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Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's largest city, with its stunning French and Chinese architecture, is a fast-paced city, home to lively markets and motorbikes that throng the streets.

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!


Guide to Exploring Ho Chi Minh City


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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.2
of 5, from 727 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bach Dang Wharf and Lucky Plaza. Saigon Skydeck and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.

AU$69
Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.1
of 5, from 120 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon Square 2, Ton Duc Thang Museum, and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Parkson Plaza and Bach Dang Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

AU$77
EdenStar Saigon Hotel

EdenStar Saigon Hotel

38 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 475 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bui Thi Xuan, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of September 23 Park, Zen Plaza, and Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. Mariamman Temple and Tao Dan Park are also within 15 minutes.

AU$153
Caravelle Saigon

Caravelle Saigon

19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.4
of 5, from 302 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square. Parkson Plaza and Ho Chi Minh City Notre Dame Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

AU$170
Hotel Nikko Saigon

Hotel Nikko Saigon

235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.6
of 5, from 755 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

20-minute drive to airport

Vina Terrace Hotel

Vina Terrace Hotel

33-35 Le Anh Xuan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
3.2
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ben Thanh Market, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mariamman Temple, Benthanh Street Food Market, and Ben Thanh Market. Zen Plaza and Tao Dan Park are also within 10 minutes.

Saigon Hostel One

Saigon Hostel One

36 Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh City
3.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of September 23 Park, Zen Plaza, and Museum of Fine Arts. Ben Thanh Market and Mariamman Temple are also within 15 minutes.

AU$122
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

59 - 61 Pasteur Street, Ho Chi Minh City
4.5
of 5, from 181 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps from Taka Plaza, Saigon Tax Trade Center, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 5 minutes.

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