HO CHI MINH CITY Itinerary Travel Travel Guide Vietnam

TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG (Budget + Itinerary) 2019

TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG (Budget + Itinerary) 2019

It by no means occurred to me that I might fall for Vietnam.  Again then, I keep in mind touring right here as a result of it’s fairly near Cambodia and I solely needed to get my passport stamped. Wanting again, I’m not pleased with it. Now Vietnam is one in every of my favourite nations when backpacking in Southeast Asia.  This weblog although will focus extra on Ho Chi Minh Journey Information.

Once I arrived in Pham Ngu Lao, the Backpacker Road in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (HCMC), I wasn’t instantly smitten.  It took a couple of extra hours – tasting Ho Chi Minh’s celebrated road meals and style bud-tingling Vietnamese dishes, crossing the motorcycle-choked roads, getting misplaced in hostel-fringed slender lanes and coming nose to nose with the architectural medley of temples, Soviet-style housing blocks and French-inspired buildings and museums – earlier than I began feeling one thing for Vietnam.

 

 

WHERE IS HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)?

 

Ho Chi Minh/ Saigon, as soon as the capital of Vietnam, is situated in southeastern Vietnam. It was initially generally known as Prey Nokor, a fishing village, residence of the Khmer individuals till the Vietnamese settlers arrived across the 17th century.  However in 1853, Saigon (previously Prey Nokor) was conquered by the French and Spanish, purpose why you’ll nonetheless see a wealth of French-styled buildings scattered throughout Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (Saigon). Ultimately, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh, derived from the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary chief who was Chairman and First secretary of the Staff’ Social gathering of Vietnam.

Right now, the rising variety of vacationers is quick reworking its districts, with new resorts, bars, galleries and eating places. But regardless of its urbanization, it has managed to retain its satisfaction in Vietnamese tradition. And that’s one of many the reason why I like this frenetic metropolis. That will help you plan your journey, right here’s my Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Journey Information.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM?

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One of the best time to go to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis/ Saigon is in the course of the dry season, December to April. However March, April and Might may be too scorching.  Moist season is Might to November, so anticipate rains and frequent storms, although often they gained’t actually interrupt your journey.

 

HO CHI MINH MONEY EXCHANGE

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Ho Chi Minh makes use of the Vietnam foreign money referred to as Dong (VND).  Present change fee is round VND 10,00zero = PHP 22 (USD0.44/ SGD zero.61).   So sure, Vietnam is likely one of the nations in Asia the place you could be a millionaire when you trade your cash.

You’ll be able to convey USD so that you gained’t have a tough time exchanging cash at cash changers scattered round downtown Ho Chi Minh.  If it is advisable take a taxi or bus from the airport to the town, simply trade a number of dong and alter the remainder of your cash within the metropolis.  Cash changers on the airport have horrible change charges.

However the best choice is to withdraw cash from ATMs scattered round Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.  You should use ATMs of worldwide banks and even native banks like Vietcom Financial institution, Techcombank and BIVD.  Make sure that to name your financial institution earlier than touring to Vietnam and inform them about your journey to allow them to make a remark in your account and permit withdrawals in Vietnam. I do know somebody who traveled there and couldn’t use her card as a result of her financial institution blocked the transactions for safety causes.

 

IMPORTANT: Watch out when paying, all the time double verify your cash as it may be complicated, you may find yourself paying VND 100,00zero as an alternative of VND 10,00zero. And all the time rely your change! Some distributors may confuse you and provide the mistaken change in the event that they know you’re foreigner. Occurred to me as soon as.

In case you have to ship cash overseas or again house, you possibly can’t do this in Vietnam until you’re an OFW there.  

HO CHI MINH WI-FI

 

Being related on-line is essential in Ho Chi Minh and the remainder of Vietnam.  English isn’t widely-spoken, so it’s worthwhile to entry Google Maps and Google translate.  You’ll be able to RENT A POCKET WIFI HERE  Decide up or drop off at your lodge entrance desk in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hoi An upon checking out and in. Pocket Wi-Fi can join as much as eight units directly.

 

 

HOW TO GET TO HO CHI MINH CITY FROM MANILA (PHILIPPINES)

 
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From Manila (Philippines), there are a number of flights to and from Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) by way of airways similar to Cebu Pacific (direct flight), Philippine Airways (direct flight), Airasia (Kuala Lumpur lay over) and Jetstar (Singapore lay over).  If direct flight, journey time is roughly 2 hours.

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Least expensive fare is by way of Cebu Pacific, in case you ebook common fare, put together to shell out round PHP three, 798 for a method fare.  However should you e-book throughout seat gross sales, you may snag an affordable roundtrip ticket for roughly the identical quantity.

 

HOW TO GET TO HO CHI MINH FROM CAMBODIA

 

From Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you possibly can take a bus to Ho Chi Minh for about PHP 682 (VND 306,890/USD 16/SGD19) to PHP 908 (VND408,587/ USD 18/ SGD 25) relying on the kind of bus. Journey time is 6 hours 30 minutes. You possibly can examine the bus schedule and ebook your bus tickets under.

 

 

SAIGON/ HO CHI MINH AIRPORT TO HO CHI MINH CITY

 

BY GRAB

 

Probably the most handy approach to get from Ho Chi Minh Airport (Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis is by Seize, it’ll value round VND 89,00zero (PHP 197 / USD four / SGD 5) to get to Phum Nga Lao Road (Backpacker Road) from Ho Chi Minh/Saigon Airport by Uber X.   In case you are alone and also you solely have one or two backpacks with you, you possibly can go for Seize motorcycle, it’s cheaper, round VND 43,00zero (PHP 95 / USD 2/ SGD three).  Toll payment is VND 10,00zero (PHP 22 / USD zero.44/ SGD zero.61).

 

BY BUS

Least expensive strategy to downtown Ho Chi Minh is by Bus #152. I used this earlier than to get to Pham Ngu Lao Road (Backpacker Road) in Ho Chi Minh.  Fare is roughly VND 5,00zero (PHP 11 / USD/ SGD zero.30) and extra VND 5,00zero per bag.  Nevertheless it solely runs till round 6:00 PM

You might also take the Bus #109 (Airport Bus) for VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/ SGD 1.21) that runs from 5:30 AM to 1:30 AM.

 

GETTING AROUND HO CHI MINH CITY

 

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BY TOUR PACKAGE

 

A handy strategy to discover Ho Chi Minh is by becoming a member of tour packages, to not point out they’re low cost!  You might BOOK HO CHI MINH CITY (half day) TOUR HERE  or BOOK A WHOLE DAY HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR HERE. 

 

BY CYCLO

 

I attempted driving the cyclo as soon as to get to one of many vacationer locations and it was good.  I feel I paid round VND 50,00zero (PHP 100 /USD 2/ SGD three) for one experience.  The federal government has restricted using cyclos although on busy streets, so the driving force makes use of a special route.

 

IMPORTANT: The driving force was type sufficient to warn me about my bag additionally. He advised me to carry it tight and to not use my digital camera or telephone whereas on the street as a result of Ho Chi Minh is infamous for motorcycle-riding snatchers.  Even when strolling, keep away from flaunting your devices. If you wish to go on a metropolis tour driving a cycle, you possibly can BOOK A HCMC CYCLO CITY TOUR HERE 

 

 

BY BUS

I haven’t tried commuting round Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). However when you have the posh of time and also you need to give it a shot, there are vibrant inexperienced public buses that may take you across the metropolis, simply be sure to have Wi-Fi with you since you’ll almost definitely want Google Maps.  English shouldn’t be extensively spoken in Ho Chi Minh, so that you may need a tough time asking for instructions. Search for the maps for the bus system, there’s one on the Ben Than Bus Station fronting Ben Thanh Market.

 

BY UBER

For stress-free rides, use Uber, which is on the market in Ho Chi Minh. I like to recommend utilizing this app as an alternative of taxi.

 

BY TAXI

All the time use the meter and have your Google Maps prepared.  Many taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh are reportedly infamous. To keep away from being scammed, all the time use the meter, don’t negotiate the worth.  All the time put together small change for paying the fare.

 

IMPORTANT: Crossing the street in Ho Chi Minh could be scary as a result of there’s a whole lot of motorbikes, what I do is I all the time search for the pedestrian lane with visitors lights.

However in case you are a type of vacationers who need to attempt crossing the motorbike-filled streets of Vietnam, simply be additional cautious as a result of it may be an enormous problem.  Stroll with the locals.  I used to be advised to only stroll throughout regular and the motorbikes will veer away from you to keep away from hitting you.

 

 

 HO CHO MINH TOP ATTRACTIONS

 

HCMC ATTRACTIONS 1

Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Corridor
Tackle: 86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Entrance Charge: Free

 

Saigon Central Submit Workplace
Handle: 2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entrance Charge: Free

 

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Tackle: 1, Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Entrance Charge: Free

HCMC ATTRACTIONS

Independence Palace

Handle: 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: 7:30 AM –11:00 AM, 1:00 PM – four:00 PM
Entrance Payment: VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/ SGD 1.21)

 

The Golden Water Puppet Present
Tackle: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Road, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

Entrance Charge:VND 250,00zero (PHP 507/USD 10/ SGD 15)

 

Municipal Theater

Tackle: 7 Lam Son Sq., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

HCMC ATTRACTIONS 2

Ben Than Market
Handle: Đường Lê Lợi, Cửa Nam Chợ Bến Thành, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

 

Bitexco Tower
Tackle: 36 Hồ Tùng Mậu, Bến Nghé Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours for Skydeck: 9:30 AM -9:30PM

 

Phum Nga Lao Road(Saigon Backpacker Road)

Handle: District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis

 

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WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM

Open Hours: eight:00 AM – 11:45 AM

01:30 PM – four:45 PM

Entrance Charge: VND 10,00zero (PHP 22 / USD zero.44 / SGD zero.61)

 

 

HO CHI MINH DAY TRIPS

HCMC ATTRACTIONS 5

CU CHI TUNNEL

 

If you would like a hassle-free tour to Cu Chi Tunnel, you’ll be able to BOOK A CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR HERE.  Tour consists of decide up/drop off (motels in De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien Road solely), English-speaking information, entrance payment and bottled water.

 

CU CHI TUNNEL

                                       Tackle: Ấp Phú Hiệp, Phú Hiệp, Phú Mỹ Hưng, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Payment: VND 90,00zero (PHP 200/ USD four/ EURO  three.36/SGD 5.45/MYR 17)

 

MEKONG RIVER BOAT CRUISE

Soak within the enjoyable environment of Mekong Delta passing by rice paddies, fishing villages and conventional stilt homes whereas aboard a ship. You’ll be able to BOOK A MEKONG RIVER BOAT TOUR HERE.

 

CU CHI TUNNEL AND CAO DAI TEMPLE TOUR

  • Go to one in every of Vietnam’s most vibrant temples and perceive how this intriguing faith was arrange
  • Then see how the Viet Cong survived the Vietnam Warfare with an elaborate labyrinth of underground tunnels

RESERVE TOUR HERE

 


 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN HO CHI MINH CITY /SAIGON

 

Pham Ngu Lao is the backpacker road of Ho Chi Minh/Saigon.  This energetic road is peppered with finances to mid-range lodges.  I’ve stayed right here throughout my final go to as except for low cost hostels, all the things that I want is right here, eating places, cafes, comfort shops and ATMS.  For those who’re planning to remain in a luxurious lodge most of them are conveniently situated in Dong Khai.

Right here’s an inventory of a few of the prime finances inns in Ho Chi Minh that will help you determine the place to remain.

 

TOP BUDGET HOTELS IN HO CHI MINH CITY 

(PHAM NGU LAO /BACKPACKER STREET AREA)

 

HO CHI MINH HOTELS UNDER PHP 1,00zero (Close to Backpacker Road)

 

 

Chill Field

agoda chillbox

212A/A61 Nguyen Trai Road, Nguyen Cu Trinh ward, District 1. District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

 

 

Cozy Lodge

agoda cozy

265/7/15 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

New Saigon Hostel

agoda townhouse

270 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

City Home 23 Saigon Lodge

agoda town house

23 Dang Thi Nhu Road, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

 

HO CHI MINH HOTELS UNDER PHP 2,00zero (Close to Backpacker Road)

 

Tripwriter Lodge

agoda tipwriter

185/28 Pham Ngu Lao Road, District 1, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

 

 

Bich Duyen Lodge

agoda bich duyen

283/four Pham Ngu Lao 70000, District 1, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

CHECK RATES

 

FIND OTHER HO CHI MINH HOTELS HERE

 

HO CHI MINH ITINERARY WITH BUDGET BREAKDOWN

 

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Right here’s my pattern three days 2 night time itinerary with price range breakdown. That is simply to information you in planning your journey and finances.  It will possibly go decrease or larger relying on the place you’ll be staying in Ho Chi Minh, your meals, excursions and purchasing bills.

 

  EXPENSES ACTIVITIES
DAY zero    
07:35 PM Pay PH Journey Tax .ETD Manila to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
09:15 PM
09:45 PM VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/ SGD 1.21/MYR four) Bus #109  to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis
10:15 PM VND 270,616 (PHP 600/ USD 12/ EURO 10/SGD 16/MYR 50) (lodge) Verify-in at Lodge. Clean up. Sleep
DAY 1   CU CHI TUNNEL + WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
06:30 AM VND 45,00zero (PHP 100/ USD 2/EURO 2/ SGD three/MYR eight) Breakfast
07:30 AM VND 13,00zero (PHP 29 /USD zero.57 / EURO zero.49/SGD zero.79/MYR 2.42). ETD Ho Chi Minh to Cu Chi Tunnel by bus. DIY Tour.
09:30 AM VND 90,00zero (PHP 200/ USD  four/ EURO three.36 / SGD 5.45/MYR 17) Cu Chi Tunnel entrance charge. Tour Cu Chi Tunnel.
02:00 PM    
04:00 PM   ETA Ho Chi Minh. Drop by Warfare Remnants Museum.
04:20 PM VND 10,00zero (PHP 22 / USD zero.44 /EURO zero.37/ SGD zero.61/MYR 2) Discover Struggle Remnants Museum
06:00 PM VND 70,00zero (PHP 155/ USD three/ EURO three/SGD four /MYR 13) Dinner. Socials.
09:00 PM VND 270,616 (PHP 600/ USD 12/ EURO 10/ SGD 16/MYR 50) Again to Lodge. Sleep. Lodge in Pham Nga Lau Road
DAY 02   MEKONG DELTA TOUR
06:30 AM VND 45,00zero (PHP 100/ USD 2/ EURO 2/ SGD three/MYR eight) Breakfast
07:30 AM VND 412, 517 (PHP 917 / USD 18 / EURO 15.41/SGD 25/MYR 77) Mekong Delta Tour (My Tho, Vinh Trang Pagoda)
11:30 AM   Vietnamese Lunch (included in tour charge)
01:00 PM   Proceed Mekong Delta Tour (An Khanh in Ben Tre)
05:00 PM VND 270,616 (PHP 600/ USD 12/EURO 10/  SGD 16/MYR 50) Finish of Mekong Delta Tour. Again to lodge in Ho Chi Minh
07:00 PM VND 45,00zero (PHP 100/ USD 2/ EURO 2/ SGD three/MYR eight) Dinner
 
DAY three   HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
06:30 AM VND 45,00zero (PHP 100/ USD 2/EURO 2/ SGD three/MYR eight) Breakfast.
07:30 AM VND 298,00zero (PHP 662/ USD 13 / EURO 11/ SGD 18 /MYR 55) HCMC Metropolis Tour (Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Publish Workplace, Independence Palace, Ben Thanh Market)
11:30 PM VND 45,00zero (PHP 100/ USD 2/EURO 2/ SGD three/MYR eight) Lunch
12:30 PM Take a look at from lodge. Depart baggage
01:00 PM   Go to Chinatown (Chinatown close to Cho Lon, Thien Hau Temple)
03:00 PM   Buying at Ben Than Market
06:00 PM VND 70,00zero (PHP 155/ USD three/EURO three/SGD four/MYR 13) Dinner.
07:00 PM VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/EURO zero.75/ SGD 1.21/MYR four) Head to Airport by way of Bus #109
10:00 PM ETD to Philippines
12:00 AM ETA Philippines
TOTAL EXPENSES VND 2,538,981 (PHP four,373 / USD 97/EURO 95/ SGD 123.27/MYR 472 )

 

*PHP 1,620 PH Journey Tax, airfare and purchasing bills not included.

 

HO CHI MINH TRIP BUDGET/EXPENSES

 
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Right here’s an inventory of estimated prices for excursions, actions, meals, fares and lodge in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam simply to provide you an concept round how a lot you’ll spend once you journey there.  Touring to Ho Chi Minh is fairly low cost, meals in eateries and road stalls often prices round VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/ SGD 1.21) to VND 70,00zero (PHP 155/ USD three/SGD four) per meal.  Inns are budget-friendly too.

 

COST ACTIVITIES
VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/ EURO zero.75/ SGD 1.21/MYR four) Bus #109  from Airport to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis
VND 20,00zero (PHP 44/ USD 2/EURO zero.75/ SGD 1.21/MYR four) HCMC to Airport, Bus #109
VND 811,849 (PHP 1,800/ USD 12/ EURO 30/ SGD 49/MYR 151) VND 270,616 (PHP 600/ USD 12/ SGD 16) Price range lodge per night time, good for two  x three nights
VND 630,00zero ( PHP 1,397/USD 28 /EURO 24/SGD 38/MYR 117) VND 70,00zero (PHP 155/ USD three/SGD four ) per meal x 9 occasions (three days)
VND 412, 517 (PHP 917 / USD 18 /EURO 15/SGD 25/ MYR 77) Mekong Delta Tour
VND 298,00zero (PHP 662/ USD 13 / EURO 11/ SGD 18/MYR 55) HCMC Metropolis Half Day Tour (Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Publish Workplace, Independence Palace, Ben Thanh Market)
VND 10,00zero (PHP 22 / USD zero.44 / EURO zero.37/ SGD zero.61/MYR 2) Warfare remnants Museum entrance payment
VND 13,00zero (PHP 29 /USD zero.57 / SGD zero.79/MYR three). Bus to Cu Chi Tunnel (if commuting)
VND 90,00zero (PHP 200/ USD  four/ EURO four/SGD 5.45/MYR 17) Cu Chi Tunnel Entrance Payment
VND 435,435 (PHP 968/ USD 19 /EURO 16/ SGD 26/MYR 81) Cu Chi Tunnel Package deal Tour

 

 

HO CHI MINH CITY TRAVEL TIPS

 

⊗ Pham Ngu Lao (District 1) is the backpacker road of Saigon / Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (HCMC), that is the place you’ll discover finances lodging.

⊗ Ho Chi Minh is infamous for motorcycle-riding snatchers.  Even when strolling, keep away from flaunting your devices.  In case you are utilizing a shoulder bag or hand bag,  maintain it tight.  I like to recommend utilizing backpack or physique bag as an alternative of hand bag or shoulder bag.  Don’t use your telephone whereas strolling, concentrate on your environment.

⊗ Crossing the street in Ho Chi Minh might be scary due to motorbikes, what I do is I all the time search for the pedestrian lane with visitors lights.

⊗ When driving cyclo and even when strolling, keep away from flaunting your devices as a result of Ho Chi Minh is infamous for motorcycle-riding snatchers.  If potential, don’t use shoulder bag as it may be snatched simply, use a physique bag or backpack as an alternative.

⊗ All the time use the meter when driving taxis, don’t negotiate the worth with the driving force to keep away from being overcharged, and use the meter.  And activate Google Maps to ensure the driving force is just not going round in circles to cost you extra. Higher but, use UBER.

⊗ When withdrawing cash, use the ATMs contained in the financial institution to keep away from ATM skimming.  Or use ATMs with doorways, and all the time lock the door when making withdrawals.

 

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