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Located in Dong Khoi, this hotel is steps away from Riverside, Saigon River and Dong Khoi Shopping Street. Bach Dang Wharf and Lucky Plaza are also within 10 ...
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside£56Liberty Central Saigon Riverside£56
Located in Dong Khoi, this hotel is steps away from Takashimaya Vietnam, Taka Plaza and Saigon Tax Trade Center. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Dong Khoi Shopping ...
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Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market, Mariamman Temple and Dong Khoi Shopping Street. Museum ...
Silverland Yen Hotel£62Silverland Yen Hotel£62
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cho Quan Church, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Saigon Culinary ...
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Located in Dong Khoi, this luxury hotel is steps away from Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square. Parkson Plaza and Independence ...
Caravelle Saigon£86Caravelle Saigon£86
Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bui Vien Walking Street, Zen Plaza and September 23 Park. Ben Thanh Market ...
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This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of War Remnants Museum, Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Diamond ...
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Located in Dong Khoi, this luxury hotel is steps away from Riverside, Saigon River and Dong Khoi Shopping Street. Lucky Plaza and Saigon Tax Trade Center are ...
The Reverie Saigon£169The Reverie Saigon£169
Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market, Ben Thanh Market and Dong Khoi Shopping Street. Independence ...
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This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Diamond Plaza and Saigon ...
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Lively and colourful, Ho Chi Minh City captures almost everything travellers love about Vietnam, from buzzing markets to picturesque temples that punctuate the landscape. Sprawling along the banks of the Saigon River, HCMC, as it's often known, has emerged as a vibrant challenger to some of Asia’s powerhouse cities.
On one hand Ho Chi Minh City is fast and flash, with skyscrapers and luxury hotels, designer boutiques and fine dining. On the other, it’s a city preserved in a distant age of rickshaws, colonial buildings and peaceful temples, where street food vendors fill the air with intoxicating aromas of coriander and lemon grass.
Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City combine quality with reasonable rates, making it a vibrant destination that’s both fascinating and affordable.
The city is divided into numbered neighbourhoods, with District 1 at the centre of the action. Here you’ll find charming French colonial buildings and cultural attractions sharing elbow room with backpackers’ hostels and some of Ho Chi Minh City's luxury hotels.
If you’re watching your budget, there’s cheap accommodation in Pham Ngu Lao. Around 25 minutes by taxi from Tan Sot Nhat International Airport, it’s where backpackers congregate in budget hostels and one-star boltholes.
Alternatively, upgrade to a nearby historic hotel in Dong Khoi Street, home to some of the city’s plushest hotels. District 2 is home to expat communities, modern shopping malls and commerce. What it lacks in heritage, it makes up for with quality hotels and good transport links into the city’s cultural heart.
A good option if you want to balance affordability with comfort and convenience is a three-star hotel in District 3. Alongside District 1, it has a refreshingly peaceful vibe thanks to the strong Buddhist community. District 5 boasts some impressive four-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City – the Windsor Plaza Hotel has a spa, rooftop outdoor pool and a glittering marble foyer. Chinatown (Cholon) and Binh Tay Market are on the doorstep.
For city life that’s barely changed in centuries, take a trip around the local markets in the tourist hubs of Districts 1 and 5. Ben Thanh market in District 1 and Binh Tay in Chinatown attract stallholders selling everything from fresh fruit to handicrafts in a street theatre atmosphere. Arrive with an empty stomach and enjoy pho noodles, bao buns and crispy spring rolls as you go.
District 1 is home to most of Saigon’s historic treasures. The Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are found on Nguyen Du Street, the War Remnants Museum and the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are nearby. Take in a performance of traditional Vietnamese dance at 19th-century Saigon Opera House, a charming colonial building in District 1.
Pencil in a half-day to head north to the Chu Chi Tunnels, a sombre but fascinating reminder of the atrocities of war, around 30 miles (50km) northwest of the city.
When the light fades, head for the bars and restaurants in bustling Pham Ngu Lao Street – known as the backpacker district, it's popular with both tourists and locals on a night out.
Even budget accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City can be surprisingly comfortable and well-equipped. You could bed down in a two-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 for a bargain and get WiFi and breakfast included.
Treat yourself with a five-star such as the Grand Hotel Saigon in District 1, where you can expect to pay significantly less than you would for equivalent facilities in a European hotel. In return you’re treated to four restaurants, an outdoor pool, health club, and complimentary bathrobe and slippers.
Larger hotels will usually accept your cards (as will shops) but you may be charged a 3% levy. You can save yourself the hassle by paying in advance when you book online – just select your dates, hotel and room and pay at checkout. Smaller hotels will usually prefer cash if you choose to pay later. The local currency is the dong, although US dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam’s cities, including Ho Chi Minh City.