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Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's largest city, with its stunning French and Chinese architecture, is a fast-paced city, home to lively markets and motorbikes that throng the streets.

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!

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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Bui Thi Xuan which includes street scenes and a city

Bui Thi Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 area reviews)

Bui Thi Xuan is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Bui Thi Xuan

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Silverland Jolie Hotel
Silverland Jolie Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is SG$55 per night

Located in District 1, this hotel is steps away from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Opera House and Vincom Center Shopping Mall are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (742 reviews)

"照明がやや暗かったですが、清潔感もあり、過ごしやすくて良かったです。スタッフも親切でしたし、また機会があれば利用したいです"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun,2020

Silverland Jolie Hotel
Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
The price is SG$175 per night

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Consulate Area, Saigon Central Post Office and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (396 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with clean rooms, great amenities, and helpful staff. The rooftop bar and pool were lovely, and the hotel bar is gorgeous. Room service meals and breakfast buffet were high quality and delicious as well."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2020

Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$172 per night

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! (652 reviews)

"Super clean and modern hotel close to the center of things. Breakfast buffet is absolutely amazing ... best one I've had in years! Nothing bad to say about the place at all."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar,2020

Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Popular places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(119 reviews)

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

4/5(41 reviews)

Known as the city’s main backpacker area, the streets of Pham Ngu Lao are lined with great value restaurants, colorful markets and lively bars.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4.5/5(106 reviews)

A sobering collection of artillery, documentation and graphic exhibitions depict the effects of the Vietnam War.

Opera House
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Opera House

4/5(63 reviews)

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Saigon Central Post Office
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Saigon Central Post Office

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Make sure you write your postcards in Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s a great excuse to visit the city’s stunning 19th-century post office.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

4/5(103 reviews)

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
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Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

SG$26
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch
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Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch

SG$35
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels Half-day Tour by Luxury Speedboat
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Cu Chi Tunnels Half-day Tour by Luxury Speedboat

SG$116
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour
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Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour

SG$25
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour
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Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour

SG$48
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Bus Tickets To Cambodia From Ho Chi Minh City
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Bus Tickets To Cambodia From Ho Chi Minh City

SG$21
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
113
5 - Excellent 38.56655290102389%
4 - Good
135
4 - Good 46.075085324232084%
3 - Okay
38
3 - Okay 12.969283276450511%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.023890784982935%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 1.3651877133105803%

4/5 - Good

Xholiso

25 Mar 2020

Before buying food or a drink if price is not displayed ask for price. I got charged a lot for food or drink because they knew I was a foreigner. I liked that strangers helped me access “ grab taxi” service.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

What an exhilarating place! I had been before but took my wife this time. Traffic just as crazy as ever. Ben tahn street food market a must for cheap drinks and great food oprions! Walking street a must just for how crazy it is.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Great city with lots of great places to eat and drink. Can be a little overwhelming as it is so busy but a great experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Worth going in the Bitexco Financial tower sky deck to see the city lit up at night time. Great city to explore and especially interesting to see the developments being added to this ever expanding city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

HCM people are so friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

The city is good

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