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hanoi or ho chi min?which is the better and why?

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1. Posted by dar egan (Budding Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

what is your preference and why?are they as crazy as they look?ive heard a lot of people say ho chi min is a lot friendlier to tourist,is this true?

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3915 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I much preferred Hanoi to HCMC- I loved the city (my favourite in Asia in fact!) and thought it was friendlier, prettier and there was much more to do than HCMC.

3. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Bex,

Its a vague question, but when you say more to do, what kind of things do you mean? What kind of things did you get up to in Hanoi?


4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think the residents of HCMC are a bit more friendly to tourists than HaNoi. But, I enjoyed both. Plenty of things to see in both cities. However, I was ready to leave both of them after a few days.

I prefer the smaller cities, DaLat, Hoi An, Nha Trang than being with millions of others all rushing to get somewhere. Spend your time outside of the big cities and you will have a better experience, IMO.

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

HCMC was an ok city that I enjoyed for a couple days. But Hanoi was a fantastic city and one of my favorites in the world. I spent about 5 days there I think and enjoyed every moment. It's a beautiful city. It's also a great base for the North because you can spend 2 weeks or more taking short trips from Hanoi to places like Sapa, Halong Bay, Perfume Pagoda and Tam Coc.

6. Posted by jtricia (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I haven't been to HCMC but I was in Hanoi in 2000 and absolutely loved it. One of my favourite cities in the world!

7. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im flying to Hanoi in July for a few months, and looking forward to it even more now!

8. Posted by kidd27 (Respected Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

HCM city is definitely not as notorious as Bangkok. If you're into sightseeings & doing some light, cheap shopping, HCM city has plenty to offer. With the likes of Ben Thanh & Bin Thay markets, you can take you leisure time to sample some authentic Vietnamese food especially in Ben Thanh when you start your day early as well as its night food stalls. All types of goodies are also available at this 2 markets. Bin Thay market is located at the Chinatown district where if you'd like to get things such as seafood produce, there are abundant here. Apart from shopping, you also have lots of temples and pagodas to visit here in HCM city. The best option is to get on the xe-om (motorbike taxi) for a 1 day city tour. Costs is around VND50,000 per hour. You can complete the city excursion within 6 hours. Other itineries should also include a 1 days combination of the Cao Dai temple and Cu Chi Tunnels. Mekong River cruise is also worth to visit to complete your trip to HCM city. All in all, I would say, its a bargain for your budget to give HCM a go. I have not been to Hanoi, so can't comment about it but I believe, the atmosphere in Hanoi would be much better I believe. In terms of the wheather, its much pleasant at the North minus the summer (Jun-Sept). Perhaps, people in Hanoi don't speak as much English as in HCM city too. Then again, due to the climate difference, the scenaries in Hanoi would definitely be nicer as compared to HCM which has hot & wet climate all year round. I will definitely suggest that you give HCM a try.