Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, formerly (until 1976) Saigon (this name is still used by inhabitants), largest city in Vietnam. It was the capital of the French protectorate of Cochinchina (1862–1954) and of South Vietnam (1954–75). The city lies along the Saigon River (Song Sai Gon) to the north of the Mekong River delta, about 50 miles (80 km) from the South China Sea. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnamese city at its most wilderness: a energetic city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its incredible energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but take part in this adventure. From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of backpackers hostels, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls with street food, the posh boutiques to the city markets, HCMC is a city of energy and contrasts.


passport-cardFounder as Gia Định 1698

light-bulbRenamed to Ho Chi Minh City



19 Urban districts, 5 Suburban districts

areaArea (total)

2,096.56 km2

popuationPopulation (December 2017)


gdpGRDP per capita

US$ 6,389

timezoneTime zone


websiteOfficial Website