Saigon City Guide: A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Au Nguyen

Saigon City Guide: A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Au Nguyen

  • Release Date: 2014-05-22
  • Genre: Asia
Score: 4.5
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An ultimate guidebook to traveling in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) with up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and some of the city's best kept secrets - all the essentials to get to the heart of Saigon. This travel guide is a result of the rich experience and in-depth research by a Vietnamese American author who had lived in Saigon for 24 years before he moved to the United States. You will walk away informed and amazed by practical and honest advice. Some of the exclusive features include:
Full-color, easy-to-read maps of the whole districts instead of small areas, making it easier to navigate
Insightful reviews of the city's best local eateries that have never been covered
Highlights of where to eat, drink, stay, and have fun, so that you can tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
Comprehensive introduction of the Vietnamese cuisine, featuring 60 popular dishes and popular local eateries specializing in those dishes.
Visual contents of all attractions, restaurants, bars, and hotels for lively illustration
Coverage of Phu My Hung, Saigon’s upscale residential area, offering you a pleasant escape from the frantic pace of downtown


  • Great

    By MDTai
    Very useful guidebook with great details.
  • Perfect for planning a Saigon itinerary

    By Dvaje 58
    Excellent resource, detailed, fascinating, colorful. The guide opens with listings of the top experiences that you may wish to visit. Since I have not previously been to Saigon that list is really more than I could hope to see in a few short days and deciding which ones to pick will be a challenge. The most extensive sections in the guide are the eating chapter which covers around 60 local dishes and 120 restaurants, most of them are local eateries with fascinating Vietnamese food. The guide is well written and is very comprehensive. The copy I have reviewed is listed in May 2014, thus all information is very up-to-date. If you plan on a trip to Saigon then this guide is a must for your planning.
  • Saigon City Guide

    By Zeronimo599
    Very detailed, practical with an extensive list of local eateries. I love it.
  • Very useful

    By Hartz#97
    An amazing travel guide through a local lens. The first few chapters have great information on hostory, culture, and lifestyle. Then the Get There and Get Around chapter are excellent with details on how to get a reliable taxi. The eating, drinking, and staying chapter are up-to-date. The eating chapter is particularly good with more than 100 restaurants and most of them are local eateries where I could find genuine local food for next to nothing. All chapters are lively illustrated with tons of images which is great. It's much easier to find a place, especially local eatery, with an image. I recommend it to anyone who travels to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Nice guide

    By StPaulShopaholic
    I'll keep this short and sweet - this book covers the Ho Chi Minh City in great detail that is more than sufficient for a 4 day trip. The primary locations I visited were District 1 and Cholon. The guidebook was full of incredibly helpful information, especially maps and things to do. This type of information is critical to have in writing before visiting. You can't just whip out your tablet and expect instant results ... you have to plan ahead. But planning ahead is much easier with this consolidated treasure trove of essential travel information.
  • Solid, intelligent, and thorough guide to Ho Chi Minh City

    By CrazyJo997
    A comprehensive guidebook with the bells and whistles, pictures and colorful, easy-to-read maps and easily among the best in the business. If all you had in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) was this guide, you'd be in excellent shape and able to plan an extraordinary trip to your liking. The guide opens with listings of the top 17 Experiences that you may wish to visit. Since I have not previously been to Saigon that list is really more than I could hope to see in 2 days and deciding which ones to pick will be a challenge. Then the meat of the book comes and this is where the strength lies: great writing, intelligent insights, good food and lodging recommendations. The most extensive sections in the guide are on the Vietnamese cuisine and local eating scene which covers many local dishes and local eateries. At the end, there is a section called Travel Essential which provides tons of information from business hours, to money to health matters. In all, this is an excellent travel companion that will help you plan an unforgettable trip, minutely tailored to your tastes and interests. Among the best in the business.
  • Great

    By MisuTheCat
    Excellent travel guide to Ho Chi Minh City with excellent info of local eateries.
  • Very Helpful

    By HerbN5Unerves
    The content in this book is complete, well written, well-organized and provides good recommendations. Places that we visited were well covered in the guide book. Throughout portions of our trip, our friend and her family, who grew up in/still live in Saigon escorted us so we were able to discover many of the "local only" places (local eateries, cafes, Crescent Lake), and surprisingly they are covered in this book. Everything is nicely presented with images. I am particularly impress by the eating section. If you really want to eat local food, there’s no better recommendations out there. I really enjoy this guide.
  • Very useful city guide

    By Ssean586
    The first several chapters are dedicated to more general topics such as history, culture, the obligatory Top 17. The latter are for the city's 4 major districts with large, detailed maps. In each of these the major sites are described and there are suggestions as to where to eat, drink and stay. There are highlights for eating, drinking, and hotels so it's easier to choose. Personally I find the eating section is the most useful with a comprehensive introduction to the cuisine. It also shows you where to eat each dish. What makes this city guide stand out from other Vietnam travel guides is an array of local eateries with no English menu but authentic Vietnamese food for next to nothing. One of my greatest concerns is taxi scam which is popular in this city. This book provides lots of information on how to distinguish reliable taxi companies such as Mai Linh and Vinasun from dodgy ones with images to illustrate. In short, a very practical and useful book. It's definitely worth every penny.