By train the journey from Bong Son to Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to take from 14 to 16 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Bong Son to Ho Chi Minh City
There are currently 3 train services a day from Bong Son to Ho Chi Minh City available to book online.
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- The fastest train service from Bong Son to Ho Chi Minh City is Train #SE3 which departs from Bong Son at 16:08 and is scheduled to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City 14 hours 22 minutes later at 06:30.
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About Travel to Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city with over 9 million inhabitants. It’s also the economic centre of the country, accounting for around 20% of annual GDP.
History of Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is located in an area previously controlled by the neighbourring Khmer Empire. At that time Ho Chi Minh City was a small town called Prey Nokor. Ethnic Vietnamese immigrants started to come to Prey Nokor in 1623 with the permission of the Khmer Empire. As the century progessed the numbers of Ethnic Vietnamese immigrants increased and by the end of the Century the town and the surrounding area had come under the full control of Vietnam.
The next big change came in 1858 when a combined force of French and Spanish colonialists militarily conquered the town and renamed it Saigon. Under French control the city grew much larger and became heavily influenced by French culture and technology. European settlers always came in large numbers and by the 1920s French citizens accounted for as much as 10% of the city’s population.
France’s influence over the city was abruptly ended in 1976 when Communist forces from North Vietnam gained control of the city, changing the city’s name from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City.
Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City
The majority of foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City choose to stay in the Pham Ngu Lao area of the city. Pham Ngu Lao is at the Western edge of District 1, which is where most of the famous landmarks are located which makes it a convenient place to stay for sightseeing.
The Pham Ngu Lao area is also popular because it has a very wide range of hotels, restaurants and bars catering specifically to foreign visitors. In other parts of the city it can be difficult for foreign visitors because little English is spoken, menus are in Vietnamese, and restaurants tend to close very early in the evening.
Places to Visit in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City covers a very large area, over 2,000 square kilometres, and there are many places of interest to visit. The city’s most popular attractions, however, are nearly all located within District 1 and it’s possible to see pretty much all of them in a single day:
- Ben Thanh Market
- Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
- Saigon Central Post Office
- Tao Dan Park
- Saigon Opera House
- Saigon City Hall and Nguyen Hue pedestrian street
- The Independence Palace