Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) is the most busy city in Vietnam which is a hub of business, tourism and entertainment as well. To international tourists, looking for an area to stay in Ho Chi Minh city is definitely not a problem, even you can be overwhelmed by finding suitable accommodation due to lots of available choices for you.
From a local’s viewpoint, district 1&3 are the hub of accommodation, entertainment activities, and attractions in Ho Chi Minh city. The other districts are highly recommended for its uniqueness and convenience.
In general, "Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City" is no longer a difficult question when picking Saigon as your destination in Vietnam.
With a history of hundreds of years of development and global integration, Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon is known as a sleepless city. Saigon is the harmony of old and new, besides the youthful modernity emanating from luxurious centers and buildings, there are still buildings with hundreds of years of life expectancy.
District 1, bordering the romantic Saigon River to the east, is the most busy district of Ho Chi Minh City. District 1 has also experienced historical ups and downs after several stages of division to have 10 wards as we know today.
If Hanoi's Old Quarter is poetry, District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City is the most vibrant entertainment paradise. This is the best district to stay in Ho Chi Minh city with a wide range of hotels, homestays and hostels.
Through a period of French colonialism, there were lots of outstanding French buildings and works built in district 1 such as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ben Thanh Market. Staying here, tourists can find it so convenient to visit famous attractions and experience the best entertaining services. For details of where to stay in Ho Chi Minh city in district 1:
Nguyen Hue Street is the main arterial road in the city center where the bustling pedestrian street is always full of young people every night. Meanwhile, Dong Khoi Street is the hub of luxury shops and shopping centers, and remarkable constructions such as the City Opera House. Along these streets, tourists can find lots of luxury 5-star hotels including The Rex Saigon, Sheraton Saigon, The Riverside Saigon , The Myst Dong Khoi, Majestic Saigon.
One of the best areas to find nice and fun Ho Chi Minh accommodation to stay. Bui Vien Walking Street is the "international crossroads" of De Tham, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, Do Quang Dau streets in District 1. West Street is another way of calling by locals to express the multinational, multicultural aspects of this area. This street is undoubtedly the paradise of Vietnamese street food, unique art performances and home to many lively bars and clubs. With many types of cheap accommodation and interesting hostels, Bui Vien Street is highly recommended as the best place to stay in Saigon for backpackers.
If you are considering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh city for more convenience and high-end services, then the answer is Da Kao ward is in district 1.
Da Kao Ward is located in the northern area of District 1, consisting of many famous streets and tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City such as Le Van Tam Park - a green space in the heart of Saigon, Ngoc Hoang Pagoda with unique architecture, Da Kao market with tons of delicious & fancy street foods. The accommodations system is various from budgeted rooms to high-end service 4-star hotels.
The dynamic & bustling Ben Thanh Market with French architecture has long been a city symbol. This market highlights come from a diverse range of shops and stalls that sell all sorts of goods and dishes. Choosing to stay around the Ben Thanh market is an amazing way to immerse in local life and experience more about culture. The Ho Chi Minh accommodations around Ben Thanh market are varied in segments and prices as well.
Nguyen Thai Binh ward is located on the riverbank of Saigon River. Staying here, you can easily visit Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, Nguyen Hue pedestrian street. Most of the hotels and homestays in this area are the boutique ones offering a cozy resting space with an affordable price.
District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked in the top 50 world's best neighborhoods by Timeout magazine of England. Still blending into the vibrant flow of the city but District 3 retains its own historical marks with French buildings, ancient temples,... Some of the highlights are Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Tan Dinh Church, War Ruins Museum, Turtle Lake,...
Indigenous people spread their travel experiences that if you want to explore cuisine, go to District 5; if you want to relax, rest in District 3 and to have lavish fun, then go to District 1. That is enough to know how worth District 3 is to stay in. This is the best place to stay in Ho Chi Minh which has a full range of accommodations, from high-end service hotels such as Orchids Saigon Hotel, Novotel Saigon Center, MAI HOUSE Saigon ... to mid-range and cheap hotels.
This is still a central district in Saigon but it is not so crowded and noisy like district 1. The green space of District 3 and the variety of accommodation types are really suitable for tourists who want to stay for a long term.
Tan Binh district is close to Tan Son Nhat airport. This area has many 3-star hotels with reasonable prices that are suitable for travelers who need to get quickly to the airport.
District 2 is not too crowded and noisy, this is an ideal place for those who want to enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere. This district is prominent with many high-end residential areas, foreigners’s apartments, modern infrastructure and many unique - strange - interesting entertainment spots.
Stretching along the Saigon river, there are many types of cheap accommodation in Ho Chi Minh city, mostly offering a stunning river with affordable prices.
As mentioned before, District 5 is considered as the culinary paradise where there are many markets of Ho Chi Minh city. The highlight of district 5 is the Chinatown with stalls settled close together like a reconstruction of the old Chinese town. The District 5 area has a variety of unique hotels & homestays ranging from high-end to cheap prices.
If you want to find cheap accommodation in Ho Chi Minh city which is not too far from the center but available with cheap prices, the area of District 6, District 10, District 11 are highly considered.
Besides nature's beauty, historical relics,.., Vietnamese souvenirs especially handcrafted gifts with unique and catchy processes, also attract tourists a lot. This following article may be the best answer for the question “What souvenir to buy in Vietnam?”