Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is not just a journey through streets, towering buildings, or bustling markets. It is a profound experience of culture, history, and the seamless blend of modernity in a vibrant and rhythmic space.

History and Culture

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City was once the capital of the Republic of South Vietnam. The city holds a rich history, from the colonial period under French rule to the Vietnam War.

An unmissable destination is the War Remnants Museum, displaying images and artifacts related to the war. Additionally, landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the Independence Palace are crucial historical symbols.


Saigon's cuisine is a fusion of various culinary cultures. Enjoy a bowl of hot pho, delicious banh mi, or street food delights like banh xeo and hu tieu. Markets such as Ben Thanh Market are not only shopping spots but also ideal places to explore local cuisine.

Urban Life

Ho Chi Minh City is a major economic and cultural hub in Vietnam. The urban buzz is evident through skyscrapers, modern shopping centers, and the fast-paced life of its residents.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a prime example, gathering entertainment, shopping, and dining activities.

Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City is vibrant, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. The famous Bui Vien Street in the Western Quarter is an ideal spot for experiencing Saigon's unique nightlife.

Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City also provides opportunities to explore nearby areas like Cu Chi, known for its famous war tunnels, or the Mekong Delta with its rich network of canals and river life.

Events and Festivals

The city hosts various cultural events, art exhibitions, and important festivals. The Tet Festival, celebrating the Lunar New Year, is a highlight, transforming the city with vibrant decorations and a festive atmosphere.


Ho Chi Minh City offers a diverse shopping experience, from modern malls like Vincom Center and Saigon Centre to traditional markets like Ben Thanh Market and Cholon Market. These places offer a variety of products, from fashion and electronics to local souvenirs and specialties.

Architectural Heritage

The city is renowned for its unique architectural landmarks, reflecting the blend of tradition and modernity. Historic structures like City Hall, Saigon Opera House, and modern buildings like Bitexco Financial Tower and Landmark 81 create a diverse urban architectural landscape.

Multicultural Community

Ho Chi Minh City is known for its diverse cultural community. The presence of Chinese, Khmer, Indian, and various ethnic groups enriches the city's cultural tapestry. Areas like Cholon (Chinatown) provide deep insights into the distinctive cultures and histories of these communities.

Parks and Green Spaces

Amidst urban life, Ho Chi Minh City offers tranquil green spaces such as Tao Dan Park and Le Van Tam Park, providing relaxation and outdoor activities for both locals and tourists.


While traffic in Ho Chi Minh City can be chaotic, the city offers convenient transportation through bus systems, motorbike taxis, and regular taxis. Additionally, the city is developing a metro system, promising significant changes in future commuting for residents and visitors alike.

From rich historical landmarks and diverse culinary experiences to bustling urban life and multicultural communities, Ho Chi Minh City's multifaceted appeal is revealed. Explore the city's architectural heritage, enjoy diverse cuisine and witness the convergence of tradition and innovation.

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Cheapest time to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

In January, June, July you can stay in Ho Chi Minh City for an average price of US$34 per night


What to know before visiting Ho Chi Minh City

Research weather, respect local customs, pack essentials, and embrace new flavors for a fulfilling travel experience.


When traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, it's crucial for tourists to pay attention to and prepare for some important aspects to ensure a comfortable and safe journey:

  • Local Culture and Customs: Understanding local culture and customs helps you integrate seamlessly and avoid unnecessary misunderstandings. This includes knowing how to greet, dress appropriately, and behave in various situations.
  • Passport and Visa Preparation: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry and obtain a visa if your country requires one for entry into Vietnam.
  • Currency and Budget: Vietnam's currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). Exchange some money to VND before or upon arrival to avoid unnecessary hassles. Plan a budget for your trip, covering expenses for meals, transportation, accommodation, and entertainment.
  • Luggage Preparation: Ho Chi Minh City's weather is often hot and humid, so prepare lightweight clothing. Don't forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the intense sun.
  • Useful Mobile Apps: Download useful apps such as maps, ride-sharing apps, or language translation apps to make your movement and communication more convenient.
  • Sightseeing Plans: Plan your visits to attractions like the Museum of Ethnology, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Ben Thanh Market, and other tourist spots to make the most of your time in the city.
  • Transportation and Getting Around: Ho Chi Minh City has a dense and complex transportation system. Familiarize yourself with options like buses, taxis, motorbike taxis (xe ôm), or even consider renting a motorbike if you are confident in riding.
  • Language: Vietnamese is the main language in Vietnam. Learning some basic Vietnamese phrases for greetings, apologies, expressions of gratitude, and asking for directions can be very helpful.
  • Adapt to Local Food: Vietnamese cuisine may differ from what you're accustomed to. Experiment with local dishes gradually and learn about them before trying.

Thorough preparation before your trip will ensure you have a fantastic and meaningful travel experience in Ho Chi Minh City.

What guests said about hotels in Ho Chi Minh City


Solo traveller

The location of the hotel is perfect. It's next to the Bitexco Financial tower, which makes it close to the Ho Chi Minh Square and other interesting places. Because the hotel is in District 1, you probably can book all kinds of trips and being picked up at the hotel. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The communication in English was very easy. Breakfast was very good with all kinds of food to choose from. The swimming pool on the roof was perfect to relax after a whole day in the city.

IberianTravelerUnited States

Solo traveller

Great location with great staff. The room I booked in was very comfortable and thoughtfully furnished. The reception staff & the bellhops were very responsive to guests' needs, not just my own, but I also observed their interactions with other guests and they were on the ball. The food service staff were efficient and seemed up to the challenge of the hectic demands of their job. Overall, I had a pleasant stay here and would consider it again during my next trip to Ho Chi MInh City.

Rauelle Mae
Rauelle MaePhilippines

Family with young children

Considering how hard it is to find a legitimately good hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (that at least matched the listings), A&A Toronto was exceptional. We stayed in a twin bed room that was sufficiently big, had a fridge, comfy beds and AC, good water pressure and a bath tub. We had unlimited pho and good coffee for breakfast, the receptionist and guard were very friendly, and the location was very very good. It was within walking distance to major spots in HCM. Definitely recommended.

AlexanderUnited States

Young couple

The Orchids Saigon was a great place to stay during our visit to Ho Chi Minh City. The room and lobby area were very modern and clean, and the staff was helpful when we asked them for recommendations for sites to visit and services nearby. The hotel is walking distance from several major landmarks or a quick Grab ride. I would recommend Orchids Saigon to any traveler who is looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay that is great value!


Young couple

Super nice located hotel right in the center of District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City - good starting point to walk around the city! Perfect place to stay after a long haul flight and to get ready for a Vietnam Trip. The staff was always super helpful and attentive. A big plus is definitely the rooftop terrace and the pool area. Really clean and spacious room. We would definitely come back here again if we would again stay at Ho Chi Minh City.


Family with young children

The hotel is wonderful! The location suited us perfectly and there is a boat shuttle to District 1, if required. It is an oasis in a busy city. The rooms are lovely with lots of attention to detail, great balconies and wonderful views of the river. The pool, rooftop bar, restaurant were great. ALL the staff (Nhung, Phu and Sung to name just a few) were welcoming and friendly. They do a great job. We loved it.



Room is pretty spacious for 2 people and is clean. Location of the hotel was right in the middle of Bui Vien street, thus very accessible if you are drinking till late. Special mention to both staffs, Van and Sang, who were very friendly and approachable from the first moment I entered the hotel! They gave me good food recommendations and places to visit within Ho Chi Minh City!

malcolmUnited Kingdom

Young couple

The location of this hotel is good, it's not too far to walk to many of the places you want to see in Ho chi Minh city. The lobby area is nice and welcoming and the staff are friendly and helpful and gave us good recommendations of what to do and go and see in the city. Breakfast was good with a nice range of food choices.

KatherineUnited Kingdom

Young couple

This hotel is located in the beating heart of the city with good access to the main sights of District 1. Although it's on a busy street inside the hotel is peaceful and comfortable. The rooftop bar and jacuzzi pool were very much appreciated after a long day. The staff were friendly and attentive.

Sammy Chung
Sammy ChungSingapore

Young couple

The apartment is in a great location in district 4, very easy access to district 1 and the city centre but away from it being too busy. The bottom of the apartment has convenient stores and inside there's access to a gym and nice pool. The room has basic amenities and spacious. Overall great stay


Solo traveller

This hotel is exceedingly comfortable. The room whilst being small exceeded all my expectations. It’s a very short walk to Ben Thanh market. Close to other shops and facilities within district 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Worth staying here.

de Groen
de GroenJapan

Solo traveller

It's a classic style hotel at a very central location in district 1. I got a spacious room at the city side. Not much of a view, but it was quiet and cost effective. Beds are comfortable and it's clean. Friendly reception, all good.

Nishant Waghela
Nishant WaghelaIndia

Young couple

Comfortable cozy rooms. Great location in district 1. Easy access to walking streets, restaurant, Ben thanh / Saigon markets AC was strong and good cooling.helps in the July heat. Amazing cafe downstairs to watch the city pass by.

LiewHong Kong

Solo traveller

Landmark 81 is a fantastic place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City. The apartment was spacious and comfortable, with great amenities. The location was also convenient, with many shops and restaurants nearby. Highly recommend


Solo traveller

After staying in different hotels in HCM in both district 1 an district 3 at 4-5 star ratings, I can attest that this hotel offers the best value for money proposition with its friendly staff, spacious and clean room.


Family with young children

The hotel is located in heart of Thao Dien - expat neighbourhood in Ho Chi Minh City. A lot of good restaurants and bars around. Hotel is very nice, clean, cosy but comfortable. Staff was nice but not very helpful.


Family with young children

Nice hotel,clean accommodating and friendly receptionist with English speaking ability The hotel is located at the heart of ho chi minh city and vibrant and fun activities going on there .


Family with young children

This is an amazing hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. the rooftop pool is beautiful and large so you can enjoy swimming and chilling with the bar on the the same floor.


Young couple

beautiful room. comfortable bed, right in the city district 1. the roof top bar has an amazing view at night


Solo traveller

small hotel in the center of district1 Ho Chi Minh City, good service and good price

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