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Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City Hotels and Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The Khmers originally settled the region, with the Vietnamese taking over in the 17th century. The French conquered Saigon, as it was then known, in 1859, and made it the capital of Cochin China in 1862, which resulted in numerous elegant architecture and broad boulevards that are still present to this day. At the peak of the Vietnam War in 1969, the city had 4.5 million inhabitants who were all evacuated when Saigon and the rest of the South fell to North Vietnam in 1975.

The city has recovered in the 30 years since then, with the current population at over 7 million. It was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the spiritual leader of Vietnamese Communism, but residents were so reluctant to adopt the new name that authorities kept the official name but the city centre is still called Saigon.

Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. The city is also filled with rooftop bars that overlook Saigon and beyond, while fantastic restaurants offer a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine.

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Top 10 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

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10 Best Spa Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

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10 Best Affordable Hotels in Ho Chi Minh

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10 Cheap Hotels in Ho Chi Minh for under $50

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10 Hotels Travellers Love Most in Ho Chi Minh

This list is all about the hotels that previous travellers loved most in Ho Chi Minh. These 10 hotels could be from any Read More...

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War with many graphic photographs and Read More...

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are basically a huge war museum offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Read More...

Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple

The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed. Caodaists believe that all religions are Read More...

Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Small-Group Half-Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

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Ho Chi Minh's Most Popular Districts

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Pham Ngu Lao Street

The Pham Ngu Lao area of District 1 is where most backpacking travelers first land in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a similar Read More...

Cholon - Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown

Cholon - Chinatown

It’s obvious when you arrive in Chinatown as all the shop names are in Chinese characters. And you will hear a few Read More...

City Centre

City Centre (District 1)

District 1 is where you will find great food, bargain-heavy (and trendy) shopping and fun nightlife. Being the main Read More...

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Binh Tay Market (Cholon Chinatown Market)

Binh Tay Market, constructed by the French in the 1880s, is located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest Chinatown Read More...

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market

Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local Read More...

Vincom Center

Vincom Center

With more than 250 shops, Vincom Center is Ho Chi Minh City’s biggest shopping mall – so big in fact, that they have Read More...

Quan An Ngon Restaurant

Quan An Ngon Restaurant

Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Read More...

The Refinery Bar and Restaurant

The Refinery Saigon

The Refinery Bar and Restaurant is currently one of the most popular establishments in Ho Chi Minh thanks to colonial Read More...

The Deck Saigon

A classy restaurant and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, The Deck Saigon is a top dining choice among affluent locals and Read More...

10 Best Nightlife in Pham Ngu Lao Street

This list of the best nightlife in Pham Ngu Lao Street proves that this vibrant locale is not just limited to dive bars, Read More...

10 Best Rooftop Bars in Ho Chi Minh City

When it comes to nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City, there’s no better place to party in style than a sleek rooftop bar. Read More...

The 5 Best Live Music Bars in Ho Chi Minh City

The 5 Best Live Music Bars

Live music in Ho Chi Minh is never far away. Whether you are looking for relaxing background melody or a rip roaring Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City When It Rains

Ho Chi Minh City enjoys clear skies and warm days almost all year long, especially between December and March. If you’re Read More...

Ho Chi Minh Attractions

One factor that makes Ho Chi Minh City exceptional is the contrast between the old and the new. This is the country’s Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Restaurants

Ho Chi Minh Restaurants

Saigon is a city where people can enjoy dining in sophisticated restaurants with delightful surroundings and menus that Read More...

Ho Chi Minh Nightlife

Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife scene varies from one district to another, though venues that play live music close soon Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Shopping

Ho Chi Minh Shopping

Ho Chi Minh City is a fun place to shop for bargains. Some goods can be unique and fascinating – old propaganda posters, Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Tours

Ho Chi Minh Tours

Ho Chi Minh tours are plentiful, ranging from full-day excursions to the iconic Chu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple to Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Activities

Ho Chi Minh Activities

Many repeat visitors to Vietnam are astonished by the expanding choice of activities found in Ho Chi Minh City. If Read More...

Ho Chi Minh City Information

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Ho Chi Minh Map

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