Living culture in Ho Chi Minh City

Once was called the Pearl of the Far-East, Saigon Gia Dinh – later renamed as Ho Chi Minh City – has never failed that title. Ho Chi Minh City is one of Vietnam’s key cultural, trading and education hubs. It is also famous for the architecture and lifestyle represent special Vietnamese traits with contemporary touch of American and French characteristics.

1. Climate

Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical climate with two seasons: wet and dry. The average humidity throughout the year is between 78 per cent and 82 per cent.
Most days have high temperatures ranging between 30 degrees Celcius and 37 degrees Celcius. The hottest days are in April and May, with the coolest December to March.

At night, the lowest temperatures are 22 – 25 degrees Celcius.

In the wet season, May to October, it rains heavily most days for around an hour in the afternoon.

2. Food

For anyone with a passion for food, studying and living in Ho Chi Minh City is a good chance to experience not only Pho (traditional soup) and Com Tam (broken rice)  but also many diverse flavours, from restaurant food to street food.

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Vietnamese are passionate about their food which can be found anytime within a dayThere is a wide range of street food such as Vietnamese sandwiches, grilled seafood, rice paper salads, crab soup, sweet deserts and many other dishes served in small food stalls located at almost every street corner. However, in order to experience the best tastes of street food, you need to know the right places, and the easiest way to do that is getting recommendations from local friends. Your Vietnamese buddies not only advise you about the places providing good dishes but also hygienic ones.

3. Accommodation

The standard of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh is, by and large, good. great. There is a wide range of guesthouses, houses and apartments catering to all budgets, depending on location, lifestyle and individual circumstances.

For those who enjoy the liveliness of the city centre, Districts 1 and 3 are the places to live. Their narrow, multi-floored town houses are ideal places to experience a dynamic, colourful day and night-life with bars, cafes and street food stalls opening until early morning. 

4. Transportation

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Most international students are familiar with the image of cars as the common vehicle in their country. In Ho Chi Minh City, students  may experience new forms of transport.

The majority of local students as well as Vietnamese people use motorbikes for transportation. However, if you do not know how to ride a motorbike or you do a license you can utilise buses, taxis or motorbike taxi (so called “Xe Om” in Vietnamese). The bus system in Ho Chi Minh City covers most locations including supermarkets, shopping centres, sight-seeing spots, etc. With only US$0.25 to US$1.00 depending on the distance, students can easily go to school or hang out with friends. Taxis and motorbike taxis are also cheap, costing about US$0.6 for the first two kilometres.

5. Entertainment and recreation

Unlike the gentle & classic beauty of Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city with a number of entertainment forms,  day and night. You can learn about the history of the city by visiting famous museums such as: War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Reunification Palace. After visiting the Reunification Palace, you can take a walk around the nearby park to enjoy the warm atmosphere and the special morning coffee of some small coffee shops along the pavement.

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