If you are wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City on a tight budget for your coming journey to Vietnam, the following hints will definitely open your mind and help you make the wise decision. Actually, deciding where to stay in some luxurious cities in the world like Paris, New York, Milan, or Dubai is very different, but there is no any challenge to do that in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Why? It’s known that the living cost in Vietnam is quite cheap, so many services will not cost you too much. Therefore, you find it easy to get such accommodation right at the downtown of the city where it is convenient for you to join a day trip in Ho Chi Minh city or a Ho Chi Minh city full day tour from travel agencies here.
Pham Ngu Lao – Backpacker Area
In fact, Pham Ngu Lao is merely a street of Ho Chi Minh City, but the name of Backpacker Area has occurred since more and more foreigners have chosen it along with the other surrounding streets as their ideal accommodation for a short time. Here, Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien are the main streets where you can find dozens of hotels, cafés, groceries, restaurants, spas and travel agencies which will meet your demands when you are staying in Vietnam. However, it’s strongly recommended that you should set foot in alleys along those two streets as you can pick out the cheaper guesthouses and hostels.
If having ever visited the most famous backpacker street of Asia (the title goes to Khao San Rd located in Bangkok), you will realize Pham Ngu Lao is also like its counterpart. As a result, it is exactly where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City when you arrive at this bustling city. As for the average price for your accommodation in this backpacker area, you must just pay $5-$6 for each dorm bed or $12-$14 for each guesthouse room.
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Ben Thanh Market
Apart from the backpacker area, you still have another choice when seeking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City. In case you wish to move to the heart of the city and stay here, the area surrounding Ben Thanh Market is surely ideal and suitable for you. Although the price for accommodation here is not too high, with a tight budget, you’d better select the backpacker area instead of Ben Thanh. It’s known that Ly Tu Trong and Le Thanh Ton are where you can get the mid-range hotels with the average price of $35-$60/night for each person.
Downtown Area – Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue
Among all areas you can pick out for your accommodation when you arrive and stay in Vietnam and before commencing a Ho Chi Minh city full day tour or a day trip in Ho Chi Minh city, Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue, the downtown of the city are regarded as the most luxurious and expensive area. It seems likely that those streets are fairly quiet compared with the ones in District 1. Interestingly, you will find remnants of the French styles here as Saigon used to be the French colony in the past.
Some luxurious hotels you can consider include Hotel Continental on Dong Khoi Street and next to Opera House, Caravelle Hotel on the other view of Opera House, and Rex Hotel at the corner of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi. The price is probably too high for Vietnamese with the average income of $300 per month, but it is surely reasonable for international travelers as they will pay about $70-$300/night for each person, depending on the service quality.
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