Many expats opt for serviced apartments in Saigon for the convenience of having a furnished place and not having to worry about cleaning it. These apartments have the bonus of providing a daily set of amenities and they are definitely less expensive than hotel rooms. Okay, they are cheaper than hotels but they still tend to be more expensive than a normal apartment rentals. Amenities can range from weekly cleaning to fully paid utilities and twice-a-day maid service. For many expatriates, serviced apartments offer the convenience of a hotel with the comfortable feeling of a home.

With serviced apartments, establish what amenities are provided. Your landlord might have a different idea of what a cleaning maid will do, so it is best to clear it up before signing the lease.

Make sure to have an inventory check so you can take any furniture or other items you have purchased when you leave. Also note any dings or cracks in the furniture – any damage may be docked from your deposit.

Amenities that you can expect to be a part of your rent include a backup generator, housekeeping, fitness centre, water, 24-hour security, laundry service, telephone fee, parking, cooking gas, shuttle bus, swimming pool, gym and Wi-Fi.

What serviced apartments are there in Ho Chi Minh City?

Crescent Residence

103 Ton Dat Tien, D7; +84 8 5413 6077 / +84 9 0965 7278

Amenities included in the rental price: 24- hour security, daily housekeeping, in-house maintenance service, fully furnished, fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, DVD player, Wi- Fi, swimming pool, fitness centre, playground, car parking and shuttle bus.

Diamond Island Luxury Residences

No. 01, Street No.104-BTT, Binh Trung Tay Ward, D2 +84 28 3742 5678 / +84 96829 3388

Fully-furnished one to four-bedroom apartments with private balconies providing panoramic views of the stunning surroundings. Each space features plush interiors, modern amenities and elegant furnishings, creating a luxurious harmony of comfort and sensorial tranquillity. Facilities include saltwater swimming pool, gymnasium, golf chipping range, tennis courts, barbecue area, playground, promenade, supermarket and shuttle bus. If there aren't any apartments available at this property, The Ascott has many other properties in HCMC, Vietnam, and the world.

Somerset Ho Chi Minh City Serviced Residence

8A Nguyen Binh Khiem, D1; +84 28 3822 8899 

Apartments vary from the two to four-bedroom with fully furnished decor, fully-equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi. Amenities included 24- hour security, daily housekeeping, BBQ area, playground, fitness centre, pool and jacuzzi, tennis court, restaurant/bar and supermarket. Somerset also has four other properties in Saigon, if there are no spaces available in this building.

For information on living in Saigon go to Saigon: Not Yet a Tourism Hub