Ho Chi Minh City, commonly know as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam and very popular among travelers. It’s different than Hanoi in many ways. There are plenty of reasonably priced local hotels here, as well as large international chains which charge more per room.
The city still sees a rapid development and although massive urban expansion doesn’t really make for excellent tourism, Saigon still retains its charm which attracts tourists.
The main budget hangout is Pham Ngu Lao in District 1 where you can find both cheap hotels and hostels. Rooms typically cost from US$12 per night. If you are looking for something a little more expensive, head to the area around Ben Thanh market, where rooms cost US$25-$35 per night (and you also get free wi-fi for the money). Of course, there are luxury hotels as well where you’ll have to rack up from US$200 per night. Most of them can be found in the heart of the city-centre tourist district. And among all these, there are the elegant boutique hotels popping out in the city.