Thanks to its complex blend of different cultures, historical traits and Western influences, this city offers a mix of architecture, culture and street life that will at times fascinate and at other times thrill.
The Central Post Office and the Cathedral Notre Dame de Saigon are symbols of Ho Chi Minh City. You can cover both of them in one go, and while the interior of the post office is enthralling like a window to the marvels of the colonial era, the cathedral is more interesting from outside, originally built with material imported from France.
If you are interested in history, Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network where the Vietnamese resistance lived and tormented the invaders cannot be missed. Moreover, to experience the history of Vietnam, visiting a museum is always a good idea. Very famous sightseeing spots include the War Remnants Museum, the Women’s Museum and the Fine Arts Museum.
Ho Chi Minh City is in the tropics, and very close to the sea, so its climate is steadily warm to hot all year between 21°C and 32°C. Temperatures are slightly cooler between December and April, which is also the dry season. Rains begin in May and become heavy between June and August, but the showers are sudden and short, with the sun usually reappearing fairly quickly.
How to get to Saigon:
Tan Son Nhat International Airport of Ho Chi Minh City is a 20-minute-journey from the city center.
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate, dominated by the south or southwesterly monsoon from May to September and the northeast monsoon from October to April. The southern summer monsoon brings rain to the two deltas and west-facing slopes, while the cold winter monsoon picks up moisture over the Gulf of Tonkin and dumps it along the central coast and the eastern edge of the central highlands. Within this basic pattern there are marked differences according to altitude and latitude; temperatures in the south remain equable all year round, while the north experiences distinct seasonal variations.
In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
In Vietnam you’ll discover one unmistakable fact: Vietnamese people love noodles. They eat them every day, sometimes for every meal. Vietnamese noodles are made from a few basic ingredients, the most common being rice, wheat and mung beans, but a whole sub-cuisine is built on these basics.
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