Ho Chi Minh City

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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.

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
10A-10B-10C Le Thanh Ton St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $39 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
Located in District 1, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Consulate Area and Ben Thanh Market. Dong Khoi Street and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"Great hotel right across the street from Japantown. Walking distance to shopping (even in the heat of HCMC)."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa
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 $46 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Phu Nhuan, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Southeastern Armed Forces Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of War Remnants Museum and Independence ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 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 Jul 30, 2020

Muong Thanh Luxury Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $70 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
This luxury hotel is located in Ho Chi Minh City (District 1), near the airport, Ben Thanh Market, September 23 Park, and Tao Dan Park. Also nearby are Bui Vien ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
Great choice
"The service is good, the condition is good, the room the good, the pool is good! My son, my wife and I were are so happy staying there. I have come to this hotel for 3 times, and I will go there again."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

New World Saigon 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.
Saigon Sirius
Saigon Sirius
4 out of 5
151 Ben Van Don, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $42 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in District 4, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vinh Khanh Food Street, Bui Vien Walking Street, and Nha Rong Wharf. Ben Thanh Market and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (335 reviews)
"Thanks for your service. I've checkin for this booking and very fast, no need to wait A++++"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Saigon Sirius
Sherwood Suites
Sherwood Suites
4.5 out of 5
192 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $100 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in District 3, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Diamond Plaza and Museum of Ho Chi Minh ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (462 reviews)
Wonderful Stay!
"Great hotel with free shuttle to downtown. Wonderful large clean rooms with laundry facilities. Very delicious breakfast included. Nice pool area. Quiet location, close to a large grocery store. Staff are very nice and knowledgeable. Would definitely stay here again on our next visit to Ho Chi Minh ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2020

Sherwood Suites
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 within 1 mi (2 km) of Vincom Mega Mall and Saigon River. Vinhomes Central Park and Vincom Landmark 81 are also within 3 ...
5 Bedrooms Pool Villa w Karaoke
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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