Known in the past as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is in the heart of southern Vietnam between the Mekong Delta and the southeastern region of volcanic red soil. Located between two dominant terrains, the area surrounding Saigon Port is a mix of natural forest, plains, and a long coastline, all of which are intertwined with rivers and canals. The Saigon river surrounds the city and connects it with the East Sea.
There is much to see and do in Saigon Port ‐ too much to be listed in this article. For comprehensive information on the many attractions and opportunities in Saigon Port, visit the Ho Chi Minh City tourism website. Saigon Port is a city of contrast. Traditional culture mixes with cosmopolitan city life, and the people represent the young and old as well as the rich and the poor.
Saigon Port enjoys a tropical climate and high humidity with two distinct seasons. The rainy season lasts from May until late November, and the dry season lasts from December until April. The temperatures range from a high of 34 °C (91 °F) in March to a low of 21 °C (70 °F) in January.
One of the most popular attractions in Saigon Port is Reunification Palace (the old name is Independence Palace). This restored five-floor building is much the same as it was the day the United States pulled out in 1975. The Presidential Palace of South Vietnam, construction on the palace began in 1962 and ended in 1966. The interior recalls the 1960s with vintage phones, radios, and office equipment. While tours are both free and available, they are not necessary. The grounds house an outdoor cafe. At the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Palace is both a tourist attraction and a meeting facility. The meeting rooms hold up to 500 people and are fully equipped. Within the Palace grounds are the old guest house, a conference hall, and a restaurant.
Saigon Port's Tao Dan Cultural Park is a popular entertainment venue with the city's residents. Covering about 10 hectares and containing over one thousand trees, the park is an ideal green space offering shade throughout the day. Open day and night, the park is open for walking, exercising, and relaxation for everyone.Visitors to Saigon Port should check out the city's many traditional markets. Offering many thousands of items, shoppers can find cheap souvenirs and unexpected treasures.
For a comprehensive list of scheduled cruises, travelers who want to visit Saigon Port by sea can check out the Cruise Compete website.