How to get to Ho Chi Minh
|Leaving from||Duration||Prices from||See details|
|Ho Chi Minh Airport||45 minutes||from 6,000 VND ($0.20)||Ho Chi Minh Airport to Ho Chi Minh|
|Hoi An||3.5-24 hours||from 533,000 VND ($21.50)||Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh|
|Nha Trang||3-9 hours||from 286,000 VND ($11.50)||Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh|
|Dalat||2.5-8 hours||from 360,000 VND ($14.50)||Dalat to Ho Chi Minh|
|Mui Ne||4-5 hours||from 194,000 VND ($7.50)||Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh|
|Hanoi||4 hours||from 891,000 VND ($36.50)||Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh|
|Phu Quoc||2.5-9 hours||from 606,000 VND ($24.50)||Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh|
|Phnom Penh||2.5-7 hours||from 660,000 VND ($27.00)||Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh|
Discover Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh, also commonly called by its former name “Saigon,” is the largest city in Vietnam by population. This former capital of South Vietnam is often either the first or last city that people visit during their trip to Vietnam.
Its busy traffic can be overwhelming for some, but there are a few good sites to discover here. You can learn more about the Vietnam War by visiting the War Remnants Museum and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.
Dive into Vietnamese culture at the local Ben Thanh Market. You can find this at the end of Pham Ngu Lao Street, better known as “backpacker street.” Most accommodations are around this street.
Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh? If you don’t have many days left to visit both, we advise spending more time in Hanoi. We found Hanoi a more pleasant city thanks to its many attractions and chill vibe. Also, Hanoi gives a better impression of Vietnamese culture than the big city of Ho Chi Minh.
PRO TIP: A great alternative to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh is the Vinh Moc Tunnels in central Vietnam. The Vinh Moc Tunnels are not as packed with tourists and are still in their authentic state.
Ho Chi Minh is home to around 9 million people. To fit that many people, it has got to be a pretty big city, which can make choosing the right area a little overwhelming.
Here is a quick rundown of the best districts for you to stay in:
- District 1 is the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and is a popular choice for tourists due to its proximity to major attractions like the Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, and the War Remnants Museum.
- Pham Ngu Lao is located within District 1 and is popular amongst budget travellers due to its nightlife, street food and cheap accommodations.
- District 3 is less touristy but still relatively central and offers a more local experience. It’s known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and French colonial architecture.
- District 5 (Chinatown) offers a unique cultural experience with its bustling atmosphere, Chinese temples, and a wide variety of delicious street food.
- District 7 is more modern and upscale. There are plenty of international restaurants, shopping centres and green spaces.
Check out our favourite places to stay in these areas:
Vy Khanh Guesthouse - Budget Friendly
Vy Khanh Guesthouse may not be the fanciest place in Ho Chi Minh, but what it lacks in glitz and glamour, it makes up with its hospitality. Vy is one of the best hosts that you’ll experience in Vietnam, offering you recommendations for not just the city but the entire country.
She’ll make sure you have the best experience and that starts with the guesthouse’s location. It’s situated in the heart of the city in District 1.
- Amazing host
- Great location
- Clean and comfortable rooms
- Good value for money
Double rooms start from $15 per night.
Golden Tree Hotel and Apartment - Mid Range
Golden Tree Hotel stands out amongst the rest due to its perfect ambient lighting both inside and outside. This hotel feels face fancier than its price tag.
The rooms are spacious and modern, with most rooms offering a private kitchen and large colonial-style windows. Stay here and you’ll be located in District 7.
- Spacious and modern rooms
- Great location
- Beautiful decor
- High speed internet
Double rooms start from $31 per night.
Silverland Mây Hotel - Treating Yourself
One look at Siverland Mây Hotel’s swimming pool and you won’t be able to resist booking here. It’s surrounded by lush greenery hanging from the ceiling, hammocks and there’s a pool-side bar.
The rooms live up to this standard boasting a beautiful ultra-modern decor. You’ll never want to leave this place.
- Beautiful swimming pool
- Pool-side bar
- Stunning rooms
- Great location
Double rooms start from $80 per night.
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Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.