Vietnam’s largest city is a dizzying experience. From the screeching of motorbikes, magnificent street food rich cultural heritage, Ho Chi Minh, formerly Saigon, is a sparkling gem.
Here’s how you can do it on a budget.
DAILY BUDGET – $50
Quan an Ngon
Gathered around individual cooking stations, top street chefs each sell their specialty. Sample a variety or be faithful to one. The noodle soups are divine.
Thuan Thien Hotel
Central location on 277 Le Thanh Ton means you’re within walking distance of Ben Thanh Market and the Notre Dame Cathedral (a reminder of the French colonial heritage). (www.agoda.com)
Binh Tay Market
Try a café sua da (iced coffee topped with condensed milk) from Café Terrace then head to the market and rummage through anything from candied fruit, to duck eggs to flip-flops.
DAILY BUDGET – $100
The Temple Club
Converted Chinese Temple on Ton That Thiep Street is a popular hangout for the expat and colonial community. Try “Long Va” grilled fish coated in peanut and garlic. Funky and eclectic vibe.
Sunny and spacious with flawless service. Wi-Fi, breakfast and cable TV are included.
And they will even do your laundry. Treat yourself to a massage or a bubbling Jacuzzi.
Dong Khoi Street
Magnet for Saigon’s DIY fashionistas. Tailors Tricia and Verona in nearby Dong Street have a 24-hour turnaround and tailor made suits and dresses from $34.
For more info see tourism.hochiminhcity.gov.vn