Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, rightfully exists as an exciting, exotic destination in southeast Asia. Despite an estimated eight million residents, the central urban districts will give you the feeling of a small, intimate city. However, in the nearby rural districts that make up approximately 90 percent of the nearly 2,000 square miles covered by the city, rice paddies and the tranquility of the timeless countryside surround you.
The myriad of rivers, canals, and ditches that cross the city not only add charm but also contribute to the excitement of the endless flow of motorcycles, bicycles, and other sites and sounds of this exhilarating city. While Ho Chi Minh City is the undisputed, dynamic hub for business in Vietnam, leisure travelers will enjoy a compact CBD and the easy walk between sites such as the People’s Committee Building, Opera House, Ben Thanh Market and Reunification Palace. Ho Chi Minh City is also the perfect starting point to explore much of the South of Vietnam including the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, the majestic Mekong Delta or popular beach destinations such as Phan Thiet.
A highlight of Ho Chi Minh City is the quality and quantity of its restaurants showcasing the best of local fare from the many street stalls and markets, to high-end international cuisine. Ho Chi Minh City is a colorful hub in which to explore by way of the palate and the local cuisine is distinctively fresh, fragrant, light and undeniably tasty.