Photo: On the streets of Saigon.

A weekend in Saigon

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With the every-growing options for budget flights in Southeast Asia, jetting off for a weekend has never been easier. And with a bit of planning, Saigon can be a terrific getaway.

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This trip is based around a Friday late afternoon arrival and a Sunday evening departure, or in other words, two nights and two days in Vietnam’s most populous city. Of course, this itinerary can be done any day of the week and the more days the better. You can easily fill a week exploring Saigon and the outlying areas.

Easy to get here. Photo taken in or around A weekend in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Easy to get here. Photo: Stuart McDonald


If skipping in from another country on a low-cost flight, look to book well in advance as this is the best chance of snagging the low fares. AirAsia, Jetstar, Scoot, VietJet Air and Nok Air all offer cheap flights into Ho Chi Minh City, with the bulk of these coming in from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Keep an eye out for special deals from long-haul carriers that are allowed to drop off on the short-hop.


Check for up to date visa requirements as Vietnam changes its visa rules with regularity. As of 2017, some nationalities from select Asian, Nordic and European countries get a visa exemption for stays under 15 days—perfect for the weekend getaway. For most nationalities however, you will need a visa for Vietnam, available at Vietnamese consulates and embassies around ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ho Chi Minh City? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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