Ho Chi Minh City

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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 Oct to 24 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Phu Nhuan, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hoang Van Thu Park, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda and Vietnam People's Air Force Museum. Saigon Superbowl ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 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
InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Corner of Hai Ba Trung St & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is S$168 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon Central Post Office, Opera House and Independence Palace. Saigon Square and War ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (673 reviews)
"Nice place. Nice location . Great staff"

Reviewed on 25 May,2021

InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
Mai House Saigon
Mai House Saigon
5 out of 5
1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is S$153 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 3, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Saigon Central Post Office and Jade Emperor ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (70 reviews)
"It was a wonderful and friendly place to stay. Owing to concerns about the Corona virus it was very quiet but we really appreciated the efforts that the staff and hotel made to make our stay very enjoyable"

Reviewed on 2 Apr,2020

Mai House Saigon
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Cozrum Homes Ambera House
Cozrum Homes Ambera House
2.5 out of 5
212B/D37 Nguyen Trai, Phuong Nguyen Cu Trinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is S$33 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in District 1, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Thai Binh Market. Bui Vien Walking Street ...
Cozrum Homes Ambera House
AiAp Hotel & Apartment
AiAp Hotel & Apartment
3 out of 5
50/3 Truong Son, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is S$35 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Tan Binh, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saigon Superbowl, Vietnam People's Air Force Museum and Hoang Van Thu Park. Gia Dinh Park ...
3.6/5 Good! (9 reviews)
"Very good value for money for a quick stay near the airport with free shuttle bus one way. Clean and close to cafe’s."

Reviewed on 10 Jan,2020

AiAp Hotel & Apartment
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
3.5 out of 5
LB29, Street 24, An Phu Ward, Dist 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 2, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Vincom Mega Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vinhomes Central Park and Vincom Landmark 81. Van Thanh ...
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
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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