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A Complete Cheat Sheet To Stay In Ho Chi Minh City?

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If you are visiting Vietnam and looking to stay in Ho Chi Minh city, it’s essential to know before you land there.

Without prior preparation, it could be a hassle and leads to unnecessary expenses. Hailed as Vietnam’s biggest city and business capital, Ho Chi Minh City features plenty of things to see and do, from fascinating historical landmarks and beautiful pagodas to hip bars and sprawling shopping malls.   Ho Chi Minh City is divided into 24 districts, each offering unique experiences and accommodation options to travelers worldwide. To help you decide where to book your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of the pros and cons of its most popular districts.

Pham Ngu Lau

Pham Ngu Lau is the backpacker area of Saigon and refers to the street of Pham Ngu Lau, the parallel street of Bui Vien, and the alleys that run between the two lanes. This is where you will find the cheapest hostels, guesthouses, and hotels. It is a big backpacker party street with bars spilling out onto the road in the evening and travel agents with information for onward travel in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It is similar in vibe to Khao San Rd in Bangkok, the most prominent backpacker street in Asia.

If you are on a budget then look no further as here you will find $5 dorm beds and basic guesthouse rooms for around $15.

Ben Thanh

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If you had a to pick a central point in Ho Chi Minh City, it would be Ben Thanh Market. Indeed, the town planners have decided to build the biggest metro station in Saigon in front of Ben Thanh Market. Their lots of budget and mid-range hotels in the streets surrounding the market and it’s a good option if the backpacker scene isn’t your thing.

Dong Khoi/Nguyen Hue – Downtown Area

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From Benh Thanh Market walk down Le Loi Street a few blocks, and you will reach downtown District 1. The streets are a bit quieter here (emphasis on a bit – it is still Saigon after all) and there are remnants of the French-colonial era, back when it was known as “the pearl of the Orient.” There are mostly mid-range and luxury hotels here.

Some of the most iconic hotels in Saigon are in this area. On Dong Khoi St the Hotel Continental (next to the Opera House) is a 19th-century hotel that is famous for being the residence of Graham Greene while he was writing The Quiet American.

On the other side of the Opera House is the Caravelle Hotel, which was home to foreign correspondents during the Vietnam-American war.

On Nguyen Hue at the corner of Le Loi, the Rex Hotel commands a central position near the City Hall. There is a rooftop bar called The 5 O’clock Follies, named after the news reports that would be broadcast from here during the War.

Many more guest house and hotels are available in Ho Chi Minh. Book your physical and virtual tour guide to get the best resident deals. A local guide will help you to escape from any tourist scams.

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