Saigon and City Tours in Ho Chi Minh City
Helpful advice from us and our travellers so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
Is Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City the same?
Yes, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon. Even though the city got its current name in 1975 after the reunification of Vietnam, the name of Saigon is still used both domestically and internationally, and can bring some confusion to unaware tourists.
What are the main landmarks of Saigon?
The city boasts an architectural mix of French colonial style and traditional Eastern buildings. The must-see landmarks are the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, Giac Lam Pagoda, and you can also lose yourself in the rowdy atmosphere of Ben Thahn Market.
Is Saigon a safe city to visit?
It is a perfectly safe city for tourists, provided you avoid scammers preying on visitors. Common tricks include the money switch, performed by motorbike and taxi drivers quickly switching whatever money you give them for a smaller sum and getting upset at you; groin grab, by attractive girls on the street distracting men on the street while another one empties his pockets; fake taxis and travel companies, that's you should only trust Vinasun (white taxis) and Mai Linh (green taxis) or use an app like Uber; and, in general, be extra careful with people offering services or products on the street since they might try to charge you crazy amounts of money somehow.