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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

Citadines Central Binh Duong
Citadines Central Binh Duong
4 out of 5
328C Binh Duong Avenue, Hung Loc Quarter, Hung Dinh Ward, Thuan An, Binh Duong
The price is NZ$52 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in the heart of Thuan An, this hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Saigon River and within 12 miles (20 km) of Dai Nam Van Hien and Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hien ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (31 reviews)
Nice and comfortable
"The hotel is in a good location for business meeting. The hotel is the best in the area. The gym and pool is a plus. They need to sweep the floor, I found a bundle of hairs in the corner on the floor. The floor didn't feel clean. The bed and bedsheet are very nice and comfortable."

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

Citadines Central Binh Duong
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$88 per night from 3 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Opera House and 30-4 Park. Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden is 2.4 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (758 reviews)
"Nice hotel, stylish rooms but not a lot around the hotel in terms of bars or restaurants."

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

Pullman Saigon Centre
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$97 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (995 reviews)
Great service but needs renovation!
"Great service but needs a renovation. Everything is wear off and old. Power outlet design by the bedside is absolutely ridiculous! almost unable to fit for all adaptors! Service at Chinese restaurant very slow and non responsive!"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2021

Hotel Nikko Saigon
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SKYY Garden
SKYY Garden
2.5 out of 5
98 Phung Van Cung Street, Ward 07, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$23 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in Phu Nhuan, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gia Dinh Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Saigon Square and Ben Thanh Market. Vietnam National ...
SKYY Garden
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$133 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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! (20 reviews)
"Just a really nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City
Modern Villa With Private Pool
Modern Villa With Private Pool
1/8 ???ng Ô Môi, H?m 48, Khu Ph? 2,, Ph?ng Phú Thun, Qun 7,, Ho Chi Minh City, H Chí Minh
The price is NZ$752 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Located in District 7, this villa is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Japanese School in Ho Chi Minh City and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Saigon River. Saigon Paragon Mall and ...
Modern Villa With Private Pool
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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