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Ho Chi Minh City
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Top Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Yen Hotel
Silverland Yen Hotel
4 out of 5
73-75 Thu Khoa Huan st, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥3,003 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Square. Independence Palace and Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (572 reviews)
Great place to stay.

"Wonderful, clean and comfortable. Great staff. Very good breakfast. Good location. Overall, a great place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Silverland Yen Hotel
Hotel Majestic Saigon
Hotel Majestic Saigon
4.5 out of 5
01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥5,364 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"colonial, but my wife said the buffet is not that good. The dimsum was dry. The last breakfast there was good thou"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Hotel Majestic Saigon
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥7,212 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

Located in District 1, 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 Garden is 2.4 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (756 reviews)

"Nice hotel, stylish rooms but not a lot around the hotel in terms of bars or restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Pullman Saigon Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ho Chi Minh City

Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
4 out of 5
No.2, Street C, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥7,582 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in District 7, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, The Cresent Mall, and FV Hospital. Ho Chi Minh ...

4.2/5Very Good! (176 reviews)

"I chose this hotel, as it is near the start line for HCMC marathon. Hassle free check in and well maintained hotel ."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
Oakwood Residence Saigon
Oakwood Residence Saigon
4 out of 5
1056A Nguyen Van Linh, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥6,442 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of SC VivoCity, The Cresent Mall, and RMIT University Vietnam, ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
Loved It!

"This is definitely one of the best places to stay in Saigon. It's extremely clean, the bed is super comfortable, and the hotel is located right next door to Vivo City shopping center."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Oakwood Residence Saigon
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
5 out of 5
17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥15,250 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in District 1, this family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (307 reviews)

"Everything is great about this property! The Staff the location, the rooms, literally everything!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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