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Ho Chi Minh City
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Yen Hotel
Silverland Yen Hotel
4 out of 5
73-75 Thu Khoa Huan st, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$43 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market, Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square. Independence Palace and Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (572 reviews)
Great place to stay.

"Wonderful, clean and comfortable. Great staff. Very good breakfast. Good location. Overall, a great place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov,2020

Silverland Yen Hotel
Hotel Majestic Saigon
Hotel Majestic Saigon
4.5 out of 5
01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$76 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"colonial, but my wife said the buffet is not that good. The dimsum was dry. The last breakfast there was good thou"…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec,2020

Hotel Majestic Saigon
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$103 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Opera House and 30-4 Park. Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden is 2.4 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (756 reviews)

"Nice hotel, stylish rooms but not a lot around the hotel in terms of bars or restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar,2020

Pullman 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.

Holiday Rentals in Ho Chi Minh City

Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
4 out of 5
No.2, Street C, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$85 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 7, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, The Cresent Mall and FV Hospital. Ho Chi Minh City ...

4.2/5Very Good! (176 reviews)

"I chose this hotel, as it is near the start line for HCMC marathon. Hassle free check in and well maintained hotel ."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan,2020

Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City
Oakwood Residence Saigon
Oakwood Residence Saigon
4 out of 5
1056A Nguyen Van Linh, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$92 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of SC VivoCity, The Cresent Mall and RMIT University Vietnam, ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
Loved It!

"This is definitely one of the best places to stay in Saigon. It's extremely clean, the bed is super comfortable, and the hotel is located right next door to Vivo City shopping center."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Oakwood Residence Saigon
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
5 out of 5
17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$217 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (307 reviews)

"Everything is great about this property! The Staff the location, the rooms, literally everything!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Apr,2020

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
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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