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Cheap Areas to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Planning a holiday in Ho Chi Minh City doesn't need to be an expensive undertaking. While it's true that you'll find plenty of luxury hotels offering the most opulent 5-star experiences, it's just as true that there's an almost countless number of cheap hotels scattered throughout this restless city. Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien, and nearby streets comprising the frenetic backpackers' district are where you'll find a great concentration of cheap Ho Chi Minh hotels. You might also consider an affordable place around the city centre, close to some of the most prominent historical buildings. The Chinatown area of District 5 is likewise dotted with budget-friendly hotels.

Cheap Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

If you're looking for a cheap and clean place to crash, then Thien Hai Hotel might just be the place for you. Centrally located in the Ben Thanh Ward of District 1, it boasts of spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi, and an airport shuttle. It's also within walking distance of museums, markets and parks. The Luan Vu Hotel in the Pham Ngu Lao Ward is another budget-friendly place. Offering complimentary perks that include Wi-Fi and full breakfast, it's a great option to save money. Roseland Inn Hotel in the Ben Nghe Ward is a laid-back hotel that features understated rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a restaurant, plus family-friendly services such as babysitting.

Where to find cheap food in Ho Chi Minh City

You'll find an almost countless number of places to eat for cheap in Ho Chi Minh City, whether you're craving authentic Vietnamese cuisine or familiar international dishes. The streets of Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao in the backpackers' area is chock-full of bars and restaurants where you can grab a beer for about half a dollar and large servings of pho, kebabs, and pizza for not much more. If your tastebuds are looking for something a little more exotic, you can try the curried snails and scallops from street vendors in District 3, or dried seahorse and salted duck eggs in the markets of Cholon, Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown.

Cheap Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is rich in sights and attractions that are accessible to budget-conscious visitors. You can absorb some of the city's rich past by visiting the stately Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office, where entrance is free of charge. Located near the city centre, they're fine examples of French colonial architecture. The nearby Ho Chi Minh Opera House, another stately example of 19th-century French architecture, sometimes holds free performances at its front steps on weekend mornings. If you're a bargain hunter, you won't be disappointed either. You can head over to the air-conditioned Saigon Square for daytime shopping, then head to the stalls of Ben Thanh for the night market, where haggling for souvenirs is the norm.

Cheap Ways to Get Around Ho Chi Minh City

Exploring Ho Chi Minh City on foot is a great way to get a feel of the city's everyday life and culture up close, and many hotels are certainly within walking distance of the major tourist attractions. If you think you're intrepid enough to take on the city's motorbike-choked streets on two wheels, there are places in Pham Ngu Lao where you can rent basic bicycles and scooters. In a city teeming with motorcycles, it's no surprise that motorbike taxis can be found everywhere. Manual and motorised cyclos or bicycle taxis are likewise plentiful, as are fast and efficient public buses that ply numerous routes throughout Ho Chi Minh City.

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