Solo Female Travel in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the bustling metropolis located in southern Vietnam. This thriving city presents a fusion of old-world charm and modern development. Ho Chi Minh City, renowned for its pivotal role in the Vietnam War, attracts visitors with iconic landmarks such as the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. The city's vibrant culture is reflected in its bustling street markets including the famous Ben Thanh Market. Known for its colonial French architecture, especially highlighted in the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the city also boasts an impressive culinary scene, with its flavorful street food and Vietnamese coffee being a must-try for travelers. Ho Chi Minh is a blend of history and culture that offers a unique travel experience for any wanderer.

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Is Ho Chi Minh City good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Ho Chi Minh City is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. Local people are friendly, helpful, and respectful towards tourists. Violent crimes are rare although petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur mainly in crowded places. As with any destination, it's important to stay vigilant, avoid empty streets at late hours, keep your valuables secure, and trust your instincts. Local laws and customs are quite strict, so respect them to avoid any problem.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Ho Chi Minh City's bustling streets can be a bit overwhelming at first, but the city is generally safe and easy to navigate once acclimated. There are various modes of travel including walking, biking and catching a ride. Signs are in Vietnamese and English, which is helpful. But crowded public transportation and heavy traffic during peak times can be challenging. It's recommended to have a map or GPS handy, especially while exploring less touristic areas.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Ho Chi Minh City is a hub of cultural, historical, and modern attractions. Consisting of iconic landmarks like the Independence Palace and War Remnants Museum which reflect its poignant history. The city's culinary scene is also worth exploring, with remarkable street food stalls and upscale restaurants. Bustling markets such as Ben Thanh offer a wide array of goods and crafts, enabling immersive cultural experiences. The city's nightlife is lively, with numerous rooftop bars offering panoramic city views. However, it can be overwhelming due to the traffic and noise.
Food:

Food:Excellent

In Ho Chi Minh City, the food scene is highly diverse and full of flavor. You can explore a variety of delicious Vietnamese cuisine as well as international dishes. Street food is a staple here, offering a rich blend of flavors, from the famous Pho to the local Banh Mi sandwiches. Vegetarian and vegan options are also easily available. Whether its a hawker stall on the side of the road, a bustling food market, or an upscale eatery in District 1, the gastronomical diversity is truly commendable. The freshness of ingredients, the balance of flavors and the overall affordability make the food scene a delightful experience.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Ho Chi Minh City is fairly budget-friendly for a solo female traveler, thanks to the abundance of affordable accommodation options, local food choices that don't break the bank, and reasonable costs for attractions and transportation. While it won't be as cheap as some rural areas in Southeast Asia, you can certainly make the most out of your stay without spending a fortune.

Is Ho Chi Minh City worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 7 experiences

Things to do

2.9/5

Safety

3.2/5

Food

3.8/5

Budget-friendly

3.6/5

Solo travel experience

I don't really feel safe maybe because of language barrier, most of the local here couldn't speak English so it's better to learn basic language and need to be extra careful because pickpocket always happened around city. Ho Chi Minh is a crowded place so it's better to rent motorcycle to go everywhere easily. For Muslim, its quiet difficult to get halal food unless at Malaysian street but Vietnamese coffee is exceptional one, you will get addicted for it because its very tasty😋

Posted: May 17, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 2/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 2/5
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Heather

Heather

Australia

Solo travel experience

Highly recommend the night food tour on Vespas! Great experience, and I felt very safe. All drivers were women, which added to the feeling of safety. Food at the markets/street stalls was cheap and delicious.

Posted: May 5, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Kannapat

Kannapat

Thailand

Solo travel experience

I would love to go back at the different time of the year again.Felt safe travel solo.I think 3-4 days is enough time to enjoy the city.I loved the hop on hop off bus .It gave me an overview of the city in 1 .30 hr.

Posted: April 26, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Margaux

Margaux (27)

Singapore

Solo travel experience

• Pretty safe, just have to be careful when crossing roads because of the motorbikes! • Great place to take in sights/sounds of Vietnam, lots of cute cafes and interesting local fashion brands! Cool underrated spot and would love to visit again! • Stayed at CityHouse Ariosa, budget-friendly, great service apartment with good service staff+security guard which makes you feel safe. Great location in D3 and beautiful interiors. • I mostly took Grabs and walked since I was in a good location.

Posted: March 28, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Nele

Nele (28)

Germany

Couple travel experience

I really liked the City itself. Bunch of markets. Food is crazy cheap in the south compared to the north. Especially for vegetarians there are bunch of places you can go to. Super cheap, but awesome banh mis, phos or banh xeos! Accomodation was one of the cheapest im the city. Its called vyn da backpackers hostel. Well for the price it was alright (I think we paid about 3.50$ per Person per night). But personnally I prefer rooms with daylight, Windows. They did have other rooms, but since it was Chinese new year the hostel was pretty packed. In the famous Party street ypu gotta watch your stuff.. we heard of people who got their phone stolen. And also the kind of tourism which this busy street attracts can be an uncomfortable experience. We felt like there were a lot of men, acting weird or made us feel a little unsafe and uncomfortable.

Posted: March 8, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 3/5
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Lien

Lien (35)

Vietnam

Solo travel experience

It was relatively safe. Food is amazing. People are friendly. Be careful of phone and bag snatches in the streets. Use ride share apps like Grab, Be, Gojek. Plenty of airBnB and hotel options Explore street life, city center, war sites, Chinatown.

Posted: November 25, 2023Experienced: October, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Rachel

Rachel

Singapore

Group travel experience

It’s very affordable to travel here and you will enjoy it if you like the hustle and bustle of the city. One main problem is that people here do not speak English at all, or if they do, it’s very minimal so please have Google Translate with you at all times! The service tends to be over the top since they are vying for tips, but there is no compulsory tipping culture.

Posted: October 12, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Is Ho Chi Minh City safe for women?

Safety rating

3.2 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Crime rates rating

2 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Van

Van

The only thing you need to care walking or going on the street in HCMC is paying more attention to your bags. The city is almost busy so less dangerous than other quite places. However we don’t encourage you to go to the empty area after midnight.

Posted: April 19, 2024
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Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling place with friendly people, this is a place many tourists choose to visit. Even late at night, it is still quite busy because there are many entertainment activities, restaurants operating late at night and early in the morning.

Posted: April 10, 2024
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Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City

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