Ho Chi Minh City

Travel Guide
Acropolis showing night scenes, heritage elements and building ruins

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

Caravelle Saigon
Caravelle Saigon
5 out of 5
19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$160 per night from 16 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Very nice"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Caravelle Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$168 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Consider quite when you sleep no motor noise Very good"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Hotel Nikko Saigon
Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
5 out of 5
720A Dien Bien Phu, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is AU$249 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Popular attractions Ben Thanh Market and War Remnants ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"I will definitely return and recommend this hotel to anyone going to HCMC."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81
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.
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is AU$147 per night from 16 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (469 reviews)
"I love everything about my stay Property overall: all are in good condition, very clean and well kept. Room: spacious, with all necessities that one needs for a stay, especially longer stays. The kitchen is equiped with all dishes and cutlery. Bathroom is huge with deep soaking bath tub. And laundry ..."

Reviewed on 25 May 2022

Sherwood Suites
The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
5 out of 5
57-69F Dong Khoi St., Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is AU$465 per night from 20 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Stunning building and suite was magnificent. Spacious and very luxurious bedroom, lounge, bathroom, shower area, kitchen and laundry room - bonus after couple of weeks travelling. Relaxing pool area, hotel well positioned for exploring very cool city. Loved our stay!"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

The Reverie Saigon Residential Suites
Sherwood Residence
Sherwood Residence
4.5 out of 5
127 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
The price is AU$210 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (786 reviews)
"Clean but shower pressure was low and heard scratching in walls (thankfully never saw a rodent)"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Sherwood Residence
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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