Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

The vast, sprawling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City is located along the southern coast of Vietnam and is famed for its pivotal role in the Vietnam War. It’s by far the most populated city in the country, with over 8 million people calling it home; its population swells considerably during the peak tourist season when many visit to discover the city’s many fascinating sights and wonders. It was officially known as Saigon until 1976 when it was renamed, though many locals still refer to the city as Saigon.

The city’s history is rich and colourful. French influences abound and can be seen in both the city’s wide, sweeping boulevards and its abundance of preserved colonial-era buildings. The Reunification Palace is regarded as the city’s top attraction; it played a crucial role during the Vietnam as it was here that the war eventually came to an end. Visitors can learn more about how the war affected the city and shaped its future by visiting its collection of history museums. The dining scene is particularly diverse, with offerings to suit every palette imaginable; there are street vendors selling local delicacies, restaurants serving up traditional foods and lots of international eateries offering dishes from around the world. For drinking, there’s just as much choice, with countless coffee shops, cafes and bars, not to mention some lively nightclubs. As if that’s not enough, there are dozens of art galleries to be explored, energetic shows to see and plenty of bargains to be bought at the bustling street markets.

The city has two distinct seasons: there’s the dry season, which lasts from November through to April, and the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. Temperatures remain quite warm and steady throughout year, with the hottest times of the year typically the last few months of the dry season.


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Classic 16 day guided cultural journey through Vietnam including sailing in Ha Long, cycling in Hanoi, rural villages, and iconic beaches.

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Accommodation

Caravelle Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Large, upmarket hotel in prime location
- Within walking distance of visitor attractions
- Choice of restaurants, roof bar
- Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre

Villa Song

Ho Chi Minh City

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- High end boutique hotel with individual feel
- Tranquil riverside location
- Super pool, gym, restaurant, and spa
- Complimentary speedboat into city centre

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- 110 Bedrooms
- Central Location
- Rooftop Bar
- Value 4* City Hotel

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Near centre of Ho Chi Minh City
- On site health club, sauna & steam rooms
- Rooftop pool with sun loungers
- Short walk to market & Independence Palace

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Riverside location, rooftop pool
- 170 contemporary rooms
- 'Vertical Sky Bar' on 25th floor
- Spa and fitness centre

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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