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Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

Vietnam’s largest and most high-energy city captivates travelers with its enthralling blend of rich history and its fast-paced modern lifestyle.

Ho Chi Minh City, often still referred to as Saigon, is a buzzing city of culture and commerce set against the backdrop of stunning 19-century colonial architecture. Wander through the streets to see how traditional and modern live side by side in this energetic urban environment. A difficult history of conflict from French colonisation through to the Vietnam War is clearly evident in the city's architecture and museums.

From spectacular temples in the Buddhist and Taoist tradition to magnificent cathedrals built entirely with materials sourced from France, Vietnam's largest city is rich in spiritual culture too.

Ho Chi Minh City is divided into districts with District 1, the most tourist-friendly, located on the western bank of the Saigon River. Explore the area, making sure to pay a visit to the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office as well as Notre Dame Cathedral. The magnificent boulevards and elegant villas of District 1 in particular are evidence of an era of French colonisation. There a multitude of hotels to choose from here also, meaning that attractions such as Tao Dan Park and the Jade Emperor Pagoda are all within a reasonable distance.

If you'd like to escape the tropical heat for the day, a visit to the Dam Sen Water Park is a must with fun-filled rides and slides for all the family. Alternatively, leave the humidity and motorbike-filled boulevards behind for a while and venture outside the city to experience some of Vietnam's history. Visit the infamous Củ Chi Tunnels, an underground system used by the Viet Cong in the war, while the War Remnants Museum depicts the chilling barbarity of the Vietnam conflict.

At nightfall, temperatures drop to a more comfortable level, which makes it a great time to walk around the city centre. Explore the streets of districts 1 and 3 and their diverse selection of shops, restaurants and bars. This is the perfect time to try some shopping in Ben Thanh Night Market, followed by some top-notch pho (rice noodle soup) and a freshly chilled Bia Hoi, the local beer.

Temperatures can get pretty high in Ho Chi Minh City but many buildings are air-conditioned and there are plenty of shaded city parks where you can take refuge from the sun. It is cheap and easy to make your way around the city, although do be careful as motorbikes tend to whiz around literally everywhere!

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$40 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is steps away from Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (739 reviews)

"Room was a good size and very clean. Real fast was very average. Not much variety. Needs more fruit and hot foods"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2020

Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
The price is SG$110 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

"Professional!! The staffs were nicely, smiling faces and good manner."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct,2020

Hotel Nikko Saigon
June Home
June Home
3 out of 5
The price is SG$51 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 4, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vinh Khanh Food Street, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Saigon Square ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

"Although we did not realize that District 1 was the place where most tourists go we were only across the bridge from all the city life. June was a great host and greeted us upon arrival, constantly keeping in touch to see if everything was alright. Her property was clean and tidy and the location ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar,2020

June Home
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.

Holiday Rentals in Ho Chi Minh City

Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City
Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$152 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, this family-friendly aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Vincom Mega Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)
Good quality apartments

"Great apartment hotel, comfortable beds, good showers, comfortable living rooms, well equipped kitchen, friendly helpful staff good for self catering with enough local eateries if you need to eat out."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar,2020

Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City
An Nam Corner Dreamer
An Nam Corner Dreamer
3 out of 5
The price is SG$12 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this aparthotel is steps away from Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square are also ...

2.2/5 (5 reviews)

"Pros: - It’s like a ready-to-move-in apartment: there’s a washing machine, kettle, microwave oven, fridge, a small kitchen place with small kitchen sink kitchen wardrobe with some cookwares (available inside of the room or you can take some in the storehouse downstairs, small wardrobe with lots of ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct,2020

An Nam Corner Dreamer
Riverview Apartment
Riverview Apartment
3 out of 5
The price is SG$42 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 2, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vincom Mega Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Saigon Square and Ben Thanh Market. Pham Ngu Lao ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Good location. Confortable rooms with fridge microwave kettle balcony etc etc everything you need"…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr,2020

Riverview 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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