Ho Chi Minh City Maps and Orientation

(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City is conveniently divided into 19 districts, numbered 1 to 12, along with Tan Phu, Binh Tan, Go Vap, Thu Duc, Phu Nhuan, Bin Thanh and Tan Binh. This urban organisation helps keep your sightseeing directed, as you won't want to move between more than one or two districts per day, due to the distances involved. The Saigon River bounds the city to the east and south, making it hard to get too lost.

It helps to know the number of the district you want to go to when hopping into a taxi, as this will eliminate any confusion. Auto taxis hang around nearly every hotel and restaurant in the city, and are the most comfortable way to move about in Ho Chi Minh City. If you are in a hurry, hop on one of the ubiquitous motorbike taxis and hopefully you will live to tell your friends a good tale. Maps of the city are easy to find at any newsstand, bookshop or hotel, as well as the impressive Tourist Information Centre at the intersection of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi streets, in the heart of the city.

Maps and Orientation of the City

Chances are you will spend much of your time in District 1. This is where most of the city's top restaurants, bars, shops and hotels are clustered. You can definitely walk around within certain parts of District 1, but you will need a taxi to cover the entire area. A number of major highlights reside in this part of Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Ben Thanh Market, as well as the backpacker nexus of Pham Ngu Lao.

The main sightseeing areas in Ho Chi Minh City are in districts 1, 3 and 5. District 3 bumps up against District 1 to the north and west, in the middle of Dong Khoi Street. Lots of embassies and foreign companies are located in this leafy spot. District 5 requires a rather long taxi ride west of the centre of the city, but it is a great place to spend part of a day. This is where the city's large Chinese community lives. There are also several excellent markets and old temples within District 5.

Map of Vietnam

Vietnam map

Map of Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City map