48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh

Group 6 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Spring, Fall
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About the location

While 48 hours is not a lot of time to explore anywhere, sometimes it's nice to have an idea as to what to actually do while in town without feeling like you are missing something. With an up coming trip to Ho Chi Minh and only 48 hours to experience the city I started doing research. However I started to become overwhelmed with all the options! Due to this, I just grabbed my bag and decided to figure it out when I got there. 

After experiencing a quick taste of the city and speaking with other travellers while there, I put together this guide so you can get a feel for the city as well as learn the cheapest ways to get around, the fastest way to get a Visa, where to stay to get the most out of your time, as well as what to do / see while you are there. 

Guide Highlights

There are so many Districts, where should I stay?

In this guide you will find out the highlights that are in each district as well as the main place to be.

I'm not a touristy person so I don't want to be stuck in a tourist trap.

I'm not a huge fan of touristy things either so this guide is more based on local things but there are "touristy" options that are worth it.

Guide Summary

Updated for 2023!

From entry requirements such as how to get an eVisa to booking your stay, getting from the airport to the city, deparutre requirements, and everything in between this guide has your back.  This "Hit the Ground Running" guide gives you the information you are going to need to know to make the most of your short visit to Ho Chi Minh as well as things that will keep you from annoying the locals (ie. etiquette, language). 

Featured in this guide

Local food
Photo spots
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Group 31 Museums
Foodie favorites
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 32 Historical
Group 36 Shopping
Group 13 Public transportation

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Active / Adventure
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Emily, The Female Abroad

    Emily, The Female Abroad

    NOTE: all my guides are from 2023 as WB has not allowed for update, archives, changes, or payments to guide architects since April 2022. Emily, The Female Abroad, is a world traveller who has worked in a variety of travel & hospitality positions before getting run over by a car. This experience forged a new path where she now passionately shares her wealth of knowledge to make travel not only more accessible but also by creating travellers, not tourists via her website, podcast (Incurable Wanderlust), and her social media channels. She also provides content writing, photos & articles for various publications. Podcast: anchor.fm/female-abroad Custom Travel Planning: thefemaleabroad.com/travel-planning

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