Guidebook for Ho Chi Minh City

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Guidebook for Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping

It's a local market that sells food and souvenir, lots of travelers come here but you have to take care of your belongings and don't forget to bargain.
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Ben Thanh Market
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It's a local market that sells food and souvenir, lots of travelers come here but you have to take care of your belongings and don't forget to bargain.
Nearest 24/7 convenient store
FamilyMart Tran Binh Trong
77 Trần Bình Trọng
Nearest 24/7 convenient store
Big phone shop, you can come here to get Vietnam SIM card and prepaid cards, the staff here are really nice and they speak English.
Siêu thị Thế Giới Di Động
Big phone shop, you can come here to get Vietnam SIM card and prepaid cards, the staff here are really nice and they speak English.
Biggest market in the city, Cho Binh Tay (or Cho Lon) is located in the China town. At here you can buy a lot of cheap stuff at wholesale prices. One of my guests got a free English-speaking tour at there from a local lady, totally random!
Chợ Bình Tây
57 Tháp Mười
Biggest market in the city, Cho Binh Tay (or Cho Lon) is located in the China town. At here you can buy a lot of cheap stuff at wholesale prices. One of my guests got a free English-speaking tour at there from a local lady, totally random!
At here you can find apparel for the size of westerners, winter clothing, although make sure to bargain before paying.
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Sách Hay Nên Đọc
328 Võ Văn Kiệt
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At here you can find apparel for the size of westerners, winter clothing, although make sure to bargain before paying.
A popular shopping mall for clothes and souvenirs. The shop sellers here and foreigner-friendly, they can speak a little of English, but again, please bargain before paying.
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Saigon Centre
65 Lê Lợi
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A popular shopping mall for clothes and souvenirs. The shop sellers here and foreigner-friendly, they can speak a little of English, but again, please bargain before paying.
The most popular art district in the city, it's an old French-style apartment building, dirty and smelly and artistic! There are 4 levels and each levels there are shops and cafes, restaurants with different styles, even if you don't buy anything, it's worth going to take some photos.
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
The most popular art district in the city, it's an old French-style apartment building, dirty and smelly and artistic! There are 4 levels and each levels there are shops and cafes, restaurants with different styles, even if you don't buy anything, it's worth going to take some photos.
An small art district in the downtown of the city, they offer drink, food, designer clothes, handmade stuff.
Nhà Ga 3A - Station 3A
3A Tôn Đức Thắng
An small art district in the downtown of the city, they offer drink, food, designer clothes, handmade stuff.

Drinks & Nightlife

This is a backpacker area, very touristic, always be careful with your belongings and enjoy cheap beer when sitting on the sidewalks here.
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Bùi Viện
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This is a backpacker area, very touristic, always be careful with your belongings and enjoy cheap beer when sitting on the sidewalks here.
A cozy bar with a rooftop view, they have chill, jazz music here. Excellent environment to hang out with people. Although this place is usually packed by foreigners.
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Broma Not A Bar
41 Nguyễn Huệ
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A cozy bar with a rooftop view, they have chill, jazz music here. Excellent environment to hang out with people. Although this place is usually packed by foreigners.
The only gay bar in town. People usually come here on Friday and Saturday. They sometimes have drag shows at weekends, usually start at midnight. Suitable for people who want to experience the LGBT scene in Ho Chi Minh City.
Republic club
80 Đồng Khởi
The only gay bar in town. People usually come here on Friday and Saturday. They sometimes have drag shows at weekends, usually start at midnight. Suitable for people who want to experience the LGBT scene in Ho Chi Minh City.
The oldest bar in the city, full of foreigners. There are 3 dance floors with 3 different types of music and a resting area where you can sit down and chill.
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Apocalypse Now Bar-Cafe
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The oldest bar in the city, full of foreigners. There are 3 dance floors with 3 different types of music and a resting area where you can sit down and chill.
A popular sightseeing rooftop bar, the drinks are a bit expensive but it's worth going for the view and the music.
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Chill Skybar
76A Lê Lai
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A popular sightseeing rooftop bar, the drinks are a bit expensive but it's worth going for the view and the music.
Old french-style house that was renovated into an expats hangout place, come here to meet cool people.
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Indika Saigon (House of Curiosity)
43 Nguyễn Văn Giai
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Old french-style house that was renovated into an expats hangout place, come here to meet cool people.
A rooftop bar/club that has a great view, great music and beautiful crowd.
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Glow Skybar
93 Nguyễn Du
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A rooftop bar/club that has a great view, great music and beautiful crowd.
A big hiphop club, most of people here are foreigners, Tuesday is the Ladynight (free drinks) and also is the most busy day of the week. Entrance ticket for men: 100.000vnd
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Lush
2 Lý Tự Trọng
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A big hiphop club, most of people here are foreigners, Tuesday is the Ladynight (free drinks) and also is the most busy day of the week. Entrance ticket for men: 100.000vnd
A secret spot of the city, Snuffbox is well hidden in an old apartment building from the 50's, the place is well decorated and sometimes you need a password to get in.
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Snuffbox
14 Tôn Thất Đạm
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A secret spot of the city, Snuffbox is well hidden in an old apartment building from the 50's, the place is well decorated and sometimes you need a password to get in.

Everything Else

Nearest ATM Machine
Acb - Atm
811 Trần Hưng Đạo
Nearest ATM Machine

Food Scene

The in-building Restaurant/Bar/Cafe/Convenience Store, it's in the same building of the apartment.
Johama Bar & Restaurant
341 Cao Đạt
The in-building Restaurant/Bar/Cafe/Convenience Store, it's in the same building of the apartment.
A unique Vietnamese traditional style restaurant. When you come here, there's no menu, they will serve whatever they make that day, you pay a fix amount of price for food, drinks are not included.
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Cuc Gach Cafe
79 Phan Kế Bính
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A unique Vietnamese traditional style restaurant. When you come here, there's no menu, they will serve whatever they make that day, you pay a fix amount of price for food, drinks are not included.
Most popular restaurant for tourists who want to try a huge range of Vietnamese food, there are just a lot to choose from.
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Ngon Restaurant
160 Pasteur
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Most popular restaurant for tourists who want to try a huge range of Vietnamese food, there are just a lot to choose from.
I'm not a vegetarian, but eating here is like having sex with vegetables, it's literally "food-porn", excellent environment, fantastic food, I'm drooling already.
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Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant
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I'm not a vegetarian, but eating here is like having sex with vegetables, it's literally "food-porn", excellent environment, fantastic food, I'm drooling already.
A rooftop bar and restaurant, very nice and chill, great food, although it's a bit expensive in my opinion. It locates at the top of Silver land hotel.
OMG!
A rooftop bar and restaurant, very nice and chill, great food, although it's a bit expensive in my opinion. It locates at the top of Silver land hotel.
The best vietnamese pancake restaurant in Saigon
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Banh Xeo 46A
46 Đinh Công Tráng
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The best vietnamese pancake restaurant in Saigon
A local style restaurant but with small chairs and tables, this spot is very popular for brunch.
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The Lunch Lady
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A local style restaurant but with small chairs and tables, this spot is very popular for brunch.

Sightseeing

The most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city, at here it brings back Vietnam war memories, you may shed some tears.
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War Remnants Museum
28 Võ Văn Tần
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The most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city, at here it brings back Vietnam war memories, you may shed some tears.
Locates at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this building was the last place that was taken down by the Vietnamese soldiers. This event ended the Vietnam war and marked a historic victory.
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Independence Palace
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa
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Locates at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this building was the last place that was taken down by the Vietnamese soldiers. This event ended the Vietnam war and marked a historic victory.
An iconic image of Ho Chi Minh City, this the tallest building so far. You can pay the ticket (about $12) to visit the sky deck, excellent overview of the city from there.
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Bitexco Financial Tower
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An iconic image of Ho Chi Minh City, this the tallest building so far. You can pay the ticket (about $12) to visit the sky deck, excellent overview of the city from there.

Arts & Culture

Nearest cinemas that you can go to from the apartment. The movies in Vietnam usually played with original sound and Vietnamese subtitles. Some of them are Vietnamese-dubbed but usually only for children cartoons.
Cinestar Cinema Quốc Thanh
271 Nguyễn Trãi
Nearest cinemas that you can go to from the apartment. The movies in Vietnam usually played with original sound and Vietnamese subtitles. Some of them are Vietnamese-dubbed but usually only for children cartoons.
The iconic theatre of Saigon, during this time, they are doing the show "A O Show" which is a contemporary type of dance mixes with traditional materials, it's a must-do in this city.
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Ho Chi Minh City Opera House
07 Công Trường Lam Sơn
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The iconic theatre of Saigon, during this time, they are doing the show "A O Show" which is a contemporary type of dance mixes with traditional materials, it's a must-do in this city.

Entertainment & Activities

Must-do in Ho Chi Minh City, it's the leftover tunnel from the Vietnam war, however this is a super-touristic place, you would need a tour guide to tell you the stories. Book a cheap private tour-guide here: www.triip.me/vietnam/ho-chi-minh/
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Cu Chi Tunnel Ben Duoc
Tổ 6 -ấp QL22
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Must-do in Ho Chi Minh City, it's the leftover tunnel from the Vietnam war, however this is a super-touristic place, you would need a tour guide to tell you the stories. Book a cheap private tour-guide here: www.triip.me/vietnam/ho-chi-minh/
At every Saturday, from 10AM to 10PM, there is a pool party, western style, deep house music, bring your friends here to have a chill afternoon. Buy ticket ($7) at the entrance. The party is closed during rainy season (June to October)
Saigon Soul Pool Party
At every Saturday, from 10AM to 10PM, there is a pool party, western style, deep house music, bring your friends here to have a chill afternoon. Buy ticket ($7) at the entrance. The party is closed during rainy season (June to October)