Super-budget gests for a visa to Ho Chi Minh City

Photo: The Independent
If you're planning to visit Ho Chi Minh City to get a visa and you want to stay near the Indonesian Consulate, you'll probably want to stay in the city center. Of course, Grab taxi works great in the city, and you can easily take a bike or a car on Grab to reach the consulate whenever you need. However, it's much more convenient to just step out and take a leisurely walk without burdening yourself with transportation.
The Indonesian Consulate is located in the city center, specifically in District 1. In its old part, you'll find numerous buildings of colonial French architecture, constructed in a neoclassical style.
the city Council building, in the background - the Vincom Center shopping center; photo: City Pass Guide
Most of the streets have wide sidewalks, lined with trees, and there are several parks scattered around the area that are very popular among the locals. The downside is that housing in the French part of District 1 is slightly more expensive. Budget-friendly hotels can be found on the so-called "backpacker street" and its surroundings. Imagine a lively mix of Legian in Kuta, Walking Street in Pattaya, and Khao San Road in Bangkok. That's a vivid portrait of Bui Vien Street in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.  
backpacker street Bùi ViệN; Photo: Báo MớI
If you're not a fan of noise and hustle at night, it's best to stay further away from Bui Vien Street. If you're looking for a full-on party experience, that's where you should head.
Another good area in Ho Chi Minh City is Tao Dien, also known as District 2. Many expatriates live there, and it features cool bars, contemporary art galleries, climbing parks, modern shopping centers with trampoline parks and ice skating rinks. However, it's located quite a distance from the city center or District 1. You can easily reach the center from there using a motorbike taxi for around 25,000 - 30,000 dong. This area is a good choice if you're planning to stay in Ho Chi Minh City for an extended period.
For a budget-friendly option of up to $20 per night for a private room, here are some guesthouses located in the central part of the city:
L'été Homestay от 18 $
May May от 19$
L'été Homestay is located just 750 meters away from the Indonesian Consulate. Nearby, you'll find the War Remnants Museum, a turtle pond (although without turtles but with a great selection of street food, especially popular in the evenings), Le Van Tam Park, the Vietnam History Museum, and the zoo.
The homestay provides guests with a refrigerator, microwave, and kettle. Bicycles are available for rent on-site. Each room comes with a private bathroom.
L'été Homestay.
Saigon Dream House is situated just 1 kilometer away from the Indonesian Consulate. Nearby attractions include the Craig Thomas Gallery showcasing contemporary art, Ngọc Hoàng Pagoda, and Le Van Tam Park.
All rooms at the homestay are equipped with clothing wardrobes. The bathrooms are shared and come with complimentary toiletries. Some rooms even feature balconies. Breakfast is served buffet-style every morning.
Rooms start at $18 for a room with a shared bathroom at
Saigon Dream House at $16
OYO 108 Amanda Phan is located 1.5 kilometers away from the Indonesian Consulate. Nearby attractions include the Ngọc Hoàng Pagoda Buddhist temple, the contemporary art galleries Craig Thomas Gallery and Galerie Quynh, as well as the Vietnam History Museum.
All rooms at the guesthouse come with air conditioning, televisions, and private bathrooms. Some rooms feature balconies or terraces. The guesthouse also offers a spacious shared lounge area.
OYO 108 Amanda Phan at 15$
Megustas Homestay is situated 3 kilometers away from the Indonesian Consulate. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts and the Ben Thanh Market.
All rooms at the homestay come equipped with wardrobes, televisions, and private bathrooms. It's worth mentioning that
Megustas Homestay offers rooms starting at $17, providing an affordable option for travelers on a budget.
The Indonesian consulate is 3 kilometers away. Nearby, there is a backpacker street with night bars and night restaurants.
All rooms have a mini-living area, a small kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop. There is a private bathroom with a shower, toiletries, and a hairdryer. The homestay has a common living area.
The Indonesian consulate is 3 kilometers away. Nearby, there is a backpacker street, but the guesthouse is not located on it. The guesthouse features a small garden. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a small sitting area, and a private bathroom. Bicycles can be rented at the guesthouse.
The Indonesian consulate is 4 kilometers away.
All rooms are equipped with a kettle. The rooms have private bathrooms, and some have balconies. Breakfast is served buffet-style.
The Indonesian consulate is 1.5 kilometers away.
The room looks like a teenage bedroom. But the location is very close to the city center, and the hosts are very friendly. The guesthouse is located in the so-called Japanese district, famous for its massage salons. Despite the quite specific suggestion, there is no debauchery on the streets; everything looks quite decent outwardly. The room has a working desk, wardrobe, and refrigerator. There are three popular minimarts nearby.
rooms at 19$
If you've decided to stay in Ho Chi Minh City for an extended period and are looking for accommodation for a month or longer, you can search for options in Facebook groups.  
You can rent a room in a shared apartment in District 1 for around 5,000,000 - 5,500,000 Vietnamese dong per month. When renting on a monthly basis, you typically don't need to pay a deposit. Ho Chi Minh City has very fast internet, a developed urban life, and good infrastructure. However, if you generally don't enjoy living in large cities, Ho Chi Minh City might not be to your liking.  
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