This is probably the most time consuming part of planning any trip, and one of the most important. Hostel or hotel, đô thị or suburbs, quirky or casual, there are just too many decisions lớn make and without a recommendation it can be a bit of a needle in a haystack situation. Ho chi Minh is no different.

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There are 24 districts & thousands of hotels in Ho đưa ra Minh City. Looking for the best area lớn stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh is not what you want khổng lồ be doing when you could be looking up fun things to vày in HCMC instead. Wouldn’t it be great if there was just a quick menu guide khổng lồ where khổng lồ stay instead?

I’ve stayed in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị a few times, so khổng lồ help you narrow it down, I’ve detailed the only districts you should really consider.

Where to lớn Stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City


District 1 (Downtown)

If you’re anything lượt thích me you hear the words ‘financial district’ and dismiss the idea that there could be anything but banks there. For Ho chi Minh, it’s time to check yourself because that’s certainly not the case. District 1 is the heart of the city & full of French colonial architecture, restaurants, shops, & bars that mean it’s busy way beyond the 5pm home time. In fact, the nightlife is known to lớn go on forever, accompanied by a decent food scene too.

Come day time, staying here also has you within walking distance of top attractions like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office & Reunification Palace.

In terms of where khổng lồ actually stay in District 1 in Ho đưa ra Minh City, the areas of Dong Khoi Street, Bui Vien and Pham gàn Lao are probably the most lively và you’ll find plenty of high end hotels lượt thích the Park Hyatt Saigon as well as more budget options and hostels like The Hideout here too.

Where to lớn stay in District 1

Mai Vy Hotel


I stayed at the Mai Vy khách sạn in Pham ngây ngô Lao last time I was there. It was in a fantastic location & I enjoyed my stay. I’d recommend it to lớn anyone looking for cheap and quiet, but in a fun place. I was on the đứng top floor with no lift, in a private room. It was above a launderette so that was useful. It wasn’t a particularly social place, or fun, but I liked it.

I paid £13 per night for a private room with a private bathroom.

Check out the latest prices & pictures of Mai Vy khách sạn on Booking.com.

Blue River Hotel


First time I went I stayed at the blue River Hotel, which was much nicer & more modern. Of course it was slightly more expensive though at £17 per night, per room. If there’s two of you, then obviously this is the one to lớn go for. This is in the same kind of area as the Mai Vy Hotel, but just around the corner. One slight quirk, the private bathroom had glass walls, thankfully we discovered a blind khổng lồ pull down but if you’re not super comfortable with the person you’re sharing the room with, it might be slightly awkward.

I paid £17 per night for a private room with a private bathroom.

Check out the latest prices và pictures of blue River khách sạn on Booking.com.

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District 2

If you’re carrying more dong than the average backpacker budget, fancy a quieter more suburban district, or have been lớn Ho bỏ ra Minh once before & want khổng lồ experience a different side of the city, then consider District 2.

Around 15 minutes from the centre, it’s a big district và a popular neighbourhood with expats, which means there are plenty of Western restaurants, bars và shops. In terms of activity, if you do feel lượt thích staying close by then you can take the bus or a taxi khổng lồ the Saigon Outcast for rock climbing, the Thao Dien spa làm đẹp for a bit of relaxation or to the many bars along the Saigon River.

There aren’t quite as many accommodation options here but you can still find some nice hotels and a few Airbnbs.

Where lớn stay in District 2

1933’s House

1933’s House looks lượt thích a good option in a great location. It’s got that whole modern pink and grey vibe going on too. Prices start from £10, and that’s with a private bathroom too. You’ll be near temples, pagodas và museums to keep you busy too.

Check out the latest prices và pictures of 1933’s House on Booking.com.

The Hut Boutique Hotel


Otherwise The Hut Boutique hotel looks lượt thích a great option. You even get one of those super cool hammock chairs in your room, too. The Hut has a really nice interior and you’ll be happy and comfortable here, away from the craziness of the city. I’d totally stay here next time I’m in Ho chi Minh City.

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Check out the latest prices và pictures of The Hut Boutique hotel on Booking.com.

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District 3

District 1’s less rowdy but equally fun sister, District 3 borders on District 1 và is an ideal place to lớn stay if you want khổng lồ be in the thick of it but don’t fancy going all in with the total tourist madness of District 1.

District 3 has loads of markets, coffee shops & pho restaurants but you’ll immediately notice that it’s a little more authentic and a place that locals live. That means prices tend to lớn be slightly cheaper, there’s colonial architecture as opposed to skyscrapers và plenty of affordable guesthouses.

This is all within walking distance of the bustle of District 1. Favourite things to vì here include visiting one of the many temples, stopping by the War Remnants Museum và snapping pictures of the pink church.

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District 4

Don’t let the fact this was the former mafia stomping ground put you off. District 4 has since cleaned up its act and is a lively place to lớn stay, despite being one of the smallest districts. It’s another less touristy spot and is all about amazing street food.

Vinh Khanh Road in particular is where locals come for their fill of the best fresh seafood but elsewhere in the area you’ll find carts of frog legs và snails, considered to be local delicacies. Again, you can easily walk lớn the tourist attractions in other nearby districts but if you fancy staying put you’ve got the Ho đưa ra Minh Museum, rồng Wharf and the silk weaving of the XQ Art House nearby.

If you like your hotels big, with swimming pools, then District 4 is for you. There’s a lot of choice here, và many look the same.

Where khổng lồ stay in District 4

SStay RiverGate Saigon

The SStay RiverGate Saigon is beautifully designed, và has that elusive ‘9.5 exceptional’ rating on Booking.com. People like it here. Rose gold, apartments, swimming pools, Audrey Hepburn on the walls, và just 1.1 miles from Nha Rong Wharf, you’ll love it here. It’s relaxing, clean, modern and has a restaurant on site for you lớn enjoy too.

Check out the latest prices and pictures of SStay RiverGate Saigon on Booking.com.

Go Sweet House

A home away from trang chủ this one. Go Sweet House has cosy apartments, with a great swimming pool outside. There’s a garden, a terrace, và you’re not far from the parks, museums and plazas nearby. Also, there’s an amazing street food market nearby too.

Check out the latest prices và pictures of Go Sweet House on Booking.com.


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District 5 (Chinatown)

Giving District 1 a run for its money when it comes khổng lồ atmosphere, District 5 hosts the biggest market in Vietnam, Binh Tay Market. There’s also the An Dong Market known if you fancy buying a few wood carvings, famous Buddhist temples like Tam Son Hoi Quan and quaint tea houses that keep people coming through Chinatown.

Rather than luxury hotels though, this area has way more on offer for the budget khách sạn and hostel type. If you were khổng lồ stay here, you could easily get lớn other parts of the city so even if nightlife is a little quieter it doesn’t matter so much, và you’ll get a nice sleep. Và some top quality dim sum in the morning too.

Where to stay in Ho bỏ ra Minh City

If it’s your first time, I’d recommend you look for accommodation in Ho chi Minh city in District 1. This is where I’ve stayed every time I’ve been. It’s fun, vibrant, lots to do at all hours và Pham gàn Lao Street is what I think of when I think of HCMC.

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If it’s your second or third, or you like a quieter life, then I’d recommend you stay in 2 or 3. Either way, it’s easy khổng lồ get around Ho chi Minh đô thị by walking or by taxi, và so it’s not hard to check out the other districts, if you want to lớn see as much as possible in the city.