Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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Visit Ho Chi Minh City

The largest city in Vietnam is known for its French and Chinese influences, bustling markets and motorbike-filled boulevards.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is still often called) has a complicated history, much of which is reflected in the city today. Modern skyscrapers sit alongside 19th-century architecture, coffee next to traditional green tea, and Buddhist temples under the shadow of cathedrals.

The city is divided into districts, with the most historic being District 1 on the western bank of the Saigon River. Here, you’ll find the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and the Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral. The city’s European influence, from its time as a French colony, is most pronounced here, with impressive 19th-century architecture throughout the area. You’ll also find plenty of hotels so you can stay amongst the attractions. Go for a walk through nearby Tao Dan Park or wander north to the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

Take a break from the intensity of the city and head out to Dam Sen Water Park and the Dam Sen Park Complex. Further outside the city are the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels used in the Vietnam War. The War Remnants Museum is one of the most visited museums in Vietnam, with over half a million visitors a year.

Night time in Ho Chi Minh City provides welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the day and is often the best time to explore some of the more central areas. Dodge the motorbikes and wander the streets of districts 1 and 3 for world-class pho (rice noodle soup). Wash down dinner with the local beer, Bia Hoi, brewed and delivered every day. Shoppers looking for a bargain will find Ben Thanh Night Market a great place to explore.

Ho Chi Minh City is hot and humid, but plenty of buildings are air-conditioning and there are many shaded city parks. You’ll find it cheap and easy to get around, but be careful crossing roads as motorbikes do seem to be everywhere.

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Museum of Fine Arts featuring landscape views and a city

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City

4/5Very Good!(647 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Make a stop by Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City
Bui Thi Xuan featuring a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(103 area reviews)

A very popular commercial hub in Ho Chi Minh City, this spot has a lively mix of technology stores, fancy bars and restaurants and luxurious hotels.

Bui Thi Xuan
Traditional Pho in Saigon

Phu Nhuan

4/5Very Good!(60 area reviews)

Visitors highly recommend Phu Nhuan for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Gia Dinh Park while you're in town.

Phu Nhuan
Ho Chi Minh City showing markets, signage and night scenes

Little Japan

4/5Very Good!(103 area reviews)

Travelers come to Little Japan for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Opera House and Saigon River while you're in town.

Little Japan
Saigon Central Post Office featuring interior views and heritage architecture

Dong Khoi

4.5/5Wonderful!(426 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Dong Khoi. Make a stop by Saigon Square or Vincom Center Shopping Mall while you're exploring the area.

Dong Khoi
The surprisingly mix of modern and colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh City. View from the observation deck of the Pan Pacific Hotel. #goldenhour

Go Vap

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Visitors to Go Vap like its restaurants and parks, and Tan Son Nhat Market is a sight worth a stop.

Go Vap

Top Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
¥10,858
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tu Du Hospital and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,053 reviews)

"service was very good, the building was clean. I enjoyed my time there."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Hotel Nikko Saigon
ibis Saigon Airport
ibis Saigon Airport
4 out of 5
2 Hong Ha Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,533
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace, and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. Saigon Central Post ...

4.3/5Excellent! (952 reviews)

"The room was spacious and felt like a living room."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

ibis Saigon Airport
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
¥10,717
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Opera House, and 30-4 Park. Saigon Zoo and Botanic ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (699 reviews)

"Staffs are very friendly and helpful. The only small complain I have is the setting of the lights and mirror in the bathroom, which makes it hard to do make up. Other than that I am very happy about my stay in Pullman Saigon Centre and I will definitely re-visit."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Pullman Saigon Centre

Popular things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(713 reviews)

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

4/5(264 reviews)

Known as the city’s main backpacker area, the streets of Pham Ngu Lao are lined with great value restaurants, colorful markets and lively bars.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4/5(403 reviews)

This much-visited museum presents a confronting and often graphic portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Opera House
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Opera House

4/5(390 reviews)

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

4/5(397 reviews)

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Bui Vien Walking Street
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Bui Vien Walking Street

4/5(370 reviews)

With a visit to Bui Vien Walking Street, a popular shopping spot in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Discover the lively bars in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Top activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
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Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

¥2,054

Escape the bustle of the city to explore rural scenery of Southern Vietnam and get an up-close look at the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Southern Vietnam. Learn about the lives of Vietnamese soldiers by going for a subterranean stroll through the tunnels, and get the chance to fire guns from the Vietnam War era at a nearby shooting range.

Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch
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Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch

¥2,702

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking river wonderland of the Mekong Delta, located only 2 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. This experience is exclusively crafted by our guides who are native to the region, so that you will experience the true local vibes of the area, and be away from the crowds of tourists.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour
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Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour

¥2,248

Imagine spending your days living in underground tunnels, only able to come out at night when the sun is down - that's what the people of Cu Chi did nearly 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

Small-Group Authentic Mekong Delta Tour by Luxury Speedboat
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Small-Group Authentic Mekong Delta Tour by Luxury Speedboat

¥11,782

Nicknamed 'the rice bowl of Vietnam,' the fertile Mekong Delta provides work, food and shelter for much of Vietnam's population. On your full-day tour, you'll explore some of the delta's vast network of channels and canals by speedboat.

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
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Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

¥6,378

This special full-day tour (max 7 people a group for VIP option or 12 people a group for normal option) takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to 2 popular attractions: Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta 7:45AM.

Skip the Line: Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show Entrance Ticket
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Skip the Line: Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show Entrance Ticket

¥1,530

Visit: Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam Generations ago, Vietnamese puppeteers performed for their rural communities in waist-deep water, bringing to life legends and stories about their region.

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
508
5 - Excellent 37.325495958853786%
4 - Good
624
4 - Good 45.84864070536371%
3 - Okay
188
3 - Okay 13.81337252020573%
2 - Disappointing
30
2 - Disappointing 2.204261572373255%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 0.8082292432035268%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Should ready for you a mask before walk out. All your breath are smoke and dust Don’t try to take a walk on local street because traffic there was terrible. Important thing is don’t wear valuable stuff.

5/5 - Excellent

Anne

Jan 20, 2020

Book the city tour, great way of seeing places. Carpacchio Italian restaurant is well worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

We had a wonderful time and will come back.

4/5 - Good

DV

Jan 17, 2020

Air and noise pollution.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Interesting place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

It's hot and busy.

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