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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          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
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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
              DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
              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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