There often comes a time where we need to exchange the chilled out beach vibes of Mui Ne and replace them with a trip to the big city. Whether it be a “blue screen of death” laptop run or a “getting jiggy with it” party dash, sometimes it is inevitable that you need to spend a few nights in “Miss Saigon”.
Your next dilemma, after your 5 hrs on a bus is actually where to stay? That guesthouse you used to always go to has now changed hands and you share your bathroom with another 20 scurrying inhabitants. Then why not AirBnB it?
The explosion of Saigon as a top destination for culture vultures means savvy property owners all over town have been revamping their homes and renting to curious visitors through pioneering travel site Airbnb. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve put together a list of our favorite central Saigon hubs; from kooky studios to SOHO inspired apartments to refined townhouses – you never knew you had it so good.
Hip French Colonial Studio
Right smack-bang in the centre of the most historic part of town sits this achingly stylish studio in French Colonial style. Next door to upmarket cafe bistro L’Usine and across the road from the Saigon Opera house, this is perfect for those seeking Old Saigon.
Price: $67 per night
Cutting edge townhouse with benefits
Arranged over two floors is this cleverly designed townhouse situated just on the edge of district 1. Boasting its own plunge pool, elegant entrance and modern kitchen and bathroom, not a square inch has been left unstyled inside this minimalist chic home.
Price: $146 per night
The Writer’s Loft
Struggling artists looking for more affordable accommodation will love the Writers Loft, located in laid-back Da Kao. Part of a small bed and breakfast designed with creatives in mind, the room boasts an expansive mahogany desk and antique leather easy chair specifically for ‘writing and thinking’.
Price: $31 per night
SOHO meets Saigon in minimalist apartment
Cool, chic, monochrome and minimalist, the owner of this apartment in the heart of district 1 has gone to every effort to make New York hipsters feel right at home. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the space is perfect for friends or perhaps a couple looking for extra space, while kids might ruin the aesthetic.
Price: $175 per night
Mix and match in freesize apartment
This super central pad doesn’t quite know what it is: a one, two or three bedroom? Open plan or closed? Thanks to a unique, multi-use design you can decide for it. Retro modern furniture and a peek-a-boo ensuite in the master bedroom complete the look.
Price: $124 per night
Central apartment with breezy bathroom
Nestled right in the centre of district 1 is this one bedroom apartment boasting ceilings and windows for days, retro modern furnishings and a full length balcony from which to watch the city speed by. Rather uniquely, it also has an outdoor shower to help you cool off in the Saigon sun.
Price: $67 per night
Article by Rebecca Jones