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Ho Chi Minh City
Travel Guide

Opera House showing a city, a skyscraper and night scenes

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

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
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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! (83 reviews)
"Overrated hotel. It was super empty when we stay, the design is nice but look quite old. Breakfast is very simple, 45k for a bottle of still water in the room. I will recommend to go to other hotel with the same price."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
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 AU$45 per night from 4 May to 5 May
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! (576 reviews)
"Very friendly"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2020

Silverland Yen Hotel
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$88 per night from 30 Apr. to 1 May
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"Professional!! The staffs were nicely, smiling faces and good manner."

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2020

Hotel Nikko Saigon
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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 AU$105 per night from 6 May to 7 May
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of SC VivoCity and RMIT University Vietnam, Saigon South Campus. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (76 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 D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
4 out of 5
No 608 Vo Van Kiet Highway, Cau Kho Ward District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is AU$90 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cho Quan Church, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Clean, nice, kind
"It was good to stay this property but location was not good to go around. Staff were kind and maintained clean but breakfast selection was quite poor."

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2020

Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
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 AU$84 per night from 8 May to 9 May
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! (251 reviews)
Slow problematic check-in. Sub-par service.
"Check-in was problematic. The property manager did not have the reservation confirmation. I provided the confirmation number to check-in staff, yet they could not find it. Took almost 30minutes to allowed check-in. I reserved 2 premier 2-bedroom rooms. I was given 1-executive 2 bedrooms and 1 premier ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2020

Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City
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Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

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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

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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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