Located on the southern tip of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City sits on the banks of the Saigon River and the shore of the South China Sea. Formerly Saigon, this Vietnamese city was the site of the capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Although no longer the capital, it is still the largest city in Vietnam, boasting over nine-million residents.
From its days as the exotic hub of journalists and military strategists during the Vietnam War, the city has had a reputation for tropical flavors and energetic nightlife. That lives on today, with far less intrigue, and more visitor-friendly infrastructure.
While you are in Ho Chi Minh City, take some time to explore the Reunification Palace. This was the historic site of South Vietnam’s Presidential Palace, where in 1975, tank #843 — a replica of which is now parked on the lawn outside — crashed through the palace gates and ended the war. Ker & Downey’s local guides can arrange a custom and specialized tour for those fascinated by military history. Allow our destination experts to tailor a blend of relaxation, natural exploration, and historical education that will give everyone in your party something to look forward to on the itinerary.
For those who want to delve deeper into the ancient history and modern advances of the city, explore the religious pagodas, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, or Notre Dame Cathedral, a French-built Catholic cathedral in the city center. Busy Ben Thanh Market is an essential stop to experience the flavors of the city, and our guides can help curate your excursion to keep the crowds from overwhelming. You can immerse yourself as much as you like, or as little, knowing that you have comfortable transportation waiting, where you can regain your personal space.
Ker & Downey has developed decades of expertise in helping our clients find just the right interface with the world’s greatest and most intriguing cities. Allow us to introduce you to a Ho Chi Minh City all your own.