Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a bustling metropolis located in the south of Vietnam with a population of over 8 million. The historic French colonial buildings, juxtaposed with modern style buildings, add to the city’s charm. The heart of the city is District 1 (the downtown) with many historic spots, fantastic restaurants, shopping and parks. In contrast, the school is located in the Phu My Hung neighborhood with 40% green space and walkable residential commercial areas which provides a quiet respite from the bustling downtown area.
Ho Chi Minh City is located 12 degrees above the equator and has a tropical climate. October is near the end of the rainy season so it will be hot and wet with the average temperature.
Saigon offers a vibrant culinary scene ranging from upscale, hotels to tasty street food. Vietnamese food is a balance of sweet, salty and spicy combinations with complex textures. It blends a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables with seafood and other proteins. Vietnam is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and there are coffee shops everywhere. Vietnamese coffee comes in multiple forms from hot and iced to black with or without condensed milk; regardless it’s strong, dense and delicious!