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Ho Chi Minh City Layover Tips for Flight Attendants | WOC

Ho Chi Minh City Layover Tips for Flight Attendants | WOC

Ho Chi Minh City attractions are a vibrant mix of old and new, with well-preserved colonial structures and war relics from the devastating Vietnam War as well as sleek skyscrapers and huge shopping malls against a metropolis backdrop. There are plenty of ornate pagodas and Buddhist temples to visit and photograph as well. Explore this beautiful city during your layover with this short guide for flight attendants!

What to do in Ho Chi Minh City for 24h – 48h

Getting around the city


For foreign visitors, getting around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by taxi is more convenient if you don’t know the language or are unfamiliar with the city.

Xe Om (Motorcycle Taxi)

A common yet interesting mode of transportation in Vietnam is Xe Om or motorcycle taxis, where you will be weaving through the bustling traffic with an experienced driver. It’s also fairly inexpensive as it’s priced between VND 10,000 and VND 15,000 depending on your destination.


The three-wheeled cyclo is a diminishing transportation in Saigon, mostly found nearby popular landmarks, temples, restaurants, and bars.


Serving more than 100 routes around Ho Chi Minh City, buses are great for exploring the city on a tight budget. Easily distinguished by its white and green exterior, all buses are fitted with comfortable seats and air-conditioning, with tickets priced as low as VND 300.

Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City for Cabin Crew

Saigon’s Local Markets

Explore the local markets of the city during cool mornings. Popular venues such as District 1 and 2, Ben Thanh and Binh Tay (or Cholon) open as early as 06:00 with local vendors selling fresh produce, household supplies, prepacked food items, and handicrafts.

Saigon local market - WOC layover tips

WOC layover tip: We recommend visiting on an empty stomach to enjoy authentic Vietnamese street food such as pho noodles, spring rolls, banh xeo (crispy pancake), and banh bao (steamed bun with pork filling).

Historical attractions

District 1 houses most of Saigon’s historical landmarks, from classic French architecture to preserved wreckages of American war planes. Whether you’re exploring on foot or opting for a cyclo tour, make sure you visit these places:

Reunification Palace

reunification-palace - WOC layover tips

The palace is like a time capsule frozen in 1975 with two of the original tanks used in the capture of the palace parked in the grounds. The Reunification Palace is a landmark not to be missed by any tourist visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the palace hides secret rooms, antique furniture and a command bunker within its eerie corridors.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral - WOC layover tips

It was built in the late 1880s by French colonists and is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. The cathedral’s distinctive neo-Romanesque features include the all-red brick façade (which were imported from Marseille), stained glass windows, two bell towers containing six bronze bells that still ring to this day, and a peaceful garden setting in the middle of downtown Ho Chi Minh City District 1.

Central Post Office

saigon post office - WOC layover tips

The Post Office  is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire.

You can also take a tour package to explore the city. Contact Ms. Jenny Hoang at Lac Hong Tours (M: 0084932118797, Email: [email protected]) and avail a WOC discount of 10%!

Food & Entertainment in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Opera House

opera-house - WOC layover tips

Built in 1897, the restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts including ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and plays. Performances are advertised around the building and information can be found in the state-operated tourist information centre close by.

City Nightlife

Housing boisterous street bars and pubs, cheap eats, live music, and a casual ambience, Pham Ngu Lao Street is a popular place for backpackers looking to mingle with the locals while enjoying cheap bia hoi (Vietnamese beer) on the roadside. Must-visits here include The View Rooftop Bar, Glow Skybar Saigon, Go2 and Crazy Buffalo Nightclub.

Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

This hole-in-the-wall banh mi joint is busy day and night with locals zipping up on motorbikes for stacks of excellent baguettes stuffed with pork, pork and more pork in tasty ways you may not have known existed. Street standing room only.

Flight Attendants discounts in Vietnam

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Vietnam. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover !

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Any fun experiences to share from your layover in Ho Chi Minh City?

How was your layover in Ho Chi Minh City? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!


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