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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

According to Fodor's Guide to Vietnam, 4th Edition, published 2016, under Introduction to Ho Chi Minh City on page 38: Still called Saigon by most residents, According to National Geographic ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

My wife is Vietnamese, and her entire family. I also visited Vietnam with them previously. They all spent most of their life in Vietnam prior to moving to another country. When I inquired (while ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I was born and grew up in Saigon. Saigon has always been and will forever be Saigon. Don't call it by any other name! A historical allusion to these naming is Leningrad, which, similar to most ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

No. Everyone will be fine with it. Ho Chi Minh City is the official name of the city, you need to use it in all paper work. No exception. The Vietnamese who stays in Ho Chi Minh City and its ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I'm Vietnamese born and raised in Saigon. No, most Vietnamese would not be offended if you were to use Saigon instead of HCM. I said "most" because obviously there will always be a minority of people ...
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Is a bike tout in Ho Chin Minh a scam for tourists?

It is to scam you out of your money. They offer prices significantly above market, around 3-5X times what you would pay for a taxi in the area. Some of them will offer more elaborate plans like taking ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

There are two aspects to it. One is simply that Ho-Chi-Minh City is the official name. Calling that city Saigon is somewhat like calling Tokyo by its former name Edo, calling India's Chennai Madras, ...
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Are there any luggage lockers in Ho Chi Minh City?

There are definitely luggage lockers at Ho Chi Minh airport, although this might not be ideal for you. Unfortunately the internet says that there are no luggage lockers in the train station. Your best ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I am a native Hanoian and to me, Ho Chi Minh city and Sai Gon can be used interchangeably, nothing offensive. People like me more consider Sai Gon as a short, convenience and informal name of Ho Chi ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

Vietnamese residents (southerners) refer to the central urban area (Districts 1 and 5) as Sài Gòn, and as a destination on transport, it's usually Sài Gòn. The expat community tend to use Saigon to ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

It's pretty like Saint Petersburg to Leningrad, Aéroport de Paris Nord to Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle or Edwinton to Bismarck. Calling the city Sài Gòn could be considered offensive: NO. But ...
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Which is my port of entry?

Your port of entry is Ho Chi Minh City. You have written yourself that you will take a domestic flight with a different airline later. That is just internal travel in Vietnam. You will enter Vietnam ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I live and work in Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon to most people is 1, 2, or three things. the suburb known as district 1 which was once the original old town of Saigon which grew outward from the river. ...
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Do I need multiple-entry visa for Vietnam if only transiting airport the second entry?

The question is not only will you be forced to go through immigration, but when you board the plane in Siem Reap, will the gate agent believe you that you be forced to go through immigration. If ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

Well it is not offensive to call it either way since people use both names but officially it is Hồ Chí Minh city since it used to be Sài Gòn​ until the North won the war and communism started so then ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I'm Vietnamese and here's the fun fact: "Ho Chi Minh city" is the official name of the city but Vietnamese people rarely call that name, we prefer Saigon. Why? For some people living in South Vietnam, ...
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Are there any luggage lockers in Ho Chi Minh City?

SG Capsule at 36 le Loi, district 1. It is a hostel but also supply professional luggage storage service. You can search and make an appointment with them on their Facebook.
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Travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Kampot

I lived in Phnom Penh for a few years and the route I would recommend based on my preference of comfort and price is. If starting from HCMC: Get the Giant Ibis bus which out of the 4 bus companies ...
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