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Ho Chi Minh Holiday Guide

The largest city in Vietnam is known for its French and Chinese influences, bustling markets and boulevards full of motorcycles. Formerly known as Saigon, the Ho Chi Minh City has a complex history, going through French colonialism, a communist revolution and one of the bloodiest wars in the modern times. Today, modern skyscrapers stand next to 19th Century colonial architecture, gourmet coffee is sold alongside traditional green tea and Buddhist temples stand in the shadow of cathedrals.

The city is divided into parts, of which the most historic is District 1, located on the west side of the Saigon River. Here you will find attractions like the Reunification Palace, the Main Post Office and the Ho Chi Minh City Notre Dame Cathedral. The European influence on the city from the French colonial days is most pronounced in this area, and you’ll see it in the 19th-century architecture. You'll also find plenty hotels around here, so you can stay close to the sights. Go for a walk through the nearby Tao Dan Park or north to the Phuoc Hai Pagoda.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to the Dam Sen Water Park or Dam Sen park. Take a trip outside the city and explore the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, used during the Vietnam War to escape from and ambush American soldiers. The War Museum is one of the most visited museums in Vietnam, with more than half a million visitors each year.

The evening in Ho Chi Minh City offer a respite from the heat and humidity of the day and is often the best time to explore the more centrally located neighbourhoods. Avoid the traffic and wander through the streets of Districts One, Two and Three. Grab a traditional bowl of pho and quiet your thirst with the local beer, Bia Hoi, which is brewed daily in the region. If you like shopping then go bargain hunting in Ben Thanh night market.

There’s so much to do in Ho Chi Minh City for any type of traveller. Book a budget holiday to Vietnam today.


Guide to Exploring Ho Chi Minh City


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Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.1
of 5, from 128 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ton Duc Thang Museum and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Parkson Plaza and Bach Dang Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

£109
Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 740 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bach Dang Wharf and Lucky Plaza. Saigon Skydeck and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.

£45
EdenStar Saigon Hotel

EdenStar Saigon Hotel

38 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ho Chi Minh City
4.2
of 5, from 485 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bui Thi Xuan, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of September 23 Park, Zen Plaza, and Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. Mariamman Temple and Tao Dan Park are also within 15 minutes.

£90
Hotel Nikko Saigon

Hotel Nikko Saigon

235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.6
of 5, from 766 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

20-minute drive to airport

Vina Terrace Hotel

Vina Terrace Hotel

33-35 Le Anh Xuan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
3.2
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mariamman Temple, Benthanh Street Food Market, and Ben Thanh Market. Zen Plaza and Tao Dan Park are also within 10 minutes.

Saigon Hostel One

Saigon Hostel One

36 Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh City
3.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of September 23 Park, Zen Plaza, and Museum of Fine Arts. Ben Thanh Market and Mariamman Temple are also within 15 minutes.

£96
Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel

141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 539 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is steps from Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Saigon Tax Trade Center. Parkson Plaza and Vincom Center Shopping Mall are also within 5 minutes.

£51
Liberty Central Saigon Centre

Liberty Central Saigon Centre

179 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ho Chi Minh City
4.2
of 5, from 244 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps from Benthanh Street Food Market, Taka Plaza, and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 5 minutes.

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