Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

What to See

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels
by Kluft about 8 years ago
Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are definitely worth the visit when in Ho Chi Minh City. 70 km out of town, you can experience the underground tunnels and hiding places the Viet Cong used during the war. At the end there is an option to fire an automatic rifle on a shooting range. Can be booked at any small tour shop or private taxi can likely be arranged.

War Remnents Museum

War Remnants Museum
by Kluft about 8 years ago
War Remnants Museum

A very interesting museum which has large amounts of displays on the Vietnam War from a distinctly Vietnamese perspective.
28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
Less than 1$ to get in, but is possibly closed from 12 - 1:30 for lunch.

A great way to spend the afternoon after seeing the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning.

What to Do

Spas

HCM has great spas if you're willing to treat yourself
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 9 years ago

All I can say is it was magical. Still talking about the massage I got at Jasmine Spa a couple of years ago. Check them out: http://www.spasvietnam.com/SearchModule/SpaDetail.aspx?Spaid=58. They're at 45 Ton That Thiep - District 1 and can be reached at (848) 38272737.

Where to Stay

Backpacker District

Main Street in Ho Chi Minh
by Kluft about 8 years ago
Main Street in Ho Chi Minh

The main street to find hostel in Ho Chi Minh is
Pham Ngu Lao street (aka Backpacker district of Saigon).
There are several hotels and hostels here so get dropped off here and can walk up and down to get room quotes.

Where to Party

Dancing / Discos / Clubs

Crazy Buffalo (LGBT)
by Zorin14 about 7 years ago
Crazy Buffalo (LGBT)

A 4 story club/ bar located in the center of District 1. ID is not needed, as most hostels, keep them in case of troublesome guests. In addtion to good music, and strong drinks, Saturday night offers a gay night on the second level, if that happens to be your fancy.

Getting Around

Taxi

Safe Taxis in Ho Chi Minh City
by Shila of beoutandabout.tumblr.com about 9 years ago
Safe Taxis in Ho Chi Minh City

I'm sure you've heard of many taxi scams that happened to fellow travelers throughout Asia. Ho Chi Minh City, unfortunately, also has a fair share of those complaints. To reduce the risk of experiencing such unpleasant situation, you can try the tips below :

1. Use Mailinh or Vinasun Taxi ONLY.
2. ....and NOT VinaTsun or Mailin or M.Taxi
3. Always make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter before you go.
4. Take fix-priced taxis from the airport to the city. It should cost around 100,000 - 250,000 Dong depending on your destination.

General Advice

Language

Survival Vietnamese for Travelers
by Shila of beoutandabout.tumblr.com about 9 years ago

Hi! - chao / Goodbye - Tam biet / Thank you - Cam on / I’m sorry - Xin loi / No problem - Khong sao / What is this? - Cai nay la cai gi? / Delicious - Ngon qua / How much is it? - Bao nhieu? / It is too expensive - Mac qua / I Don't Understand! - Toi khong hieu. / One - Mot / Two - hai / Three - ba