Strolling around cities and sightseeing is fun, but sometimes you just need to relax and unwind. Going to the cinema is a great way to escape the sun while enjoying a movie. Thankfully, there’s plenty of cinemas to choose from if you’re in Ho Chi Minh City. The movies are usually with English subtitles, but ask beforehand so you’ll know for sure.
With more than 10 locations around the city, it’ll be difficult for you to not find one close to you. It’s one of the most popular cinemas in Ho Chi Minh where you can enjoy a wide variety of movies through innovative technologies such as 4DX, IMAX and STARIUM. If you want to have a more luxurious cinematic experience, opt for the L’Amour, Premium, Gold Class, Art House or Stadium rooms. If you want a bit more privacy with your loved one, choose Sweet Box. CGV makes sure that you get an unforgettable and fun cinema experience.
2. Galaxy Nguyen Du
If you’re looking for budget friendly, look no further. The cheapest ticket costs 65,000 dong, which is equivalent to about 2,5 USD. They usually show the latest movies, both local and foreign, so keep an eye open on their website to find one that you want to see. You can also book your ticket online or pay either with cash or card at the counter. All in all, it’s a good cinema experience, especially for that price.
3. BHD Star
BHD Star is a modern, large space that’s especially loved by the young Saigonese. But although it feels very luxurious, it’s actually one of the cheaper cinemas you can go to in Vietnam. You’ll find BHD Star Bitexco in the heart of District 1. If you want to visit the cinemas during the weekend, make sure to reserve a spot so you’ll be sure to not miss the movie you want to see since it gets really packed with locals.
4. Lotte Cinema
Lotte was founded in 2008 and aims to give customers the best movie experience in Ho Chi Minh City. They also have the biggest screen in the country. Go to Lotte Cinema Diamond to get a 100% high class cinematic experience with Dolby Atmos audio system and prestige chairs. It’s impossible for you to have a bad experience here.
5. CineStar Cinema
If you’re on a tighter budget, you can get extremely cheap tickets, drinks and popcorn here at CineStar Cinema. Even though it’s one, if not the cheapest, cinema, there’s still premium service here. You can experience the Dolby Atmos audio system here, which is designed specifically for more luxurious movie theaters. CineStar also has exciting promotions so keep an eye out for them.
Besides watching movies in Ho Chi Minh City, there’s plenty of other things to do as well. You can stroll around the city and be mesmerized by the old French colonial buildings, go café hopping, try some local street food, go shopping in the markets, and visit the War Museum, where you can learn more about Vietnam’s tumultuous history.
After Ho Chi Minh City, why not fly to Phu Quoc? The beautiful island is just an hour flight away from the big city and is the perfect place to go to when you want unspoilt beaches, good seafood and a calmer atmosphere. You can also take a bus to Mui Ne, a small beachtown that’s famous for kitesurfing. Whatever you decide, just make sure that you have your visa sorted out before you enter Vietnam. Depending on where you’re from, you can apply for three types of visas: Visa on Arrival, which is by far the most preferred option amongst travelers, E-Visa (only available for certain countries), or you can go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. If you’re planning on crossing to Vietnam by land, you must apply for a visa via the Embassy. You can’t enter the country with a Visa on Arrival or E-Visa, if you’re not planning on flying. Remember to also bring all the necessary documents, have a valid passport and USD, if you need to pay at immigration. Applying for a visa to Vietnam is simple, fast and affordable, and you can get a visa in just a few days. If you plan on going from Cambodia, there’s an Embassy in Phnom Penh. If you go via Thailand, there’s a Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok, and from Laos you can go to the Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane or the Consulate in Luang Prabang or Pakse.