I fly into Ho Chi Min City at 8:40 at night and want to be picked up and transported to a low, mid range hotel so I can settle in without too much shock. I've looked endlessly online and the prices vary greatly. On one site a particular hotel will be $30-40 US and then on another sit the same hotel will be approx $80. I've emailed one hotel to try to make a reservationn but they haven't replyed.
I'm happy to just arrive and put myself in the hands of a driver but at that time of year I keep getting information that everything may be "full". Any advice on would be appreciated.
I highly recommend the Bich Duyen Hotel in the Pham Ngu Lao district of Saigon. This is probably the best run little guesthouse in town - the manager, Chanh, makes friends with everyone, and you will love the place. Clean enough to eat off the floor and inexpensive too - I paid $25. in March. Just contact Chanh at the address below or book on hostelworld. BD is Tripadvisor's #1 pick of all hotels in Saigon.
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hi there yea it low season in saigon in october so you can get a top notch place for 20-25 us dollers a night we paid $18 for a really nice place im not sure of the road name but its called the alleys which is full of hotels and cheap but nice guest houses. the loney planet call it the alleys so should help you out. also you wont have a problem that time of year finding a room when you turn up late.
I think Liberty hotels is good for you, the price from 45 USD to 85 USD. These hotel in the centre.
Click on the 'accommodation' option on the left side, below 'Forums'. I found several decent choices listed there. Saigon Mini Hotel is charging $27/nite, many extras, including BF, airport transfers. Also, Duc Vuong Hotel has many nice extras, $22/nite.
If you are up to it, read my blog on arriving in HCMC and staying in mini hotel alley, Pham Ngu Lao area of HCMC. This is doing it on the cheap, staying in the backpacker ghetto. $10/nite rooms.
Send me a PM if you have any questions.