Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) prices
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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) hotel prices
Beds from US$7/night
The NGOC THAO GuestHouse offers dorms and private rooms in an ideal location in backpacker-friendly District 1.
Compared to most large cities, hotels in Saigon are cheap all year round. Prices don’t change too much according to the seasons, at least from a rack-rate perspective. Travelers who are booking in person or booking directly through a hotel might be able to negotiate and even better deal during low season, and sometimes even during high season depending on how busy things are.
High season at Saigon hotels officially starts in December, as the wet season is winding down, though some hotels instead consider September to be the beginning of the high season. These higher prices usually run through April, as the summers here are steamy and wet and therefore not as popular. Low season usually runs from May through November, but again, each hotel kind of does its own thing in this regard.
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Ho Chi Minh City is an incredible travel bargain compared to most of the rest of the world, though it’s also among the more expensive cities in Vietnam. Prices in Hanoi are similar, and everywhere else in the country is at least a bit cheaper, so regardless of which big city you start in, things will get better as you go until you reach the other one. Hoi An prices are strangely low for food and drinks and even hotels, and it’s a major highlight for most visitors to Vietnam.
Hotel prices in the crowded Pham Ngu Lao area in District 1 are quite high for the country, and rooms tend to be small as well. Still, money goes a long way, and everything else is quite cheap as well.
Food and drinks are similar in that better quality and bargains can be found in pretty much every other major tourist city in Vietnam, and yet compared to anywhere outside of India or Southeast Asia everything is a bargain.
Another key area where this city shines is that the main attractions are either free (markets, neighborhoods), or very cheap. Even half-day and full-day tours outside of the city to the Mekong Delta or the Cu Chi Tunnels can be had for the price of a beer or two in almost any other city.
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) attraction prices
|War Remnants Museum||This iconic museum is considered a must-visit in spite of its one-sided story.||adults||0.71|
|Reunification Palace||Famous government building still used occasionally, but popular for tours. Admission price includes a 1-hour guided tour in English (and other languages).||adults||1.43|
|Cu Chi Tunnel tour||Take a 90-minute bus ride to see these famous and slim tunnels with a group. Many tour options are available.||adults||4.75|
|Mekong Delta bus tour||Full-day tours to My Tho, Ben Tre, and/or Can Tho, including floating markets, can be booked everywhere. Bargain for discounts on tours.||Typical price||9.51|
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||7.13 - 8.56|
|Bus from airport to city center||0.19|
|3km taxi ride in Saigon||1.71 - 2.38|
|1 hour cyclo ride around town||1.90 - 2.85|
|Motorbike rental (per day)||4.75 - 5.70|
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Some hotels include breakfast, but if not you can get pancakes or eggs and a baguette at many places.||0.95 - 1.90|
|Budget lunch||Saigon has many restaurants featuring Vietnamese and Western food.||1.90 - 2.38|
|Budget dinner||All the same restaurants are open all day and well into the evening with the same menus.||3.33 - 5.70|
|Beer (.33L)||Saigon and Tiger are the most popular brands. Prices in nightclubs are about double.||0.71 - 1.19|
|Bahn mi sandwich||Those on a tight budget can get an excellent sandwich at many stands all over, from morning until very late at night.||0.48 - 0.95|
|Wine (Vietnamese) - full bottle||Local wine, bottled in Dalat, is fairly drinkable and available by the bottle in most restaurants and many shops. Imported wine is many times more expensive.||2.38 - 3.80|
|Cocktails||Nearly every restaurant serves mixed drinks at good prices. Ones with local spirits are cheapest, and at nightclubs they are at the top range.||1.43 - 4.28|
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Miscellaneous costs
|Drinking water (1.5L)||Bottled water is sold at all hotels, restaurants, and many shops for similar prices.||0.24 - 0.48|
|Cigarettes - pack||Marlboro Reds are popular and easy to find. Local cigarettes are much cheaper.||0.95 - 1.43|
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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) facts
|Airports||Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)|
Avg temps & precip
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Well into the tropical zone, Saigon’s climate is warm or hot all year, and the major issue is whether it’s the rainy season or the dry season. The dry season is still quite humid, but it has very little rainfall and lasts from December through April. December and January are usually the most pleasant months from all standpoints.
The rainy season runs from May through November and heavy downpours and localized flooding are common. Temperatures are marginally lower, but it’s still quite steamy and the rain can make some things difficult when it’s at its worst.
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