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1. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Need assistance. We (two) will be going to HCM 20th-25th Dec but nothing was plan ... no idea where to stay, place of interest/highlight or even places to eat.

We are on TIGHT budget, can anyone help us on the accommodation, transportation and of course some reasonable eating places.

Also, what’s the weather like in Dec? What’s should be the attire?

Thanks a lot.:)

2. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

De Tham is the main backpacker road in Saigon and you can find accommodation in the streets parallel for around $5 if you look. There is a small beauty salon on De Tham where they have a tiny sign advertising rooms with shared bathroom for $6 (but check the shower works....) The normal price for a reasonable ensuite room is c.$10. There are plenty of eateries in the locality, including a few v good & cheap veggie restaurants on one of the tiny streets parallel east of De Tham. It is a good area to stay - very central, close to the parks, war museum and reunification palace. I would recommend a look around the reunification palace. You can walk there from De Tham.

Weather this time of year will be hotish. Probably 30C in Saigon, Nha Trang etc. But, if you are heading north to Hanoi/Sapa/Halong Bay etc, or to the mountains in Dalat, it will be chilly, especially at night, so take a warm jumper or a jacket and some jeans/trousers and closed shoes (although Dalat still hot during day).

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

I was staying at TM brothers cafe in De Tham street , it was £6 for a room fan and private bathroom and free internet downstairs . You can book plenty through them ,buses ,taxis ,trips out . there is a bar called GO 2 at the end of the street (you cant realy miss it) the guesthouse is more that end of the street next door but 1 from Eden bar .

4. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Should I just walk into those guesthouse upon arrival to HCM or should I book via internet for the rooms? Should I take the risk?

5. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

I just walked into the place but i was there in june july so it was not peak season , mayb dec will me more busy i dont know . I will try and find a email for you . Even if the places are full you wont have trouble finding accom in Saigon . When you get there go into an email cafe or somthing leave you bags with a friend and take a walk around and look for the beat deal you can always haggle and get a good price .

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Walking in generally shouldnt be a problem unless you are going for those uber popular guesthouses. if u are content with just any gh that looks comfortable with basic facilities, then walking in should get u a room anywhere in Saigon. Was there in peak season Dec, Jan and didnt have a problem getting a room this way.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting sonel

Should I just walk into those guesthouse upon arrival to HCM or should I book via internet for the rooms? Should I take the risk?

Do not book anything. There are plenty of rooms not matter when you arrive. There are dozens of small hotels in the Phu Ngu Lao area of HCMC to choose from. Walk into at least 3 before committing yourself. Fan rooms were $5-8 and air con rooms at $10. Find one that is quiet and has a decent shower. You can then bargain for the price like you do when shopping. I was quoted $7/nite, offered $6 and agreed to stay 3 nights. They accepted. Worth a try.

Send me a PM if you have specific questions on VN.

8. Posted by arya99 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

june07, i was staying at Luan Vu Guest House 35/2 Bui Vien Street , ph 17113-6495932. it was usd 12/room with ensuite bath, very clean, with aircond, big screen tv (no time to see), sandals will not go up to rooms. b'fast is provided and there is free internet at the lobby.
It is near De Tham street. located near the vietnam airline ticket office. Ms Moon and the owner Mr Vu Cam Thi was very helpful. any chance to go to HCMC again, I'll surely stay at Luan Vu 35/2 (they have other family hostel luan vu).
and I book the hotel from this website ;)

9. Posted by sublimer (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

I stayed on Bui Vien St as well and that was late march. I had no problems finding a room and would highly recommend the "Happy Inn #2" as it had a really nice room for about $15usd a night. It was worth the extra money for as nice of a room as I had.

Don't book anything, do your looking when you get there. Ask to see the room before you agree to stay there, that was always my rule!

Have fun, I enjoyed Siagon a lot. You can find some amazing food and there are plenty of attractions to see. All can be arranged once you get there.

Don't plan to much in advance, it takes away from your freedom and takes away from the overall experience.

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