The cheat sheet to exploring Ho Chi Minh City with kids

Parents tend to plan vacay itineraries around what their kids might want to do. But don’t forget, you’re on holiday too! Here’s your practical (but fun!) family guide to where to eat, play and stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Emily Wang
  • August 2019
Brought to you by Somerset Serviced Residence

Ho Chi Minh City opens in new window’s constant hive of activity might be part of its charm but navigating the chaos with kids in tow can be trying. Thankfully, District 1 is a culturally rich area hiding many gems that will keep them engaged (and you sane).

Where to eat

The Vintage Emporium

At first glance, this eye-catching café opens in new window with mosaic flooring and a leafy outdoor terrace looks like one for the hipster crowd.

The Vintage Emporium’s decor is a charming mix of European and Asian influences.

But its hearty and crowd-pleasing Western-style brunch is a big draw for families, as is the large communal table on the second floor — perfect for those travelling in big groups.

The brunch game is strong at The Vintage Emporium. The kids will love the pancakes with apple rose compote while you can go for the popular dish of sweet potato quinoa balls with harissa yoghurt.

Address: 95B Nguyen Van Thu Street Da Kao Ward
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KOTO Saigon

On top of Vietnamese classics, KOTO Saigon also offers western dishes like BBQ Chicken Sandwich with fries.

Run by a social enterprise, this training restaurant opens in new window helps disadvantaged Vietnamese youth build and refine their hospitality skills. Great food, a laid-back ambience, and an opportunity to share with your kids the importance of empathy and altruism make this restaurant an all-round winner.

Address: 19 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Da Kao Ward
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Bloom Saigon

All dishes here are prepared without MSG, which is ideal for health-conscious parents.

Also run by a not-for-profit organisation that helps marginalised children, this elegant restaurant opens in new window serves up contemporary Vietnamese fare.

Address: 2A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
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Things to do

Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Be sure to stay for the fountain show that takes place after sunset.

Designated as a pedestrian street only four years ago, this main street sees many young families and locals relaxing every evening.

The Pho Trail by Saigon Street Eats

Food is one of the most accessible ways to learn about a new culture.

From breakfast at a decades-old pho stall to the back lanes where street hawkers still ply their trade, this whistle-stop tour opens in new window is an engaging way to expose your child to a new culture and the different ways people live. opens in new window

Sunset Cruise By Speedboat and Saigon Night Tour By 2CV Car by Les Rives

Take in sights such as the Mieu Noi floating temple and the Nha Rong Wharf (where the Ho Chi Minh Museum is located).

Instead of being stuck in traffic, opt for this cruise opens in new window that takes you through the city’s winding canals and waterways. Next, a vintage Citroen car will pick you up at the pier and take you down the longest street in the city and to other major landmarks. opens in new window

Where to stay: Somerset Ho Chi Minh City

Located a breezy 10-minute walk from attractions such as the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the night market at Rubik Zoo, this resort-style serviced residence opens in new window is a great base to explore the city. Other perks include:

Baby cots are available at no charge upon request.

Fully-furnished apartments

Families can choose from one to three-bedroom apartments or dual key four-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to nine people. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen and laundry facilities.

Your children will love the playground and wading pool.

Kid-centric treats

Somerset Ho Chi Minh City opens in new window has a kids’ club where they get treated to movie nights, cooking lessons and other fun-filled activities. Plus, all guests 12 years and below receive a complimentary gift set of amenities.

On-call doctor

A child falling sick overseas is a parent’s worst nightmare. Rest easy knowing there’s a doctor on standby in case of emergencies.

Address: 8A Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1
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