@coding8888, this is a very relevant Thread that you have started.
Many of the first timers who are in Saigon end up going the Airbnb route as they do not have direct contact with a Host.
Direct contact with highly rated Hosts can save you about 25% on the advertised daily rate.
In some Hotel's, I could walk in and get a 15% Discount to what Agoda was displaying for those Dates.
So basically since the establishments save on their commissions to be paid to these websites, they are happy to pass on those benefits if you approach them directly,provided the place is vacant. 1) long-term ( 6mos to 1 yr)
Most places need a minimum 1 Yr Lease as the Landlords tend to loose Rent if the place doesn't get a new Tenant immediately.
A small furnished studio in District 1 would be minimum $350/Month and upwards.
If you go to farflung Areas outskirts and you could get a furnished Studio for as little as $150/Month.
Don't be surprised if a Local is paying only $100/Month for the same studio as yours.
(Foreigner Tax applies) unless you have a sweet Girl Friend who can get you Local Price on these Rentals.
You can see regular adds posted on these properties when you are walking around the Streets and identify these signage. 2) short-term (1 day to 6mos)
For 1-Day it has to be Hotel or Hostel. For 6 Months, I would walk in to various Budget Hotels and would negotiate a Discount.
20% to 25% Discount on your Daily Room Rate is what you should expect. 3) Hotel vs Airbnb vs. Hostel
Majority of the Hotels in District 1 are Guest Friendly. Always book a Room for a couple and tell them that you will be having your Girlfriend coming and staying with you. After that all you need is the Girl's ID. Budget Hotel in District 1 - Ngoc Minh Hotel, bang next to Bui Vien Street but in a quiet Alleyway with Room Rates $17/Day and upwards. Aloha House Hotel - 5 to 10 minutes Walking to Bui Vien Street with Room Rates from $14/Day and upwards.
Negotiate for both the Daily Rate and Monthly Rate if you walk in. Hostel - Nice place to meet and chill out with fellow Foreigners and Backpackers. Stay in a Hostel for a couple of Days and while staying there use your Daytime to Walk in to nearby Hotel's and try to bargain a good Deal if you are interested in a Monthly stay.
Hangout Hostel on Pham Ngu Lao, right opposite to the 26/9 Bus Stand and Park is a good value for Money Hostel.
Bus 109 from Airport has its final destination at 26/9 Bus Stop. Airbnb - If you are seeing a lot of Girls who would like to be at your place regularly, then nothing can beet Airbnb.
Plus the Girls like it more because there is more privacy as they can come in and leave without anyone giving them awkward glances. 4) Does anyone need a roommate
This would apply to some Locals or Forum Members living long time here in Saigon and having a spare Room to sublet.
Not a bad idea provided you meet the right Person who is comfortable sharing his space with you.