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
The distance from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the hotel is approximately 8km and 30-45 minutes by car, depend on traffic
The local currency is Vietnam dong (VND). The Vietnam dong exchange rate is pegged with the US Dollar at about US$1 = VND21,000. You may exchange most international currencies at the money exchange outlets inside the airport terminals, licensed money exchanges in town, or at local banks.
+84 is the dialing code of Vietnam
The electricity supply in Ho Chi Minh City is in the form of Alternating Current (AC) at a frequency of 50 Hertz. For domestic customers the voltage supplied is 220 volts single phase. The power supply is reliable.
The standard plug is two-pin round plugs. They are used for all of appliances like computers, shavers or toothbrushes.
Weather in January
The weather in January is not so hot, humid and sunny. The temperature can exceed 31°C. However, most buildings and transportation are air-conditioned. You may need a light jacket indoors as the air-conditioning can be cold.
All the major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JTB) are accepted in hotels, and in most restaurants and shops
Monday to Friday 7:30 to 17:00
Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 (some will open on Saturday afternoons)
Monday to Friday 7:30 to 17:00
Most shops open daily from 9:00 to 21:00. Some shops will stay open or close later.
Tips and Taxes
Hotels: service (10%) and prevailing government tax (if applicable) are usually included.
Taxis: Fares are fixed according to meters. Tips are discretionary depending on service received, and usually may be covered by small changes.
Police: Call 113 /Fire: Call 114 /Ambulance: Call 115