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Ho Chi Minh Travel Guides + Blog

Find out the best spots to see in Vietnam's modern megacity. Ho Chi Minh is famous for its French-colonial buildings, strong coffee/tea culture, exciting food scene, war-time history & chaotic bike-filled streets.
Plan your trip to Ho Chi Minh, the gateway to Southern Vietnam. Read this detailed travel guide with a sample itinerary, budget breakdown & list of top spots to visit.

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Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam previously known as Saigon until it was renamed after the revolutionary leader and statesman in 1975. It is still commonly known as Saigon as much as it has preserved its French-colonial heritage.

The primary attractions for tourists in Ho Chi Minh are the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, History Museum, and Jade Emperor Pagoda. But besides those historical landmarks, Ho Chi Minh is also known for its food. Vietnam’s most popular dish, Pho, is available on almost every corner of the city, from street food vendors to fine dining stops. There are also exotic eats like fertilized duck eggs and deep-fried snakes in various places, meant for those who have a brave heart and stomach. Ho Chi Minh enjoyed post-war modernizations, which transformed its sleepy streets into vibrant ones. As a result, crowds flock to check out its nightlife, diverse markets, fresh beer, coffee, high-end tailoring, and shopping.

Ho Chi Minh is accessible via the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the busiest gateway in the country, serving routes to major Asian cities, including Manila, Taipei, Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Guangzhou.

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh

Recommeneded Ho Chi Minh Hotels

Cinnamon Boutique Hotel

Splurge / Le Thi Rieng, District 1

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Tripwriter Hotel

Splurge / Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

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Hotel Nikko Saigon

Splurge / Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1

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Liberty Central Saigon

Splurge / Pasteur Street, District 1

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Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Splurge / Lam Son Square, District 1

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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Splurge / Dong Khoi Street, District 1

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Rex Hotel Saigon

Splurge / Nguyen Hue, District 1

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Nguyen Shack Saigon

Mid-Range / Ben Thanh , District 1

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Phan Anh Backpackers

Budget / Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

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Son Tung Hotel

Budget / De Tham Street, District 1

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Phuc Khanh Hotel

Budget / Yersin, District 1

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La Hostel Saigon

Budget / Nguyen Thai Hoc, District 1

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How to Travel to Ho Chi Minh

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