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Ho Chi Minh City – A city of colour and culture

Book flights to Ho Chi Minh City with Etihad Airways and discover a lively metropolis.

Explore the beautiful buildings – when you step through the doors of the yellow Central Post Office, you’ll be whisked back in time to the 1920s.

notre dame in ho chi minh city summer

Walk the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, and experience the dynamic pace of life in this South Vietnamese city.

Sample some incredible street food, or treat yourself to an authentic experience that will tantalise your taste buds at one of the city’s celebrated restaurants. Try chao bo or pho, for signature flavours and ingredients.

Find peace at the city’s many temples and pagodas, serene oasis’s that highlight this city’s welcoming nature, or take time out at one of the acclaimed spas.

From most spots in the city you’ll see one of the tallest symbols of economic might in southeast Asia – Landmark 81. Get ready to discover an energetic city, full of history and development.

What's the weather like in Ho Chi Minh City?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

26°C

1cm

FEB

27°C

0cm

MAR

29°C

1cm

APR

30°C

5cm

MAY

29°C

21cm

JUN

29°C

31cm

JUL

28°C

29cm

AUG

28°C

27cm

SEP

28°C

33cm

OCT

28°C

26cm

NOV

27°C

8cm

DEC

26°C

4cm

From the start of December to mid-April, the temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City vary by as little as 4°C, averaging around 27°C – perfect weather for city exploration.

The rainy season starts in May and continues to November, though the heaviest rain usually only lasts a couple of hours a day. With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, you won’t be short of things to do, whatever the weather.

Reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City

cathedral basilica of saigon in vietnam

A modern miracle

Plane tickets to Ho Chi Minh City offer you the chance to explore wonderful examples of French architecture, including the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. In 2005, the statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the Basilica was said to have cried a tear which led to a huge influx of visitors. Opposite the red brick Basilica is the iconic Saigon Central Post Office, which still functions in this role. It is in beautiful condition, so don’t forget to send a postcard home.

cityscape of ho chi minh city reflected on water

Scraping the sky

If your flight to Ho Chi Minh City has given you a head for heights, take a trip to the stunning Vincom Centre Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest skyscraper. Reaching 1,510ft (461 metres) the building has 81 floors, hence its name, and the Skyview observation deck offers unparalleled views. After you’ve taken it all in, head to one of the building’s 30 restaurants and coffee shops for a bite to eat.

vegtables at a street market in vietnam

Marvellous markets

If you love the vibrant atmosphere of traditional street markets, head to the bustling Ben Thanh Market. During the day it resonates with the noise of stallholders doing business with locals, while tourists can pick up all sorts of souvenirs. In the evening, food stalls arrive offering a fantastic array of mouth-watering seafood dishes, waiting for you to sample when you visit.

Things to know before you fly to Ho Chi Minh City

plane Airport transfers

Ho Chi Minh City flights land at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), which is located just five miles (eight kilometres) from the city. Book an Etihad transfer or grab a taxi – each option takes about 30 minutes. Ensure you go with an official licensed taxi operator and agree a fee beforehand.

globe Language

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Some locals may understand basic English words, but learning a few words after buying your Ho Chi Minh tickets will come in handy. Plus, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to the locals. ‘Thank you’ is pronounced ‘gahm-un’ phonetically.

bus Getting around

There are several options for travelling around Ho Chi Minh City. You can grab taxis from outside your hotel or nearby popular sites. Another option is to take a motorcycle taxi (xe om), which are good value and usually pretty fast. There are bus services too – hop-on-hop-off bus tours are extremely popular.

currency Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. Liberation Day (Saigon Giai Phong) is celebrated on 30 April, and Ho Chi Minh’s birthday is commemorated on 19 May. National Day, marking the Declaration of Independence by Ho Chi Minh, is on 2 September.

Flying to Ho Chi Minh City: FAQs

Where should I stay in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City contains 19 inner districts, with the city centre area designated District 1. District 1 is home to the most luxurious hotels and shopping outlets and is also where you’ll find most of the major tourist sites. It’s also known as the district which never sleeps, thanks to the lively nightlife.

What is Ho Chi Minh City known for?

In the 1960s and 70s, Saigon, as Ho Chi Minh City was known at the time, was at the centre of the world’s media attention during the Second Indochina War – also known as the Vietnam War. Now, one of the most popular sites in Ho Chi Minh City is a museum dedicated to the conflicts with France and the USA. The War Remnants Museum displays military hardware and accounts of the fighting.

What are the temples and pagodas like in Ho Chi Minh City?

The many pagodas and temples in the city offer a contrast from the lively streets of this metropolis. Four such oasis’ of calm are Cao Dai Great Temple, the Mariamman Hindu Temple, Giac Lam Pagoda and the Jade Emperor Pagoda, once visited by ex-US President Barack Obama.

What should I look for in street food in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City is renowned for its delicious street food. Rice (com) is the staple food, and fried rice with meat and vegetables is ‘com rang’. Ben Thanh Market and the Chinese quarter, Cho Lon, are two ‘must-visits’ on the street food trail.

Why we love Ho Chi Minh City

“Ho Chi Minh City is loud and lively, yet beautiful too. The locals are incredibly friendly people, and the street food is second to none. You'll love wandering around Ben Thanh market and then choosing a freshly-cooked rice dish.”

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Departure 1 Jul 2020,
Return 2 Sep 2020
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Weather in Ho Chi Minh City

30 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
33 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
33 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
31 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
33 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
30 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
33 °C
Saturday6 Jun 2020
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