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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

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
Ho Chi Minh City which includes street scenes, signage and a city

Little Japan

4/5Very Good!(44 area reviews)

Travellers come to Little Japan for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Opera House and Saigon River while you're in town.

Little Japan
Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality, Vietnam

Phu Nhuan

3.5/5Good!(9 area reviews)

Phu Nhuan is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Gia Dinh Park, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Phu Nhuan
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
Phu My Hung, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality, Vietnam

Phu My Hung

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the coffee shops and seafood restaurants in Phu My Hung. You might want to make time for a stop at SC VivoCity or The Cresent Mall.

Phu My Hung

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Alagon Plus Hotel & Spa
Alagon Plus Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
52 Pham Hong Thai, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Rs2,381
per night
4 Apr-5 Apr

Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Temple of Mariamman and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Ben Thanh Market and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

"Good location, friendly staff great spa. Very helpful with airport transfers recommended cheapest way to airport. All main attractions are within easy walking distance. Nice rooftop bar and pool although pool and sunbathing area is not huge. Good choices for bar snacks and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Alagon Plus Hotel & Spa
ibis Saigon Airport
ibis Saigon Airport
4 out of 5
2 Hong Ha Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Rs4,882
per night
2 May-3 May

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. Saigon Central Post ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,017 reviews)

"Nice hotel there is Starbucks in hotel lobby , there is Shuttle service to airport . In the rooftop nice place if you like to have drinks, ordinary Breakfast ."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

ibis Saigon Airport
Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa
Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
125-133 Ly Tu Trong Street, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,460 reviews)

"Great hotel stay and excellent staff. Very good breakfast included."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(119 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

4/5(41 reviews)

Known as the city’s main backpacker area, the streets of Pham Ngu Lao are lined with great value restaurants, colorful markets and lively bars.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4.5/5(106 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(63 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.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

4/5(103 reviews)

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

Bui Vien Walking Street
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Bui Vien Walking Street

4/5(80 reviews)

When you visit Bui Vien Walking Street, a popular shopping spot in Ho Chi Minh City, you can browse for souvenirs. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this walkable area.

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay 13.013698630136986%
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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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