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.

Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
4 out of 5
261C Nguyen Van Troi, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$73 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Phu Nhuan, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hoang Van Thu Park, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda and Vietnam People's Air Force Museum. Saigon Superbowl ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"phòng tuyệt vời.dịch vụ quá ổn.nói chung mình rất thích.mình từng ở qua nhiều ks 4* 5* nhưng để cho mình ưng ý và ấn tượng về chất lượng thì hà nội có Metropole,còn sài gòn thì nikko hotel và giờ thì có thêm Mường Thanh này nữa ạ.cảm ơn vì trải nghiệm tuyệt vời này nhé"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2020

Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Corner of Hai Ba Trung St & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$176 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saigon Central Post Office, Opera House and Independence Palace. Saigon Square and War ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (673 reviews)
"Nice place. Nice location . Great staff"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

InterContinental Saigon, an IHG Hotel
Mai House Saigon
Mai House Saigon
5 out of 5
1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$161 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Located in District 3, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Saigon Central Post Office and Jade Emperor ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (70 reviews)
"It was a wonderful and friendly place to stay. Owing to concerns about the Corona virus it was very quiet but we really appreciated the efforts that the staff and hotel made to make our stay very enjoyable"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

Mai House Saigon
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Cozrum Homes Ambera House
Cozrum Homes Ambera House
2.5 out of 5
212B/D37 Nguyen Trai, Phuong Nguyen Cu Trinh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$33 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Located in District 1, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Thai Binh Market. Bui Vien Walking Street ...
Cozrum Homes Ambera House
AiAp Hotel & Apartment
AiAp Hotel & Apartment
3 out of 5
50/3 Truong Son, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is NZ$37 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Located in Tan Binh, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saigon Superbowl, Vietnam People's Air Force Museum and Hoang Van Thu Park. Gia Dinh Park ...
3.6/5 Good! (9 reviews)
"Very good value for money for a quick stay near the airport with free shuttle bus one way. Clean and close to cafe’s."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2020

AiAp Hotel & Apartment
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
3.5 out of 5
LB29, Street 24, An Phu Ward, Dist 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 2, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Vincom Mega Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vinhomes Central Park and Vincom Landmark 81. Van Thanh ...
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
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