Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area

Long An Province Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province Đồng Nai Province

Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area (Vietnamese: Vùng đô thị Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) is a metropolitan area that was in June 2008 proposed by the Ministry of Construction of Vietnam to the Government of Vietnam for approval. According to this master plan, this metropolitan area will include provinces around Ho Chi Minh City in the Southeast region and 2 provinces in the Mekong Delta region.

This metropolitan area currently has an area of 30,404 square kilometers with radius of 150–200 km, a population of 20–22 million inhabitants, of which urban residents account for 16–17 million, urbanized rate of 77–80%. By 2050, the population will have increased to 25-27 million people, and the urbanized rate is estimated to rise to 90%. Constructed land will be 1800–2100 square kilometer by 2020.[1] Ho Chi Minh City will be the core urban center of the area while other surrounding cities and towns will play their role as satellite municipalities. Baria-Vungtau will serve as the main deepwater seaport of the region, especially Sao Mai-Ben Dinh seaport, Thi Vai Port. Long Thanh International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport will serve as the air traffic hub of the region. Hi-tech park will be located in Ho Chi Minh City while other heavy industry will concentrate in Đồng Nai, Bình Dương and Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu. Vũng Tàu will serve as tourism hub, with its beautiful beaches and several entertainment resort mega projects like a 4.2-billion-USD project invested by Canadian corporations, Cua Lap Resort, Disneyland-like theme park, Vung Tau Aquarium...[1][2][3]

Component localities

Map of Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area consists of 7 provinces and Ho Chi Minh City.

This metropolitan area will straddle in following provinces:[4]

Major cities

Current cities and towns (as of 2020)

Additional cities which will be developed in a decade:


Air transport

As of 2008, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the only airport in use with the designed capacity of 15-17 million passengers per annum. Long Thanh International Airport which located in Đồng Nai, 40 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City will be constructed in 2010. This new airport will have full designed capacity of 80-100 million passengers annually. The estimated investment capital is US$8 billion and due to be completed in 2015 (phase I) and 2020 (phase II). Once the first phase is completed, this airport will be capable to serve 20 million passengers per year.[5]


Most of the principal ports will concentrate in Ho Chi Minh City and Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu. In 2007, all ports in Ho Chi Minh City alone handled 50.5 million metric tons of cargo.[4][6]


National Highway 1 A, the core road in Vietnam crosses this region. Other expressways are under construction include: Long Thành-Dau Day-Da Lat Expressway, Saigon-Cần Thơ Expressway, Trans-Asian Highway, 3 belt ring expressways in Ho Chi Minh City, Biên Hòa-Vũng Tàu Expressway, Tân An-Biên Hòa Expressway.


Together with the trans-Vietnam railway development, Ho Chi Minh City-Nha Trang express railway will be built after 2010 to enable an average speed of 300 km/hour. Ho Chi Minh City Metro is currently under construction.


This region is currently home to more than 40 universities and 40 colleges and hundreds of vocational schools.


Ho Chi Minh City will host the region's financial, commercial, hi-tech, educational, transportation and communication services. Vũng Tàu will be the seaside entertainment hub as well as petroleum center (oil and gas exploitation, oil refinery, LPG production), steel, fertilizer, electricity. Đồng Nai and Bình Dương will focus on electrical and electronic industry, food processing, machinery, textile, footwear, furniture.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Quy hoạch xây dựng vùng thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Master Plan for Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area)". 2008-05-01.
  2. ^ "Vung Tau Offers Beach and Sun". baobariavungtau.com.vn/english. 2008-05-23.
  3. ^ "Ho Tram Strip - A $4.2 billion Resort in Vietnam". luxuo.com. 2008-06-06.
  4. ^ a b c "Quy hoạch xây dựng vùng Tp.HCM". VnEconomy. 2008-04-25.
  5. ^ "Công bố quy hoạch sân bay quốc tế Long Thành". Đồng Nai Province Government. 2008-11-07. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  6. ^ "TPHCM sau 1 năm gia nhập WTO - Vượt lên chính mình". mofahcm.gov.vn. 2008-01-14.