Ho Chi Minh City may have been renamed in 1975, but many people still refer to it as Saigon, and it is the largest metropolitan area in Vietnam, with over 9 million inhabitants. Back in the day it was a thriving port, and is still used to transport goods today, although most people who visit will associate the history with that of the Vietnam War. Tan Son Nhat ... More>airport is the busiest hub in the city, and where most people arrive when landing in Vietnam. Transfer to the centre isn’t too difficult, either by bus or taxi – although we recommend doing a bit of research, as travellers are often the target of scammers when they are fresh off the plane. Whether you are looking for a well-know five star hotels or a local guesthouse on a budget, there is an abundance of hotels in Ho Chi Minh. Booking ahead is advisable because often you can organise transport via the hotel’s reception – taking a little stress out of your journey. There are plenty of historical sites to visit in Ho Chi Minh City and most people’s top five include the Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, City Hall, Central Mosque and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Be sure to leave some time to head out into the Cu Chi district of the city where you can visit the underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong soldiers to aid their resistance against the Americans during the war.