Flights to Ho Chi Minh City will arrive at Tan Son Nhat, which is the largest international hub for the country. Passengers waiting for Ho Chi Minh City flights can find refreshments in the café, and there is a duty-free shop in the departure area on the second floor. There are currency exchanging services and ATM terminals as well as telephones and a post office. There is no business center or conference area, but there is free wireless Internet access available for travelers to use after their cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City land. From the airport you can take a bus or taxi, but keep in mind that many taxis will charge airport taxes on top of the fare.
Taxis are an affordable mode of transportation when you want to travel around town. The fares are not regulated, so ask around to find the companies that are most reasonable. Avoid the ones geared towards tourists as they may charge triple the average fare. If on a budget you can get about by city bus. Also you can travel by train for longer distances, though this is more expensive.
One of the most celebrated historical sites of Ho Chi Minh City is the Independence Palace, a landmark reminiscent of old Saigon before its fall in 1975. A few more noteworthy museums are the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of Vietnamese History, and Ho-Chi-Minh Museum. Some interesting sacred sites are the Central Mosque, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Thien Hau, Quan Am and Phung Son Tu Pagodas. If you are interested in some local folk performances you should see the Xin Chao Performance, which is a history lesson, acrobatics and martial arts show all rolled into one dynamic performance.
If you saved money on your airfare to Ho Chi Minh City, you might want to do some shopping. You can buy Vietnamese crafts made from resin from any part of the city, but if you want higher quality trinkets you should visit Dong Khoi and its adjacent streets. Ben Thanh Market is popular for its smorgasbord of goods, but be very wary of thieves. If you want to shop for exotic wares, spices, and Chinese medicines you should check out Chợ Bình Tây in Chinatown. There is a huge selection of affordable Vietnamese and international cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City. You can pick up tasty snacks from stalls or dine in sit-down establishments in any district. Bars and clubs are just as plentiful, but some places will charge a little more than others, especially if they offer live music with no cover charge.
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