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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

Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥6,336 per night from May 28 to May 28
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Consulate Area, Saigon River, and Vietnam National Museum of History. Saigon Central Post ...
4.4/5Excellent! (655 reviews)
Thank you all.
"Thank you to all staffs who provided excellent service."

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥2,412 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in District 1, this hotel is steps from Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within 10 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (748 reviews)
neat place to stay in the center of HCMC
"a neat place good for a short stay, especially outside the hotel u got lots of bistros and good restaurants"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
4 out of 5
179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,398 per night from May 28 to May 28
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps from Benthanh Street Food Market and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
Worst stay, unattentive staff
"Website not completely updated that they no longer have smoking rooms. That is the only reason we have booked this hotel a number of times. We arrived past 12 noon, no guests around, no music, not all lights turned on, only 1 elevator operating. Was told we cannot check in yet because standard check ..."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Liberty Central 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.
Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
4 out of 5
No 608 Vo Van Kiet Highway, Cau Kho Ward District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥6,647 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cho Quan Church, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Just a really nice place to stay"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Sirius
Saigon Sirius
4 out of 5
151 Ben Van Don, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,178 per night from May 18 to May 18
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (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
Modern Villa With Private Pool
Modern Villa With Private Pool
Ho Chi Minh City, H Chí Minh
The price is ¥51,614 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in District 7, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Japanese School in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Paragon Mall, and Saigon Exhibition and Convention ...
Modern Villa With Private Pool
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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

not so bad,

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