Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was “officially” renamed Ho Chi Minh City. However the old Saigon name is still used by both Vietnamese and foreigners, especially when referring to the most central part of the city to which most tourists flock.

Budget car rental offers English-speaking drivers and new model vehicles. A pick-up from the airport by a chauffeured car can be arranged online, or at booths in the airport terminal.

While the use of a chauffeur arranged through a transfer service will be more expensive than a taxi, the convenience of having a driver waiting for you as you leave customs can be more than worthwhile, especially if you are arriving late at night after a long flight or are burdened with luggage and children.