Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 – Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City hotels in District 1: If you’re heading to Vietnam and looking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, then read on. Below I list up some of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, and all of my choices are in District 1, where many of the city’s best attractions are.

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The Best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1

The most vibrant district of Vietnam’s most dynamic city has some amazing places to stay, and there is something for everyone. Everyone has different wants.

For example, some travelers are looking for the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City district 1. Then again, some backpackers are looking for the best hostels and budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City district 1. I’ve included some of both, as well as some of the best family hotels in Ho Chi Minh City district 1 for those traveling in Vietnam with kids.

We Love Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam!

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I’ve been visiting Vietnam since the late 90’s, and it’s still one of my favorite places to travel. It’s also one of my favorite places to eat! Whether traveling solo, with friends or with kids, Vietnam can be an amazing place.

For me, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most fascinating and interesting places to go. It’s also a great hub for visiting the Mekong in the south and Hue and Hoi An in central Vietnam.

This post is all about the best Ho Chi Minh City hotels in District 1. I’ve covered a wide range of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1 here so that everyone can find something that fits their tastes and budget. If you know where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City District 1 and see a place missing, let us know! We’ll be updating this Ho Chi Minh City hotel list regularly.

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Why HCMC District 1? / Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City is massive and carved up into many distinct districts. I hope that you have the time and inclination to explore many of them. In fact, describing each district of Ho Chi Minh City is a post for another time. Instead, I’m going to focus on where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City district 1.

If you’re looking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City for a few days, a week or even longer, I suggest you look at District 1. Most of the best-known Ho Chi Minh City attractions are in District 1, and there are lots of places to stay in the area — for every budget.

To be clear, there is much more to Ho Chi Minh City than District 1. Much more. If you have a unique opportunity to stay somewhere special further out, go for it. You’ll just spend more time in transit (scooters, taxis, etc). However, hotels in District 1 put you within walking distance to most Ho Chi Minh City attractions.

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Tips: Staying at the Best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1

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Before we start talking Ho Chi Minh City hotels, let’s talk a little about what to expect and getting the most out of your stay.

Even the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City may be different than you’re expecting. Then again, even the best budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City may exceed your expectations.

Vietnamese people often come across as hard on the outside, but when treated with a smile and respect, they can be warm, gracious and fascinating conversationalists. Anyway, here are a few Ho Chi Minh City travel tips.

Rooftop Pools are Small

Many of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 have a rooftop pool and bar. These are great places to cool off, relax and enjoy the sunset with a stellar city view. However, temper your expectations. Even the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City have small-ish pools, so don’t expect to do laps in the morning.

Polite? Yes. Friendly? Depends.

One criticism I hear a lot of regarding Vietnam travel is that Vietnamese people are rude and pushy. Overall, that has not been our experience. Sure, we’ve dealt with a few individuals here and there, like we have in many places, but in general, we’ve been treated well.

When it comes to staff in hotels and restaurants, it’s the same. However, even at some luxury hotels in Vietnam, many people have talked about restaurant staff being “polite but not friendly,” or “professional but not warm.”

In my (admittedly limited) experience, I have found that eye contact, a smile and an air of respect changes my interactions in Vietnam greatly.

AirCon in the Rooms, but Maybe not Everywhere

So you’ve booked a room with AC. That’s good. The entire country is hot and muggy for a large part of the year. Having said that, you may find that your hotel’s lobby, hallways or reception desk are the same temperature (and humidity level) as outside. Enjoy that cool air while you sleep — just don’t expect it once you walk out of the room.

Good food? Try Street Food

In my opinion, Vietnamese food is some of the best in the world. You’ll find some great dining options in some of the Ho Chi Minh City hotels listed below. In fact, some of the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City offer meals that you’ll never forget.

That said, don’t forget to try the street food in Vietnam. Some of the best meals of my life were served to me on little plastic stools on the street in this city.

Read: Must-Try Food in Vietnam: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters

English is Spoken but Don’t Expect it Everywhere

Lots of people speak English in Vietnam, but levels vary. From the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City to the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find people who are fluent in English. You may also encounter people who are challenging to communicate with. In these situations, Google Translate sometimes helps.

Pool Gear is Hard to Find

Ho Chi Minh City weather can be very hot and humid, so it’s nice to cool off in a pool or at a waterpark when you can, Many of the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City have rooftop pools, and as the city has several other options for cooling off as well. Having said that, make sure to bring your own swimwear, as it can be difficult to find around town.

Ho Chi Minh Landmarks

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I use several landmarks in this post to tell you where the Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 are located. Many of these are a Ho Chi Minh City attractions in and of themselves, but I’ve referenced them more so you’ll know where you are. Here are a few of them.

  • Ben Thanh Market: This is a famous market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh District 1. It’s not my favorite market, but the restaurants that set up outside at night are definitely worth your time. The bus station near Ben Thanh Market is also a hub for getting around the city and beyond.
  • 23 September Park: On its own, this park is nothing special. That said, there are frequent festivals here which provide hours of entertainment and great food stalls.
  • Reunification Palace: Also called the Independence Palace, this is a major site for the Vietnam War, and where the war ended.A major tourist attraction and worth a visit.
  • War Remnants Museum: This is where the Vietnamese tell their side of the story, and it doesn’t show Western powers (or the Chinese for that matter) in a flattering light. There is some heavy stuff in here. But there are also tanks, airplanes, and helicopters. We brought our kids, but be wary of what they see.
  • Bui Vien Street / Pham Ngu Lao: These streets are known for cheap accommodation and nightlife, so you’ll see plenty of backpacker action around here. Good food and drink, too.

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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Looking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City? Well, you’re in the right place. Read on to find three sections of Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1. First, we cover Luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Then we move onto midrange hotels, and finally, we recommend some of the best budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. Enjoy! And let us know where you stayed!

Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

Our first section of Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 goes high end. Here are just a few of the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Myst Dong Khoi

The Myst Dong Khoi. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Want your accommodation to be Vietnamese “experience” too? If so, then the Myst is hard to beat. It makes the top of our list of best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City — and best hotels in Vietnam, for that matter. Why? There are many reasons. The services are up to the expectations you have to hotels of this caliber.

The food here is exceptional, as well. The rooms are large, luxurious and well-appointed. Even small things like plenty of electrical sockets and USB ports make a difference. Like the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1, the Myst also has a great rooftop pool and bar. Complimentary high tea is a treat.

But what makes this place stand out is the design and attention to detail. From the architecture to the furniture, this place is unique. What’s more and in many ways uniquely Vietnamese. Refurbished cabinets and chairs, enchanting art and metalwork, it’s all here.

Now for the bad side. At the time of writing, a new hotel is being built right next to the Myst. That means that one side of the hotel has construction noise right now. And soon, the Myst’s beautiful views if the river may be obstructed. Visit soon!

Highlights: The Myst Dong Khoi – Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pool: Yes (rooftop)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Next to the river, minutes from the Opera House, the Bitexco Tower and other District 1 sights.
  • Room Details: All rooms come with one extra-large double bed with room for extra bedding. One kid under twelve costs USD $9/night using existing bedding. All kids under 12 cost USD $23/night for extra beds. Max # of extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: The Myst Dong Khoi at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about The Myst Dong Khoi

Pullman Saigon Centre

Pullman Saigon Centre. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

For those looking for a luxury hotel with a view, then the Pullman Saigon Centre is one of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1. This is a relative newcomer to HCMC. The Pullman offers plush rooms with exceptional views of the city. Need a better view? Head to the rooftop bar. There’s also a pool and kids’ pool, as well as a sauna.

Amenities aside, what makes this one of the best luxury hotels in Vietnam is the service. On the downside, the Pullman is slightly removed from the main Ho Chi Minh attractions. Take a taxi to sites unless you’d enjoy a 20-30 minute walk. On the bright side, they do have a free shuttle and the area quieter than where the action is.

Highlights: Pullman Saigon Centre – Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pool: Yes (6th floor)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location:15 minutes on foot from Ben Thanh Market. 15 minutes by car to Independence Palace
  • Room Details: One kid under twelve stays free using existing bedding.

Check Availability: Pullman Saigon Centre at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Pullman Saigon Centre

Sherwood Residence

Sherwood Residence. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Located in District 3, Sherwood Residence makes our list of best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 because of their size and location. But first, a confession: this is technically not one of the best hotels in District 1. It’s actually just outside of the district, but very close.

Instead of an HCMC hotel, this is more like serviced apartments. Each has two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a washer & dryer (ideal for families). There7s also a full kitchen and a nice supermarket across the street. If you’d rather eat out, they have on-site dining or you can find some local dishes, not the streets nearby.

Like all of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, there is a sauna, large pool, and kids pool, as well. They also have an indoor kids’ play area that’s open until 10 pm.

Highlights: Sherwood Residence – Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pool: Yes (and sauna and kids’ pool)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Approx 10 minutes on foot to War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace.
  • Room Details: Two-bedroom and three-bedroom luxury serviced apartments. One kid under twelve stays free using existing bedding. All kids under two stay free using cots/cribs. Additional adults or kids under 12 cost USD $40.43/night for extra bedding. Max extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: Sherwood Residence at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Sherwood Residence

Somerset Ho Chi Minh City

Somerset Ho Chi Minh City. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Looking for high-end accommodation that feels like home? Then the Somerset is one of the best hotels in Vietnam for you. Like the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1, you have a pool and professional staff. But these are serviced apartments, which means you have a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryers. These can make the difference for traveling families and groups. In addition to the pool, you have a kiddie pool and a jacuzzi. There’s also a kids’ playground and an air-conditioned play area indoors.

Breakfast at Somerset gets mixed results but with your own kitchen and nearby cafes and markets, you have options in the morning. You’re located at the northern end of District 1, so many of the main sights are a 20-minute walk or a short taxi away.

Highlights: Somerset Ho Chi Minh City – Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pool: Yes (and Kiddie Pool)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 5-10 minute walk from the History Museum, the Zoo/Botanical Gardens, the River and Phuoc Hai Temple
  • Room Details: 2- and 3-bedroom apartments sleep up to 6 adults. One kid under six stays free in existing beds. All kids under 16 cost USD $33/night in extra beds. Additional kids/adults cost USD $33/night for more beds, but max # of extra beds per room is 1.

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Read: What others say about Somerset Ho Chi Minh City

EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa

EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

For those who want to be in District 1 but in a quieter area, the EdenStar is one of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1. Suites are relatively large with ample room for the extra bed or sofa bed. Beds and pillows softer than usual Vietnamese hotels, and nice linens. Most rooms have a spa tub.

There’s also a rooftop pool, but only a handful of sun loungers. If the kids need some running space, there’s a green park just a few three minutes’ away on foot. On the other side of the park if the Reunification Palace.

Highlights: EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa – Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Pool: Yes (rooftop)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Easy 10-min walk to Reunification Palace, 10-min walk (the other way) to a supermarket.
  • Room Details: Family suites have city views and a free minibar. One kid under five stays free in existing bedding. One kid under two stays free in a cot/crib. Kids between 6 and 11 cost USD 10/night using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults cost USD 40/night for an extra bed. Max # of extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa

Midrange Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Not everyone can afford luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Besides, many of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 aren’t high end. Read below to discover where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City that won’t break the bank.

Fusion Suites Saigon

Fusion Suites Saigon. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

These simple and stylish suites opened in 2016 and still feel like new. The Fusion Suites Saigon is one of best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 thanks to modern design, extra amenities, and special extras. For example, the place looks almost Scandinavian and there are Bluetooth speakers in the room. In addition, spa treatments are included in some room rates.

We also like the bunk beds for the kids — a rare find in HCMC for some reason. Rooms are spacious and modern, with good mattresses and linens. There’s also a kitchenette for small cooking.

Fusion Suites Saigon is right across from Tao Dan Park and the Reunification Palace. It’s a short walk or taxi ride from most of the major Ho Chi Minh City attractions.

Highlights: Fusion Suites Saigon – Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10 minutes on foot to the Reunification Palace, 15 minutes to 23 September Park
  • Room Details: One kid under six stays free using existing bedding.

Check Availability: Fusion Suites Saigon at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Fusion Suites Saigon

Central Palace Hotel

Central Palace Hotel. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

The Central Palace Hotel makes our list of best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to location, spacious rooms, and a rooftop pool. From here you’re five minutes from the Ben Thanh Market and the entrance to the Reunification Museum. You’re ideally located to explore the city.

Like most of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1, the rooms are large, but the linens don’t live up the 4-star rating. Staff are polite and professional but not necessarily welcoming. The food gets high marks, especially the breakfast buffet. But if you want to eat out, there are plenty of choices a short walk away.

Highlights: Central Palace Hotel – Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: Yes (rooftop)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: In the heart of district 1. Walking distance from many major sites.
  • Room Details: One kid under six stays free in existing bedding. All kids under twelve cost USD $25/night for extra bedding. Additional kids/adults cost USD $25.45/night for extra beds. Max extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: Central Palace Hotel at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Central Palace Hotel

Silverland Yen Hotel

Silverland Yen Hotel. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Like the best hotels in Vietnam, the Silverland Yen has a sauna, pool with a view and exceptional service. It also makes our list of best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to a great location. From here, you’re right between the Reunification Palace and the Ben Thanh market.

The pool is nice, but it’s not very big. And for parents of little ones, the pool wall facing a 10-story drop is nothing I’d let kindergarteners play near alone.

That said, service is taken seriously and the food is well regarded. Afternoon tea is also a nice touch. The rooms are a decent size and the beds are comfortable. Take note that most suite rooms are on the first floor. If you want a room with a view, you need to book the Executive Suite.

Highlights: Silverland Yen Hotel – Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: Yes (heated pool on the 10th floor)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Less than 5 minutes on foot to Reunification Palace or the Ben Thanh Market (different directions)
  • Room Details: One kid under twelve costs USD $6/night using existing bedding. USD $10/night for extra beds. Kids under two stay free in cots/cribs. Older kids/additional adults cost USD $20 night for extra beds. Max extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: Silverland Yen Hotel at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Silverland Yen Hotel

Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

Finally, let’s talk about Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 that are the most affordable. If you’re traveling in Vietnam for a while, you may want to save a few dong for other excursions. If you’re looking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City on a budget, read on.

Duc Vuong Hotel

Duc Vuong Hotel. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Leading out our list of best budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City is the Duc Vuong Hotel. It’s located in the bustling backpacker area of District 1, but rooms in the back and side don’t get as much noise.

Duc Vuong Hotel is on the Bui Vien, a walking street that closes to traffic some evenings for the bars and restaurants. You’ll have no problems finding food nearby. If you prefer to dine in, the Duc Vuong Hotel’s rooftop restaurant serves it up. Like many of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1, breakfast is included.

Highlights: Duc Vuong Hotel – Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10-min walk to 23 September Park, 15 minutes to Ben Thanh Market
  • Room Details: One kid under ten stays free using existing bedding. An additional older kid or adult costs USD $10/night for an extra bed. Max # of extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: Duc Vuong Hotel at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Duc Vuong Hotel

Hong Vina Luxury

Hong Vina Luxury. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

Located a few minutes on foot from 23 September Park, Hong Vina Luxury makes our list of best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 thanks to location and value for money.

Rooms are clean and spacious, and the family room is ample for a family of four. Like many of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Vina Luxury has a rooftop restaurant. Breakfast is served here as well.

The location is close to the action, but far enough away to sleep without the noise of nightlife.

Highlights: Hong Vina Luxury – Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 5-minute walk to 23 September Park, less than 10 minutes on foot to the Thien Hau Pagoda
  • Room Details: Family room has two large double beds. One kid under six stays free in existing bedding. One kid under twelve costs USD $10/night for an extra bed. Max extra beds per room: 1.

Check Availability: Hong Vina Luxury at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Hong Vina Luxury

C Central Hotel De Tham

CCentral Hotel De Tham. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

C Central Hotel De Tham is stylish and centrally located. It makes our list of best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City for excellent staff and lively location. Rooms are clean but small — the price of being in the center of it all. You’re on Bui Vien street here, so the action is all around you. If you’re a light sleeper, try to get a room above the 6th floor.

Out of the best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1 in the budget category, C Central Hotel de Tham wins on best breakfast. The included breakfast is a la carte and made to order.

Highlights: C Central Hotel De Tham – Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: On Bui Vien street, a hub for street dining & nightlife
  • Room Details: Some rooms have three beds (singles & doubles).

Check Availability: C Central Hotel De Tham at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about C Central Hotel De Tham

Beauty Guesthouse

Beauty Guesthouse. Best Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

This place has changed a lot since we first stayed here years ago. They’ve refurbished the rooms to look cleaner and more modern than when we stayed. Unfortunately, they’ve removed the pool table to expand the dining area. Keiko and I liked it because it was close to the bus station and 23rd September Park. Yet it’s on a smaller alleyway away from most of the traffic noise.

Like the best luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh and the other best Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in District 1, service is what made us like this place most. The staff helped us arrange motorbikes and transport to the Mekong Delta, as well. Simple, but friendly staff and convenient location, so it was a good fit for us. If you’re looking for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City on a budget, this may be one of the best budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City to consider.

Highlights: Beauty Guesthouse – Budget Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City District 1

  • Pool: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Minutes on foot from 23 September Park and Ben Thanh Market
  • Room Details: Several Family Room options that sleep four.

Check Availability: Beauty Guesthouse at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Beauty Guesthouse

Do You Know Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam?

Is there a great Ho Chi Minh City hotel in District 1 missing from this list? Do you know where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City and want to share your tips? Get in touch! Or leave your Ho Chi Minh City travel tips in the comments below.

We’ve listed some luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. We’ve listed some budget hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, and some of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City. But we know that there are many more great places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City so we’ll keep updating this list on a regular basis. If you have tips on where to stay in Ho Chi Ming City, let us know!

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  1. Hi. What a nice blog – very inspiring. We are a family of four: me, husband and two kids at 12 and 9. We are planning on travelling to South east asia from late December (between Christmas and new years eve) until april the 10th. We don’t want to make to many plans, but we are thinking about going to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and perhaps Sri Lanka. It’s difficult to figure out if it is doubble up travelling with two kids and how much money we Will end up spending. Do you think $20.000 sounds reasonable – this doesnt include insurances.

    • Hi Katrine,

      In our experience, I think we spend significantly less as a family of 4 as opposed to 4 adults if that’s what you’re asking. Costs have gone up as they’ve grown (they eat more, no longer kids prices, need more room in accomm, etc), but still less. Especially in SEA, where there is lots of family-friendly accommodation. As for how much money sounds “reasonable,” that’s hard for me to say because I don’t know what kind of trip you want to have. Is the $20.000 you mention US dollars? Does that include flights? Will you stay in cheap guesthouses or prefer nicer hotels with a pool and other amenities? Will you eat lots of street food or nice restaurants? Will you take lots of tours or just walk around? All of these make a difference.

      If you’re talking USD $20,000 for only living expenses and local transport, it sounds like plenty to me for traveling around 3 months with two kids in those countries. However, it all depends what you want to do. If you are frugal and ready to enjoy just walking around local market, enjoy lots of free things, or eat like locals, that’s more than sufficient. Too much, really. On the other hand, if you’d rather experience some luxury hotels, fancy restaurants, or expensive tours (like a 7-day Cruise Mekong Cruise or a 2-day All Inclusive Safari at Yala National Park), you’ll run out quickly, I’d think.

  2. Neat seeing the kids by the propaganda Jason. I recall seeing these iconic images are all Hanoi and throughout Hoi An too. Fascinating. Once when I was running around Hoi An during late afternoon hours the government fired up those loud speakers – never heard ’em used prior – and began blaring messages. More propaganda. Rather than judge I see it as being different, and interesting to watch. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

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