Ho Chi Minh City

Travel Guide
Opera House featuring street scenes, theater scenes and night scenes

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

Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥13,366 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Consider quite when you sleep no motor noise Very good"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Hotel Nikko Saigon
Caravelle Saigon
Caravelle Saigon
5 out of 5
19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥17,308 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Very nice"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Caravelle Saigon
Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
5 out of 5
720A Dien Bien Phu, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is ¥16,385 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Popular attractions Ben Thanh Market and War Remnants ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"I will definitely return and recommend this hotel to anyone going to HCMC."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
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.
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is ¥11,832 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (470 reviews)
"I love everything about my stay Property overall: all are in good condition, very clean and well kept. Room: spacious, with all necessities that one needs for a stay, especially longer stays. The kitchen is equiped with all dishes and cutlery. Bathroom is huge with deep soaking bath tub. And laundry ..."

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Sherwood Suites
The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
5 out of 5
57-69F Dong Khoi St., Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is ¥37,466 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Stunning building and suite was magnificent. Spacious and very luxurious bedroom, lounge, bathroom, shower area, kitchen and laundry room - bonus after couple of weeks travelling. Relaxing pool area, hotel well positioned for exploring very cool city. Loved our stay!"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
Sherwood Residence
Sherwood Residence
4.5 out of 5
127 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is ¥16,843 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (786 reviews)
"Clean but shower pressure was low and heard scratching in walls (thankfully never saw a rodent)"

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Sherwood Residence
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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