Live abroad

6 reasons why you should move to Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Chi Minh City

Joanna Horanin

Like my website?

Current condition

Weather in Ho Chi Minh City

Moderate or heavy rain with thunder



Feels like 28.3😎


UV index



Air quality index


Last updated at 20/05/2024, 17:45

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

I came to Ho Chi Minh City with no expectations. I didn’t know much about it. I knew big cities weren’t for me, so I thought Saigon and I wouldn’t like each other very much.

On the way from the airport I was looking at the streets through my taxi’s window. To my surprise I already liked it there. Buildings were bright and colourful, there were lots of parks and the streets were wide enough to accommodate thousands of vehicles.

On my second day I already knew that I liked Ho Chi Minh City. Later on I thought that it had been a mistake to move to Da Nang instead here and I made a promise to myself that one day I will come back and live in Saigon for a couple of months.

Here are 6 reasons why I think you should move to Ho Chi Minh City.

1. Culture


You can see AO Show at the Royal Opera House

It was the first time in 3 years that I attended a performance at a theatre. Chiang Mai didn’t deliver much culture of this sort and I missed galleries and going to a musical, or a play, once in a while.

Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of places where you can get your dose of entertainment on a good level. Don’t forget to see the AO Show at the Royal Opera House when you’re in Saigon.

2. Nightlife


Enjoy the nightlife in Saigon

There are so many clubs and bars in Ho Chi Minh City that it would take you a lifetime to visit them all. You can have a party in style on one of the fashionable rooftops, or you can go to Bui Vien Street for a pint at one of the bars for backpackers.

3. Transport


Traffic in Vietnam is chaotic

Traffic in Vietnam might be chaotic and hectic, but there are great alternatives to riding a motorcycle. Taxis here are cheap and very reliable. There are Uber and GrabTaxi, which you can use both for cars and motorbikes. The prices are either fixed or drivers use meters, so you won’t be ripped off as it often happens in Bangkok.

4. Food


Food in Saigon is delicious

I absolutely enjoyed food in Saigon. Everywhere I went dishes were freshly prepared and they surprised me with delicious tastes and full flavour. I discovered some great places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City and I want to go back for more.

5. Cost of living


Because Saigon is so large and varied, finding a cheap place to live here is easy

I found Saigon to be much more affordable than Da Nang. You can find cheap apartments and houses to live here and the street food is not only delicious, but also cheap compared to the one we found in Hoi An and Da Nang.

6. Travel opportunities


Bui Vien Street is lined with tour agencies where you can book your next trip

Ho Chi Minh City’s airport is the biggest in the country and operates flights to many destinations in Asia, Europe and Vietnam. Mekong Delta is just round the corner and you can get to Vietnam’s most popular beaches quickly and without a hassle.