Luxury holidays in Ho Chi Minh City
Once a small fishing village of Cambodia and later the capital of the French Cochin-China, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is a diverse and dynamic capital. Expansion in recent years has attracted the attention of international talent, and the restaurant and fashion scenes are now more vibrant than ever. Explore Dong Khoi street for Ho Chi Minh’s premier upscale shopping experience, with après-shopping drinks at one of the area’s chic rooftop bars. If your pockets are feeling substantially lightened, Ben Thanh Market will revive you with a steaming bowl of traditional pho bo and ‘designer’ jeans at a quarter of the price. Outside of the centre, visitors can catch their breath and explore the rich culture at the pagodas of Cholon, or simply float idly down Saigon River and watch as local life passes by.
When to go
Hot year round, Ho Chi Minh reaches peak temperatures in March and April. The best time to visit is during the dryest months from November to March. To experience the festivities of Tet, Vietnam’s largest national festival, visit in late January to early February.