Welcome khổng lồ Ho chi Minh city – the ever-bustling and chaotic business and financial hub of Vietnam.

Just a generation ago, Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố (HCMC, formerly Saigon) was in turmoil after it fell to North Vietnam in the Vietnam War. Today, it’s a vibrant đô thị with plenty of culture to soak up.

With a population of over 8 million people, Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố is the largest đô thị in Vietnam & is overflowing with art, history, mouth-watering cuisine, and nightlife. There is something to bởi for all types of travelers in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

However, due to lớn its vast size, figuring out where to stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị can be a daunting task.

To help you out, we’ve created this guide on the best places khổng lồ stay in Ho đưa ra Minh City. We’ve included something for every travel style and budget, so you can find the best place for your needs.


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Where lớn Stay in Ho chi Minh City


Not too fussed about which area you stay in? These are our highest recommendations for places khổng lồ stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

Best Hostel in Ho đưa ra Minh City: The Dorm Saigon

The Dorm Saigon sits close lớn Ben Than Market. It’s new, modern, & has an excellent staff. There’s a common area và a rooftop terrace where guests can hang out and mingle.


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Best Airbnb in Ho bỏ ra Minh City: Scandinavian Studio near Ben Than Market

Located in the center of Ho chi Minh City, this is the best way lớn experience the city like a local. The apartment is spacious và beautifully decorated.

It also has a balcony where you can watch the everyday lives of Vietnamese people. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need khổng lồ cook at home, but in case you don’t feel lượt thích cooking, there is an amazing noodle restaurant on the first floor.


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Best khách sạn in Ho chi Minh City: Chez Mimosa Boutique Hotel

The Chez Mimosa Boutique khách sạn offers great value for money. They have a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a không lấy phí drink at happy hour.

They also offer miễn phí laundry service & a Vietnamese foot soak! The staff are all very friendly và go out of their way khổng lồ make sure guests are taken care of by offering recommendations for whatever you’re looking for. It’s the perfect option for where lớn stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.


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Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố Neighborhood Guide


FIRST TIME IN HO đưa ra MINH

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FIRST TIME IN HO đưa ra MINH

Dong Khoi Street Area

Ho đưa ra Minh Distric 1 is the beating heart of Ho đưa ra Minh City, and Dong Khoi Street is the main historical area that has seen the biggest changes throughout the city’s past.


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ON A BUDGET

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ON A BUDGET

Pham đần độn Lao

Known as the “backpacker district,” Pham đần độn Lao is an area in Ho bỏ ra Minh District 1 that attracts budget travelers thanks to the low prices for everything from food và drink khổng lồ accommodation.


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COOLEST PLACE to STAY

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COOLEST PLACE lớn STAY

Cholon

District 5 is more commonly known as Cholon và it’s Ho chi Minh City’s Chinatown. Cholon literally means “big market” và it’s obvious why as soon as visitors arrive at Binh Tay Market, which is the largest market in the country.


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FOR FAMILIES

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FOR FAMILIES

Thao Dien

In the past, District 2 was one of the poorest areas in Ho chi Minh city because the Saigon River separated it from District 1, but nowadays things are much different.


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Ho bỏ ra Minh city is a vast và eclectic city. It’s got a huge variety of neighborhoods, so make sure to pick the one that’s best for you.

Ho đưa ra Minh District 1 is the heart of HCMC. Established by the French Government in 1859 as the center for government office buildings, this is the main commercial, cultural, & business hub.

You’ll find beautiful French architecture, busy markets, tree-lined boulevards, và cuisine from all around the world. With so many things to explore here, this is a great area to base yourself on your first visit.

If you’re visiting Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị on a budget or looking for nightlife, then Pham lẩn thẩn Lao is the place to go. This area of Ho bỏ ra Minh District 1 has been well-known in backpacker circles for years.

Bordering the south over of District 1 is Ho bỏ ra Minh District 5. Trang chủ to a massive Chinatown (known locally as “Cholon”), this area is a great way to escape colonial architecture và western fast-food restaurants và truly feel like you’re in Asia.

Finally, District 2 is the best place khổng lồ stay if you’re visiting Ho chi Minh city with your family. It’s a mostly residential area và is also popular among expats.


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District 1 is the beating heart of Ho đưa ra Minh City, and Dong Khoi Street is the main historical area.

During French colonial times, the street called Rue Catinat was a glamourous area. Then during the Vietnam War, it was called Tu vì which means “Freedom Street.” When Saigon fell to lớn the North at the end of the War the street was renamed again lớn Dong Khoi which means “Total Revolution.”

Now, this street is the heart of the commercial life of Ho đưa ra Minh City và the perfect place to stay for first-time visitors to lớn Vietnam. Here, you can admire the old colonial buildings, grab a coffee in a stylish cafe, shop international brands & local boutiques, & dine in world-class restaurants.

Best Hostel in Dong Khoi Street Area: The Dorm Saigon

The Dorm Saigon is one of the best hostels in Ho đưa ra Minh. It’s new, modern, and has an excellent staff. There’s a common area both inside and on the roof where guests can hang out và mingle.


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Best Airbnb in Dong Khoi Street Area: Colonial French Era Loft

The french style apartment overlooks Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Street. It’s within walking distance lớn Saigon Opera house, Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, Nguyen Hue street, Ben Thanh Market, và the Reunification Palace. The apartment has one bed, a fully equipped kitchen, & fast wifi.


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Best khách sạn in Ben Than Market Area: Lief Mojo Saigon

Lief Mojo Saigon feels like a 5-star luxury khách sạn at an affordable price. Their included breakfast is amazing, the staff is super friendly, and it’s perfectly located next lớn great restaurants and the most important tourist sites.

The rooms are spacious and offer special comforts such as bath tea. You won’t regret booking the Lief Mojo Saigon.


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Things lớn See & Do in Dong Khoi Street Area


– Send a letter or souvenir lớn friends & family from the iconic Saigon Central Post Office.

– Take an Insta-worthy photo of the incredible architecture of the thành phố Hall building, formerly the khách sạn de Ville.

– Marvel at the Notre Dame Cathedral’s stunning facade made from imported materials from France.

– Casually stroll through the 30-4 Park which takes its name from Vietnam’s Liberation Day, April 30th.

– Visit the Reunification Palace – a place frozen in time following the Vietnam War.

– See a different perspective of the War at the War Remnants Museum.

– Wander through the Ben Than Market trying cheap, delicious food & browsing the endless amount of things for sale.

– Head khổng lồ the tập đoàn bitexco Financial Tower to lớn enjoy the sweeping views of the thành phố from the Saigon Skydeck.

– Sip on a yummy Vietnamese coffee at Kita Coffee House.

– Enjoy an evening of Opera or classical music at the Saigon Opera House.


2. Pham dở người Lao – Where lớn Stay in Ho chi Minh thành phố on a Budget & for Nightlife


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The Saigon Opera House lit up at night

Known as the “backpacker district,” Pham ngốc Lao is an area in Ho chi Minh District 1. It attracts budget travelers thanks khổng lồ the low prices for everything from food & drink to lớn accommodation.

Pham Nhu Lao is actually a street that runs parallel khổng lồ another street called Bui Vien. Between the two are a handful of small connecting alleyways full of spas, delicious restaurants, and plenty of hostels. It’s very reminiscent of Khao San Road in Bangkok.

This district of Ho chi Minh đô thị has a wide range of backpacker accommodation, & prices are quite competitive so it’s easy to negotiate a pretty good deal.

Pham đần độn Lao is also the best area of Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố for nightlife. There are bars all along the street as well as restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. You’ll also find a high concentration of street food carts here. It’s definitely the best area khổng lồ stay in if you want to tiệc ngọt and not spend a ton of money.

Best Hostels in Pham gàn Lao: WillHome Hostel

This is the best budget hostel in Pham đần Lao. They have dorm beds for as little as $5 USD per night. They also offer không lấy phí breakfast, a beer at happy hour for each guest, and the longer you stay the more discounts you get such as miễn phí laundry and miễn phí airport shuttle service.

The rooms are clean & it’s in a quiet location. It’s a great budget option for where lớn stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.


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Best Airbnb in Pham dại Lao: Charming Vietnamese townhouse

This Vietnamese townhouse was built during the French Colonial times và has survived two wars. The spacious townhouse is located right in the heart of the đô thị with sights lượt thích the famous Ben Thanh Market, the opera house và fine art museum within a short walking distance.


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Best khách sạn in Pham dại Lao: Chill Suites

The Chill Suites offer clean và comfortable rooms complete with a desk và a TV. Each room also has a fridge anda sitting area.

The hotel is located in a popular area close to lớn multiple restaurants và tourist sites. It’s a great budget hotel for where to lớn stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.


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Best khách sạn in Pham ngớ ngẩn Lao: Chez Mimosa Boutique Hotel

The Chez Mimosa Boutique khách sạn offers great value for money. They boast a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a không tính phí drink at happy hour, as well as a Vietnamese foot soak. Rooms are elegantly decorated and miễn phí wifi is available throughout.


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Things to lớn See and Do in Pham ngớ ngẩn Lao


– Indulge in amazing yet cheap spa làm đẹp treatments like massages and pedicures.

– Grab an inexpensive Bia Hoi at one of the many bars lining the street.

– Delight your taste buds with the best bowl of Pho you’ve ever had at Pho 2000.

– Dance the night away after enjoying your dinner & comfort food at the Crazy Buffalo bar.

– Book your onward travel at one of the many budget travel agents.

– Join a Vintage Vespa Tour and explore Saigon on two wheels.

– Take a day trip out to lớn the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels and learn how the village protected itself during the War.

– Dance lớn the live music while enjoying a cheap cocktail at Thi Bar.

– Learn about Saigon’s troubled past at the Museum of Ho chi Minh City.

– Sip on a cup of coffee while reading a good book at the Bookworm’s Coffee Saigon.


3. Cholon (District 5) – Coolest Place lớn Stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City


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Cholon is Ho bỏ ra Minh’s Chinatown – và it’s awesome

District 5 is more commonly known as Cholon & it’s Ho bỏ ra Minh City’s Chinatown. Cholon literally means “big market” – which is pretty apt as it’s home to Binh Tay Market, the largest market in the country.

Ethnic Chinese people have been settling in this area of Vietnam since 1778, & it has become a commercial center for both locals và tourists since. They began selling Chinese products here, which is what led khổng lồ the big market area it is today. During the war, it was a đen market for American troops selling American Army issue supplies.

The Chinese influence in Cholon is very apparent in the many charming temples and pagodas scattered throughout the district.

The best part about this area is all the delicious Chinese food. You can find all kinds of Chinese và Vietnamese dishes at the food court inside the Binh Tay Market as well as outside. There are food vendors everywhere!

Best Hostel in District 5: The Common Room Project

The Common Room Project is a fairly quality experience as backpacker accommodations go. It’s a boutique hostel aimed at solo travelers và groups of friends who want khổng lồ meet other people.

They believe that “sleeping is divine,” so they offer the softest bed sheets and linens to lớn ensure a good night’s cap. It’s a great choice for where to lớn stay in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố outside of the center.


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Best Airbnb in Cholon: Apartment in the Highest Building in Ho đưa ra Ming

This apartment is located in vinhomes riverside Central Park whose architectural thiết kế is inspired by traditional bamboo bundles. The apartment is located in one of the highest buildings, Towers 81 and surpasses many world-famous towers like Petronas Twin Tower & Will Tower. There is a shopping mall on the ground floor & the Ben Thanh market is within a 15-minute drive. The apartment can accommodate 2 – 4 people & there are tennis & golf courts on site.


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Best hotel in District 5: Windsor Plaza Hotel

The Windsor Plaza khách sạn offers a luxurious stay at an affordable price. It’s located in the heart of Cholon District (Chinatown) and each room has large windows with incredible views of the city.

Guests can relax with a mát xa at the spa,work out at the fitness center, or arrange a day trip at the tour desk.


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Things lớn See & Do in District 5


– Wander through Binh Tay Market admiring all the things for sale.

– Visit thân phụ Tam Church lớn see where the first president of Vietnam – Ngo Dinh Diem – was arrested.

– cửa hàng for fabrics, clothing, homewares, & craft goods, handmade jewelry, và hand-carved woodwork at An Dong Market.

– Admire the ornate decorations on the walls of the Phuoc An Hoi Quan, a Chinese Taoist Temple.

– Explore the narrow alleyways in search of dim sum.

– Light a stick of incense & admire the shrines at the Thien Hau Temple.

– Pray lớn the Goddess of Fertility at the Tam Son Hoi quan lại Pagoda – a Buddhist temple.

– Take a traditional cyclo ride around the district to give your feet a rest.

– Slide down the waterslides at dai The Gioi Waterpark.

– Reflect on life while enjoying the reflections in the pond at quan liêu Am Pagoda.


4. Thao Dien – Where lớn Stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh city with Family


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The setting sun over Ho đưa ra Minh City

In the past, District 2 was one of the poorest areas in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố because the Saigon River separated it from District 1. Nowadays, things are much different.

Thao Dien in District 2 is a thriving area with high-rise apartment buildings and cute restaurants and cafes. It’s also a very popular area among expats.

Boasting the largest amount of healthy eateries in the entire city, visitors can also find plenty of health and fitness classes like yoga và pilates.

With the recent opening of the metro station in 2019, it’s also easier than ever to explore Ho chi Minh city using District 2 as a base.

Best hotel in District 2: Villa tuy nhiên Saigon

Stay classy in the city at Villa tuy nhiên Saigon. Located on the Saigon River, all the rooms at this boutique style khách sạn come with a view of the river, pool, or garden.

Breakfast is included và guests can easily get downtown thanks to the complimentary two-way shuttle by tốc độ boat to the thành phố center. This is an ideal khách sạn for those wondering where to stay in Ho chi Minh City.


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Best Airbnb in Thao Dien: Apartment for 6 with River View

This river view condo is right next to Towers 81, which is the tallest building in Vietnam. The apartment can host up khổng lồ six guests and has a fully equipped kitchen. Guests have complimentary access khổng lồ a pool, gym, golf, and tennis courts.


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River Cottage

With large, spacious rooms & a deck overlooking the Saigon River, you won’t be disappointed with your stay at River Cottage. Guests can enjoy breakfast while watching boats float by on the river.

All rooms come with a fridge, flat-screen TV, and không lấy phí WiFi. It’s the perfect choice for where khổng lồ stay in Ho đưa ra Minh City.


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Things to lớn See & Do in Thao Dien:


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– Sip a tasty cocktail or two along the banks of the Saigon River at one of these establishments: The Deck, Villa Song, or BoatHouse.

– Take in the impressive exhibitions on light, poetry, và philosophical questions at The Factory Contemporary Arts Center.

– Improve your upper body strength rock climbing at Saigon Outcast.

– Practice your dunking skills at Jump Arena Trampoline Park.

– Enjoy a beer while you mingle with the varied clientele over a trò chơi of darts at Buddha Bar.

– Indulge in a spa treatment at Thao Dien Spa.

– Forget you’re in sweltering Southeast Asia by ice skating at Vincom Mega Mall.

– Spend an hour relaxing at Dolphy Cafe.

– If you need a pick-me-up, grab a massive ice coffee from Hue coffe Roastery.


FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Ho đưa ra Minh


Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Ho bỏ ra Minh and where to stay.