Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

The largest city in Vietnam is known for its French and Chinese influences, bustling markets and motorbike-filled boulevards.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is still often called) has a complicated history, much of which is reflected in the city today. Modern skyscrapers sit alongside 19th-century architecture, coffee next to traditional green tea, and Buddhist temples under the shadow of cathedrals.

The city is divided into districts, with the most historic being District 1 on the western bank of the Saigon River. Here, you’ll find the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and the Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral. The city’s European influence, from its time as a French colony, is most pronounced here, with impressive 19th-century architecture throughout the area. You’ll also find plenty of hotels so you can stay amongst the attractions. Go for a walk through nearby Tao Dan Park or wander north to the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

Take a break from the intensity of the city and head out to Dam Sen Water Park and the Dam Sen Park Complex. Further outside the city are the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels used in the Vietnam War. The War Remnants Museum is one of the most visited museums in Vietnam, with over half a million visitors a year.

Night time in Ho Chi Minh City provides welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the day and is often the best time to explore some of the more central areas. Dodge the motorbikes and wander the streets of districts 1 and 3 for world-class pho (rice noodle soup). Wash down dinner with the local beer, Bia Hoi, brewed and delivered every day. Shoppers looking for a bargain will find Ben Thanh Night Market a great place to explore.

Ho Chi Minh City is hot and humid, but plenty of buildings are air-conditioning and there are many shaded city parks. You’ll find it cheap and easy to get around, but be careful crossing roads as motorbikes do seem to be everywhere.

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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

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District 1

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

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
Museum of Fine Arts featuring landscape views and a city

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City

4/5Very Good!(706 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 featuring a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(112 area reviews)

Visitors highly recommend Bui Thi Xuan for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area while you're in town.

Bui Thi Xuan
Saigon Central Post Office featuring interior views and heritage architecture

Dong Khoi

4.5/5Wonderful!(455 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
Traditional Pho in Saigon

Phu Nhuan

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

Phu Nhuan is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Gia Dinh Park, a top place to visit in the area.

Phu Nhuan
Ho Chi Minh City showing markets, signage and night scenes

Little Japan

4/5Very Good!(109 area reviews)

Little Japan is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Opera House and Saigon River while in the area.

Little Japan

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
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$3,092 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,167 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/3/25

Rex Hotel
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 NT$187 per night

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 ...

2/5 (3 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 2020/3/12

Amura Hotel Thu Duc
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 NT$2,094 per night

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (306 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/4/24

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment

Popular places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(756 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(283 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.

Bui Vien Walking Street
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Bui Vien Walking Street

4/5(397 reviews)

When you visit Bui Vien Walking Street, a popular shopping spot in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Check out the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4/5(429 reviews)

This much-visited museum presents a confronting and often graphic portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Opera House
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Opera House

4/5(412 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(467 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.

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

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Top Destination

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4 - Good 45.33060668029993%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.769597818677573%
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2 - Disappointing 2.113156100886162%
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1 - Terrible 0.7498295841854125%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 12, 2020

It's beautiful city but unfortunately we been there in epidemic time .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Nice people, a lot of street food , polite .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Nice city but very aggresive motorcycle commutors. Lots of street scammers. A meter taxi tried to cheap me with 710,000 dongs to the hotel. A hotel worker helped me so I paid only 170,000 dongs. Too many street beggers. Dirty markets. Very noisey

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

A wonderful city with endless things to do and amazing food.

5/5 - Excellent

Ken

Mar 14, 2020

A Wonderful City! I love the People, the Culture, the Food. Almost everyone is trying to learn English and they are eager to converse with you! Sit at an outdoor cafe or a table in front of someone’s home and just enjoy!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

not so bad,

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