Best areas to stay in Saigon

Best areas to stay in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

The best place to stay in Saigon is District 1. It’s the main commercial hub and home to many of the city’s top tourist attractions.


If it’s your first time in Ho Chi Minh City, then you’ll be spending most of your time in District 1. It’s Saigon’s commercial hub and home to a wide range of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

District 1 is also where you’ll find some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, and Bitexco Financial Tower


If you’d prefer a quieter stay in Ho Chi Minh City, then perhaps District 2 would be better. It’s the residential area of choice for many affluent locals and expats living in Saigon.

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in District 2 but not much in the way of tourist attractions, so it may not be the most convenient area to stay for first-time visitors. But once the Ho Chi Minh City metro opens in 2024, it’ll be much easier to get around the city.


We enjoy staying in District 3 because it’s home to plenty of good restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls, but it’s a bit of a walk from the main attractions in District 1. If you don’t enjoy walking, then you may need to book a Grab often.


District 5 is home to Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown. It’s home to many Buddhist temples and Binh Tay Market, which is the largest market in Vietnam.

If you like Buddhist temples and Chinese street food, then this may be an interesting area for you to stay.