A place where sleek glass skyscrapers clash with dingy market alleys, where one minute you can be in a pristine mall epitomising 21st-century capitalism, the next in an ancient temple shrouded in incense smoke, Ho Chi Minh City, previously Saigon, is a city of endless discovery.
Traditions and ancient cultures whirl together with commerce and ambition to create a chaotic experience of perpetual motion and endless discoveries. Jump into the tsunami of mopeds that flows unstoppably between the bright neon lights, coming to rest at a lively street food spot or a boutique spa.
This is Vietnam at it’s most overwhelming and addictive. The heavy presence of troubles still fresh in the mind of many of those who live here, there is a certain warmth to their hospitality that is unmatched in many parts of the world, and an evening spent with a few Saigon’s, some impeccably cooked food and a lively music is an evening you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
If you could pick one month, February would be a great one, when humidity is low and there’s hardly any rain. It’s warm all year round of course, in fact it can get seriously sweaty, but December offers a little respite if you can time it to arrive then.