One of the top travel destinations for Malaysian is Ho Chi Minh City. Whether you go for holiday, shopping or business, Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon has plenty of attractive tourism products to offer. The city offers excellent variety of clothing, ceramics, ethnic fabrics and lacquered bamboo. As a guide we share Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide for Malaysian. Not to mentioned, thank you for AirAsia Promotion which make it possible for us to fly.
The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, with a populations more than 7,000,000, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam.
In this post we share some tips and guide for those who plan to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.
Some Fast facts about Ho Chi Minh City
Population: 7, 123, 340
Spoken languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, French and English
Electrical: 220 Volts, 50 Hertz
Phone/calling code: +84
Vietnamese are very polite, gentle and friendly. Malaysian is nothing new to Vietnamese as one of the biggest tourist are actually from Malaysia. In Ben Than market for example you can find seller who can speak Bahasa Melayu. But please beware that there are some pickpocket cases in the busy area.
There are plenty of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. 2-3 star hotels in HCM will cost you USD20-USD30 for one night. Many of this budget hotels require no early booking and in some hotels, you can further bargain on the rate. If your focus in on shopping, just find one near to Ben Thanh Market. !
If you looking for 4 – 5 stars hotel, you can always get Sheraton, Majestic Hotel etc at USD100+/night. And if you are travel in a group, you can always go for 3 rooms service apartment at Sherwood Residence as low as USD170/night.
Eventhough, you go for 2-3 star hotels, in general the hotel service and cleanliness here could be rated as good. Most of the hotel offer free WIFI too.
If you are looking for cheap hotel rate, try Hotel Combined.
We need to highlight this for all first timer. Since the population of more than 7,000,000 million in HCM, you will find big crowd everywhere. If you are walking around the city, be careful as the roads are fulled with motorbike ! They will cross or turn in from any direction as and when they like.
Eventhough, you can see policemen, but they seems don’t bother to the motorist.
The tourist spot in the District 1 area can be accessed on foot. If you are too lazy for walk, you can always try HCM taxi !. Cyclos are the cheapest, easiest and most fun way to travel, especially for short distances.
From the airport you can also choose the air conditioned bus which will drop you off on the south side of Ben Thanh market. The bus service finishes at 19:00.
If you are from Airport, make sure take VinaSUN taxi services which you can find at their service counter at airport. The cost of taxi from Airport to Ben Than market is VND200,000 nett. During exit of the airport parking area, if the taxi ask for parking fee etc, just ignore them as you have paid all at the couter.
Be careful with the gangster taxis ! They love to name their service similar to reputable taxi companies. Some that we can share with you :
- VinaSUN (fake VinasOn or VinasuM)
- Mai Linh (MEi Linh or Mai Lin or M Taxi)
These gangster will charge outrageous fares. From Ben Thanh Market, the taxi rate is VND75,000 – VND100,000 using a metered taxi.
HOT Tips ! Always ensure the driver turns the meter on before you begin setting off.
Taxi drivers earn commission by taking customers to certain hotels, so be explicit about exactly which hotel you want to be driven. To trick visitors into staying at other (commission paying) hotels, drivers may come up with any kind of excuses, e.g., “no vacancy”, “the circus is in town”, “that hotel burned down recently”, etc.
The Vietnamese dong (VND) is the local currency. However, USD is also accepted in all shops. You can also change your currency at licensed money changer which you can easily find in the city.
Ho Chi Minh City’s geographical location means the city has a tropical climate with two seasons: a rain season and a dry season. The rain descends on the city in May and falls until November, while December until April is the dry season. The weather during the month before each change of season can sometimes be unpredictable.
Temperatures soar to sultry heights in April, and the city is also prone to destructive typhoons during this period. The coolest month is December, but temperatures remain in the twenties during the day.
The most pleasant time to visit Saigon is during the dry season when humidity is low and sightseers can keep dry.
One of the problem for Muslim here is the Halal Food. Eventhough you can find them in few places but the price is pretty expensive. Nasi Goreng in Saigon Halal can easily cost you USD10 (RM30).
If you are looking for halal food near Ben Thanh market try, VN Halal. Its just 7 minutes walking. The food is tasty and the price is cheaper than those you can find near Masjid.
VN Halal Address : 14 Pham Hong Thai, District 1, Saigon
Other places that you find more options for Halal food is at shops near the Du Dong Mosque which located at
Dong Street, Ho Chi Minh City.
Full list of Halal Food Restaurant at Ho Chi Minh City :
Satay House Malaysia
35 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
240 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Halal @ Saigon
31 Dong Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Bon Mua Four Seasons
2 Thi Sach Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
241, 265/1, Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
74/6, Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
59 Dong Du Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 4.0/5.0
Haji Sulayman Cafe
Alley 459, TK25/40 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward Cau Kho, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lion City Restaurant
98 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Parkson Food Court, 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
193 Hai Bà Tr?ng Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
67 Dang Van Ngu Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Blue Rose Restaurant
162B Dien Bien Phu Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
226 Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
594 Bis Ba Hat Ward 6, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
172 Le Lai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
445 Le Hong Phong Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Parkson Food Court, 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Jamia Masjid Restaurant
66 Dong Du Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
26 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Amara Hotel Café
323, Le Van Sy Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tourist Spot in Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is the must visit attraction at Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market is a popular shopping spot selling touristy goods, apparel, local craft and souvenir items. There is no air con and you have to go through very small and compact area between one shop and another. This is the place where you can source for hijab, baju kurung, vietnam cotton etc. Since Malaysian is their biggest market, many of them can speaks little Bahasa. Don’t forget to bargain until you happy with the price.
Ben Thanh Night Market
Every night, the is a night market at Ben Thanh. They are selling the same stuff that you can find inside Ben Thanh. whether you are buying something or not, just pay a visit to this night market.
Saigon Square is another hot spot for modern shopping in HCM. You can find shops which sell designer sunglasses, watches, furniture, air conditioners, luggage clothes and shoes. The price here is more expensive that Ben Thanh Market but the complex is fully air conditioned.
Hong Anh Boutique
If you visit HCM through travel agent, they will normally put Hong Anh Boutique in the itinerary. What so special about this boutique ? The shop is more exclusive and selling higher quality products such as Baju Kurung, Vietnam Cotton, telekung etc.
If you are looking for a better quality Baju Kurung cotton and you love to shop in a boutique style, this is the place. If in Ben Thanh Market you can get Baju Kurung Cotton as low as RM50, in Hong Anh Collection the price is start from RM80 +
Bring enough USD/Dong is our advise to you. Remember also that they have 2 branches, get to the first branch for better price.
SHOP : HONG ANH BOUTIQUE
ADDRESS : 110 OR 93/7, NAM KY KHOI NGHIA,
DISTRICT 1, HO CHI MINH CITY.
TEL : 08-8277191
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We hope this Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide for Malaysian will be useful to all reader.
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