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Ho Chi Minh City

There’s no better place to get a feel for urban Vietnam than the energetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City. This is Vietnam's largest city and one of the country's most free-spirited destinations. Still referred to as ‘Saigon’ by locals, it is known for hordes of motorbikes, mouthwatering food, and hip coffee shops.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Set along the languorous Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is composed of 19 inner districts and five suburban districts. Most of the action takes place in a relatively small, walkable area within and around District 1. The Saigon Opera House in Lam Son Square is the colonial heart of the city. Nearby Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are two equally iconic landmarks. For those who want to go beyond the central districts, the streets of Chinatown in District 5 and the riverside community in District 2 are both worth exploring.

Ho Chi Minh City is sometimes compared to Hanoi as the capital’s younger sister: A little less traditional, a little more rebellious, and a lot more eager to embrace ideas, fashion, and commerce from the outside world. Historically, the Saigon River brought trade, culture, and religion from abroad directly to the city’s doorstep. French colonists left their mark in the form of grand villas, schools, and cathedrals that can still be found sprinkled around Districts 1 and 3.

The areas just outside Ho Chi Minh City were the scene of some of the most brutal fighting in the Vietnamese-American War. Today, visitors can review the losses on both sides at the War Remnants Museum, glimpse the ingenuity of the Viet Cong in the Cu Chi Tunnels just outside the city, or visit storied bars that served as haunts for war correspondents.

Despite its turbulent years, the mood in Ho Chi Minh City is buoyant. A huge percentage of the population is under 30, and Vietnam’s youth are embracing the future. Old Saigon is an atmospheric backdrop for a kind of Vietnamese chic: a blend of French aesthetics and Vietnamese sensibilities, timeless tradition and bright-eyed consumerism. And though there are spanking new malls popping up all over, daily life in Ho Chi Minh City plays out in small ‘hems’ and alleys. Duck down any alley, and you’re likely to encounter a charming café, a sidewalk noodle stall, and a gallery within a few steps of each other. Some of the best discoveries in the city are found down an alley and up a flight of stairs.

Ho Chi Minh City lures foodies from around the world. Delicate flavors, fresh herbs, and delightful textures are the hallmarks of Vietnamese cooking. In Ho Chi Minh City, travelers can choose from hundreds of enticing local eateries as well as a wide array of authentic international restaurants. After dark, the city offers up cool lounges, artsy hangouts, and craft beer bars. No visit is complete without at least one motorcycle hop — past the parks, along the river, and through the ever-changing streets.

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Moments to look forward to

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Action & Relaxin’ in Vietnam

Explore Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, and Vung Tau. Tour the Mekong, learn about Ho Chi Minh City’s French ties; then, relax on a sun soaked beach. #PerfectVacation
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3 Cities in Vietnam, and My Love

Explore the cuisines and cultures of Vietnam’s most influential cities on this whirlwind tour of North, Central, and South Vietnam. Enjoy exciting activities and stunning scenery.
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Our Ultimate Vietnamese Adventure

Return home as an expert of Vietnam after taking your family on this incredible journey, exploring all of the nation’s highlights. Don't worry, you'll still have time to relax!
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Our Family Week in Vietnam

You and your family are in for an eventful week when you go on a grand tour of Vietnam. It's perfect for families on a tight schedule, without making you feel pressed for time.
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We MUST See...Vietnam Together

From Halong Bay by seaplane to Saigon at night by Vespa, you’re going on a grand tour of Northern Vietnam. Share great meals and great times with your favorite travel companion.
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Incredible Stays

Hotel des Arts
Hotel des Arts
Hotel des Arts

Hotel des Arts is a boutique hotel in downtown Saigon. This luxurious hotel has its own interesting collection of antiques and art.

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Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

Get more out of your stay in Ho Chi Minh City when you choose this chic, urban hotel. From an in-house cinema for an impromptu movie night to exploring a bustling city right outside your door, you’ll enjoy elegance and and excitement when you choose Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint.

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Hotel Majestic
Hotel Majestic
Hotel Majestic

This is a boutique hotel in downtown Saigon that offers luxury accommodations near the city’s top landmarks. Built in 1925, it hearkens back to French Colonial extravagance with its two huge wings.

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Le Duy Hotel
Le Duy Hotel
Le Duy Hotel

Le Duy Hotel is an upscale hotel that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a distinctly Vietnamese lap of luxury. It offers just 20 suites with elegant design and pristine interiors. In addition to city tours, make sure to spend time follow local’s recommendations for banh mi, cafes, and nightlife.

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Park View Sai Gon Hotel
Park View Sai Gon Hotel
Park View Sai Gon Hotel

Park View Saigon Hotel is centrally located in the city’s business hub at District 1. We are situated opposite central park 23/09, just a 30 minutes drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and close to the Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien walking street and many of Ho Chi Minh City’s most popular attractions. Inside our hotel, there are 54 modern guest rooms, accommodation all designed for you comfortable, convenience and efficiency and friendly staff who are always ready for your assistance.

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Saigon Prince Hotel
Saigon Prince Hotel
Saigon Prince Hotel

Saigon Prince Hotel is ideally located for seeing Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic landmarks. It looks down over busy streets and makes it easy to have a cosmopolitan vacation.

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Park Hyatt Saigon
Park Hyatt Saigon
Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon offers boutique rooms, with designs inspired by the French colonial aesthetic. This hotel is designed for guests who want to have a luxury stay nearby downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

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Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Sofitel Saigon Plaza is a luxury hotel that is walking distance from Ho Chi Minh City’s main attractions. You can walk to French colonial architecture as well as quintessential Vietnamese shopping.

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