Where to stay in Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville?

Planning a trip to southern Vietnam? Discover and find the best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City!

Located in the south of Vietnam, the former Saigon is the country’s economic powerhouse. With a population of 8,224,400 spread over an area of 2,090 km², it is also the country’s largest city. Saigon was the capital of the colony of Cochinchine, then of French Indochina from 1887 to 1901. Capital of the Republic of Việt Nam (from 1954) after the Indochina War, it was renamed Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville after the Communist takeover following the Vietnam War in 1975. Thanks to its heritage and sub-equatorial climate, Vietnam recorded a record 10 million visitors in 2016. Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City ranges from inexpensive youth hostels to hotels.

Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville is subdivided into 259 districts, 58 communes and 5 cantons: in other words, it’s gigantic. Here’s our selection of places to stay in Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville.

Pham Ngu Lao

Pham Ngu Lao, loger à Ho Chi Minh Ville

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Pham Ngu Lao is literally the backpackers’ district: dynamic, teeming, where it’s easy to find accommodation, from youth hostels and dormitories at less than €10 a night to hotels of the highest standard. The area is very busy with international tourists; it’s a bit like Bangkok’s Khao San Road. There are an untold number of bars, restaurants and cafés where you can party day and night, and indulge in international cuisine (Mexican, Italian, Oriental, Indian) if you’re tired of Vietnamese food (who’s tired of the good stuff?).

The downside is the incessant hustle and bustle of the neighborhood, where street vendors can quickly tire you out. Pham Ngu Lao is very centrally located, not far from downtown and the Saigon River. An ideal place to stay in Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, but be careful with your personal belongings, as many travelers report snatch-and-grab incidents…

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Ben Thanh

Ben Thanh, loger à Ho Chi Minh Ville

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Home to the famous market of the same name, this area boasts a wide range of hotels to sleep in and is very central to the city. The area is also very lively at night: festive and commercial. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, you’ll need to find another area to sleep, as the hotels here have street frontage and the rooms will undoubtedly be noisy. Don’t miss the Ben Thanh market and the Reunification Palace, and take a stroll down « Le Tanh Ton » and « Ly Tu Trong » streets. A trip to Vietnam must also be commemorative of its past, whose traumas are still hot: the War Remnants Museum, commemorating the atrocities committed during the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1975, is a must-see. Many of the photos may be shocking, but make sure you don’t forget what happened there.

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Thao Dien

Thao Dien, loger à Ho Chi Minh Ville

Photo credit: Flickr – Sam Sherratt

Thao Dien is off the beaten track, the upscale expatriate district. Traffic is less dense here than in the city center, and the alleyways are quieter and less tumultuous. Above all, there are far fewer motorcycles, which is rare in Ho Chi Minh City, and a source of appreciable calm. We’re on a corniche surrounded by the Saigon River, and the French know this place well: expatriates from France flock here in large numbers. The district’s population likes to find its Western habits here: Western supermarkets, chic restaurants and homes, luxury cars… If you like your comforts back and have a comfortable budget, then this is the place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, but you won’t come across many Vietnamese here.

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Main photo credit: Flickr – S. Ken

Map of hotels and accommodation – Ho Chi Minh City,vn