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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh

When considering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh, you'll need to think about your budget and the kind of experiences you want to have. If you want to stay somewhere that doesn't break the bank but doesn't cost you sleepless nights, hotels near Ben Thanh will likely be your best bet. Meanwhile, if you want easy access to landmarks, restaurants and shopping centres, stay at Nguyen Hue Boulevard.Here are some recommendations for the best areas to stay in Ho Chi Minh.

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  • City Centre

    Also known as District 1, Ho Chi Minh's City Centre is the place to be for dining, shopping, and sightseeing. Here you'll find must-see landmarks such as the Central Post Office, Jade Emperor Pagoda, and the Notre-Dame Basilica. You'll also find a wide range of accommodation here, from five-star hotels to budget-friendly hostels.

  • Nguyen Hue Boulevard

    The oldest and widest street in Ho Chi Minh, Nguyen Hue Boulevard has played a significant role in the country's history. During the Vietnam War, foreign correspondents stayed in the hotels along this street. On one end of the street, you'll find the City Hall and on the other, Saigon River. Along this pedestrian-friendly area, there are a lot of bars, cafes, and interesting buildings to check out.

  • Cholon

    The largest Chinatown in Vietnam, Cholon is one of the best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh if you're looking for budget-friendly accommodation. It's also close to Buddhist temples and the Binh Tay Market, the largest in Vietnam. Hire a cyclo (a bicycle with passenger seating in front) to take you around the area to check out the architecture and the authentic Chinese eateries.

  • Pham Ngu Lao

    If you want to experience the bustling nightlife of Ho Chi Minh, stay at Pham Ngu Lao. This area is made up of two parallel streets and is known as the backpacker district of the city. If you stay at one of the many budget-friendly hotels nearby, you'll find street food vendors selling delicious eats at all hours.

  • Ben Thanh

    Staying near the Ben Thanh Market allows you easy access to local handicrafts, affordable clothes, yummy food, and Vietnamese art. The market is one of the oldest landmarks in Ho Chi Minh and it opens early and stays open until late. Stay in a budget-friendly hostel or a more luxurious hotel nearby.

  • Dong Khoi

    Originally called rue Catinat, Dong Khoi Street underwent many name changes. However, its beautiful French Colonial buildings remain. If you stay here, you'll be within walking distance of designer boutiques, art galleries, and vibrant cafes. If you stroll along the Dong Khoi, you'll find yourself near the Opera House and other Ho Chi Minh attractions.

Frequently asked questions

Allow yourself at least three days to cover all the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, but four or five days gives you more time to immerse yourself in this chaotic and captivating city.


The nearest beach to Ho Chi Minh City is Vung Tau Beach, two hours southeast of the city.


December through to April is generally the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City. It’s dry season so you won’t have to worry about getting wet.


Jump on a city tour and see the city landmarks, visit the War Remnants Museum and learn about Vietnam’s troubled past, go underground and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, and jump on a speedboat and cruise on over to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta.


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Ho Chi Minh’s City Centre, also known as District 1, is the city’s beating heart, where you’ll find most of the city’s must-see sights along with plenty of restaurants and bars, and loads of opportunities to shop.


Comfortable shoes and clothing, though keep in mind Vietnam is a powerhouse for clothing manufacture, so you may even pick up a whole new wardrobe at the Ben Thanh Market.


Find your digs in District 1, the Ho Chi Minh City Centre, and visit all the city sights before venturing out for day trips to the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Ho Chi Minh City  is the southern starting point for many Vietnam holiday packages, so if you have more time and wish to go further afield, Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to start.


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