are expected to be upgraded.

Thong Nhat Palace

Thong Nhat (or Reunification) Palace is situated at 106 Nguyen Du Street, District 1. Originally called Norodom Palace and Palace of Indochina Governor General, it was built in 1868 and inaugurated in 1873. Read More

Municipal Theatre

Municipal Theatre located at N°7 Cong Truong Lam Son Street, District 1. It was originally an opera house for the Western audiences. Its construction was begun in 1898 and completed on 17 January 1900 according to the design by architect Ferrt. It holds 800 seats. Read More

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is situated at the intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Road, 700m south-west of the Rex Hotel. Read More

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is a magnificent building situated at the Cong Xa Paris Square, Dong Khoi and Han Thuyen Streets in the heart of the city. Read More

Dam Sen Park

Covering 52ha on the corner of Lac Long Quan and Hoa Binh St., Dam Sen Park is composed of various areas. Read More

Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The construction of the gardens began in March 1864 under the supervision of French tropical botanist J.B. Louis Pierre and was completed in 1865. Read More

Cho Lon

Whenever Cho Lon is referred to, everyone may immediately think of a Cho Lon - China Town inside Ho Chi Minh City. Read More

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Pagoda And Temple

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is located on 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Road, District 3, is the biggest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Read More

Van Hanh Monastery

Van Hanh Monastery is situated near the road between Phu Nhuan and Go Vap Districts, it includes the imposing Tarn Quan (three-entrance gate), Read More

Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda (also known as the Cam Son or Cam Dien Pagoda) is located at 118 Lac Long Quan Street in Tan Binh District. Built in 1744, Read More

Giac Vien Pagoda

The Giac Vien Pagoda is located in Lac Long Quan St., District 11. Built in 1798, it is architecturally similar to the Giac Lam Pagoda. Read More

Xa Loi Pagoda

Xa Loi Pagoda is situated at 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street, District 3. Its construction was initiated in August 1956, according to the design Read More

Phung Son Pagoda

Phung Son Pagoda is located at 1408, 3 Thang 2 Road, District 11. It was established in the early 19th century by Bonze Lieu Thong. Read More

Le Van Duyet Temple

Le Van Duyet was born in 1764, in the village of Long Hung, Tien Giang Province. He was a renowned military dignitary of the Nguyen Dynasty, and Read More

Tran Hung Dao Temple

Tran Hung Dao Temple is situated at 36 Vo Thi Sau Street, District 1. It was first erected in 1932 as a Buddhist pagoda bearing the name of Van An. Read More

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Museums

Ho Chi Minh Museum - Dragon House Wharf

The Dragon House Wharf, formerly known as Nha Rong, was built in 1863 by the local materials and European materials. It consists of 2-storey building according to the European architectural style, but Read More

Revolutionary Museum

Located in a building more than 100 years old at 65 Ly Tu Trong Street (on the corner with Nam Ky Khoi Nghia), the Revolullotmry Museum used Read More

Vietnam History Museum-Ho Chi Minh City

It is located in Thao Cam Vien Park, at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem. The Vietnam History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was built in 1929 and was called Read More  

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is situated at 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3. It displays shocking evidences of atrocity committed by the foreign Read More

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Around Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the most famous historical vestiges of Vietnam's national liberation war. It is located in Phu My Hung Commune, Read More

Ben Duoc Temple

The Ben Duoc Temple is located on a 7ha area near the Cu Chi Tunnels, in Phu My Hung Commune, Cu Chi District. Read More

Eighteen hamlets of Trau (Betel) Garden

Trau (Betel) Garden is located in Hoc Mon District, 10km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The lifestyle of this country commune still retains its Read More

Suoi Tien Tourist Site

The Suoi Tien Tourist Site is located in Tan Phu Ward, District 9, 19km away from Ho Chi Minh City. A tourist site of the Southeast Asian rank, Read More

Can Gio - Vam Sat Mangrove Forests

The Can Gio Mangrove Forest was recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000. It is the first biosphere reserve in Vietnam, and is the 368th member of the international network of biosphere reserve. Read More

Binh Quoi Tourist Village

Binh Quoi Tourist Village is located on the Thanh Da peninsula by the Saigon River, in Binh Thanh District, 8km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Read More

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Festivals

Nghia An Hoi Quan Festival

15th day of the pt lunar month and 24th day of the 6th lunar month. Nghia An Hoi Quan (Pagoda), situated at 678 Nguyen Trai St. in District 5, Read More

Anniversary of the Death of the Hung Kings

10th day of the 3rd lunar month. The-festival annually takes place at Hung Kings Temple in the Zoo and Botanical Garden to commemorate the Read More

Le Van Duyet Temple Festival

1st day of the 8th lunar month. Le Van Duyet Temple, located in Binh Thanh District, is dedicated to Officer Le Van Duyet and his wife. Read More

Death Anniversary of Tran Hung Dao

20th day of the 8th lunar month. Every year on the 20thday of the 8th lunar month, Vietnamese people honour the death anniversary of Tran Hung Dao, Read More

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Tourist Information

IDD code: 84 - 8

Transport

Ho Chi Minh City is 72km from My Tho, 116km from Vung Tau, 136km from Vinh Long, 169km from Can Tho, 250km from Rach Gia and 338km from Ha Tien, 300km from Da Lat, 445km from Nha Trang, 965km from Da Nang, 1,051km from Hue and 1,690km from Ha Noi.

Air

Tan Son Nhat Airport is 7km from the city centre. From Ho Chi Minh City, there are regular flights to many cities around Vietnam and in the world

Airlines Offices

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Train

The Express trains take 30-39 hours to reach Ha Noi; hard and soft seats are available. Air-conditioned sleepers should be booked in advance.
Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the station and also at most of travel agents in the city.

Saigon Railway Station

1 Nguyen Thong St., Dist. 3 
Tel: 3843 6528/ 3931 8952

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Bus And Minibus

There is a variety of bus stations around Ho Chi Minh City. Read More

Boat

The hydrofoil route from Bach Dang Port (1A Ham Nghi St., Dist. 1) to Vung Tau City (and vice versa) - Operation hours: hourly trips from 6am to 4.30pm (weekdays), from 6 am to 5pm (Saturday & Sunday). 
Please contact: Vina Express, Kios 2 Ton Duc Thang St, Dist. 1, Tel: 3829 7892 or 91 Le Quoc Hung, Dist. 4, Tel: 3940 0621, Fax 3943 5493 ; Petro Express, 10B Ton Due Thang St, Dist. 1, Tel: 3821 0653

Car

Almost tourist cafes, travel agents or hotels arrange car rental service.

Car And Motobike

Rentals are available at hotels and cafes.

Cyclo

A good way to get around. Price: 25,000VND/hour

Motor-Taxi

Quickest way to get around town and cheaper than cyclo. Xe om drivers often stand along street corners and very easy to find.

Taxi

Saigon Airport Taxi 3844 6666
Comfort Taxi 3821 2121
F. Taxi 3845 4545
Mai Linh Taxi 3838 3838 
Saigonsun Taxi 3838 3838 
Saigontourist Taxi 3997 9797 
Petrolimex Taxi 35121212 
Vina Taxi 3811 1111 
Vinasun Taxi 3827 2727

Tourism Division (DCST)

140 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Dist. 3 
Tel: 3824 2903, Fax: 3829 3056

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Tour Operator 

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Hotels

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Rental

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Restaurants

All info to contact your restaurant. Read More

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Shopping

There are some great place for shopping in Ho Chi Minh City. Read More

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Bookshops And Galleries

Art is not hard to find but the book shop you will need this info Read More

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Clothing

In HCMC there are many shops where you can find a bargain Read More

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Entertainment

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Healthy Centres

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Clubs

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Medical Services

General Hospital, SOS and more Read More

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Post Office

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Banks

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