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Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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

Bui Thi Xuan showing a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4/5Very Good!(43 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

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 NZ$185 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! (1,088 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 NZ$63 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.

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
The price is NZ$64 per night from 15 Nov. to 16 Nov.

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.

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 NZ$122 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

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 NZ$41 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

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 NZ$127 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

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.

Popular places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Top activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
184
5 - Excellent 36.149312377210215%
4 - Good
238
4 - Good 46.75834970530452%
3 - Okay
67
3 - Okay 13.163064833005894%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 2.9469548133595285%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.9823182711198428%

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

Verified traveller

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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