A First Timer’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City – Planning Your Vietnam Adventure

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Known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most (if not the most!) visited destinations in Vietnam and for good reason. This former capital of French Indochina has a rich heritage and offers much to be discovered.

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Choosing a Place to Stay

Before any adventure begins though, you need a good home away from home! Be it a hostel, hotel or serviced apartment, Ho Chi Minh City has a range of accommodation options for varying budgets. Look to stay in central areas such as District 1, close to attractions and transport services.

Cultural Experiences

To soak up some local culture visit the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, both of which have religious significance. The Opera House, about a seven minute walk from Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City, showcases French Colonial architecture, while the Ben Thanh Market is a traditional market where bargaining is part of the fun!

A Bit of History

The War Remnants Museum is a great place to learn more about the region’s intriguing past, while a little away are the Cu Chi Tunnels that add more insight on the wars which took place. Not to be missed is a visit to the Reunification Palace with its impressive interiors and an underground bunker.

Local Dining

Make sure to try some local dishes in Ho Chi Minh City such as a ‘pho’ (popular noodle soup), ‘canh chua ca’ (fish soup that is sour) and ‘banh mi’ (a type of baguette). Apart from specialised restaurants, street side eateries and market stalls also offer such culinary delights.


Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+


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