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Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$81 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vincom Center Shopping Mall, Parkson Plaza and Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)
Cute hotel

"The lobby was amazing, it was very beautiful, I can tell before is a very old hotel, and they did some remodeling to the hotel, I think is a very nice and reasonable price for the room. recommend to everyone who wants to stay in Saigon."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
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$42 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
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! (743 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
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
15/1A-15A/57A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$58 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon River, Vincom Center Shopping Mall, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Opera House and Saigon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (514 reviews)

"Hotel staff was really friendly and helpful helped us book trips change money we upgraded to a superior room great stuff"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2020

Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
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

SILA Urban Living
SILA Urban Living
4.5 out of 5
21 Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$105 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 3, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square. Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (317 reviews)
Sila Urban Living

"Very good place to stay whenever you're in Saigon."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan,2020

SILA Urban Living
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$108 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
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
Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City
Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City
4 out of 5
21-23 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$145 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Consulate Area, Saigon Central Post Office and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (252 reviews)
Nice and Value for money

"The location is very convenient, apartment is very clean and complete. It's a little old but well maintained. Preferably to have a flushing faucet for the toilet tho. Staff is very polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb,2020

Somerset Chancellor Court 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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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