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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

Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$87 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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 22 Dec,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
The price is SG$34 per night from 13 May to 13 May
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! (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 5 Oct,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 SG$58 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps away from Benthanh Street Food Market and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also ...
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 13 Jul,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 SG$93 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (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 3 May,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 SG$58 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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 24 Jul,2020

Saigon Sirius
Modern Villa With Private Pool
Modern Villa With Private Pool
1/8 ???ng Ô Môi, H?m 48, Khu Ph? 2,, Ph?ng Phú Thun, Qun 7,, Ho Chi Minh City, H Chí Minh
The price is SG$712 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 7, this villa is within 1 mile (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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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