Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City Hotels And Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City is the business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The Khmers originally settled the region, with the Vietnamese taking over in the 17th century. The French conquered Saigon, as it was then known, in 1859, and made it the capital of Cochin China in 1862, which resulted in numerous elegant architecture and broad boulevards that are still present to this day. At the peak of the Vietnam War in 1969, the city had 4.5 million inhabitants who were all evacuated when Saigon and the rest of the South fell to North Vietnam in 1975.

The city has recovered in the 30 years since then, with the current population at over 7 million. It was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the spiritual leader of Vietnamese Communism, but residents were so reluctant to adopt the new name that authorities kept the official name but the city centre is still called Saigon.

Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. The city is also filled with rooftop bars that overlook Saigon and beyond, while fantastic restaurants offer a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.

First Time in Ho Chi Minh? Here is the Best of Everything!

First Time in Ho Chi Minh? Here is the Best of Everything!

Choosing a hotel in the wrong area can ruin your holiday so it’s worth spending a couple of minutes looking at the pros and cons of each district before you choose where to stay in Ho Chi Minh.
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Top 10 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

The best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are found mostly in the city centre, surrounded by popular cultural landmarks and attractions. Indeed, some of Saigon’s best hotels are famous in their own right
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Top 10 Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh

With our guide to the Top 10 Best Attractions in Ho Chi Minh you can get all of the information you need to ensure you don’t miss anything this fascinating city has to offer.
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Top 10 Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh

Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh means very different things depending where you are in the city. Downtown in District 1, rooftop bars, high rolling casinos and smooth jazz bands.
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Top 10 Shopping in Ho Chi Minh

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh is truly one of the highlights of this fascinating city. New shopping malls are springing up all over downtown Saigon.
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Top 10 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City is blessed with fantastic restaurants serving a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.
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Where To Stay in Ho Chi Minh

Top 10 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

The best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are found mostly in the city centre, surrounded by popular cultural landmarks and attractions. Indeed, some of Saigon’s best hotels are famous in their own right
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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

The best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh are not only fantastic places to stay, some of them are actually legendary thanks to the role they played in Vietnam’s recent history
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10 Best Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

The best budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh face stiff competition due to the sheer amount of accommodation available in the city. This is great news for visitors because it means they can find an excellent hotel
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10 Cheap Hotels in Ho Chi Minh for under $50

This list of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh for less than US$50 has been voted for by thousands of guests so you can rest assured that all of the hotels deliver what they claim. Guestrooms might not
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10 Hotels Travellers Love Most in Ho Chi Minh

This list is all about the hotels that previous travellers loved most in Ho Chi Minh. These 10 hotels could be from any star rating, and from location in the city.
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10 Most Discounted Hotels in Ho Chi Minh Today

This list of the 10 most discounted hotels in Ho Chi Minh is updated daily so you can be sure that the prices you find here are really special. The hotels displayed are spread out around the city so
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Ho Chi Minh’s Most Popular Districts

Pham Ngu Lao Street

The Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1 is where most backpacking travelers first land in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a similar scene to Khao San Road in Bangkok, but on a smaller scale.
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Cholon – Chinatown

It’s obvious when you arrive in Chinatown as all the shop names are in Chinese characters. And you will hear a few merchants of the older generation speaking Mandarin Chinese.
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City Centre

District 1 is where you will find great food, bargain-heavy (and trendy) shopping and fun nightlife. Being the main commercial hub of Saigon, life here is upbeat, both day and night.
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Most Popular Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Water Puppet Shows

Traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Shows remain one of the cultural draws for most travellers to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Reunification Palace

The iconic Reunification Palace made its name in global history when in 1975 a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its main gate – thus signifying the end of the Vietnam War.
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Dong Khoi Street

Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was called Rue Catinat.
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Most Popular Dining in Ho Chi Minh

The Deck Saigon

A classy restaurant and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, The Deck Saigon is a top dining choice among affluent locals and travellers due to its romantic setting, scenic locale, and excellent pan-Asian cuisine. Set
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Camargue Saigon

A long-time favourite amongst Ho Chi Minh’s expat community, Camargue is a refined French restaurant within the courtyard of an old colonial-era opium factory in downtown Saigon. The two-storey
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Quan An Ngon Restaurant

Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, housed in a renovated Vietnamese mansion with a tree lined garden.
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Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh Restaurants

Saigon is a city where people can enjoy dining in sophisticated restaurants with delightful surroundings and menus that feature Vietnamese and international dishes
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Ho Chi Minh Attractions

One factor that makes Ho Chi Minh City exceptional is the contrast between the old and the new. This is the country’s business centre, and there are many areas under development, but there are
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Ho Chi Minh Nightlife

Ho Chi Minh City’s entertainment industry is growing fast, though it’s still not a city for round-the-clock entertainment – most places close soon after
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Ho Chi Minh Activities

Many repeat visitors to Vietnam are astonished by the expanding choice of activities found in Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re a golfer, you are well catered for.
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Ho Chi Minh Shopping

Ho Chi Minh City is a fun place to shop for bargains. Some goods can be unique and fascinating – old propaganda posters, for example. Clothing includes silks and
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Ho Chi Minh Districts

Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is one of the fastest developing cities in Southeast Asia, yet it still retains its own historical charm.
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Ho Chi Minh Information

The government may be Communist, but it understands well the importance of the tourism industry to the economy, and has vigorously promoted the country.
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