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The wide avenues, a smattering of decaying French influenced architecture, sidewalk cafes and baguettes, seems to be the only evidence left that the place was occupied by the French. But it's enough to give it a very different feel from any other Asian City.
Ho Chi Minh is still the economic heart of Vietnam and the streets bustle with activity, not to mention what seems like an endless stream of motorbikes. Vendors, markets, shops, stands and cafés crowd the busy streets and sidewalks adding to the vibe. Booming economically, chic bars and clubs have popped up around the city to be crowded by affluent Vietnamese and expatriates.
The main district that tourists visit in Ho Chi Minh is district one. This is the old town that the French have build and has most of the sights and older buildings. Pham Ngu Lao and the parallel street of Bui Vien in district one are where all the backpacker action is.
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Visit the Tourist Information Centre (4G 4H Le Loi St, District 1. Tel (84-8) 822 6033) in the city centre to get ideas of what to see and do and to pick up a free map.
Weatherwise, the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh is in the dry season which runs from December to April. In the dry season the humidity is at a level which is easier to handle. As this is common knowledge it also means the crowds are bigger this time of year, so to avoid the crowds you'll need to tolerate the extra humidity. Temperatures average 31 °C during the day year round, and drops to just a little below 25 °C at night. Most of the rain falls from June to September.
|Avg Max||31.6 °C||32.9 °C||33.9 °C||34.6 °C||34 °C||32.4 °C||32 °C||31.8 °C||31.3 °C||31.2 °C||31 °C||30.8 °C|
|Avg Min||21.1 °C||22.5 °C||24.4 °C||25.8 °C||25.2 °C||24.6 °C||24.3 °C||24.3 °C||24.4 °C||23.9 °C||22.8 °C||21.4 °C|
|Rainfall||13.8 mm||4.1 mm||10.5 mm||50.4 mm||218.4 mm||311.7 mm||293.7 mm||269.8 mm||327.1 mm||266.7 mm||116.5 mm||48.3 mm|
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) serves Ho Chi Minh City and is Vietnam's biggest airport. It has numerous flights both domestically, including flights to Hanoi, as well as many airlines serving the city from neighbouring countries and further beyond. Main destinations include Moscow, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Frankfurt, Melbourne, Siem Reap, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney.
A taxi from the airport to district one is about 120,000-150,000 Dong.
It is best to rent a car with driver, for example with Budget.
Open Bus Ticket:
Many different open bus ticket vendors start and end their operations in Ho Chi Minh City. Almost all the travel agencies will sell open bus tickets. Remember to shop around and ask other travellers about the quality of the different ticket vendors. It is best to find people that are heading out of the country in order to hear a review of their entire trip across the country with a certain open bus ticket company. Most of the open-tour companies sell tickets to Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Dalat, and there are night buses to Nha Trang.
Taxis are the easiest way to travel around Ho Chi Minh city. However, one needs to be aware of the better known taxis such as Vinasun and MaiLinh.
SaigonBus (No. 152) is the cheapest way to get to/from Tan Son Nhat Airport from/to the bus station opposite Ben Thanh Market. The fare is only 3,000 dongs per person (sometimes, the bus driver may request an additional 3,000 dongs for big luggage). It is also possible to take this bus to the city centre (near Notre Dame Cathedral). The last bus departs from both the airport or bus station at 6pm. Note: The bus to the airport may drop its passenger at either the domestic or international airport. Whichever way, the two airports is only about 100 metres apart.
SaigonBus (No. 1) goes to/from Cholon Bus Station. Binh Tay Market is very close to Cholon Bus Station. The fare is only 3,000 dongs.
It is very easy to get to places in Ho Chi Minh City on foot. With just a couple of hours, one can walk leisurely from Pham Ngu Lao to Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall and Dong Khoi Area.
Motorcycle rental is very easily arranged, especially in the Pham Ngu Lao area. It will cost 80,000-100,000VND per day and includes up to two helmets. Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is required by law for both drivers and passengers (and is generally a good idea anyway). You wil be required to leave your passport with the rental agency.
|A Kim Long||43D/3 Ho Van Hue St., W9 Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hostel||87|
|A Minh Phuong||98A Ho Van Hue st. W9, Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hostel||74|
|A Quang Chau||98 Ho Van Hue St., W9 Phu Nhuan District||Hostel||67|
|A Song Thuong||06 Dao Duy Anh Phuong 9, Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hostel||89|
|A Van Giao||740B Nguyen Kiem, W4 Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hotel||-|
|A Van Khang Hotel||168 Dao Duy Anh, Ward 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hotel||-|
|A Van Phuong||354 A Dao Duy Anh St, Ward 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hostel||-|
|An An 2 Hotel||216 De Tham Street District 1||Hotel||80|
|An An Hotel||40 Bui Vien Street Ho Chi Minh City||Hotel||83|
|Bach Dang Hotel||33 mac thi buoi street, D.I||Hotel||-|
|Bed and Breakfast Ho Van Hue||133/7 Ho Van Hue St., P9 Phu Nhuan Dist||Guesthouse||-|
|Bich Duyen Hotel||283/4 Pham Ngu Lao Street, 1st District||Hotel||87|
|Cat Huy Hotel||353/28 Pham Ngu Lao St., District 1||Hotel||85|
|Crystal Hotel||70 Nguyen Trai St BenThanh Ward, Dist 1||Hotel||81|
|Duc Vuong Hotel||195 Bui Vien Str Dist 1 Ho Chi Minh||Hotel||84|
|Evergreen Hotel||261-261B Hai Ba Trung Ward 6, District 3||Hotel||88|
|First Hotel||18 Hoang Viet Street, Ward 4, Tan Binh District||Hotel||-|
|Hong Han Hotel||238 Bui Vien Street, District 1||Hotel||86|
|Hotel Thien Hong||241/34 Pham Ngu Lao street, District 1||Hostel||87|
|A Huy Chuong (former Huong Viet hostel)||184 Tran Quang Khai, P. Tan Dinh ward Dist. 1,||Hostel||90|
|Kim Hotel||40-18 Bui Vien Street Quarter 1||Hotel||80|
|Kim Ngan Guesthouse||217/29 De Tham st, Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1,||Guesthouse||78|
|Lacrapro Hotel||12/14 Dao Duy Anh St., W. 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.||Hotel||-|
|Liberty Central Hotel||175-177-179 Le Thanh Ton St District 1||Hotel||-|
|Long Guesthouse||373/10 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City||Hostel||90|
|Luan Vu||35/2 bui vien street Dist. 1||Hostel||88|
|My My Arthouse||219/8 Pham Ngu Lao District 1||Hostel||84|
|Ngoclinh Hotel||283/21 Pham Ngu Lao St Dist.1||Hotel||86|
|NgocThao GuestHouse||241/4 Pham Ngu Lao.St, District 1||Hostel||88|
|Nguyen Khang Hotel||283/25 Pham Ngu Lao. District 1||Hotel||84|
|Nhat Thao Guesthouse||35/4 Bui Vien steet Dist 1||Guesthouse||89|
|Phan Lan 2||283/6 Pham Ngu Lao District 1||Hostel||88|
|Phan Lan Hotel||70 Bui Vien street dist. 1||Hotel||88|
|Que Huong - Liberty 2||129-133 Ham Nghi Blvd, Dist. 1||Hotel||-|
|Que Huong - Liberty 3||187 Pham Ngu Lao Street ,District 1, Ho Chi Minh C||Hotel||82|
|Que Huong-Liberty 4 hotel||265. Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist.1,||Hotel||-|
|Redsun Hotel||283/17 Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist 1.||Hotel||85|
|Saigon Mini Hotel||102/1A Cong Quynh street District 1,||Hostel||88|
|Saigon Mini Hotel 5||196 BUI VIEN Street District 1||Hostel||86|
|Saigon Sports 1 Hotel||38 Bui Vien Str., Dist 1||Hotel||89|
|Saigon Sports 2 Hotel||82 Le Lai Str., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist . 1||Hotel||82|
|Saigon-Phnom Penh Huongviet||124/12 Cong Hoa-A st., W4, Tan Binh Dist.||Guesthouse||-|
|Tan An Mai Apartment||283/23 Pham Ngu Lao District 1||Apartment||-|
|Thuan Duc Hotel||219/26 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1||Hotel||82|
|Vy Khanh Hostel||241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao street District 1||Hostel||91|
|Saigon Sports 3 Hotel||175/21 Pham Ngu Lao Str District 1||Hotel||86|
|Metropole Hotel||148 Tran Hung Dao Street District 1||Hotel||86|
|Hanh Hoa Hotel||237 Pham Ngu Lao||Hotel||88|
|Sophia Hotel HCMC Vietnam||36-38 Thai Van Lung Street Dist.1||Hotel||-|
|Asian Hotel Hcmc||48 - 150 Dong Khoi Str||Hotel||-|
|Royal Hoang Gia Hotel||48 Nguyen An Ninh Ben Thanh District 1||Hotel||-|
|MAI HOTEL HCMC||4a-4c Thi Sach St, Dist.1||Hotel||87|
|Tan My Dinh Hotel||288 Le Thanh Ton St Dist.1||Hotel||-|
|Asian Ruby Hotel HCMC Vietnam||288 Le Thanh Ton St Dist.1||Hotel||-|
|Hoang Gia Huy||46 Nguyen An Ninh Ward Ben Thanh, 1 district||Hotel||-|
|Northern Hotel HCMC Vietnam||11 Thi Sach Street - Dist.1 HCMC||Hotel||87|
|THU THUY HOSTEL||102/4 and 102/34 CONG QUYNH District 1, HoChiMinh City Vietnam||Hostel||-|
|Thien Thao Hotel||89 Cao Thang street Ward 3 District 3||Hotel||-|
|Nga Hoang Backpackers||269/19 De Tham St., Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1, Ho||HOSTEL||79|
|Cherry Hotel HCMC||8A/8D2 Thái Van Lung P. B?n Nghé Qu?n 1||Hotel||-|
|Duc Vuong Hotel||195 Bui Vien St||Hotel||-|
|Ho Sen Hotel HCMC||4b-4c Thi Sach St, Dist.1||Hotel||-|
|Thuy Nhu Hotel||40 Bui Thi Xuan||Hotel||-|
|Ly Loan||241/11/2 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, D||Hostel||83|
|Green Suites Hostel||102/1 Cong Quynh Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1||HOSTEL||85|
|Diep Anh Guesthouse||241/31 Pham Ngu Lao str. District 1, Ho Chi Minh||Hostel||91|
|Thanh Thuong Guesthouse||241/6 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1||Guesthouse||89|
|Sanouva Hotel||175 - 177 Ly Tu Trong Ben Thanh Ward District 1||Hotel||-|
|Milan Hotel South Saigon||36A Duong So 1 Tan Phu Ward District 7||Hotel||-|
|Duc Vuong 2 Hotel||348Cao Thang Street, Ward 12,||Hotel||71|
|Mai Vy Hotel||241/12 Pham Ngu Lao St Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1||Hotel||-|
|Mifuki Hotel||33-35 Le Anh Xuan St, Ben Thanh ward, District 1||Hotel||-|
|96 Guesthouse||96 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1||Guesthouse||78|
|Ly Room For Rent||84/24B Bui Vien Street District 1||Guesthouse||81|
|Viet Nghi Bui Vien Hotel||198 Bùi Viện, phường Phạm Ngũ||Hotel||-|
|Thanh Guesthouse||84/26 Bui Vien St District 1||Guesthouse||83|
|Le Le Hotel||171 Pham Ngu Lao Str, Dist 1 Pham Ngu Lao Ward||Hotel||86|
|96 GUEST HOUSE||96 Bui Vien Street||Guesthouse||86|
|Gia Linh Hotel||29 - 31 Bui Thi Xuan St Ben Thanh Ward Dist 1, HCMC||Hotel||-|
|Blue River Hotel||283/2c Pham Ngu Lao Str, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1||Hotel||-|
|Kims Place||47 do quang dau st District 1||HOSTEL||74|
|Rang Dong Hotel||81-83 Cach Mang Thang Tam St, Dist 1,Ho Chi Minh City||Hotel||-|
|Hoang Lien hotel||15 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1||Hotel||-|
|Hong Hac hotel||District 1 - Ben Thanh Market||Hotel||-|
|Mai Guest House||241/41 Pham Ngu Lao Street 10,76976, 106,69467||Guesthouse||89|
|Universe Central Hotel||549 Tran Hung Dao Ave Dist 1||Hotel||-|
|Lucy Saigon||61 Do Quang Dau street Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Saigon Backpackers Hostel||373/20 Pham Ngu Lao District 1||Hostel||81|
|DUNA HOTEL||167 Pham Ngu Lao street Dist 1||Hotel||88|
|PP BackPackers||283/41 pham nhu lao street, district 1||HOSTEL||87|
|Saigon hostel||63 Bui Vien st. Dist 1 Pham Ngu Lao ward||Hostel||-|
|Tulips Hotel Saigon||260 Ly Tu Trong Street Ben Thanh Ward District 1||Hotel||-|
|HA MY HOTEL||120 Ly Tu Trung Street||Hotel||-|
|HA MY 2 HOTEL||100 Ly Tu Trong District 1 HCM||Hotel||-|
|Nam Long Hotel||283/3 Pham Ngu Lao Str Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1||HOTEL||84|
|Europe Garden Hotel||207 De Tham Str, Pham Ngu Lao ward, Dist 1||Hotel||-|
|Saigon Youth Hostel||241/32 Pham Ngu Lao||Hostel||84|
|Hong Hac Hotel||34A THU KHOA HUAN,HCM CITY||Hotel||-|
|Vinh Hostel||269 De Tham st, Pham Ngu Lao Ward||HOSTEL||81|
|Ms. Thu Guesthouse||39/15 Do Quang Dau street District 1||Guesthouse||78|
|Elegant Hotel Ho Chi Minh||122F - 122F1 Bui Thi Xuan Str Dist .1||Hotel||-|
|Saigon Balo Hostel||203 Pham Ngu Lao||Hostel||81|
|Sen Viet Saigon Hotel||33 Cao Thang Street, District 3||Hotel||-|
|Hello Hotel||373/49 Pham Ngu Lao Quan 1.||HOTEL||-|
|Ruby Hostel||241/19A1 PhamNguLao.st, PhamNguLao.Ward, District||HOSTEL||89|
|Cinnamon Hotel Saigon||74 Le Thi Rieng str. D1, HCM city||HOTEL||-|
|Starcity Saigon - Ho Chi Minh||144 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 8, Phu Nhuan Dist||HOTEL||-|
|Saigon View Residences Ho Chi Minh||117 Nguyen Cuu Van Ward 17, Binh Thanh District||HOTEL||-|
|Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel||373/6 Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1||HOSTEL||88|
|Thien Xuan Hotel - Ho Chi Minh||108 - 110 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1||HOTEL||-|
|New York Thien Phuc Hotel||175/14 Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist1||HOTEL||80|
|THANH BINH 2||15 Ly Thuong Kiet,Ward 7, Tan Binh District,HCM City Viet Nam||Hotel||-|
|Hoang Gia Guest House||214/B9 Nguyen Trai street Nguyen Cu Trinh ward District 1||Guesthouse||-|
|Bel Ami Hotel||170 Ly Thuong Kiet Ward 8||Guesthouse||-|
|Golden Wind Hotel||219/8A & 219/9 pham ngu lao st. district 1||HOTEL||80|
|Family Inn Saigon||84A Bui Thi Xuan Street, District 1, Quan 1||HOTEL||-|
|Koniko Backpackers Hostel||149 Bui Vien St Pham Ngu Lao Ward,Dist 1||HOSTEL||83|
|Thu Van Hostel||373/2 Pham Ngu Lao st. District 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Lofi inn Saigon||200 Cong Quynh District 1||HOSTEL||83|
|HANRIVER SAI GON HOTEL||197A Hoang Van Thu Airport||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Nikko Saigon||235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1||Hotel||-|
|Carina Guesthouse||C1214 Carina Plaza, Vo Van Kiet Boulevard Ward 16, district 08||HOSTEL||-|
|Ngoc Son Guest House||178/32 Co Giang st,. Co Giang Ward, Dist.1||HOSTEL||80|
|SAIGON MINI 3||102/4 CONG QUYNH DISTRICT 1||Hostel||83|
|Dai Huy Hoang Hotel||283/22 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1 Pham Ngu Lao||Hotel||-|
|Asian Ruby 1 Hotel||26 Thi Sach Street District 1||Hotel||-|
|Saigon Zoom 3 Hotel||02/4 Cong Quynh street Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1||HOTEL||-|
|Saigon Zoom Hotel||102/1a Cong Quynh street district 1||HOTEL||-|
|Bali Boutique Hotel||82 Bui Vien Street - Pham Ngu Lao Ward - District||HOTEL||-|
|Saigon Mini Hotel 6||198 Bui Vien Street District 1||HOTEL||-|
|My Home Ho Chi Minh||241/43 Pham Ngu Lao Street Pham Ngu Lao ward, Dist.1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Saigon Sunflower Hostel||359/25, Le Van Sy, P12, Q3||HOSTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.
Some common and useful phone codes are:
Vietnam Post is the government owned national postal service of Vietnam. Services are generally fairly reliable, cheap but not overly fast, except express services. Express Mail Service (EMS) ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours domestically. International EMS is associated with over 50 countries worldwide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Regular services are cheaper but much slower. Most post offices keep much longer hours than most other official businesses, usually starting from 6:30am until 9:30pm and also open on Saturday and even Sunday. You can buy stamps here and they also offer other services like money transfers. You can also try other companies to send parcels, for example with DHL, TNT and UPS.
The Ho Chi Minh General Post Office can be found at 2 Cong Xa Paris Square. It's an impressive building, designed by Gustave Eiffel and sets the standard for the city's colonial architecture.
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