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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

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality, Vietnam

District 1

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of District 1. Make a stop by Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square while you're exploring the area.

District 1
Giac Lam Pagoda featuring a statue or sculpture, art and a temple or place of worship

Tan Binh

Tan Binh is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Saigon Superbowl or Hoang Van Thu Park.

Tan Binh
Ho Chi Minh City which includes a park and a river or creek

Binh Thanh

Binh Thanh is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Vinhomes Central Park and Van Thanh Tourist Park.

Binh Thanh
Museum of Fine Arts featuring landscape views and a city

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City

4/5Very Good!(153 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Make a stop by Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City
Bui Thi Xuan showing a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 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
Saigon Central Post Office which includes interior views and heritage architecture

Dong Khoi

4.5/5Wonderful!(93 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Dong Khoi. Make a stop by Saigon Square or Vincom Center Shopping Mall while you're exploring the area.

Dong Khoi

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Rex Hotel
Rex Hotel
5 out of 5
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is Rs9,937 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,080 reviews)
Great location and excellent service!

"Great spot but hotel looks a little bit tired. Area round the pool is slippery. However, staff were excellent and friendly- all spoke good English. Rooftop garden restaurant was great and breakfast was outstanding. I got some specials and it was certainly excellent value for money."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 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 Rs3,114 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

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! (73 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 4 May 2020

Winsuites Saigon
Blue Diamond Luxury Hotel
Blue Diamond Luxury Hotel
3 out of 5
6B Thi Sach, ben nghe quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square and Saigon Central Post Office. Saigon Square and Independence ...

4.1/5Very Good! (52 reviews)

"Clean and modern. Big bathtub. Fast checkin. Nice neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Blue Diamond Luxury Hotel
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Ho Chi Minh City

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
5 out of 5
17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is Rs5,298 per night from 21 Nov to 22 Nov

Located in District 1, this family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (306 reviews)

"Everything is great about this property! The Staff the location, the rooms, literally everything!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2020

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Homestead Parkview
Homestead Parkview
4 out of 5
149-151 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is Rs3,130 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Mariamman, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (357 reviews)

"Clean, located at center. Comfort. Good for family vacation. Provide kitchen ware"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Homestead Parkview
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 Rs5,483 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

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
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

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 38.56655290102389%
4 - Good
135
4 - Good 46.075085324232084%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 12.969283276450511%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.023890784982935%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.3651877133105803%

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

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