Ho Chi Minh City

Travel Guide
Opera House featuring street scenes, theater scenes and night scenes
Vietnam’s largest and most high-energy city captivates travelers with its enthralling blend of rich history and its fast-paced modern lifestyle.

With its chaotic streets and hectic energy, Ho Chi Minh City makes a dramatic first impression on many visitors. Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City offers some of the country’s best nightlife and shopping, as well as a wealth of fascinating cultural attractions. Admire the handsome colonial architecture built by the country’s former French rulers, learn about Vietnam’s dark wartime history and discover why the city’s cuisine is so loved.

Gain a sobering perspective into the country’s history at the War Remnants Museum, which examines the horrors of the Vietnam War. See tanks, fighter planes, unexploded ordinance and chilling photographs of events like the My Lai massacre.

Don’t miss the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most beautiful Chinese pagodas in the country. Built in 1909 by the city’s Cantonese community, the pagoda features a variety of exquisite carvings and statues inspired by Taoist and Buddhist lore.

Shop for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market. Dating back to the 17th century, this buzzing market is a fun place to shop for clothing and artisanal crafts. Remember to haggle for the best price. Sample traditional Vietnamese food, such as pho, the country’s famous noodle soup, prepared at one of the market stalls.

Head to the Bitexco Financial Tower, the tallest building in the city, for a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh’s modern side. Ascend to the Saigon Skydeck on the tower’s 49th floor for spectacular views over the city. Interactive screens provide information about notable streets and sites visible below.

Stroll along Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City’s main commercial district, to view the remnants of the city’s colonial-era buildings. For budget-friendly fun, check out the Pham Ngu Lao area, a popular backpacker hub known for its cheap accommodation and lively nightlife scene.

Most international flights to Vietnam arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. The city is also connected by bus to other major destinations around the country, as well as to neighboring Cambodia. Get around by public bus or by taxi, both of which are inexpensive.

Ho Chi Minh City is one of Vietnam’s most exciting cities, provides a thrilling introduction to this beguiling country.

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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $55 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
$55
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the overall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,014 reviews)
"Overall pretty nice hotel"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
4 out of 5
17 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $66 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
$66
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,019 reviews)
Great hotel and local
"Fantastic hotel, great location and service. Great rooms and breakfast is fantastic Will be staying at this hotel on my next trips"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
4 out of 5
59 - 61 Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $81 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
$81
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,032 reviews)
"This is a top tier modern 4-star hotel to us and we couldn’t be more pleased with the cleanliness, comfort, D1 location, and awesome service staff. For the price, this hotel is definitely recommended if you want to be in the heart of it all. Lots of cafes, shopping, street food, museum, markets and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
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.
Saigon Sirius
Saigon Sirius
4 out of 5
151 Ben Van Don, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (363 reviews)
Good place
"Fantastic place. It’s not a standard hotel in the sense of having a reception desk and concierge but the contact via WhatsApp was excellent. The room was very clean snd comfortable. I am happy."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2023

Saigon Sirius
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (523 reviews)
"Everything was great, room super spacious and clean, service was EXCELLENT - all staff were extremely friendly. I’m looking forward to be back!"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Residence
Sherwood Residence
4.5 out of 5
127 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (830 reviews)
"Good service, great place"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Sherwood Residence
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.

Getting around Ho Chi Minh City

Getting around in Ho Chi Minh City is much more than just getting from A to B, and makes up a memorable part of your experience. Sitting on a cyclo – a seat carriage in front of a bicycle – is an iconic and relaxing way to get around, though obviously not the quickest. Jump on the back of a motorcycle taxi for a more turbo-powered method, or take a traditional taxi, which are cheap and comfortable. Visit the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation website.Browse Ho Chi Minh City rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Ho Chi Minh City between December and April and you’ll be there in the dry season, which means hot weather, not much rain and low humidity. This is the most popular time to visit for obvious reasons, but that also means there are more tourists and hotels are more expensive. The rainy season, from May to November, is stickier and wetter but also quieter and cheaper. It’s warm throughout the year.

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