Arriving into Ho Chi Minh City by air, you will land at the Tan Son Nhat airport which is about a 25 minute drive to the center of the city. There are multiple ways to get to where you need to go, but its important to remember that it depends on where your hostel or hotel is located.
In general, we would suggest getting a taxi if you don't know how to reach your hostel by bus. This will be a little more expense around 150,000-200,000 VND ($7-10 USD vs $.90 by bus) but it'll save you the trouble if you want to avoid it. We would recommend using either VINASUN or MAI LINH taxi's because they use the meter to calculate the fares and wont rip you off. Once you arrive at your accommodations, here are some of the activities that you can do while in the city.
Ho Chi Minh City Activities
You can make the most of spending a day or two in Ho Chi Minh City by checking out some of the local attractions within the city. This includes the War Remnant Museum and Ben Tahnh Market for both a history lesson and some souvenir shopping, or if government buildings interest you, the Independence Palace and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are there to check out. If you're interested in some of the night life and fun, check out Pham Ngu Lao Street or Bui Vein Street. A lot of backpackers come by these areas so if you're traveling solo your bound to make friends!
Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is fairly easy, whether you take the public transit system or taxis. Similar to getting from the airport, expect to pay a little more for taxis rather than buses, tuk-tuks, or motorbike taxis
War Remnants Museum:
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City Accommodations
You have a variety of options when it comes to accommodations. Whether you stay in a hotel, hostel, or couch-surf you can find something that fits your needs. If you're looking for a hostel, we suggest looking at The Hangout, The Hideout, or New Saigon Hostel 2. If you want to find some great deals, check out Booking.com for more!
Traveling By Overnight Bus to Da Lat:
Going from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat by an overnight bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to go. You can do this by booking through one of the reliable bus companies (TheSinhTourist or Phuong Trang) for in between 250,000 and 300,000 VND ($10-12 USD) and either at your hostel or online through Baolou or 12go.asia. Remember to show up 30-60 minutes early at the station: the bus ride will take anywhere from 7 to 9 hours depending on the traffic. Below is a map of what your trip looks like:
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