Ho Chi Minh City

Travel Guide
Opera House which includes theatre scenes, a city and night scenes

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

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 S$70 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Phu Nhuan, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Southeastern Armed Forces Museum and within 3 miles (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 30 Jul,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
The price is S$107 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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 31 Mar,2021

New World Saigon Hotel
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
The price is S$170 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Binh Thanh, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Vincom Landmark 81 and within 3 miles (5 km) of Dong Khoi Street and Ho Chi Minh City Hall. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"foods are excellent but drinks are bad"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2022

Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
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Saigon Sirius
Saigon Sirius
4 out of 5
151 Ben Van Don, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is S$64 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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 24 Jul,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 S$153 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
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 11 Apr,2020

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
The price is S$401 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb
Located in District 1, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Opera House, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office. Takashimaya ...
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 13 Feb,2020

The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
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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