Dynamic HCMC a top spot for tourists
HCM City, formerly known as Saøi Goøn, has emerged from its darkest days to become one of Asia's most exciting cities.
The international travel guide publisher Lonely Planet named Vieät Nam's southern metropolis one of the top 10 places to visit in Asia in 2018.
If you're a first-time visitor and don't have a weeklong holiday in HCM City, it's crucial to experience some of the city's intriguing historic landmarks, vibrant markets, local food and diverse nightlife offerings and activities to make the most of two or three days in the city.
Madeleine Pinder from Canada visited Vieät Nam on a one-week holiday with her husband and three children, starting December 14 with the first three days in HCM City.
"I tried to explore the city with different kinds of transport to have more experiences, so we did different kinds of tours to fully explore the city," Pinder said.
On the first day, the family signed up for a Vespa tour, tried local food and experienced local life and street life at night.
"I discovered the city on the back of a motorbike in the bustling traffic. It was a different experience as I have never done it before in my country," she said.
On the second day, her family chose a half day tour to Cuû Chi guerrilla warfare tunnels by speedboat in the morning and a city tour by bus in the evening.
Her family also took a trip by bus to the Mekong Delta from HCM City the next day and returned in the evening before heading to Hoäi An.
Nguyeãn Ngoïc Haäu, a tour guide at Vietnam Adventure Tours, said most tourists spend two to three days in the city.
Tourists from long-haul markets such as Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan often visit HCM City for two or three days and use it as a transit to explore other popular tourist sites in Mekong Delta, Ñaø Naüng, Hoäi An, Hueá, Haø Noäi and Haï Long Bay for their one-week or 10day holiday, Haäu said.
Tourists from ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia usually travel to Vieät Nam for three or four days, with their first two days in HCM City for sightseeing and shopping before heading off to the Mekong Delta or the southern coastal city of Vuõng Taøu.