Each one of us would want to stay in a comfortable and reasonably spacious house that perfectly matches the amount of resources we have. However, it is sometimes a problem to find an ideal house to rent within your area. Ho Chi Minh City for example has a lot of houses ranging from the casually furnished apartments to the most luxurious but because most people do not have the knowledge on where to find one, they end up giving up on looking for a house in town. Identifying the best house for you in Ho Chi Minh can be easy once you have the information on where to find the houses and the price at which they are being rented out. The following are some of the ways that can help you look for a house for rent in Ho Chi Minh that will be comfortable and ideal for you.
Go online and make a short-list of the accommodations you like
Online based house or apartment rental sites are one of the best ways in which you can identify a house within the city which you would desire to live in. The sites are highly customized and they contain full property details in their house listings accompanied by photos that can assist you in making a decision on which house you consider the best. You can locate houses in District 1(city center) or district 3, Thao Dien ward or An Phu ward (District 2), Binh Thanh District, Phu My Hung (district 7) plus many others. You can select your given district and find out the kind of houses available and the price at which they are being rented out. Online searching is the best as you can conveniently identify an ideal house for you and go ahead to order it right from your sitting room. After ordering the house, a reservation is made for you and you can move in as soon as you confirm your payment. Here are some social media channels that can help you to search for an apartment or a house for rent in this city: Facebook, Google Group, etc. You can join some groups on Facebook such as Expat in Saigon, Expat-Saigon…to find ads related to apartment or houses and find your dream accommodations.
If you are looking for dog and pet friendly apartments or houses, use a real estate agent that will understand your needs and those of your pet. Many pet owners have had to move out of newly rented accommodations because they were never informed of some basic items, such as, a “no pets allowed” policy in some serviced apartment blocks. Snap real estate has been relocating and helping dog and pet owners find adequate accommodations by ensuring no future hassles will appear once you signed the rental contract.
Take time and compare the many houses within the city
There are many houses available in the different districts yes, but not all of them are rented out at the same price. Depending on the house specifications and level of furnishing, some might be cheaper while others might be expensive. Try visiting different Ho Chi Minh house rental sites before settling on one with the best offer. When you take time to compare the different houses, you will get the best option to go for, that is a reasonably spacious and furnished house that is relatively cheaper compared to the rest of the houses in the city. Usually, the rent of houses or apartment in central districts such as district 1, district 2 will be higher than the rent of houses in other districts such as Tan Binh district, Thu Duc district. However it does not mean that you cannot find affordable accommodations. If you want to the hustle and bustle life of Saigon, you can find houses in central districts. However if you want to enjoy the normal life of the native, you can find accommodations in other districts which are far from the city center such as district 5, district 6, Tan Binh district, etc. In these districts, you will have chance to taste and enjoy local food or traditional food of Vietnam such as Pho, Banh Mi, Bun bo Hue, Banh xeo,..
Vegetarians, consider the location of the house you are about to rent according to your lifestyle
When selecting a house within Ho Chi Minh city, ensure social facilities such as schools and hospitals plus other recreational facilities are found near your residence. This will reduce inconveniences that might come when you want to access these facilities. It is also important that you consider renting a house that is located near the city for easier shopping and access of other services.
When it comes to enjoying vegetarian street food, this can also require some knowledge about the best spots in the city.
In some central districts you can easily find big shopping malls such as Tax Trade Center (135 Nguyen Hue, Ben Nghe ward, district 1), Saigon Square (Nam Ki Khoi Nghia street-Le Loi street, district 1), etc. There are also many famous and wonderful restaurants in central districts. However, if you find your good accommodations in other districts, you still can find great places for shopping or eating. For example, if you are a vegetarian or you love vegetarian foods, you can rent a house or an apartment in district 3, district 5 or district 10 because you will satisfy your stomach with wonderful vegetarian food such as Com chay, Pho Chay, Hu tieu, etc. Here are some places that I would like to recommend: Trang Sen Quan (50, Hoang Dieu street, ward 12, district 4), Com Chay Phat Huu Duyen (527, Nguyen Trai street, district 5), Com chay Thanh Luong (545A, 3 Thang 2 Street, ward 8, district 10) or Com Chay Ba Hat (390, Ba Hat, ward 4, district 10), etc. If you do not how to get to these places you can book a bike tour with Back of the Bike tours, which specializes in food tours in Saigon and can organize a 100% vegetarian street food tour. You will be taken to vegetarian eateries in Saigon that are famous to locals and yet unknown to foreigners.
Besides considering renting your accommodation near shopping places and other services, you should ensure that there is enough security within the area in which you are about to rent a house. Do not take chances, simply go for the best.
Some vegetarians and veggie-loving folk from the Saigon Couchsurfers group have planned a meeting for dinner in a new veggie place in District 1 on Tuesday.
The place/time is:
Hao Khai – 124-6 Nguyen Cu Trinh, Dist 1.
|Date:||May 31st, 2011 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
Here are the Couchsurfing threads about this meeting:
and here is the event: http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=116973
Also, a new subgroup of the SaiGon group on CouchSurfers has formed. It is “SaiGon Vegetarians”: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=42390