Overnight before heading to the airport
I chose the First Hotel based on reviews (Expedia and TripAdvisor). I wanted to stay close to the airport because I had an early morning flight. The hotel was quite nice: comfortable, clean, friendly/helpful staff, a variety of food options. All-in-all, a great choice when staying near the airport in Saigon! And though they note that "purse-snatching" is significant in the area, they also provide plenty of staff presence so that you actually feel safe in the area (the hotel is split over several buildings that are not connected).