The official tourism website for Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Overview

The People

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) – is a rich land, home to many ethnicities and cultures. It is also a port city, the focal point for economic and cultural exchange with the rest of the world. The Saigonese inherited the characteristics of Southern people, adapting a carefree, generous and sincere attitude to their life. Studies show that natural, social, environmental and historical factors have contributed to the character of Ho Chi Minh City today.

Geographical Location

Ho Chi Minh City covers an area of 2,095.6 square kilometers with a population of over 7.9 million people (as of December 2014). The city is located at 10.5° north of the equator, with an average altitude between 5 and 10m; 1,730km away from Hanoi by road, its city center is 50km away from the east coast as the crow flies. Flowing through the city center is the 106km-long Saigon River, which plays the role of a vital waterway for commercial trade activities.


The city has two distinct seasons: the rainy season (from May to November) and dry season (from December to April next year), with an average temperature from 26 to 28°C. The city has 160 to 270 hours of sunshine per month; the average rainfall reaches 1,949mm/year; air humidity reaches 80% on average per year.


Main ethnic groups: Kinh, Khmer, Hoa, Cham, Indian. Religion: ancestor worship is the main religion, besides that the people also worship the gods of wealth and happiness. Main religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Cao Dai and Hoa Hao.

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Vietnam Visas

Most foreigners wishing to visit Vietnam need to apply for an entry visa in advance. The only exception is if your country has a bilateral consular agreement for visa exemptions. You can check on your government’s website to find if yours is one of the few that apply for this program. A recent change in policy has allowed international tourists a 30-day visa exemption if they enter Phu Quoc island by sea or through the international transit lounge at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City. ...

The code of conduct for tourists to Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, The code of conduct for tourists to Ho Chi Minh City

Things to be aware of when travelling

Everything Vietnamese food is delicious and you will want to try it all. Go ahead and buy a kilo of that strange looking
purple fruit, but be aware of hygiene when you’re eating street food. To be cautious, opt for vendors who already have customers. See also “Health” on page XIV...

Ho Chi Minh City Fact Sheet

Geographic coordinates: 10 11N 106 107E
Total area: 2,095.6km2
Coastline: 15km
Time: UTC/GMT + 7 hours
Climate: Rainy season from May to November
Dry season from December to April

Airline Listings in Ho Chi Minh City

You can find out all available airlines in Ho Chi Minh City here