Ho Chi Minh City Travel
Information and Travel Guide,
Hochiminh city map and information Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's
largest city, its economic and
cultural hub and one of the most promising
cities in Asia
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, locates at
the heart of the southern part of Viet Nam, between the
northern edge of the Mekong Delta and the South Eastern
region of volcanic red soil. Being a transformation
between the two terrains, Ho Chi Minh City is
intertwined with natural forest, vast plains, long coast
and hundreds of rivers and canals. The Saigon River
winds around the city and connect it with the East Sea.
Over the past three centuries, Saigon, once praised as
the “Pearl of the Orient”, was known as an important
trade center for Chinese, Japanese and Western
merchants. It had also been christened the “Paris of
Asia” for its wide boulevards lined with the stately
trees and magnificent French villas.
Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh City has a total area of 2,090
square kilometers, which encompasses 24 districts with
an area of 230 square kilometers and five outer-counties
with an area of 1,860 square kilometers. The city, which
a total population of over seven millions, is the
largest city in Viet Nam, a major hub for commercial,
tourist, cultural and scientific activities.
This always-in-rush-hour city churns bubbles and fumes.
The streets, where much of the city’s life takes place,
are a myriad of street markets, shops, pavement cafes,
stands-on-wheels and vendor selling wares spread out on
sidewalk. Yet within the teeming metropolis are timeless
traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. A mix of
the old and new is witnessed where the skyscrapers are
juxtaposed with faded French colonial buildings, where
one would easily find something to entertain himself
whether he wants to discover museums, pagodas, markets
or just sipping coffee in a sidewalk cafes, chatting
with fellow travelers, listening to thumping music.
A trip to Ho Chi Minh City offers you a good experience
of warm emotions: the incredible pride and genuine
warmth of its people, the richness of its culture, the
depth of its tradition and the diversity of its
landscape. You will be welcomed, celebrated, and made to
feel like family. You will be greeted with smiles, waves
and shouts of "hello!”.
Dynamic, bustling, crowded but liberal and friendly, Ho
Chi Minh City has so much to offer to visitors.
All tourists who want to enter Vietnam
must present their entry visa, except citizens of
countries which are granted visa exemption such as
Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cuba, Japan and Korea.
Entry visas are obtainable
at Vietnamese diplomatic missions and passports of
months' validity are requires. A 30-day tourist visa is
usually sufficient for tourists though it is possible to
arrange 3-month or 6-month multiple entry visas for
Tourists who wish to extend,
supplement or amend their certificates of temporary
residence in Vietnam should follow the procedures at the
office of provincial public security (the Immigration
Department). Special cases of temporary residence shall
be processed at The Immigration Department
: 40A Hang Bai, Hanoi, Tel: 8266200
Ho Chi Minh
: 161 Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 8299398.
Many tour operators can extend your
visa for a fee.
Entry visa and transition visa:
Visa extension: US$10
Multiple-entry visa: US$40 to
Multiple-entry visa extensions:
A group of tourists (at least 5
people) entering Vietnam from Bangkok may apply for
visa at the port of entry but the travel agencies in
Bangkok must contact with the responsible office in
Vietnam to comply with the procedure and pay a fee