Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam's most dynamic commercial and cultural capital. There are a large number of gorgeous French architectural buildings here, which makes visitors feel as if they were staying in Paris. Ho Chi Minh City's must-see attractions such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the Central Post Office, the City Hall, etc. are all located in the downtown area, and visitors can reach all of them in one day by foot. When taking a day tour of the Mekong River around Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit the scene of the hero and heroine’s encounter in The Lover. Some visitors choose to take a day trip to the Củ Chi tunnels, where they can see the display of tanks, helicopters, and debris from the bunkers. Since most attractions in Ho Chi Minh City can be reached on foot within one day, it’s recommended to stay in the city for about two days. One day can be spent visiting the city's attractions, and the other day can be spent in the nearby area. Cities near Ho Chi Minh City can be reached by bus.
The southern plains of Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding areas are hot with high temperatures throughout the year and two seasons, rainy and dry. During the dry season from November to mid-May, the weather is hot and there is little rainfall. The hottest period in the south is from April to mid-May each year, during which the weather is very hot and the humidity can reach 80 to 90%. In the rainy season from May to October each year, there are showers that last for about one hour almost every day. After the rain, the weather is much cooler. The Mekong Delta has high amounts of rainfall during the rainy season and frequent flooding. The best travel time is from December to February of the year, when it has the lowest temperature and precipitation throughout the year. For this reason, it is the best time for traveling to Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding areas.
As nostalgic city full of French architecture, visitors who want to experience the French style hotels in Ho Chi Minh City can choose the high-end hotels in the city center. They are mostly located in the vicinity of the Ben Thanh Market area, a convenient location for dining and shopping. From there, tourists can also walk to the Independence Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, and other famous attractions. The backpacker-gathering place, Pham Ngu Lao Street, is also a popular accommodation area where there are a variety of cheap hotels, restaurants, bars, and travel agencies. Staying around the airport and Saigon Railway Station is also very convenient, but there are fewer scenic spots around and public transportation options are limited. There are also many hotels in Ho Chi Minh City Chinatown, which is also a good place to stay.