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Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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

Guerrero

District 1

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of District 1. Make a stop by Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square while you're exploring the area.

District 1
Giac Lam Pagoda showing a temple or place of worship, a statue or sculpture and art

Tan Binh

Tan Binh is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Saigon Superbowl and Hoang Van Thu Park while in the area.

Tan Binh
Ho Chi Minh City showing a garden and a river or creek

Binh Thanh

Binh Thanh is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Vinhomes Central Park and Van Thanh Tourist Park.

Binh Thanh
Museum of Fine Arts featuring landscape views and a city

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City

4/5Very Good!(706 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Make a stop by Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Square while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City
Bui Thi Xuan featuring a city and street scenes

Bui Thi Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(112 area reviews)

Visitors highly recommend Bui Thi Xuan for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area while you're in town.

Bui Thi Xuan
A busy vendor on the sidewalk near the infamous and buzzing Ben Thanh Market in HCMC.

I loved watching them manage their merchandise, interact with customers and beckon for new ones, all at the same time.

Always so fascinating watching life of a local when in a foreign country.

District 7

District 7 is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Saigon Paragon Mall and The Cresent Mall.

District 7

Top Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Rex Hotel
Rex Hotel
5 out of 5
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $104 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, and Saigon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,088 reviews)
Great location and excellent service!

"Great spot but hotel looks a little bit tired. Area round the pool is slippery. However, staff were excellent and friendly- all spoke good English. Rooftop garden restaurant was great and breakfast was outstanding. I got some specials and it was certainly excellent value for money."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Rex Hotel
Winsuites Saigon
Winsuites Saigon
4 out of 5
28-30-32 Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $34 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Thanh Market, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Saigon Square. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (73 reviews)

"Good hotel, currently have construction site in front so the view is not pretty"…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Winsuites Saigon
Blue Diamond Luxury Hotel
Blue Diamond Luxury Hotel
3 out of 5
6B Thi Sach, ben nghe quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $37 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Saigon Central Post Office. Saigon Square and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (50 reviews)

"Clean and modern. Big bathtub. Fast checkin. Nice neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Blue Diamond Luxury 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.

Vacation Rentals in Ho Chi Minh City

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
5 out of 5
17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is $70 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in District 1, this family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Vincom Center ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (306 reviews)

"Everything is great about this property! The Staff the location, the rooms, literally everything!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Norfolk Mansion Luxury Serviced Apartment
Homestead Parkview
Homestead Parkview
4 out of 5
149-151 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is $24 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Mariamman, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (357 reviews)

"Clean, located at center. Comfort. Good for family vacation. Provide kitchen ware"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Homestead Parkview
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 $74 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in District 1, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cho Quan Church, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Clean, nice, kind

"It was good to stay this property but location was not good to go around. Staff were kind and maintained clean but breakfast selection was quite poor."…"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Somerset D1Mension 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.

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.

Popular places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

4/5(756 reviews)

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

4/5(283 reviews)

Known as the city’s main backpacker area, the streets of Pham Ngu Lao are lined with great value restaurants, colorful markets and lively bars.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

4/5(429 reviews)

This much-visited museum presents a confronting and often graphic portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Opera House
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Opera House

4/5(412 reviews)

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Saigon Central Post Office
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Saigon Central Post Office

4/5(467 reviews)

Make sure you write your postcards in Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s a great excuse to visit the city’s stunning 19th-century post office.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

4/5(426 reviews)

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch
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Mekong Delta Tour W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda, Rowing-Boat & Lunch

$25
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
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Luxury-Group Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

$19
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour
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Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Small-Group Tour

$18
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small Group Small Mekong Floating Market-Kayak-Cooking Class
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Small Group Small Mekong Floating Market-Kayak-Cooking Class

$40
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour
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Full Day Mekong Delta Cruise & Tour

$38
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour (Ben Duoc Option available)
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Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour (Ben Duoc Option available)

$35
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Ho Chi Minh City

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
558
5 - Excellent 38.03680981595092%
4 - Good
665
4 - Good 45.33060668029993%
3 - Okay
202
3 - Okay 13.769597818677573%
2 - Disappointing
31
2 - Disappointing 2.113156100886162%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 0.7498295841854125%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 12, 2020

It's beautiful city but unfortunately we been there in epidemic time .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Nice people, a lot of street food , polite .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Nice city but very aggresive motorcycle commutors. Lots of street scammers. A meter taxi tried to cheap me with 710,000 dongs to the hotel. A hotel worker helped me so I paid only 170,000 dongs. Too many street beggers. Dirty markets. Very noisey

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

A wonderful city with endless things to do and amazing food.

5/5 - Excellent

Ken

Mar 14, 2020

A Wonderful City! I love the People, the Culture, the Food. Almost everyone is trying to learn English and they are eager to converse with you! Sit at an outdoor cafe or a table in front of someone’s home and just enjoy!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

not so bad,

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