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Ho Chi Minh City
Travel Guide

Opera House showing a city, a skyscraper and night scenes

Vietnam’s biggest metropolis is a buzzing cosmopolitan destination where its French heritage is still on display alongside its traditional oriental charm.

Better known to past generations as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has witnessed conflict and upheaval throughout its history. Its complex heritage is nowhere better seen today than on the city’s skyline. Look up and you’ll see newly-built skyscrapers towering over 19th century European-style architecture; Buddhist temples alongside cathedrals; even modern coffee shops next door to traditional tea houses.

The city’s most historic district, District 1, lies on the western bank of the Saigon River. It is here that you can walk around the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and the Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral. When Saigon was a French colony, its occupiers made their mark on the city and the impressive 19th century architecture in this part of town is testament to that European influence. Nearby, you can enjoy a stroll through Tao Dan Park or head north to visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Visitors still flock here to this day, and you’ll find many fine hotels amid the attractions.

For a more relaxed atmosphere away from the centre of the city, spend some time at the Dam Sen Water Park and the surrounding park complex. Further afield, explore the Chi Chi Tunnels used in the Vietnam War. Modern-day Ho Chi Minh City may have transformed dramatically, but the scars of the war are still felt, evidenced at the War Remnants Museum which attracts more than half a million visitors each year and is among the most visited spots in the country.

When night falls, take advantage of the cooler conditions and explore the centre of the city. Around Districts 1 and 3 try a steaming bowl of pho (rice noodle soup) and enjoy a chilled Bia Hoi, the fresh local beer available in these parts. If you’re looking for bargains to take home with you, check out the Ben Thanh Night Market.

Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is easy and cheap, but take care when on the roads as visitors can find themselves overwhelmed by just how frantic the traffic – and especially the motorbikes – can be. By day the city is typically hot and humid, but many buildings have air conditioning and there are plenty of shady spots where you can escape and unwind.

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$118 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
This luxury hotel is located in Ho Chi Minh City (District 1), near the airport, Ben Thanh Market, September 23 Park and Tao Dan Park. Also nearby are Bui Vien ...
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
"Nice view, nice staffs and a lot of benefits from the hotel! Recommend to come."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

New World Saigon Hotel
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$37 per night from 20 Apr. to 21 Apr.
Located in District 1, this hotel is steps away from Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (748 reviews)
neat place to stay in the center of HCMC
"a neat place good for a short stay, especially outside the hotel u got lots of bistros and good restaurants"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Fusion Suites Saigon
Fusion Suites Saigon
4 out of 5
3-5 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$76 per night from 19 Apr. to 20 Apr.
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Ben Thanh Market. War ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (501 reviews)
Good, but not great.
"My best friend and I stayed here for New Year's Eve so we could see the fireworks and attend a dinner (remember that COVID cases are low here so it was a fairly safe move). The hotel itself is well-outfitted and the room was attractive, but I noticed two very important things: one is that there is ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

Fusion Suites Saigon
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.
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 NZ$91 per night from 20 Apr. to 21 Apr.
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
Sherwood Residence
Sherwood Residence
4.5 out of 5
127 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$154 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Consulate Area, War Remnants Museum and Independence ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (784 reviews)
"Room size & shuttle service"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

Sherwood Residence
Becamex Hotel Thu Dau Mot
Becamex Hotel Thu Dau Mot
3.5 out of 5
230 Binh Duong Boulevard, Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong
The price is NZ$85 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in the heart of Thu Dau Mot, this aparthotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Saigon Square, Ben Thanh Market and Bui Vien Walking Street. Dam Sen Water Park ...
4.2/5Very Good! (159 reviews)
Comfortable stay
"Overall experience stayed here is very good! Breakfast buffet has a lot of variety. Staffs are willing to help and nice. Room is clean. Many restaurants around. Massage and salon nearby. Aeon Mall is recommended to go for grocery,around 15 mins away."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Becamex Hotel Thu Dau Mot
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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