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It's best to simply dive into life in this fast-paced metropolis and watch as the jumble of flavours sizzles in front of your eyes...
Formerly called and still widely known as Saigon, and situated in the far south of the long stretch of land that is Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is crammed with relics of its past while emerging as a city of the future. Stroll along the Saigon River to have your head turned by attractions of old and your wallet opened by the numerous bargains on offer.
Book Ho Chi Minh City hotels to stay in the Paris of the Orient, so called because of the French-colonial buildings that were erected during a near 100-year reign by the French.
The temperature rarely drops below a balmy 25C in Ho Chi Minh City, with the majority of the annual rainfall pounding the pavements between May and October, so be sure to look out for hotels in Ho Chi Minh City that feature air conditioning; it will be a blessing at the end of a sweltering day seeing the sights.
Ho Chi Minh hotels are in abundance and booking early is advised. To find the very best deals on hotels in Ho Chi Minh, simply use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to compare prices before booking your ideal place to stay.
Knowing where to stay is not too much of a conundrum in this vast city, which swarms with bicycles and motorbikes...
If staying close to things to see and do is top priority, then look for hotels around District 1, which is on the banks of the river. Somewhat confusingly, Districts 3, 4, 5 and 10 are the neighbours of District 1 and these are also good locations in which to stay to be close to the main attractions, such as Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Hotels are good value in Ho Chi Minh City, and nowhere more so than in the backpacker area around Pham Ngu Lao Street.
If you're after four- and five-star luxury hotels, Ho Chi Minh City will not disappoint. Palace-style hotels can be booked in District 1, and there are many exclusive river-side hotels that offer top-notch hospitality and fine views. You'll find excellent value for money when booking hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.
Major chains can be found across the city such as Moevenpick, Sheraton, Sofitel, Ibis and InterContinental.
From your central Ho Chi Minh City hotel you can reach these popular attractions quite easily…
Top five attractions
This is one of the great landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City and an iconic building that is stitched into the history of Vietnam. The palace is untouched since April 1975, an eerie relic of the Vietnam War.
Notre Dame Cathedral
This huge Western-style basilica is an unexpected sight in downtown Ho Chi Minh. A throwback to the days of French colonialism, this eye-catching cathedral has been piercing the skyline for nearly 150 years.
War Remnants Museum
An exhibition of the bloody Vietnam War. Although chilling, this museum gives a deeply fascinating insight into the conflict that cost the lives of up to three million soldiers and civilians.
Ben Thanh Market
Lose yourself in this gigantic and lively market. The sounds and smells are as intoxicating as the sights of this bustling display of food, spices, hardware, clothes and souvenirs. Don't expect an instant bargain however, as haggling over the price is almost customary.
At a leg-wobbling 262 metres high, the Saigon Skydeck is by far the tallest building in the city. Visitors can view the city from the 49th floor and take in the sights through the floor-to-ceiling windows. For an unforgettable view, visit at night to see Ho Chi Minh City lit up.
Find out what’s on when with our guide to the biggest and best annual events in Ho Chi Minh City…
Tet; January/February: Tet – the Vietnamese New Year – is the biggest and most important festival in Vietnam. Most Vietnamese prepare for the holiday by giving their home the biggest clean of the year, but visitors are more likely to be tempted by the incredible array of food and drink on offer at every turn.
Reunification Day; April 30: This public holiday marks the day on which the Vietnam War ended in 1975 when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon. Several festivals and celebrations mark the anniversary.
Mid-autumn Festival; September: Although many Asian countries host a mid-autumn festival, Vietnam's is unique as it is dedicated entirely to children. Historians believe the festival has been running for almost 2,500 years.