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Ho Chi Minh City Guide
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Right in the heart of Southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounding region are full of history and culture. The area has an energy that’s unique to other Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cities. The city is quickly transforming and has a nice blend of old and new. Fun fact about Ho Chi Minh City: it has over 10 million motorbikes—more than any other city in the world. It’s organised chaos at its finest. In addition to being an exciting destination, Ho Chi Minh City is extremely affordable for Australian tourists. It’s the perfect destination for budget travellers with its low cost of food, entertainment, and accommodation, as well as plenty of cheap flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh.
With about 500 flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh each week, there are plenty of chances for you to set off for Vietnam. Several major airlines fly from Perth to Vietnam, including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air Asia, Scoot, and Vietnam Airlines. All of the flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh have one or two stopovers, but you don’t need to worry about that cutting into your holiday time. Many flights offer short stopovers, getting you from Perth to Ho Chi Minh in about 9 hours. Alternatively, you could book a longer stopover and really make the most of it. Several flights include long stopovers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok, giving you plenty of time to explore another city for a day!
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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
The Saigon Skydeck is located at the top of Ho Chi Minh’s tallest building and has an amazing view over the city. The observation deck has floor to ceiling glass windows, giving you an uninterrupted view of Ho Chi Minh City and the Song Sai Gon River. The Saigon Skydeck is at the top of the Bitexco Financial Building right in the city centre. It’s open from 9:30AM-9:30PM, and tickets cost 200,000 VND (about $11.60). For an especially beautiful view, plan to visit the Saigon Skydeck for sunset.
Learn About the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese Perspective
The Vietnam War was the biggest and most famous event to take place in Vietnam during the 20th century. Throughout Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding region, there are lots of places where you can learn about the events of the war and get a feel for what life was like in Vietnam during that time. The Cu Chi Tunnels are located outside of the city and make for an interesting day trip. There were many different networks of tunnels built underground in Vietnam during the war, and the Cu Chi Tunnels are some of the most famous. They served as a hiding spot for soldiers as well as a way to transport injured soldiers, food, and supplies. Today, you can crawl through the narrow tunnels and see some of the booby traps and weapons that were used during the war.
To learn about the Vietnam War without leaving the city, visit the War Remnants Museum right in the city centre. At this museum, you can learn all about the war from a Vietnamese perspective and see military equipment that was used in the war, including a helicopter, a fighter jet, a military tank, and various weapons.
Ben Thanh Market
Vietnam is known for its great markets and street food. In Ho Chi Minh City, the best place to experience these is at the Ben Thanh Market. The market is full of hawker-style restaurants and food stalls where you can try some delicious Vietnamese food, such as pho, banh mi, and goi cuon. Ben Thanh Market is also a great place to buy souvenirs and local arts and crafts. The atmosphere of the market is authentically Vietnamese and will keep you coming back several times throughout your visit from Perth to Ho Chi Minh!
Mekong River Delta
The Mekong River Delta is located south of Ho Chi Minh and makes for a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Throughout the Delta, you can take boat rides along the river surrounded by lush green trees and plants. The Mekong River Delta is so peaceful and a completely different side to Vietnam than what you experience in the city. While visiting, be sure to check out the Can Tho floating markets. These markets are made up of vendors selling fresh food and local crafts right from their boat. Take a boat ride through the markets for a truly Vietnamese experience.
Experience Ho Chi Minh City’s French Influence
During the 19th century, Vietnam was a colony of France called French Indochina. French missionaries were sent to the region, and French culture heavily influenced Vietnam and Southeast Asia during that time. In 1945, then-President Ho Chi Minh, declared Vietnam’s independence from France. While Vietnam has been independent for more than 70 years, there is still a lot of French influence that you can see throughout Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral were both built in a French style and are an interesting contrast to the Vietnamese architecture around them. The French influence gives Ho Chi Minh City a unique and European feel.
Located right in the city centre, this palace was the home of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It’s known as the place where the Vietnam War officially came to an end in 1975. The leaders of North Vietnam and South Vietnam met here to sign negotiations and reunify Vietnam into one nation. Inside, Reunification Palace has barely changed since that historic date several decades ago. You can explore five levels of the palace where you’ll see war tunnels, a war command room, propaganda materials, and even a casino.
Tao Dan Park
For a quiet escape from busy Ho Chi Minh City, spend some time in Tao Dan Park right in the city centre. The park is full of tropical Vietnamese trees and plants as well as a sculpture garden. The park is a popular spot for locals to visit after work or during their lunch break. Tao Dan Park is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch or a relaxing walk.
Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City
When should you plan your trip from Perth to Vietnam?
Due to its location in the tropics, Vietnam has two seasons—wet and dry. The wet season lasts from May to November. During this season, the weather is very humid, and it rains almost every day. The best time to book flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh is during the dry season between December and April. If you travel from Perth to Vietnam at this time, you’ll experience hot weather, but with moderate humidity and little rain.
Be aware that the Lunar New Year takes place from late January to mid-February. Ho Chi Minh City is full of celebrations during Lunar New Year, so it can be an exciting Vietnamese holiday to experience. However, many shops are closed during the holiday and the city is packed, so booking flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh during the Lunar New Year may not be for everyone.
Departing from Perth
Perth Airport is conveniently located just 12 km east of the CBD. It’s easy to get to and has departing flights from many major airlines. Airlines with flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh include Scoot, Air Asia, Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Vietnam Airlines. Each day, there are about 70 different flight options to get you from Perth to Ho Chi Minh. While there are currently no direct flights Perth to Vietnam, many flights include just one stopover and will have you to Ho Chi Minh Airport in about 9 hours. Perth Airport is divided into four different terminals. The T1/T2 precinct is where you will catch most international airlines and Virgin Australia flights. From the T3/T4 Precinct, you can catch Qantas flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh.
Getting to Perth Airport (PER)
The most affordable way to get from the CBD to the airport is on the city bus. If your flight departs from the T1/T2 Precinct, catch the 380 bus, which starts at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and makes stops at Victoria Park Transfer Station, Burswood Train Station, and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. The 380 bus has plenty of space for luggage, runs every 30 minutes, and gets you to the airport in about a half hour. If your flight departs from the T3/T4 Precinct, catch bus 40 from the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. It departs every 20-30 minutes and gets you to Perth Airport in just over 30 minutes. Tickets for each bus route are $4.80 from the CBD to the airport.
If you would like to take a taxi or an Uber to the airport, you’ll arrive in less than 20 minutes from the city. Taxi fare from Perth CBD costs between $30-$45 to the airport. If you’re heading to the airport from Fremantle, a taxi will get you to there in just over a half hour with fare between $50-$70.
Parking at Perth Airport
Perth Airport offers both Long Term and Short Term parking for all four airport terminals. When you book in advance through the Perth Airport website, you can save up to 30% on your parking. The Long Term car park is perfect for international flights from Perth to Vietnam. It’s located just outside the airport, and a 24 hour shuttle bus comes every ten minutes to take you to the terminals. Parking here costs about $27 per day, but if your Perth to Ho Chi Minh holiday is going to be seven days or more, the weekly rate is $95.
For the most convenient parking right outside your terminal, you may prefer the Short Term car park. There is a Short Term car park located outside each of the airport terminals. From there, it only takes a few minutes to walk from your car into the airport. The Short Term car park costs about $49 per day and $129 per week when you book in advance online.
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh Airport is located 6 km north of the city centre and is the main airport for travellers visiting Vietnam. Flights Perth to Ho Chi Minh Airport arrive in Terminal 2, which is the International Terminal. Ho Chi Minh City is broken up into different districts. District 1 makes up the city centre and is where most of the city’s hotels and attractions are located. There are several quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport into District 1 of the city.
Getting to the city from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport to District 1 of the city is to take a shuttle bus. Outside the terminal, look for a yellow bus with the number 109 or 49 on it. Both buses travel from the Ho Chi Minh Airport into the city centre. Buses come every 20-30 minutes and run from 5:30AM-1AM. The difference between these two buses is that the 109 bus has designated stops in District 1 and the 49 bus takes you directly to your hotel. Popular stops on the 109 bus include Pham Hong Thai, Ben Thanh Bus Station, and 23/9 Park. Tickets for the 109 shuttle bus cost 20,000 VND (about $1.15). Since the 49 bus takes you directly to your hotel, the ticket price is a little more, but is still an affordable 40,000 VND.
With the Ho Chi Minh Airport located so close to the city centre, a taxi is a quick and affordable way to get to your hotel. A taxi ride from Ho Chi Minh Airport to District 1 takes just over 20 minutes and costs between 125,000 to 160,000 VND.