Saigon travel experience: what to play, what to eat, where "delicious and cheap"

 Saigon is large with many small alleys and ideal and attractive entertainment venues. If you are used to a charming and elegant Hanoi like a mature and moderate girl, Saigon will surely make you feel more overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life like a new boy. big and mischievous. Details of Saigon travel experiences below will help you have useful information for your trip to the city named after Uncle Ho.

Prepare to travel to Saigon

Saigon owns a tropical climate with hot sun all year round, the average temperature is from 25 - 30 degrees Celsius. It is also thanks to these climatic features that you can arrange for yourself the items that are really suitable. and necessary in the upcoming Saigon backpacking trip!

+ Clothing: Because of the hot sunny climate, you should give priority to choosing cool clothes, capable of absorbing sweat well and providing comfort when exercising and playing.

Costumes for women: Skirts, T-shirts, off-shoulder tops, baby doll skirts, jeans, loose shirts, 2-string tops (skirts) if going to fun places, shorts, prepare some extra shirts collared shirt or knee-length skirt if you intend to go to the temple or visit spiritual sites in Saigon. In addition, if you plan to go to some beaches near Saigon, you can bring beachwear such as bra, bikini, mesh shirt...

Men's clothing: shorts, short-sleeved shirt, tank top, jeans, t-shirt, polo t-shirt...

Sunscreen: This is a must-have item if you want to have an enjoyable walk in Saigon without burning your skin. The Saigon sun is quite strong during the day and don't forget to bring a tube of sunscreen in your bag!


Identity documents: ID card, driver's license (for use when traveling by motorbike in Saigon, plane ticket or train ticket (depending on the means of transportation you choose), ATM card and some certain amount of cash.

Hand-held umbrellas: Saigon often has sudden rains without warning. The rain is fast, but it also stops very quickly. You should prepare to actively prepare a hand-held umbrella to cover the sun and rain:

Tech gadgets: Phone, gymbal, tripod or selfie stick and gopro are also necessary tools to help you take a good photo. You should bring it with you on your trip.

Saigon tourist map: With the presence of a smart phone, a paper tourist map is not really necessary. However, on the contrary, they help you a lot in that journey. Save this essential item for your Saigon travel experience.

Suggestions for Saigon travel itinerary

Saigon tour during the day:

Morning: Art In Us 3d Painting Museum – Rinrin Park Korea – Notre Dame Cathedral

Afternoon: Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden – Ho Chi Minh City Museum – West Stream Park

Saigon tour 1 day:

Morning: Nhat Le Thanh Tong Quarter – Independence Palace – Ben Thanh Market

Afternoon: Cu Chi Tunnels – Tre Viet Tourist Village

Evening: Starlight Bridge – Nguyen Hue walking street

Saigon tour 2 days 1 night:

Day 1: White Rabbit Park – Snowtown Saigon – Fine Arts Museum

Day 2: Land Mark 81 - 3D Art In Us museum - Hanh Thong Tay night market

Saigon tour 3 days 2 nights:

Day 1: Saigon Garden – Independence Palace – Buu Long Pagoda – Rin Rin Park carp park

Day 2: Saigon Out Cast Area – Suoi Tien Tourist Area – Snowtown Saigon

Day 3: Suoi Mo eco-tourism area – Tre Viet tourist village

Saigon Tour 4 days 3 nights:

Day 1: Golden Scorpion tourist area - Da Han Waterfall - Nguyen Hue walking street

Day 2: Notre Dame Cathedral – Cao Minh Tourist Area

Day 3: Thanh An Can Gio Island – Ba Chieu Night Market

Day 4: Tre Viet tourist village

How to move to Saigon?

Saigon is a big city, so traveling is also very convenient with many vehicles for you to choose from. Depends largely on your starting point.

Airplane (suitable for traveling from the North or Central Vietnam)

All airlines have routes to Saigon. This is also a means of transportation that saves you time. If traveling from Hanoi to Saigon, the travel time is only about 2 hours. The average price of a flight ticket to Saigon is from 900,000 VND to 1,200,000 VND.

Train (suitable for those who like sightseeing)

Is a suitable means of transportation for all tourists from all over the country who want to come to Saigon. If you are a lover of sightseeing along the way, this will definitely be the right choice. If you don't mind a long trip, you should go by train! North-South trains have many trips a day. You should choose the SE train for a seamless trip without many stops.

Bus (Suitable for tourists in the Southwest region)

In Saigon, there are 2 big bus stations, the Eastern bus station and the Western bus station. If the distance is less than 200km, I recommend taking a bus for convenience and also to save money. You can refer to bus companies such as Hoang Long car, Phuong Trang car, Anh Tan car, Minh Duc car, Ngoc Sanh car, Huong Ty car...


Refer to the means of transport for the experience of going to Saigon. Motorcycles will help you have interesting and attractive experiences. With a distance of less than 100km to move to Saigon, you should make a crazy trip! Do not forget to carefully maintain the motorbike before going to ensure safety.

Experience when participating in traffic in Saigon

Saigon is quite large and you can easily move to different places by many means such as bus or taxi, grab... However, traveling by taxi or grab is quite expensive, especially taxis. Therefore, you should rent a motorbike or go by bus to save money.

Besides, if you are not familiar with the streets of Saigon, you must be quite overwhelmed with the busy traffic here. If traveling during peak hours, you should take care of your luggage and personal property. Also, be careful with one-way roads. In Saigon, there are many horizontal and vertical lines. If you are self-sufficient to travel by motorbike or rent a self-drive car, you can refer to:

Cong Hoa – Truong Chinh – Hoang Van Thu route

Phan Van Tri – Le Quang Dinh route

Hai Ba Trung - Pham Ngoc Thach route

Le Quy Don - Tran Quoc Thao route

Where in Saigon?

Choosing accommodation is also one of the issues you need to pay attention to when traveling to Saigon. Please refer to the suggestions for hotels, motels, homestays with good service and affordable prices below!

Homestay in Saigon:

The Art – G9 homestay: 212B/68 Nguyen Trai, Ward Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, District 1, City. Ho Chi Minh

Hello Saigon homestay: 58/3, Nguyen Hien, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Rest House – Pink Church: 302/9 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, City. Ho Chi Minh

Saigon Hotel:

Piano hotel: Nguyen Thai Binh 165/42, District 1, City. Ho Chi Minh

Chez Mimosa Local: De Tham Street 88/2, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, TP. Ho Chi Minh

Thanh Long hotel: 18 Tra Khuc, Tan Binh District, City. Ho Chi Minh

Saigon Hostel:

Anh Tram Hostel: 37 Tran Thien Chanh, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Nouveau Happy Inn: 39 Bui Thi Xuan, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh

Phuong Hoang Hostel: 74 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

Saigon tourist attractions

Explore downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Please note the following tourist attractions in Saigon:

Notre Dame Cathedral – street post office – book street

Address: 01 Paris Commune, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

It is one of the iconic tourist attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling around Saigon, you must definitely check in this place. Located right in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, so it is very convenient to move. And if you want to save time, this place will be the right destination.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum is a place that appears a lot in the music videos of singers. Ho Chi Minh City Museum has a large area. Opening hours are Saturday and Sunday and also open on public holidays. The museum is also a virtual living space that is both strange and familiar. The most beautiful place is the long and wide corridor like in the movies.

Japanese Quarter
Address: alleys 15A, 15B located on Le Thanh Ton street through Thai Van Lung

No need to go far, there is a small corner of Japan right in the heart of Saigon. The neighborhood is located on a small alley on Le Thanh Tong street. This neighborhood has more than 70 restaurants, spas and eateries so you can combine virtual living, shopping and enjoying authentic Japanese cuisine.

Sailing on the Saigon River
Address: Bach Dang Wharf, Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1

An equally interesting experience when coming to Saigon is taking a boat on the river combined with sightseeing. The cost of boating on the river is about 30,000 VND / way. You can take a boat to admire the Saigon River in the afternoons to watch the sunset and enjoy the vibrant pace of life.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Address: District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City at night is very beautiful and bustling. Going to Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in the evening, you can participate in street games and enjoy the bustling street scene with a lot of fun experiences.

3D Art In Us Museum
Address: 02-04, Street 9, KDC Himlam, Tan Hung Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City

Literally a multidimensional space. Art In Us 3D painting museum has wide, vivid pictures. Each picture will bring you another world with many different arcs and emotions. Under the combination of light and 3d paintings bring special movements.

Lost Escape Room

Branch 01: 5th floor – Diamond Plaza – 34 Le Duan – District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City.
Branch 02: 2nd Floor – Nowzone Shopping Center – 235 Nguyen Van Cu – District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City
Add a special destination to your Saigon travel experience at Lost Escape Room. Destination for those who love adventure. To join the spooky games here. You should invite a group of friends to go with you to increase teamwork! There are 16 rooms with many different themes for you to choose from. Of course, in case you "know" the staff of the amusement park will suggest small details for you to deduce.

Snow Town
Address: CBD Premium Apartment, 125 Dong Van Cong, Thanh My Loi Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Right in the middle of hot Saigon, it snows in the summer in a shopping center. Snow Town recreates the fun that is not available in tropical countries such as skiing or making snowmen, sledding... In addition, you can also take beautiful selfies here.

Bitexco Skydeck
Address: No. 2 Hai Trieu, Ben Nghe, Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Saigon from the view of Bitexco Skydeck. This is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. There are touch screens and remote binoculars. In addition, you can also explore the city's history at the Ao Dai gallery.

Dam Sen Amusement Park
Address: No. 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3, District 11, Ho Chi Minh

Saigon's oldest park with many amusement rides here is once again a ticket to bring you back to your childhood. At Dam Sen, you can visit the aquarium, play adventure games and enjoy delicious and attractive cuisine right on the premises of the amusement park.

Tourist attractions near Saigon
Thanh An Island Can Gio
Address: Thanh An, Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City

Mo stream park Dong Nai
Address: No. 9 Tra Co, Tan Phu, Dong Nai

Dong Nai Cat Tien National Park
Address: Tan Phu, Dong Nai

Giang Dien Waterfall
Address: Buong River, Giang Dien Commune, Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province

What to eat in Saigon?
Breaking beef zucchini
One of the specialties of Saigon. There are 3 types of beef noodle soup for you to choose from, which are fried rice noodles, black beef jerky and fried rice noodles. Pha Lau meat is very soft, you can eat it with fish sauce and a cup of kumquat to taste delicious.

Suggested address: Ms. Thao's shop – 243/29G Ton Dan, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City

Hoa Ma Bread
Bread is a very familiar dish, but the variation in processing never seems to be boring. Review of Saigon travel with delicious cuisine, you should not ignore Hoa Ma bread. Hoa Ma bread has enough protein to give you energy at your next meal. A portion of banh mi with cinnamon rolls includes skewered spring rolls, sausages, omelets, and cucumbers.

Suggested address: 53 Cao Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Oyster noodle soup
Oyster soup noodles have a rich, viscous broth flavor. Oyster milk noodle soup is often served with fish roe. The dish seems to be popular but provides enough protein for your meal. Especially for those who have a habit of eating at night.

Suggested places to eat: Ground Floor, Viva Apartment, Gate 445 Gia Phu, Ward 3, District 6

Fried milk pate dumplings
The name sounds strange. The fried milk pate dumpling is very famous for its crispy golden fried pate with beef dipping sauce that has a special delicious taste. The greasy and fatty dish of the filling combined with the hot crispy bread is really attractive.

Suggested places to eat: 405 Hau Giang, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City

Khot cake
There are many types of banh khot to choose from, including: crab sticks, quail eggs, octopus, oysters and shrimp so you can choose according to your preferences. The top of the cake is flexible with a quality filling. This delicious and cheap dish is considered an attractive suggestion for those who want to enjoy Saigon's street food.

Suggested places to eat: 28 Lot O Vinh Hoi Residence, Hoang Dieu, District 4 (opposite the gate of Van Don Secondary School)

Saigon has a lot of interesting things for you to explore and experience. Please save your Saigon travel experience in this article to skip the surprises for the upcoming travel journey!