Ho Chi Minh City hotels provide the largest number of choices in any one place in the entire country, as this is the largest city, and center of the beautiful Mekong Delta region that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year for cultural cycling tours and deluxe cruises on the mighty Mekong River. The city is also only about a 90-minute drive (or shorter flight) away from the beaches of popular Vung Tau and Phu Quoc Island. You will find suitable hotels in Ho Chi Minh City if you are on a tight budget, and you will find lavish Ho Chi Minh City lodging that provides all the facilities and amenities you would expect of a five-star international property.
Because the vast majority of tourists visit here for only two or three overnights (sometimes only one), the location of their Ho Chi Minh City hotels is one of their most important considerations. The good news is that most of the hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are clustered around the city's main attractions in the same general area. Not far from this area is the Pham Ngu Lau District, center of the liveliest nightlife and a backpackers' haven. There are numerous clean, comfortable, and safe budget hotels here that still have convenient access to the city's attractions. Even these cheap, casual hotels will assist you with tours in the city and the outlying area.
Luxury Ho Chi Minh City hotels are the most expensive, but if you invest a little time in research you can still find bargains. If budget is not your main concern, you will find numerous options. Several respected international chains have properties here, including Hyatt (pictured), Sofitel, and Sheraton. If you want a slice of the city's history, you might check out the Continental. It was built in 1880, and offers all the elegance and Old World charm of a bygone era. It boasts several restaurants and bars, offering more sophisticated nightlife and dining on some of the finest cuisine in the city. It was also featured in the classic Graeme Greene novel and film, The Quiet American. Similar Ho Chi Minh City lodging can be experienced at the venerable Rex Hotel, built in the 1920s by the French colonials as a garage, transformed into the American Cultural Center in 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War with the United States, and classified as a five-star hotel in 2008.
In between the luxury hotels and the cheap hotels and guesthouses of Pham Ngu Lau is an area with slightly more upscale Ho Chi Minh City lodging in charming bed and breakfast inns that once were posh French colonial townhouses. About 50 miles from the city center in the suburbs of the city are the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, the immense underground network that sheltered thousands of villagers and soldiers during the American Vietnam War. There are some good hotels in Ho Chi Minh City around this area, and many visitors to the tunnels stay here. This city lies at the center of the rich agricultural Mekong Delta, and many delta cycling tours will use a hotel near the Cu Chi Tunnels and their first or last night's lodging.