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Ho Chi Minh City

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Travel Guide Asia Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

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Introduction

Red market

Red market

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Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of around 7 million. Although it was renamed back in 1975 after the Vietnam war, it is still commonly referred to as Saigon by both Vietnamese and foreigners alike. Ho Chi Minh City, former capital of South Vietnam, is located in the south of Vietnam about 1,750 kilometres south of Hanoi, todays capital. The city centre is situated on the banks of the Saigon river.

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.

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Districts

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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Sights and Activities

Ho Chi Minh City Royal Palace

Ho Chi Minh City Royal Palace

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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.

Independence (Royal) Palace - Independence (Royal) Palace - Distinctly 1970s architecture and fine grounds make this at least worth a walk by. The iconic Vietnam war picture of a tank crushing its way through the iron gates of the palace on liberation day was taken here. Across from the entrance to the palace on Huyen Tran Cong chua is a local swimming pool. For a dollar go take a dip.

  • Museum of History houses, amongst others, the mummy of Ms Tran Thi Hieu, who died in 1869. Admission is under one dollar.
  • War Remnants Museum - This moving if one sided view of the "American war" is well worth visiting.
  • Daytrip to Cu Chi Tunnels - These amazing tunnels cover an area of 150 square kilometres. They were a major thorn in the side of the US during the war, considering they were so close to Saigon. Even with heavy B52 bombing the tunnels remained a major Viet Cong defensive system. All travel agents can sell you a half day trip for $5, entrance not included which is 75,000 Dong. But a far better trip can be had by taking the local bus #13 from Ben Thanh market station, which costs 5,000 dong. The bus takes you to Cu Chi town bus station in about 1.30 hours. Change to bus #79 (5,000 Dong) which takes you right to the tunnels (13 kilometres). You are not allowed to enter the tunnels unaccompanied. Guides included in your entrance fee will show you around the park.
  • Daytrip to Tay Ninh
  • Pho Binh cafe - Pho Binh cafe is not really a cafe. It's a Pho (noodle) shop. Seems like this place is a bit of an unofficial tourist place now. The owner will take you up to 3rd floor to show you relics and pictures from Viet Cong meeting place. An interesting bit of trivia is that this was a major meeting place for Viet Cong officials, but at ground level oblivious American GIs were enjoying the noodles. Slip your man 10,000 dong and he is happy. Address: 7 Lo Ching Thang, at the intersection of Hai Ba trung
  • Chinatown.

Shopping

  • Ben Thanh Market (Le Lai Street), one of the city's most famous landmarks. Bustling with activity at night with vendors selling everything from snacks to souvenirs and cheap clothing.
  • Saigon Trade Tax Centre (39 Le Loi), the ideal place to find gold jewelry and gems.
  • T&T Tailor (112 Bui Vien, Tel +84 8 836 7108), let Mr Thinh sew clothes to your specifications without breaking the bank.
  • There is a little tailor's shop on the cross-section of streets where the Go Go bar is on Bui Vien Street. The tailor's shop is located right next to a little italian cafe. The shop makes custom-specific ao dai and silk trousers overnight. Very cheap at USD 30 per ao dai set and good as a souvenir. The quality of silk though is not as good as the silk available at the tailor shops on Dong Khoi street.
  • Also on Bui Vien street and next to the Beautiful Saigon hotel (62, Bui Vien street) is a small backacker shop selling backpacks and little souvenirs as well as books (great for travel reading) around 50,000 dong, CDs, DVDs at very cheap prices. A DVD collection of 21 Bernardo Bertolucci movies costs about USD 11.
  • Khai Silk - Khai Silk (Dong Khoi street) is a lovely shop for purchasing good quality silk shawls - both the Kashmiri pashmina shawls as well as the Vietnamese raw silk (Anh silk) shawls. There is a tailor's shop close by Khai silk shop that makes custom-specific ao dai as well as lovely evening wear. The Dong Khoi street shops are a tad expensive than shops elsewhere in Ho Chi Minh city but the quality is much better.

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Events and Festivals

  • Tet Festival - The Tet Festival is the Vietnamese New Year, which is the same time as Chinese New Year (January/February). Visitors to Ho Chi Minh during this can can expect to see decorations all over the city, parades, food stands, and beautiful fireworks displays. It is believed that during this time of year, those who start a new business or project will have good luck.
  • Independence Day (02 Sep 2013) - September 2nd marks Vietnam's Independence Day. During this national holiday, thousands gather to celebrate and throw parties together. Concerts are held throughout the day, and during the evening celebrations, the city puts on an extravagant fireworks display.
  • Reunification Day - Sometimes referred to as Liberation day, this holiday, celebrated each year on April 30th, commemorates the moment the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in 1975. On this day, festivals, concerts, and special film screenings can be seen around the city.
  • [listing name=Le Van Duyet Temple Festival type=event]This event is celebrated to commemorate the life and death of Le Van Duyet, a national hero of Vietnam. This anniversary festival is usually celebrated on the 1st day of the 8th lunar month. Traditional Southern Vietnamese rituals are performed and incense is burned on this day. Visitors can also expect to see opera performances, and it is also a popular practice on this day to meet with a fortune teller or oracle.
  • Fisherman's Festival - Also known as Nghinh Ong Festival, this event is celebrated annually in the Can Gio District on the 16th day of the eighth lunar month. The history of this festival comes from Vietnamese folklore - where ancient fisherman were saved from a terrible storm by a whale. This festival celebrates that story, and mainly, the whales. It is customary that fishermen take this day off to attend the festival. Shrines are erected around town, and fishing harbors and boats are beautifully decorated for the event. Traditional meals of roast white pork and colorful steamed sticky-rice are served.
  • Wandering Souls Day - Primarily a Buddhist holiday, this event is intended to celebrate the souls of the dead that are thought to visit the city during this time (the 15th day of the 7th lunar month). During this holiday, religious ceremonies are performed, and traditional food is prepared as offerings to the wandering dead. Visitors will find local delicacies like boiled chicken, roast pork, sticky rice cakes, and meat rolls served from food stands all over the city.
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    Weather

    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.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Avg Max31.6 °C32.9 °C33.9 °C34.6 °C34 °C32.4 °C32 °C31.8 °C31.3 °C31.2 °C31 °C30.8 °C
    Avg Min21.1 °C22.5 °C24.4 °C25.8 °C25.2 °C24.6 °C24.3 °C24.3 °C24.4 °C23.9 °C22.8 °C21.4 °C
    Rainfall13.8 mm4.1 mm10.5 mm50.4 mm218.4 mm311.7 mm293.7 mm269.8 mm327.1 mm266.7 mm116.5 mm48.3 mm
    Rain Days2.411.95.417.81922.922.423.120.912.16.7

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    Getting There

    By Plane

    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.

    By Train

    Trains connect Ho Chi Minh City to cities north in Vietnam, including Hanoi.

    By Car

    It is best to rent a car with driver, for example with Budget.

    By Bus

    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.

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    Getting Around

    By Car

    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.

    By Public Transport

    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.

    By Foot

    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.

    By Bike

    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.

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    Eat

    • Quan An Ngon, 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, is a great dining place for Vietnamese cuisine
    • Black Cat is a good place for lunch; whether a Black Cat Burger or a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. 13 Phan Van Dat Q1 ~ Telephone +84 8 829 2055.
    • Hoang Yen is known for its caramelized fish in a clay pot and pork stewed in coconut milk served with steamed rice. 7-9 Ngo Duc Ke ~ Telephone +84 8 823 1101.
    • 3T Rooftop BBQ lets you choose your own marinated meats, seafood and vegetables to cook on your own tabletop grill. 29-31 Ton That Thiep ~ Telephone +84 8 821 1633.

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    Drink

    • Cepage offers more wine by the glass than anywhere else in Ho Chi Minh City. 22 Le Thanh Ton ~ Telephone +84 8 823 8321.
    • Le Pub is a great place for a cocktail or a local or imported beer. It's associated with KOTO hospitality school which helps street kids by training them in guest services. 175/22 Pham Ngu Lao ~ Telephone +84 8 837 7679.
    • Velvet Lounge is a popular late night hangout with well-dressed locals enjoying the Hot Kiss, a drink made with tabasco and tequilla. 26 Ho Huan Nghiep ~ Telephone + 84 90 301 2158.

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    Sleep

    Budget

    PropertyAddressTypePopularity
    A Kim Long43D/3 Ho Van Hue St., W9 Phu Nhuan Dist.Hostel83
    A 4 roses hostel709/5 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Dist. 3HOSTEL81
    A Quang Chau98 Ho Van Hue St., W9 Phu Nhuan DistrictHostel68
    A Song Thuong06 Dao Duy Anh Phuong 9, Phu Nhuan Dist.Hostel85
    A Van Giao740B Nguyen Kiem, W4 Phu Nhuan Dist.Hotel-
    A Van Khang Hotel168 Dao Duy Anh, Ward 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.Hotel-
    A Van Phuong354 A Dao Duy Anh St, Ward 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.Hostel-
    An An 2 Hotel216 De Tham Street District 1Hotel81
    An An Hotel40 Bui Vien Street Ho Chi Minh CityHotel84
    Bach Dang Hotel33 mac thi buoi street, D.IHotel-
    Bed and Breakfast Ho Van Hue133/7 Ho Van Hue St., P9 Phu Nhuan DistGuesthouse-
    Bich Duyen Hotel283/4 Pham Ngu Lao Street, 1st DistrictHotel85
    Cat Huy Hotel353/28 Pham Ngu Lao St., District 1Hotel85
    Crystal Hotel70 Nguyen Trai St BenThanh Ward, Dist 1Hotel-
    Duc Vuong Hotel195 Bui Vien Str Dist 1 Ho Chi MinhHotel87
    Evergreen Hotel261-261B Hai Ba Trung Ward 6, District 3Hotel86
    First Hotel18 Hoang Viet Street, Ward 4, Tan Binh DistrictHotel-
    Hong Han Hotel238 Bui Vien Street, District 1Hotel86
    Hotel Thien Hong241/34 Pham Ngu Lao street, District 1Hostel89
    A Huy Chuong (former Huong Viet hostel)184 Tran Quang Khai, P. Tan Dinh ward Dist. 1,Hostel88
    Kim Hotel40-18 Bui Vien Street Quarter 1Hotel83
    Kim Ngan Guesthouse217/29 De Tham st, Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1,Guesthouse80
    Lacrapro Hotel12/14 Dao Duy Anh St., W. 9 Phu Nhuan Dist.Hotel-
    Liberty Central Hotel175-177-179 Le Thanh Ton St District 1Hotel-
    Long Hostel373/10 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityHOSTEL90
    Luan Vu35/2 bui vien street Dist. 1Hostel90
    My My Arthouse219/8 Pham Ngu Lao District 1Hostel80
    Ngoclinh Hotel283/21 Pham Ngu Lao St Dist.1Hotel83
    NgocThao GuestHouse241/4 Pham Ngu Lao.St, District 1Hostel90
    Nguyen Khang Hotel283/25 Pham Ngu Lao street Dist 1,HCMCHOTEL84
    Nhat Thao Guesthouse35/4 Bui Vien steet Dist 1Guesthouse86
    Phan Lan 2283/6 Pham Ngu Lao District 1Hostel88
    Phan Lan Hotel70 Bui Vien street dist. 1Hotel88
    Que Huong - Liberty 2129-133 Ham Nghi Blvd, Dist. 1Hotel-
    Que Huong - Liberty 3187 Pham Ngu Lao Street ,District 1, Ho Chi Minh CHotel83
    Que Huong-Liberty 4 hotel265. Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist.1,Hotel-
    Redsun Hotel283/17 Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist 1.Hotel-
    Saigon Zoom Hotel102/1a Cong Quynh street district 1HOTEL82
    Saigon Mini Hotel 5196 BUI VIEN Street District 1Hostel81
    Saigon Sports 1 Hotel38 Bui Vien Str., Dist 1Hotel86
    Sen Saigon Hotel82 Le Lai Str., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist . 1HOTEL-
    Saigon-Phnom Penh Huongviet124/12 Cong Hoa-A st., W4, Tan Binh Dist.Guesthouse-
    Tan An Mai Apartment283/23 Pham Ngu Lao District 1Apartment-
    Thuan Duc Hotel219/26 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1Hotel79
    Vy Khanh Hostel241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao street District 1Hostel91
    Saigon Sports 3 Hotel175/21 Pham Ngu Lao Str District 1Hotel84
    Metropole Hotel148 Tran Hung Dao Street District 1Hotel-
    Hanh Hoa Hotel237 Pham Ngu LaoHotel88
    Sophia Hotel HCMC Vietnam36-38 Thai Van Lung Street Dist.1Hotel-
    Asian Hotel Hcmc48 - 150 Dong Khoi StrHotel-
    Royal Hoang Gia Hotel48 Nguyen An Ninh Ben Thanh District 1Hotel-
    MAI HOTEL HCMC4a-4c Thi Sach St, Dist.1Hotel-
    Tan My Dinh Hotel288 Le Thanh Ton St Dist.1Hotel-
    Asian Ruby Hotel HCMC Vietnam288 Le Thanh Ton St Dist.1Hotel-
    Hoang Gia Huy46 Nguyen An Ninh Ward Ben Thanh, 1 districtHotel-
    Northern Hotel HCMC Vietnam11 Thi Sach Street - Dist.1 HCMCHotel-
    THU THUY HOSTEL102/4 and 102/34 CONG QUYNH District 1, HoChiMinh City VietnamHostel-
    Thien Thao Hotel89 Cao Thang street Ward 3 District 3Hotel89
    Backpacking Club Hostel269/19 De Tham St., Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1, HoHOSTEL-
    Cherry Hotel HCMC8A/8D2 Thái Van Lung P. B?n Nghé Qu?n 1Hotel-
    Ho Sen Hotel HCMC4b-4c Thi Sach St, Dist.1Hotel-
    Ly Loan241/11/2 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, DHostel88
    Green Suites Hotel 1102/1 Cong Quynh Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1HOSTEL84
    Diep Anh Guesthouse241/31 Pham Ngu Lao str. District 1, Ho Chi MinhHostel88
    Thanh Thuong Guesthouse241/6 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1Guesthouse86
    Sanouva Hotel175 - 177 Ly Tu Trong Ben Thanh Ward District 1Hotel-
    Milan Hotel South Saigon36A Duong So 1 Tan Phu Ward District 7Hotel-
    Duc Vuong 2 Hotel348Cao Thang Street, Ward 12,Hotel74
    Mai Vy Hotel241/12 Pham Ngu Lao St Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1Hotel-
    Mifuki Hotel33-35 Le Anh Xuan St, Ben Thanh ward, District 1Hotel-
    96 Guesthouse96 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1Guesthouse70
    Ly Room For Rent84/24B Bui Vien Street District 1Guesthouse81
    Viet Nghi Bui Vien Hotel198 Bùi Viện, phường Phạm NgũHotel-
    Thanh Guesthouse84/26 Bui Vien St District 1Guesthouse80
    Le Le Hotel171 Pham Ngu Lao stress Pham Ngu Lao ward, Dis.1HOTEL86
    96 GUEST HOUSE96 Bui Vien StreetGuesthouse86
    Gia Linh Hotel29 - 31 Bui Thi Xuan St Ben Thanh Ward Dist 1, HCMCHotel-
    Blue River Hotel283/2c Pham Ngu Lao Str, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1Hotel-
    Kims Place47 do quang dau st District 1HOSTEL74
    Rang Dong Hotel81-83 Cach Mang Thang Tam St, Dist 1,Ho Chi Minh CityHotel-
    Hoang Lien hotel15 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1Hotel85
    Hong Hac Hotel34A THU KHOA HUAN,HCM CITYHOTEL-
    Mai Guest House241/41 Pham Ngu Lao Street 10,76976, 106,69467Guesthouse88
    Universe Central Hotel549 Tran Hung Dao Ave Dist 1Hotel-
    Green Suites Hotel 261 Do Quang Dau street Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1HOSTEL-
    Saigon Backpackers Hostel373/20 Pham Ngu Lao District 1Hostel80
    DUNA HOTEL167 Pham Ngu Lao street Dist 1Hotel88
    PP BackPackers283/41 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1HOSTEL84
    Saigon hostel63 Bui Vien st. Dist 1 Pham Ngu Lao wardHostel-
    Tulips Hotel Saigon260 Ly Tu Trong Street Ben Thanh Ward District 1Hotel-
    HA MY HOTEL120 Ly Tu Trung StreetHotel-
    HA MY 2 HOTEL100 Ly Tu Trong District 1 HCMHotel-
    Nam Long Hotel283/3 Pham Ngu Lao Str Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1HOTEL83
    Europe Garden Hotel207 De Tham Str, Pham Ngu Lao ward, Dist 1Hotel-
    Saigon Youth Hostel241/32 Pham Ngu LaoHostel78
    Vinh Hostel269 De Tham st, Pham Ngu Lao WardHOSTEL-
    Ms. Thu Guesthouse39/15 Do Quang Dau street District 1Guesthouse-
    Elegant Hotel Ho Chi Minh122F - 122F1 Bui Thi Xuan Str Dist .1Hotel-
    Saigon Balo Hostel203 Pham Ngu LaoHostel83
    Sen Viet Saigon Hotel33 Cao Thang Street, District 3Hotel-
    Hello Hotel373/49 Pham Ngu Lao Quan 1.HOTEL85
    RUBY HostelPham Ngu Lao street District 1Hostel86
    Cinnamon Hotel Saigon74 Le Thi Rieng str. D1, HCM cityHOTEL-
    Starcity Saigon - Ho Chi Minh144 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 8, Phu Nhuan DistHOTEL-
    Saigon View Residences Ho Chi Minh117 Nguyen Cuu Van Ward 17, Binh Thanh DistrictHOTEL-
    Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel373/6 Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1HOSTEL78
    Thien Xuan Hotel - Ho Chi Minh108 - 110 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1HOTEL-
    New York Thien Phuc Hotel175/14 Pham Ngu Lao St, Dist1HOTEL-
    THANH BINH 215 Ly Thuong Kiet,Ward 7, Tan Binh District,HCM City Viet NamHotel-
    Hoang Gia Guest House214/B9 Nguyen Trai street Nguyen Cu Trinh ward District 1Guesthouse-
    Bel Ami Hotel170 Ly Thuong Kiet Ward 8Guesthouse-
    Golden Wind Hotel219/8A & 219/9 pham ngu lao st. district 1HOTEL82
    Family Inn Saigon84A Bui Thi Xuan Street, District 1, Quan 1HOTEL-
    Koniko Backpackers Hostel149 Bui Vien St Pham Ngu Lao Ward,Dist 1HOSTEL89
    Venus Hostel373/2 Pham Ngu Lao st. District 1HOSTEL-
    Lofi inn Saigon200 Cong Quynh District 1HOSTEL80
    HANRIVER SAI GON HOTEL197A Hoang Van Thu AirportHotel-
    Hotel Nikko Saigon235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1Hotel-
    Carina GuesthouseC1214 Carina Plaza, Vo Van Kiet Boulevard Ward 16, district 08HOSTEL-
    Ngoc Son Guest House178/32 Co Giang st,. Co Giang Ward, Dist.1GUESTHOUSE-
    Budget Hostel102/4 Cong Quynh street Pham Ngu Lao ward,district 1HOSTEL80
    Dai Huy Hoang Hotel283/22 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1 Pham Ngu LaoHotel-
    Asian Ruby 1 Hotel26 Thi Sach Street District 1Hotel-
    Bali Boutique Hotel82 Bui Vien Street - Pham Ngu Lao Ward - DistrictHOTEL81
    Saigon Mini Hotel 6198 Bui Vien Street District 1HOSTEL82
    My Home Ho Chi Minh241/43 Pham Ngu Lao Street Pham Ngu Lao ward, Dist.1GUESTHOUSE-
    Saigon Sunflower Hostel359/25, Le Van Sy, P12, Q3HOSTEL-
    Y Nhi Guest House241/30 Pham Ngu Lao Street District 1GUESTHOUSE-
    ANH DAO GUESTHOUSE235 De tham st, Dist 1Hostel-
    199 hotel199 Hoang Van Thu street ward 08, Phu Nhuan district ward 08, Phu Nhuan districtHostel-
    Royal Lotus Hotel Sai Gon22-24 Thi Sach Ben Nghe Ward District 1Hotel-
    Sunflower Hotel825 Le Hong Phong st, District 10Hotel-
    Mai Anh Hotel324 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai District 1Hotel-
    Little Saigon Boutique Hotel36 Bis/2 Le Loi Boulevard District 1Hotel-
    Sunrise Sai Gon hotel14 Luong Huu Khanh StreetHotel-
    Ruby Hotel185 Le Thanh Ton District 1Hotel-
    The Alcove Library Hotel133A Nguyen Dinh Chinh Street Phu Nhuan District, HCMCHotel-
    SweetHome163/15B Vo Van Kiet Street District 1Guesthouse-
    Sunflower Saigon Hotel181-191 Ly Tu Trong St Ben Thanh Ward District 1Hotel-
    Vietnam Inn Saigon200 Le Lai, District 1HOSTEL84
    Ruby Hoang Tram Hotel187 Le Thanh Ton,Ben Thanh Ward District 1HOTEL-
    Hotel Nguyet Van59/10 Ho Hao Hon Street Co Giang Ward, District 1HOTEL81
    Tuan Anh Hostel103 Bui Vien District 1HOSTEL83
    Dragon Palace Hotel173 Pham Ngu Lao Street Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1HOTEL82
    The Town House 5050 E Bui Thi XuanHOSTEL89
    HAD Apartment133C Nguyen Dinh Chinh Street Phu Nhuan DistrictAPARTMENT-
    Halo Guest House228 De Tham Street, P. Pham Ngu Lao District 1HOSTEL-
    Orient Apartments331 Bến Vân Đồn District 4 or Quận 4Apartment-
    Budget Hostel 210 Nguyen Van Trang Street Ben Thanh Ward DistrictHOSTEL80
    HAD Apartment - Truong Dinh12/1 Truong Dinh Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh C 35 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh CityAPARTMENT-
    Cosman Rucksack Inn189 Bui Vien street, Pham Ngu Lao ward district 1HOSTEL-
    The King Hotel10- 12 Nguyen Trai street Ben Thanh Ward , District 1Hotel-

    Mid-Range

    • The Palace Hotel is centrally located in the middle of midtown and offers reasonably priced rooms. Art Deco original with a mid-century modern vibe after a recent remodel. 55-56 Nguyen Hue, Telephone: +84 8 829 2860.

    Upscale

    • The Continental is the grande dame of the city's hotels. 132-134 Dong Khoi, Telephone: +84 8 829 9201.
    • The Park Hyatt offers the most expensive and expansive rooms of Ho Chi Minh. It also has two excellent restaurants. 2 Lam Son Square, Telephone: +84 8 824 1234.

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    Phone

    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:

    • 00 - International call prefix
    • 110 - Operator
    • 113 - Police
    • 114 - Fire Department
    • 115 - Medical Aid/Ambulance
    • 116 - Directory Assistance
    • 1080 - Information

    Post

    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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    Coordinates
    • Latitude: 10.758
    • Longitude: 106.6534

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      Hello. I'm Tuyet Sa. I'm a junior- University of Economics and Law. Now, I'm living In Ho Chi Minh City. I pretty understand about culture and people in here and I love learning about culture of other countries. Especially,I'll be ready to help these foreigners want to know about my country. So, If any traveller need to help, contact me anytime at tuyetbachsa@gmail.com or telephone : +841689982825 .
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