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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

Dyn Opera Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18 Cao Ba Quat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is SG$29 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera House and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central Post Office ...
4.3/5Excellent! (51 reviews)
"Nice Location, friendly staff, clean room. PERFECT"

Reviewed on 2 Aug,2021

Dyn Opera Hotel
AirAnC 606 - Free Airport Shuttle
AirAnC 606 - Free Airport Shuttle
3 out of 5
50/3E Truong Son, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Fully refundable
The price is SG$37 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Tan Binh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Parkson CT Plaza, Saigon Superbowl and Pho Quang Pagoda. Vietnam People's Air Force Museum and ...
3.2/5 (5 reviews)
"Location is good for using air port.. 5 min by walk to airport"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2021

AirAnC 606 - Free Airport Shuttle
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, Bui Vien Walking Street and Ben Thanh Market. Takashimaya Vietnam ...
4.1/5Very Good! (78 reviews)
great for budget travelers
"ok hotel. great location with good food court across the road and very busy night life only 100mtr walk. and very easy walk into city centre and main attractions"

Reviewed on 11 Mar,2020

Park View Saigon Hotel
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.
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$151 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 3, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (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
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$725 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 7, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Japanese School in Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon Paragon Mall. Saigon Exhibition and Convention ...
Modern Villa With Private Pool
Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
5 out of 5
67 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$492 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Takashimaya Vietnam, Ben Thanh Market and Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. Bitexco ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)
"fantastic view of the city from the hotel room, very good location too"

Reviewed on 22 Aug,2020

Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
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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