After major mistake in choosing the wrong hotel in Ho Chi Minh, I decide to share some hindsight for those intending to travel to Ho Chi Minh soon. Let you not repeat the same mistake.
First thing first, you need to be certain what do you want to do in Ho Chi Minh. Most Malaysians visit Ho Chi Minh for shopping; clothes and bags are particularly cheap. If you narrow down your activities to just shopping, your area shall be limited to BEN THANH MARKET at Le Loi Street, District 1. Some hotels will describe their locations to be just within few minutes walk away from Ben Thanh Market. My hotel is 15 minutes away from Ben Thanh Market and it does say few minutes walk.
Ben Thanh Market is best to venture very early in the morning where the sellers will be happy to give you discounts as their first customers to get a “lucky morning”. The reason why I say limit yourself to Ben Thanh Market area is because you will be going to Benh Tanh Market at day and night time. There is a night market happening every night and this is the best place to haggle the price at its maximum. Again, consider the heat and the occasional rain.
For shopping, it’s best to consider staying along these streets:-
If you are so much of a hipster and enjoy backpackers paradise, then head off to Pham Ngu Lao Street and Bui Vien. Numerous night clubs and bars along the streets. The streets are noisy with mixture of honks and loud music.
Halal food? Easy find in Ho Chi Minh, unlike other Vietnam cities. The most famous one I patron is VN Halal, located at 14 Pham Hong Thai, Ben Thanh. This is very near to Ben Thanh Market, just a few shops away from Baskin Robin.
Other halal food restaurants:-