A Guide for Traveling from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has emerged from its darkest days to become one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia. It boasts vibrant street life, modern buildings, and warm weather all year round. Starting from the Cambodian capital, you can book flights from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City to visit this beautiful place.
Flights From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
The average price for these flights is around $213 and it will take you approximately 58 minutes to get from Phnom Penh to the largest city of Vietnam. Although flights from Cambodia to Vietnam are quite expensive due to lack of competition, you can still find cheap flights from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in the period of September to December.
When is the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City?
Anytime in the year can be a good time to visit Ho Chi Minh as climate is pleasant and the city rarely suffers from natural disasters like the Central or Northern Vietnam. However, the best time to pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh City is the dry season, starting from December and lasting until April. This period of the year is known to be the hottest, with average temperature of 28 °C, but there’s less humidity, which makes it much more bearable. If traveling in late December, you will have a chance to experience Christmas and New Year in Saigon while Vietnam’s Lunar New Year falls between late January and the middle of February.
Top attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Located at the Paris Square in Saigon downtown, this building attracts not only Catholics but also a large number of visitors for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere.
Ben Thanh Market
There is no doubt that Ben Thanh Market is absolutely a must-go place in Ho Chi Minh City. At this bustling market, you can find everything Saigonese need for their daily life from clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry to kitchen ware, grocery, sweets, and coffee.
Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theatre)
Modelled on the Petit Palais in Paris, this typical example of French colonial architecture is lying charmingly in the heart of the city and regularly hosts some of the city's best concerts. The currently most famous show you can watch at the Saigon Opera House is the AO Show.
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings and also one of the top attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel, this building fascinates tourists by its interior from working phone booths to hand-painted maps on the walls that depict Saigon in 1892.