Generally, the term Saigon refers only to the urban districts of Ho Chi Minh City. @JonathanReez In my experience of abrupt name changes, using the old name is offensive mostly only to people who have never even been to the place.
Can you say Saigon?
Younger people growing up in other parts of Vietnam may prefer to say Ho Chi Minh City while residents of the city still use Saigon in all but formal or governmental settings. The Vietnamese diaspora living abroad more often say Saigon.
Is Saigon safe for tourists?
Saigon is a relatively safe destination for travellers. Violent crime against foreigners is rare. Common scams and crimes in Saigon: Bag and phone snatching: Travellers frequently fall victim to bag and phone snatchers on motorbikes when crossing the road.
Does Saigon still exist?
Vietnams former capital has not one, but two names: Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon. Officially, the southern metropoliss name is Ho Chi Minh City, and has been for many years, but there are still a number of locals and visitors alike that call it Saigon.