Ho Chi Minh City

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Top Descriptions

For an Asian metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City is surprisingly amenable. Sure the roads are almost impassable on foot thanks to the daily onslaught of motorbikes and taxis, but there’s heaps of history here written across some fine museums and beguiling pagodas. You’ll not want to immerse yourself in the frankly terrible air quality for too long, but if you’ve just arrived to the country (and the region in general) then HCMC – or Saigon as it’s still commonly known – makes for a good enough start. As a backpacker, might even compete with the fading legend that is the Khao San Road in nearby Thailand, and there’s even for that higher class of tourist. For foodies, there is simply an overwhelming amount on offer here, albeit most of it quite Vietnamese. You won’t be more than a few minutes from somewhere decent to chow down, though if you’re new to the city then District 1 is pretty central and would be a good place to start.
 
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Top Tips

If you’re a budget backpacker, you’ll probably want to find cheap digs around . It’s a good place for the youthful to socialise!
Vinasun taxis are a good bet for a reliable and well-priced taxi. Expect the meter to start on about VND11,000 and climb by about VND15,000 every kilometre.
The roads are manic with motorbikes here! You’ll have to cross them slowly and confidently if you don’t want to get stuck waiting to cross ;).
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
Also known as:HCMC, Saigon
 
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Location type:city, urban
 
Religion type:Buddhism, Catholocism, Caodaism, N/A

What can we see or do there?

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Average daily budget:VND924,500

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:6 nights
High season:June to September, December
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, Vietnamese
Timezone:UTC+07:00
Country calling code:84

How can we get there?

Coordinates:10.7989, 106.66076
Geographical feature:Saigon River

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:11
Travel time to attractions:45 minutes
Travel time to next location:2 hours, 30 minutes
 
Size:2,096.5 km2
Altitude:19m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlVND18,000
Beer (national)500mlVND10,000
Fizzy drink1 litreVND14,000
Fruit juice1 litreVND0
Gin (multinational)1 litre
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Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litreVND34,000
Oil1 litreVND26,600
Rum (multinational)1 litre
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Rum (national)1 litreVND0
Vodka (multinational)1 litreVND450,000
Vodka (national)1 litre
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Water1 litreVND8,000
Whisky (multinational)1 litreVND417,000
Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottleVND151,000
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100g
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Apples1kgVND58,500
Bananas1kgVND16,500
Bell pepper1kgVND24,000
Bread1 loafVND20,000
Carrots1kgVND14,000
Chillies1kgVND98,000
Chocolate (multinational)1 barVND16,000
Chocolate (national)1 barVND8,200
Coconut milk1 canVND19,000
Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozenVND25,800
Garlic1kgVND110,000
Ginger1kgVND0
Honey1 jarVND35,000
Ice cream1 unitVND15,000
Jam1 jarVND58,000
Onions1kgVND21,500
Oranges1kgVND0
Pasta1kgVND0
Peanut butter1 jarVND57,200
Peanuts100gVND18,200
Potatoes1kgVND25,500
Raisins100gVND25,000
Rice1kgVND15,000
Sandwich1 unitVND0
Tomatoes1kgVND18,900
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottleVND0
Conditioner1 bottleVND28,000
Condoms1 packVND28,000
Deodorant1 canVND71,900
Floss1 packVND68,000
Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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Laundry soap1 barVND0
Razors1 packVND30,000
Sanitary towels1 packVND21,000
Shampoo1 bottleVND28,000
Soap1 barVND11,000
Tampons1 box
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Toilet roll1 unitVND10,000
Toothpaste1 tubeVND20,000
Washing powder1 boxVND34,000
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 packVND0
Chapstick1 unitVND59,000
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 packVND0
Ibuprofen1 packVND0
Mosquito repellent1 bottleVND0
Nail clippers1 setVND55,000
Plasters1 packVND9,000
Sun cream1 bottleVND0
Sunglasses1 pairVND0
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Batteries4-packVND58,000
Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-packVND0
Cigarettes (national)20-packVND0
Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreVND18,000
Internet1 hourVND15,000
Lighter1 unitVND0
Matches1 packVND0
Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unitVND75,000
Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Bánh mìVND40,000
Breakfast (continental)VND85,000
Breakfast (cooked)VND152,500
Bún (loaded)VND74,500
Bún (simple)VND65,000
BurgerVND98,500
Burger (cheese)VND102,500
Burrito (meat)VND119,000
Cake (slice)VND47,000
CalamariVND110,000
CarbonaraVND91,000
Chicken wingsVND80,000
Chilli con carneVND119,000
Chow mein (meat)VND79,000
Cordon bleuVND90,000
Curry (generic – meat)VND89,500
Curry (Thai)VND109,000
Dumplings (Asian – meat)VND65,000
Eggs (how you like)VND46,667
Fillet (beef)VND120,000
Fillet (fish)VND120,000
Fish and chipsVND109,667
French friesVND45,000
Fried (chicken)VND156,500
Fried (fish)VND97,000
Fried rice (meat)VND85,000
Fried rice (vegetable)VND74,667
Fruit saladVND60,000
Grilled (chicken)VND87,500
Grilled (duck)VND139,000
Grilled (fish)VND97,500
GuacamoleVND89,000
Hot potVND183,000
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Ice cream (scoop)VND51,000
Ice cream (sundae)VND59,000
LasagnaVND109,000
Mashed potatoesVND50,000
NachosVND65,000
Nasi gorengVND80,000
Noodle soup (meat)VND75,000
Noodles (meat)VND96,333
Noodles (vegetable)VND72,000
OctopusVND130,000
OmeletteVND42,500
OystersVND40,000
Pad ThaiVND75,000
Pancake (Asian savoury)VND83,250
Pancake (loaded)VND55,000
Pancake (simple)VND64,333
Pasta (meat)VND91,333
Pasta (vegetable)VND109,000
PhởVND69,000
Pie (sweet)VND79,000
Pizza (loaded)VND139,000
Pizza (simple)VND109,000
Pork chopsVND85,000
PrawnsVND120,000
Quesadilla (meat)VND119,000
Quesadilla (vegetables)VND119,000
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
RibsVND109,500
Rice (meat)VND65,000
Rice (vegetable)VND50,000
Roasted (chicken)VND124,500
SaladVND82,000
Salad (meat)VND176,500
Sandwich (basic)VND360,000
Sandwich (loaded)VND88,000
ShrimpVND91,333
ShwarmaVND89,000
Soup (meat)VND97,000
Soup (vegetarian)VND54,333
Spring rollVND70,500
SteakVND120,000
Stew (meat)VND99,000
Stir fry (meat)VND93,250
Stir fry (vegetable)VND64,000
Sweet and sour (meat)VND92,000
TiramisuVND75,000
Waffles (sweet)VND65,000
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Alcoholic mixed drinkVND62,250
Bailey’s (shot)VND40,000
Beer (multinational)VND30,500
Beer (national)VND26,750
CappuccinoVND51,333
CoffeeVND29,750
EspressoVND37,000
Fruit juice (fresh)VND47,250
Gin (shot)VND43,333
Hot chocolateVND47,000
Iced coffeeVND31,333
Iced teaVND28,667
MilkshakeVND62,667
Rum (shot)VND43,333
SmoothieVND56,250
Soft drinkVND25,750
TeaVND29,000
Tea (herbal)VND44,500
Tequila (shot)VND40,000
Vodka (shot)VND43,333
Water (2L)VND52,500
Whisky (shot)VND43,333
Wine (bottle)VND242,500
Wine (glass)VND40,000

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