The Coolest Airbnbs in Ho Chi Minh City
You meet some interesting people when you stay in hostels, but listening to drunks crash in at around 4 am isn’t exactly ideal. And hotels often feel sterile, like you’re a number filed into a room until the cleaning lady forces you out with the bedding at checkout time. With an Airbnb, you get stylish, functional accommodations, and hosts who really do care about your experience. It’s why they’re growing in popularity, especially in Ho Chi Minh City.
This is perfect for those of you looking to see a more authentic side of the city. The Domino Homestay is in the heart of a thriving community, which the hosts will gladly help you to explore. And don’t think you’ll be slumming it here, because there are numerous restaurants and cafes nearby for you to enjoy quality Vietnamese food. This is the kind of place for those who prefer quiet time with a book over rowdy drinking.
The couple that runs this Airbnb love jazz, books, and food. They’re close to all the major tourist attractions, but far enough away for you to also enjoy some quiet time. Whatever you want to do, the hosts have tips and suggestions for you. The room has a jazz theme, and their rooftop is filled with plants in the classic Vietnamese style. Great spot to enjoy your stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
42 Nguyen Hue Walking Street
If you’re looking to stay right in the beating heart of this city, you won’t find any better location than Nguyen Hue Walking Street. From the City Hall and the statue of Ho Chi Minh all the way to the Saigon River, this area is the epicentre of tourism, finance, and culture in this city. At night, thousands of people fill the street to hang out and enjoy the scene. And the building itself, 42 Nguyen Hue, is a landmark in its own right — a holdout of classic Saigon architecture. The room and the host are lovely, but it’s the location that really sells this place.
Lovely City View
The view from the pool is enough to include this Airbnb on the list. However, the apartment itself is also well furnished and inviting. It’s only a few minutes from the downtown by taxi, and nearby there are cafes, local restaurants, and all kinds of interesting shops. But it’s the view that sets this place apart from the others. There’s nothing quite like watching this city at night.
Domino Coffee Garden
Didn’t we already have a place named Domino on this list? We sure did, but this one also deserves to be on here. It’s a garden wrapped inside a cafe, a place for you to relax when the city gets too overwhelming. The cafe is a popular spot on weekends with locals, so you’ll also get a chance to meet people and find out about how people in the area live. This is a great choice for those looking to immerse themselves into a community instead of just tromping around the usual tourist spots.
Bunker Bed & Breakfast: The Studio
The hosts at the Bunker B&B pride themselves on quality design and culture. Their in-house restaurant serves great meals, and guests rave about the atmosphere. They’re in the popular Da Kao of District 1, which is close to all the tourist attractions and also jam-packed with exciting nightlife and restaurants serving international cuisines. As the name suggests, retreat to the bunker and relax in style.
The Antik Nest on Bui Vien
For pure adrenaline and excitement, you won’t find any better place in Ho Chi Minh City than Bui Vien Street. It’s where backpackers get wild and locals prey on gullible foreigners with more money than sense. Even if this isn’t your scene, it’s worth spending at least one night on Bui Vien to see it in action. But when the night’s over and you want to sleep, most of the options in the area are full of moronic drunks. That’s why you need the Antik Nest. This place is a beautifully furnished paradise lurking safely above the fray.
Homestay by the Canal
This house is perfect for those looking to stay in an actual Vietnamese home. The layout is quintessentially Saigon, with the parking area, stairwell and kitchen on the ground floor, and the bedrooms on the upper levels. Since most homes are narrow in this city — and most of Vietnam, really — they are laid out vertically. Aside from the lovely accommodations, the canal area is undergoing a revival at the moment. People used to avoid it because of the smell, but now it’s where many expats and hip Vietnamese choose to live. There are so many restaurants and cafes that you’ll probably have a hard time deciding, which is why you need wonderful hosts like these.
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These recommendations were updated on August 3, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.