Just like common big cities in the country with remarkable wars history, Ho Chi Minh City (former name is Saigon) is fulfilled with a lot of historical sites. The food, traffic jam with motorcycles everywhere, the Dai (Vietnamese national costume), folk music, and ancient Dong Song culture are the reasons why Vietnam Hotel is usually full booked of tourists in the peak season. But, it doesn’t matter if you are really budget-tour seeker with backpacker’s tourism style.
Some of main historical sites in Ho Chi Minh are Reunification Palace with wars’ ambience, War Remnants Museum for Famous Vietnam War, and City Hall. The Notre Dame Cathedral, Pagodas like Thien Hau, Quan Am, and many more are the must-visited religious spots. Anyway, by staying in Ho Chi Minh’s Hotel in Vietnam, you can enjoy the downtown at night and arrange some budget trip to some interesting places like One Pillar Pagoda, Cao Dai temple, Ha Long Bay, and Ban Gioc Waterfalls in the northern Vietnam. However, the traditional market, food, and dance are attractive enough.
Looking for low budget hotel in this city is not too difficult. A lot of backpackers are regularly visiting this city all years. You can find many cheap Vietnam Hotel around Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien in district 1, just minutes trip from downtown. Most of hotels are reserved for guests who are looking for basic needs fulfillment like sleep, take a bath, and food. The other benefit is that you will explore the local culture deeper, while looking for special-unique spots which are out of tourism range of publicity.
An Phuong 2 in 295 Pham Ngu Lao is one of the small family hotels who accommodate budget travelers. By paying about 15 USD a night per room, you can stay there longer with TV cable, hot water, and fan. The other budget hotel is Blue River Hotel. Located in 283/2C Pham Ngu Lao, this small and beautiful hotel offers 25 to 30 USD a night.
This hotel has airport pick up service too in order to make your trip easier. The other budget hotel is Hotel Bi Saigon. Its superior room for 2 persons is 27 USD, but the hotel’s staffs are friendly, the facility is fair enough, and you can get wireless internet access by paying 3 USD a day. This hotel is located in 185/26 Pham Ngu Lao.