For foreign visitors, getting around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by taxi is more convenient if you don't know the language or are unfamiliar with the city.

During day time it can be quite hot, so waiting for a bus and walking after getting off the bus is tiring. If you want some fun though, you can travel the whole day in the city by bus and it will cost you very little. Almost every bus is air conditioned and many are quite new.

There are more than 30 companies registered to operate public transport with over 2,500 buses on more than 115 routes to all districts in Ho Chi Minh City and to nearby provinces Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Tay Ninh and Long An.

Fare for one time use starts from VND3,000 per person. Small denomination bank notes are better for buses. Some of the city bus routes can be found at http://www.saigonbus.com.vn/vi.html

Popular routes:

* Ben Thanh Market - Binh Tay Market: Bus number 1

* Ben Thanh Market - Tan Son Nhat International Airport: Bus number 152

* Ben Thanh Market - Dam Sen Water Park: Bus number 11

Train can be used if you want to travel to other provinces. The Vietnam Railways website is http://www.vr.com.vn/English/Banggiave/

Another great site for train travel in Vietnam is Seat 61