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Origin Destination Price R/T Dates Airline
London LHR     to     Ho Chi Minh City SGN £371 03/02 - 03/23 Air China
London LON     to     Ho Chi Minh City SGN £450 11/23 - 09/21 Cathay Pacific

A Vietnamese city with French sophistication

Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam, situated on the banks of the Saigon River. Visitors come to this historical city to shop, eat and explore the ancient heritage. Take a tour of Ho Chi Minh’s sights of architectural importance such as the People's Court, City Hall and the Reunification Palace. Explore the districts to see the comparison between magnificent French colonial structures and the skyscrapers of the business area. Established in the 18th century visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and climb the towers. Watch the eyes of the Virgin Mary statue positioned in front of the church, reported by worshippers to have shed real tears. The Revolutionary Museum and Museum of Vietnamese History are two of the most popular attractions in the city; the Ho Chi Minh City Museum and Fine Arts Museum are home to a large collection of paintings and sculpture.

Why Go?
Travel to Ho Chi Minh to marvel at the mix of architectural styles; a remarkable history of dynasty rule and French colonial influences are evident in the buildings, streets and monuments. Tour Vietnamese attractions and learn about Ho Chi Minh’s turbulent past in the museums and exhibitions.

When To Go?
Ho Chi Minh like most of Vietnam is affected by a Tropical climate with distinctive wet and dry seasons. A high humidity makes hard work of any active pursuits during the months of April and May with average temperatures reaching 39°C. The rainy season begins at the end of May through to November with showers and thunderstorms appearing frequently. The dry season runs from January and is considered the best time to visit with average daily temperatures exceeding 28°C.

How To Get There?
Ho Chi Minh City is served by Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) also known as Ho Chi Minh City Airport, located 6km (approximately 4 miles) from the city centre. Indirect flights are available with one and two stops from London Heathrow with Air China and Korean Air. Stop-over destinations include Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. A taxi desk can be found inside the terminal, passengers can opt for a coach service into the city.

Must See?
Dating from 1865, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is one of oldest in the world and a must-see for a first-time visit to Ho Chi Minh. Stroll through the park to see a variety of animals and join in on a scheduled petting session to learn more about exotic birds and mammals. Ben Thanh Market is one of the city’s most historic structures and a great place to get an authentic feel for Ho Chi Minh. Families, couples and groups of young people browse the stalls and shops of this large market. Pick up a trinket or sample Vietnamese snacks from one of several vendors.

Airlines that fly London to Ho Chi Minh City nonstop

Airline ▼ Flight No. Depart Arrival Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Valid
Air France 1381 06:40a 07:10a 12/07/2016 - 27/10/2016
Air France 1081 06:55a 07:10a 20/09/2016 - 27/10/2016
Air France 1081 07:05a 07:10a 30/10/2016 - 25/12/2016
Air France 1681 09:40a 07:10a 30/10/2016 - 30/12/2016
Air France 1681 09:45a 07:10a 07/07/2016 - 29/10/2016
British Airways 304 07:20a 07:10a 30/10/2016 - 30/12/2016
British Airways 304 07:25a 06:05a 09/10/2016 - 23/10/2016
British Airways 233 08:35a 08:50a 30/10/2016 - 27/11/2016
British Airways 306 08:40a 07:10a 30/10/2016 - 25/12/2016
British Airways 306 08:50a 07:10a 27/09/2016 - 25/10/2016
British Airways 235 10:15a 08:50a 30/10/2016 - 27/11/2016
British Airways 235 10:55a 10:35a 23/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
British Airways 17 12:45p 01:30p 26/06/2016 - 28/10/2016
British Airways 17 01:00p 01:45p 30/10/2016 - 23/12/2016
British Airways 9 03:00p 12:50p 30/10/2016 - 01/01/2017
British Airways 9 04:05p 12:50p 26/06/2016 - 28/10/2016
British Airways 31 06:30p 06:30p 30/10/2016 - 23/12/2016
British Airways 31 06:40p 05:55p 26/06/2016 - 29/10/2016
British Airways 33 06:50p 06:05p 30/10/2016 - 01/01/2017
British Airways 11 07:05p 06:45p 30/10/2016 - 23/12/2016
British Airways 11 08:00p 06:35p 26/06/2016 - 28/10/2016
British Airways 33 08:15p 06:45p 26/06/2016 - 28/10/2016
British Airways 105 08:25p 07:40p 30/10/2016 - 01/01/2017
British Airways 27 09:00p 10:35p 31/10/2016 - 05/11/2016
British Airways 109 09:25p 08:00p 09/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
British Airways 15 09:35p 09:30p 30/09/2016 - 29/10/2016
British Airways 15 09:45p 09:30p 30/10/2016 - 01/01/2017
British Airways 27 09:55p 10:35p 29/10/2016 - 29/10/2016
British Airways 105 10:25p 07:40p 29/10/2016 - 29/10/2016
Finnair 3126 07:30a 07:30a 02/11/2016 - 21/12/2016

Frequent flyer mileage calculator

The distance between London and Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 6347 miles.