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Ho Chi Minh City

City Information


Ho Chi Minh City (VietnameseThành phố Hồ Chí Minh, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon (VietnameseSài Gò), is the largest city in Vietnam. The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu MộtBiên HòaVũng Tàu, Dĩ An, Thuận An and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 10 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam. The city's population is expected to grow to 13.9 million by 2025



The Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area, a metropolitan area covering most parts of the south-east region plus Tiền Giang Province and Long An Province under planning, will have an area of 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) with a population of 20 million inhabitants by 2020.



It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer seaport prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after revolutionary leader Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still unofficially widely used)


Mostly people travel by the motorcycle, several taxi companies and ‘Saigon Bus’ are in service. The city is served by Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, the largest airport in Vietnam in terms of passengers handled. However Long Thành International Airport is scheduled to begin operating in 2025. Long Thành Airport will serve international flights, with a maximum traffic capacity of 100 million passengers per year when fully completed



Agreement  : Agreement on Establishment of Friendly Relations


The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Kingdom of Thailand (hereinafter collectively referred to as “the Parties”);

            With the desire to establish friendly relations between the two cities in furtherance of the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Thailand;

            Have agreed as follows:

1. Both Parties agreed to establish friendly relations and shall create mechanisms for its implementation within their respective jurisdiction, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, in conformity with the laws and policies of Viet Nam and Thailand, the international agreements inked by the two countries or to which both countries are signatories.

2. Both Parties shall maintain their regular meetings at high-ranking level to review the implementation of this Agreement and discuss solutions to difficulties and problems that may arise in the process.

3. Both Parties shall provide favorable conditions and suitable ground to exchange information and experiences, attentively promote cooperation in the Parties’ strong and advantageous areas, especially in trade, investment, education and training, science and technology, culture and tourism, urban planning and development, environment.

4. This Agreement does not create binding obligations between the Parties. Nothing in this Agreement precludes either of the Parties from exercising any measures and satisfying any obligations prescribed under the laws of their respective country.


5. Both Parties will ensure that financial resources to support exchanges and activities are available prior to undertaking them.

6. The Department of External Relations of Ho Chi Minh City and the International Affairs Division of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration shall be the focal contact points, coordinating cooperation and supervising the implementation of the provisions in this Agreement.

7. This Agreement shall come into effect on the date of signature by the Parties and shall remain in force for a period of five years and shall be renewed automatically for similar periods, unless either Party gives a written notice to the other Party of its intention to terminate the Agreement at least three months in advance. In such a case, the activities and projects already in progress or executed shall not be affected.

8. Amendments to the content of this Agreement shall be considered on the basis of mutual agreement by the Parties upon written request by either Party. Any disputes arising out of the interpretation, application or implementation of any provision of this Agreement shall be settled amicably through consultation between the Parties.

Done in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3, 2015 in duplicate in the Vietnamese, Thai and English languages, all texts being equally authentic. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

Leader Name

H.E.Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong (Update 01-03-2560)

Consequences activities after signing on the agreement.

No.DateActivityVenueAlbum PhotoAlbum video
110 - 11 September 2013Governor of Bangkok participated in  Lower Mekong Tourism Cities Mayor Summit Ho Chi Minh City
211 – 13 Sepember 2014Ho Chi Minh City invited BMA to participated in Int'l Travel Expo in Ho Chi Minh City - ITE HCMC 2014 Ho Chi Minh City
32 – 4 April 2015Governor of Bangkok visited  Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City
411 – 12 September 2015Ho Chi Minh City invited BMA to participated in Int'l Travel Expo in Ho Chi Minh City - ITE HCMC 2015 Ho Chi Minh City
54 – 6 August 2016Mayor of Ho Chi Minh City visited Bangkok to celebrated 40th Anniversary of Thai – Viet Nam diplomatic relations and was being a witness in establishment of Sister City Relations between Bangkok and Thua Thien Hue. ิBangkok
66 – 8 September 2015Ho Chi Minh City invited Governor of Bangkok to joined  Business Partner Cities Roundtable 2016 Ho Chi Minh City
78 – 10 September 2016Governor of Bangkok and delegation of Tourism Promotion section had been invited to participated in  The 12th International Travel Expo in Ho Chi Minh City, Governor of Bangkok attended the opening ceremony on 7 Sep 2016 at 06.00p.m. Ho Chi Minh City


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