Transporation in Ho Chi Minh City can be easy but also hectic at the same time. Here are some recommendations from Apartmentel for your seamless experience with the traffic in here.
Grab is the most popular ride hailing app in Ho Chi Minh City. The fare is generally cheaper than taxi except the when they have the price surges. There is motorbike taxi if you want to experience like a local and save some money as well. One side note is that Grab drivers will call you to confirm on the location so if you do not plan to have a local SIM Card or you cannot speak Vietnamese, you can still utilize the messages function built-in the apps to send the drivers your address.
Vinasun and Mai Linh are the biggest taxi companies in HCMC. Travelling around the city by taxi is fairly safe. You can get to most places within the city for about $5 – $10 per trip. However, you just need to watch for some cheating drivers may try to get more money from you late at night when you are a little tipsy.
Things to do
Ho Chi Minh City, on the southern tip of Vietnam, is one of South East Asia’s emerging boom cities. Still affectionately known by many as Saigon, this is Vietnam’s largest city and its economic engine room.
If you would like to get some gift for our friends and family back home, you can visit Ben Thanh Market or Saigon square. However, they usually mark up the price for foreigner so you may want to bargain the price from a third to a half of the asking price. Trung Nguyen Coffee is also a popular choice when it comes to gift from Vietnam.
If these tips do not enough for your need, please do not hesitate to contact our Apartmentel Concierge team via Viber, Kakaotalk, Whatsapp or any other communication platform. We will be more than happy to assist.
What to eat?
Vietnamese cuisine is way more than just Pho. Enjoy a bowl of Pho on your first day in Ho Chi Minh City but do not miss out on other flavorful dishes and have Pho for every meal (Trust me! a friend of mine did that)
- Vietnamese food: Even though street food is such an important part in Vietnamese cuisine but I wouldn’t recommend my foreigner friends to just enjoy any street food stands on the street by themselves, due to hygiene and difficulty to order. There are plenty of good Vietnamese restaurants that have English menu for your convenience with reasonable budget ($10 – $25 pax). Walk-in is fine but you can also give them a quick call to make a reservation to ensure that you and your food-adventure partners can enjoy the meals at ease.
- Cuc Gach Quan: 10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, District 1. Homemade family style
- Di Mai Restaurant: 136 Le Thi Hong Gam, Cau Ong Lanh, District 1.
- Chi Hoa Vietnamese Cuisine: 31A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe, District 1
- Kitchen Quang: 144 Hai Ba Trung, Da Kao. District 1
- Hum Vegetarian: 32 Vo Van Tan, 6 Ward, District 3: Vietnamese vegetarian dishes.
- Western – fusion cuisine: In the middle of your non-stop Vietnamese food feast, if you ever need a break with your comfort food like pizza, pasta or any other familiar western dishes, we get you covered.
- Pizza 4Ps – a very well-known and crowded Italy and Japanese fusion restaurant chain. Reservation in advance is recommended. https://pizza4ps.com
- Namo Artisanal Pizzeria: 74/6 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
- L’usine: 3 restaurants centrally located: https://lusinespace.com