Ho Chi Minh City Ranked in Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Southeast Asia

Recently, Hopper - a renowned travel platform in North America - revealed the list of the 10 most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia by US tourists. Ho Chi Minh City made the cut due to its remarkable culture and cuisine that make it a truly outstanding destination for tourists from all around the world.

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At the beginning of the article, Hopper reported that in April 2021, the foreign travel demand of US tourists rose by 10% when compared to the lowest point during the pandemic. Southeast Asia accounted for a considerable 26% of the total search demand.

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Nestled in the heart of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is the ideal starting point for exploring the wonders of the region. From the folksy floating marketplaces of the Mekong Delta to the windswept surfing beaches of Mui Ne, the colonial majesty of Hoi An to the happening resort strips of Nha Trang, the city offers an array of exciting activities and attractions to suit all kinds of travelers. For those looking to get a true taste of the city, a visit to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a must. Here, over a million people each month are looking for flights into the city from the United States, according to Hopper.com. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in local culture, explore some of the city’s vibrant nightlife, or just take in the stunning sights, Ho Chi Minh City will not disappoint.

Vibrant with energy, innovation, and bustling with activity, Ho Chi Minh City is the economic hub of Vietnam and the gateway to the South. This dynamic metropolis effortlessly combines the old and new, creating a unique cityscape that stands as a testament to the past and a beacon for the future. With its vibrant streets, innovative energy, and bustling activity, Ho Chi Minh City is sure to leave an unforgettable impression.

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Photo: Unsplash

Locals in Ho Chi Minh City love to congregate around rusty metal tables for delicious street food. Make sure to try out some of the local favorites, including Banh Mi, Banh Xeo (savory pancakes), and Com Tam (broken rice).

Of all the savory dishes in Ho Chi Minh City, Banh Mi is one of the most popular. This traditional Vietnamese baguette sandwich is the perfect snack for busy tourists who are exploring the city. It is convenient, cheap, and delicious.

Banh Mi typically contains various fillings such as Vietnamese pork sausage, char siu, fried eggs, and pickled vegetables. The combination of sweet, salty, and savory ingredients creates an unbeatable flavor.

If you’re looking for the perfect snack while exploring Ho Chi Minh City, Banh Mi is definitely worth a try!

Hu Tieu is a traditional noodle soup from the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. It is distinct from Pho in that the noodles used are much smaller and firmer. The broth of Hu Tieu is typically made by simmering pork bones and vegetables. A popular variation of Hu Tieu is “Hu Tieu Nam Vang”, which includes pork slices, minced pork, shrimp, quail eggs, and flavorful broth.

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Photo: BestPrice Travel

It is sometimes said that Ho Chi Minh City lacks a specialty dish. However, there is one dish that the city does better than any other location: Com Tam. This is because the city is a melting pot of people from all different parts of the country, each bringing their own local cuisine. Over time, this has resulted in a unique culinary experience that is unique to Ho Chi Minh City.

A typical Com Tam of Ho Chi Minh City is an exquisitely prepared plate of steamed broken rice, topped with succulent grilled pork ribs, egg cake, a sunny-side-up egg, and shredded pork skin, all perfectly complemented by cucumber, tomato, and pickled carrots. To complete the culinary experience, diners are served a small bowl of chili and garlic fish sauce, adding a perfect balance of flavor to the dish.

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Photo: TripAdvisor

It is divided into two seasons in Ho Chi Minh City: the dry season and the rainy season. With its humid subtropical climate, Saigon experiences long, hot, and humid summers; and a well-developed monsoon with seasonal rainfall and thunderstorms. The dry season in this city typically runs from December to April, while the rainy season typically stretches from May to November.

The rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City typically begins in May and lasts until November, followed by the dry season from December to April. During this time, the highest temperature is usually recorded in April, reaching around 39°C, although this is often tempered by occasional showers. Therefore, even if you’re visiting Ho Chi Minh City in the hottest month of the year, you can still enjoy a pleasant and comfortable experience exploring the city.

Ho Chi Minh City boasts an impressive selection of 5-star hotels for those seeking a luxurious holiday. Situated in prime locations, many of these hotels are located in buildings that date back to the French colonial period, offering stunning views of the Saigon River and the bustling traffic below.

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Photo: Accor

In addition to Ho Chi Minh City, there are nine other exciting Southeast Asian destinations to explore: Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Hyderabad, India; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; and Delhi, India. With a wealth of cultural and culinary experiences to enjoy, these cities offer something for every type of traveler. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey!

Charlotte Pho