First time in Ho Chi Minh? We’ve got you covered.
One of Indochina’s most exciting cities, Saigon offers an eclectic mix of bustling urban sprawl intertwined with themes of war, resilience, heritage and art. Add to the mix some of its creative culinary concoctions like “waterfall chicken” (certified legit by popular food blog Migrationology) and you’d find a rather intoxicating mishmash.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)! If it’s your first time here, be prepared to dodge motorbikes, slurp noodles on the sidewalk, and meander through a maze of alleyways.
Here, crossing the road is a bit of an art form – you have to take a deep breath, start walking into the traffic slowly, and without any sudden starts or stops, heave a sigh of relief as the traffic around you parts like the Red Sea. If the mere thought of this makes your knees shake, follow a local tightly and use him or her as your shield. (Or refer to this video for tips.)
While Hanoi may be the official capital of Vietnam, Saigon remains its largest city, and a bustling one at that, complete with a thriving coffee, culinary, and start-up scene.
To help you make the most of your holiday in Saigon, the PARKROYAL Saigon team has compiled this travel guide to Saigon to help you feel right at home.