Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still known locally, is one of the most extraordinary cities in Asia. With a population of close to eight million people, this booming free-market city is ablaze with life.

It is a city of amazing contrasts: elegant new international hotels, exclusive restaurants and bars side-by side with roadside noodle stalls, street children and vociferous cyclo drivers. It is said that there are four million motorbikes and scooters in the city and the battle for road space in rush hour has to be seen to be believed. Bustling, booming, crowded and noisy – all words that barely scratch the surface of the addictive and often mesmerising chaos that is Saigon.