Welcome to Ho Chi Minh

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Located near the Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most exciting city in Vietnam. With a population now almost 8 million people, it’s one of the densest urban areas in the world and it’s common to see houses where several families share the same living space. For a foreigner, visiting Ho Chi Minh is a real experience! It’s a vibrant and an ‘in transition’ city. You’ll be fascinated by its rich cultural and quite recent traumatic history, mixed in with its current modernization. Unlike other cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is also very active at night, with many bars and restaurants to entertain you!

Facts

Population 7,750,900
Currency Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Opening hours Government: 7.30 am-4.30 pm (excluding one-hour lunch). Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Banks: 7.30 am or 8 am-11.30 am and 1 pm-4 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Private shops: 8 am or 8.30 am-9 pm or 10 pm.
Website www.vietnamstay.com
Newspapers Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)
The Thao (Sports)
Saigon Times Daily
Emergency numbers Police 113
Fire Brigade 114
Ambulance 115
Tourist information Head office
45 Le Thanh Ton street, District 1
+ 84 8 38 27 9279