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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

Top hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$60 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vincom Center Shopping Mall, Parkson Plaza and Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)
Cute hotel

"The lobby was amazing, it was very beautiful, I can tell before is a very old hotel, and they did some remodeling to the hotel, I think is a very nice and reasonable price for the room. recommend to everyone who wants to stay in Saigon."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
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
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$44 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

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! (743 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
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
15/1A-15A/57A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$62 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.

Located in District 1, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon River, Vincom Center Shopping Mall, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Opera House and Saigon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (514 reviews)

"Hotel staff was really friendly and helpful helped us book trips change money we upgraded to a superior room great stuff"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
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

Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
5 out of 5
67 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$174 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.

Located in District 1, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Takashimaya Vietnam, Ben Thanh Market and Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. Bitexco ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)

"fantastic view of the city from the hotel room, very good location too"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City
Ngan Ha Apartment
Ngan Ha Apartment
3.5 out of 5
R1-34 Bui Bang Doan, Quan 7, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in District 7, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Cresent Mall and Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center. Saigon Square and Bui Vien Walking ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)

"They are very kind and I will recommand. Absolutely you will be satisfied"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Ngan Ha Apartment
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$152 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

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! (252 reviews)
Nice and Value for money

"The location is very convenient, apartment is very clean and complete. It's a little old but well maintained. Preferably to have a flushing faucet for the toilet tho. Staff is very polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020

Somerset Chancellor Court 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.

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Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.1

Top Destination

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4 - Good 46.75834970530452%
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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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