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Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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!

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Bui Thi Xuan showing a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4/5Very Good!(43 area reviews)

Bui Thi Xuan is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Bui Thi Xuan

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rex Hotel
Rex Hotel
5 out of 5
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$163 per night from 23 Sep. to 24 Sep.

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,103 reviews)

"Great location, beautiful building, rooms and plenty of amenities including a pool and workout room"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

Rex Hotel
Winsuites Saigon
Winsuites Saigon
4 out of 5
28-30-32 Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$65 per night from 16 Oct. to 17 Oct.

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Thanh Market, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Saigon Square. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)

"Good hotel, currently have construction site in front so the view is not pretty"…"

Reviewed on 4 May 2020

Winsuites Saigon
Amura Hotel Thu Duc
Amura Hotel Thu Duc
3 out of 5
53 duong so 18, Phuong Hiep Binh Chanh, Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$10 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.

Situated in Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Van Thanh Tourist Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Consulate Area. Saigon Square and Ben Thanh Market ...

2.6/5 (5 reviews)

"Bad experience shoudn't booked this hotel from photo look normal but actual onsite is terrible. Wifi not working well / fridge in the was not connected to power outle plug missing no one cares.Room are dirty floor full of stain mark."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Amura Hotel Thu Duc

Popular places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(253 reviews)

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

3.5/5(85 reviews)

Backpackers flock here for the hawker food stalls, the affordable cafes and hotels, cheap merchandise and handy bus connections.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4/5(203 reviews)

A sobering collection of artillery, documentation and graphic exhibitions depict the effects of the Vietnam War.

Opera House
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Opera House

4/5(117 reviews)

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Saigon Central Post Office
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Saigon Central Post Office

4/5(186 reviews)

Make sure you write your postcards in Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s a great excuse to visit the city’s stunning 19th-century post office.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

4/5(175 reviews)

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Top activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
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Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

AU$63
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour
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Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour

AU$48
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Saigon Skydeck Tickets
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Saigon Skydeck Tickets

AU$13
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch
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Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch

AU$35
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour
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Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour

AU$25
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
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Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

AU$27
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
184
5 - Excellent 36.149312377210215%
4 - Good
238
4 - Good 46.75834970530452%
3 - Okay
67
3 - Okay 13.163064833005894%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 2.9469548133595285%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.9823182711198428%

5/5 - Excellent

Suresh

27 Mar. 2020

Excellent food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Love Vietnam but trip cut short because of covid19

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Very busy city. Worthwhile to get recommendations for restaurants as some of the best meals we had were in out of the way restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Grab bike rides are a fun cheap way to get around, last trip on the water taxi is good for night shots of downtown buildings lit up, Bitexco asian restaurant is more expensive than regular street level ones but excellent food and night views

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

Theres lots to be seen if you look.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Amazing city

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