Thai AirAsia, Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Thai Airways all operate direct flights from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.
Flight Schedule from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Click on the Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh City link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Bangkok - Ho Chi Minh City ฿ 4,022–11,563 1h 25m – 15h
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City depart from both Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 หมู่ 1 Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540 and Don Mueang Airport, 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Khwaeng Sanambin, Khet Don Mueang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand.
Flights from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City arrive into Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Travel to Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, although not the capital city, is Vietnam’s largest city with a population of over 9 million compared to around 5 million in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is also the most prosperous part of Vietnam, accounting for about 20% of the country’s GDP overall.
Western Influence on Ho Chi Minh City
European armed forces took control of what was later to become Ho Chi Minh City in 1958, with France emerging as the ruling colonial power. Saigon, as Ho Chi Minh City was known during the colonial period, became the central point of France’s Indo-China Empire, which included Laos and Cambodia, and received significant investment from the French colonial government. French people also emigrated to Saigon in large numbers. In the 1920s approximately 10% of Saigon’s population was French.
The remnants of French occupation are still clearly apparent in modern day Ho Chi Minh City, although French occupation ended in 1954. Many of the city centre buildings are French in design, the local cuisine is French influenced, including the famous banh mi sandwich, and the city allied itself to western nations during the Vietnam War against a rival state in the north of Vietnam. The renaming of Saigon after the Vietnamese revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, was in large part a symbolic attempt to break this link to France.
Places to Visit in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City covers a large area, over 2,000 square kilometres. The city’s most famous visitors attractions, however, are clustered together in District 1 of the city. District 1 is located on the west bank of the Sai Go River, 7 km by road to the south east of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Many foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City choose to stay in the Pham Ngu Lao area, which is on the western edge of District 1. Pham Ngu Lao has many hotels, restaurants and late night bars catering specifically to foreign visitors. Pham Ngu Lao is also within reasonable walking distance of the main visitor attractions of District 1, which include:
- Saigon Opera House
- The Independence Palace
- Ben Thanh Market
- Tao Dan Park
- Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- Saigon City Hall and Nguyen Hue pedestrian street
- Saigon Central Post Office