Ho Chi Minh City

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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

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
10A-10B-10C Le Thanh Ton St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,471 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Located in District 1, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Consulate Area and Ben Thanh Market. Dong Khoi Street and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"Great hotel right across the street from Japantown. Walking distance to shopping (even in the heat of HCMC)."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
4 out of 5
261C Nguyen Van Troi, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥5,249 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Located in Phu Nhuan, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Southeastern Armed Forces Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of War Remnants Museum and Independence ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"phòng tuyệt vời.dịch vụ quá ổn.nói chung mình rất thích.mình từng ở qua nhiều ks 4* 5* nhưng để cho mình ưng ý và ấn tượng về chất lượng thì hà nội có Metropole,còn sài gòn thì nikko hotel và giờ thì có thêm Mường Thanh này nữa ạ.cảm ơn vì trải nghiệm tuyệt vời này nhé"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
Fully refundable
The price is ¥7,983 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
This luxury hotel is located in Ho Chi Minh City (District 1), near the airport, Ben Thanh Market, September 23 Park, and Tao Dan Park. Also nearby are Bui Vien ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
Great choice
"The service is good, the condition is good, the room the good, the pool is good! My son, my wife and I were are so happy staying there. I have come to this hotel for 3 times, and I will go there again."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

New World Saigon Hotel
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.
Saigon Sirius
Saigon Sirius
4 out of 5
151 Ben Van Don, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,804 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Located in District 4, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vinh Khanh Food Street, Bui Vien Walking Street, and Nha Rong Wharf. Ben Thanh Market and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (335 reviews)
"Thanks for your service. I've checkin for this booking and very fast, no need to wait A++++"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Saigon Sirius
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥11,520 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in District 3, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Diamond Plaza and Museum of Ho Chi Minh ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (462 reviews)
Wonderful Stay!
"Great hotel with free shuttle to downtown. Wonderful large clean rooms with laundry facilities. Very delicious breakfast included. Nice pool area. Quiet location, close to a large grocery store. Staff are very nice and knowledgeable. Would definitely stay here again on our next visit to Ho Chi Minh ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2020

Sherwood Suites
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
3.5 out of 5
LB29, Street 24, An Phu Ward, Dist 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 2, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vincom Mega Mall and Saigon River. Vinhomes Central Park and Vincom Landmark 81 are also within 3 ...
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
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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Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

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5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 12, 2020

It's beautiful city but unfortunately we been there in epidemic time .

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 26, 2020

Nice people, a lot of street food , polite .

4/5 - Good

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Mar 24, 2020

Nice city but very aggresive motorcycle commutors. Lots of street scammers. A meter taxi tried to cheap me with 710,000 dongs to the hotel. A hotel worker helped me so I paid only 170,000 dongs. Too many street beggers. Dirty markets. Very noisey

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 15, 2020

A wonderful city with endless things to do and amazing food.

5/5 - Excellent

Ken

Mar 14, 2020

A Wonderful City! I love the People, the Culture, the Food. Almost everyone is trying to learn English and they are eager to converse with you! Sit at an outdoor cafe or a table in front of someone’s home and just enjoy!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 9, 2020

not so bad,

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