Hi Fellow travellers
I have never been to Vietnam and need to stay in a clean cheap hotel or Guest House in Ho Chi Minh City close to everything any suggestions ?
Im heading there in May and also need advice for the best way into the city from the airport,outbound on a late flight from Sydney,and approx costing.
Any other good tip would really be appreciated,or tours.
The main backpacker district in HCMC is called Pham Ngu Lao and this is a good place to look for accommodation - mainly 'mini hotel alley' which runs parallel to De Tham St a block east in the direction of Nguyen Thai Hoc St. we stayed in a nice little place called Titi hotel - we got a tiny but spotless and lovely little room for $8. along this alley there are also some nice restaurants and cafes and its close to other attractions in the city.
There are plenty of places in HCMC which can arrange tours and trips for you. don't miss the amazing Cu Chi tunnels which are outside the city - remnants of the American/vietnam war. you can book trips to phnom penh in cambodia too from HCMC.
I'm not sure about transport from the airport i'm afraid as we arrived by bus.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 14, 2007, at 4:37 AM by bex76 ]
You can take the taxi from the airport to Ho Chi Minh City. Negotiate the price before you agree on the service. Should not costs you more than USD10 to the city.
Head to De Tham St as there are plenty of budget hotels within your means. They are clean, comfortable and reliable. Costs for 1 night between USD8-15. Along the street, there are lots of choices for food as well as night entertainment. Pham Ngu Lao St also offers great varieties of budget accomodation. You can also stroll along Bui Vien St for choices of good Vietnamese food.
Getting around is easy. You can either engage the motorbike taxis ( XeOm) or cyclos. Day trips to Chu Chi tunnels, Cao Dai Temple, Mekong River markets, city tours of temples and pagodas, beach tours can be arrange with tour agents scattered around Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham St. The most popular is Sinh Cafe. You can find all sorts of tour with HCM city, the greater part of the city as well as to the other parts of Vietnam on the North. Prices of tours are reasonable.
Hope this give you some tips for you HCM trip.