Ho Chi Minh City – often referred to as by its former name, Saigon – is not only Vietnam’s largest and most populous city, but also the most cosmopolitan. Ho Chi Minh City is a booming economic powerhouse, with infrastructure and amenities to match. The antithesis of Hanoi’s old-world charm, Ho Chi Minh City is fresh and ever-evolving. Best known for its vibrant nightlife, roaring street food scene and more out-going locals, Ho Chi Minh City is a must for urban adventurers heading to Vietnam. Must See: The Vietnam War is an inextricable part of the country’s history, and its southern hub is no exception. History buffs should put the War Remnants Museum and the Presidential Palace at the top of their list, while lovers of architecture shouldn’t miss the Opera House and the Central Post Office. For a trip beyond the centre, the culturally adventurous will love Cho Lon – the city’s historic Chinatown area – in District 5. Another of the city’s out-of-town gems is the Cu Chi Tunnels, easily accessible in a day trip by speedboat or car. How to get there: By Plane: Arrivals to Ho Chi Minh City will land at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, centrally-located and well connected. Taxis to the city are charged by the meter, and are easy to find at the taxi stands during daytime hours. By Bus: From the north, you are likely to arrive at Mien Dong Bus Station. Buses from Danang arrive in Dinh Bo Linh Station, while buses from Laos or Cambodia normally arrive at either Mien Tay Station or Cho Ben Thanh Station. Transfer from all stations is easiest by taxi. By Train: Those coming from the North arrive in Cach Mang Thang Tam (CMT8), a few kilometres northwest of the city centre. It’s a short taxi or public bus ride away from the popular traveller road, Pham Ngu Lao.