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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Trip For Newbies!!!

Feb 16, 2012  Have been to Saigon many times since 2000.
5.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

I wanna create this list for someone who has never been to Saigon, Vietnam or has been to but want to explore few more options that were missed from previous trips. The list includes restaurants, massage places, tour, etc. for few days in Saigon. This list is just my opinion and I am sure you will find some other places that you visit during your time in and around Saigon that beat my recommendations. Hope you have a safe and fun trip!!!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Sinh Cafe (Tour Company to visit every parts of the country)

    246 De Tham street. Locates in the middle of the backpack area. Ask the taxi driver to take you to that exact location, not other Sinh "Something" as someone else may use the Sinh Cafe name to earn business as it is a popular, affordable, and reliable Tour Company in Vietnam. I have used this company few times myself. I hate to see the foreigners coming to visit the beautiful country of Vietnam and get scammed by a few bad apples. The company started out as a cafe, but evolved into a very good tour company more than 10 years ago. The company is used by foreigners mostly.

  • 2. Smile Tourist - Day Tours
    Smile Tourist - Day Tours, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Another reputable tour company around the backpack area. I have not used this company but heard good things about it.

  • 3. Half Day Saigon Tour on motorbike
    XO Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    This tour will give a quick glance of what Saigon is. Need to book few weeks in advance as it is very popular. I tried to book only few days prior and was rejected. they are sticking to their policy for staying in small group of 10 to achieve customer satisfactions.

  • 4. Huong Lai
    Huong Lai, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food! The restaurant trains its staffs (underpriviledged youths) to become productive members of society. Well worth a visit.

    Reservation recommended as it is very popular with foreigners.

  • 5. Quan An Ngon
    Quan An Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food! Quick in & out. Affordable pricing.

  • 6. Quan An Vietnames Restaurant
    Quan An Vietnames Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food! Quick in & out. Affordable pricing.

  • 7. Xu Restaurant Lounge
    Xu Restaurant Lounge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Fusion Vietnamese. Nice and cozy setting, but not cheap!

  • 8. Nam Giao
    Nam Giao, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    This restaurant prepares dishes with Hue (central region of Vietnam) flavors. Each dish is kind of small so one can try two different dishes or order various dishes and share if you have a big group.
    This place is hard to find. Ask the taxi to take you to 136 Le Thanh Ton. It is across from Ben Thanh Market. You get to go into an alley way at 136 Le Thanh Ton street. The end of the alley way is the restaurant.

  • 9. Cuc Gach Quan
    Cuc Gach Quan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food! Unique deco but very pricey.

  • 10. Hoa Tuc
    Hoa Tuc, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food!

  • 11. Com Nieu Sai Gon
    Com Nieu Sai Gon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Authentic Vietnamese Food! Located in District 3.

  • 12. Mandarin Restaurant
    Mandarin Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Fine Vietnamese dining in Ho Chi Minh city. Nice deco. It costs roughly $40-$50 USD per person for a good meal. It is very expensive per Vietnamese standard, but it is an experience of itself.

  • 13. Indochine Spa
    Indochine Spa, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Massage. 69 Thu Khoa Huan. Tip is $50,000 VND or more depending on your satisfaction. I usually tip $100,000 VND ($5 USD) or more but it is me.

  • 14. Therapy Massage Ngoc Anh - Riverside
    Therapy Massage Ngoc Anh - Riverside, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Massage. It relocated to 93 Nguyen Binh Khiem. Tip is $50,000 VND or more depending on your satisfaction. I usually tip $100,000 VND ($5 USD) or more but it is me.