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HCM City has been named among world’s best short-haul holiday destinations. (Photo courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald)

Ho Chi Minh City is a frenetic and underrated financial centre that offers year-round balmy weather, a rich history, and one of the most exciting food scenes throughout Southeast Asia.

During a holiday lasting four to six days, there are plenty of things to do across the city, according to the news wire.

Once travelers master crossing the road safely, many popular attractions are within strolling distance of one another. Popular sites include the grand French colonial City Hall, the Opera House, the Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and sun-dappled Book Street, all of which can be done in one trip.

Nearby, Café Apartments, a boxy 1960s modernist block located on Nguyen Hue Walking Street that once housed military personnel, is now a treasure trove of eccentrically decorated cafes, bars, and boutiques worthy of exploration, the Australian daily wrote.

The article also suggested street food sites such as Binh Tay and Phung Hung markets. Ben Nghe Street Food is far more tourist friendly, although it feels more Brooklyn food hall than wet market.

A scooter or motorbike tour will cover more territory for foodies than one could ever hope to complete solo, the Australian media outlet shared.

Elsewhere, Singapore and Malaysia are the other Southeast Asian destinations to be named on the world’s list of the best short-haul holiday destinations for Australian families.