Saigon is a city that embraces its history and culture with the marriage between Vietnamese modernity and French colonialism. All of this is apparent in their architecture, design, and lifestyle.
Tourists can experience the best of Vietnamese accommodation through the large and boutique hotels in Saigon. The best for luxury and leisure at the very heart of this bustling city can be found in the Sheraton Saigon, the Hotel des Arts, and the Intercontinental Asian Saigon.
Among the three, the Sheraton Saigon is closest to the river. It provides guests 500 rooms of chic and smart accommodations and eight dining and drinking options. Both the Sheraton and Hotel des Arts offer amazing rooftop bar experience. Hotel des Arts is new and much smaller with 168 rooms, but it offers trendy and luxurious all-white accommodations. The Intercontinental Asiana Saigon is 5-star luxury in all their 300 rooms. Located near the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ben Thanh Market, it also features gourmet dining, a spa, and a rooftop pool.
Many tourists choose Saigon for its war history. There are a number of places to visit and things to do to satisfy this fascination. Visitors can start at the Reunification Palace is a five-story structure full of vintage items and equipment. Next stop is the War Remnants Museum full of items, stories, and replicas of war events and moments. The Cu Chi Tunnels will give tourists the resistance fighter experience and can even fire live weapons.
For those interested in learning more about the country as a whole, the Museum of Vietnamese History is near the Botanical Gardens and has numerous antiques on display. French colonial architecture is readily visible in the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Saigon Opera House, and the Fine Arts Museum.
For a more oriental Vietnamese experience, there are still plenty of such structures available for viewing. One is the oldest temple, Giac Lam Pagoda, and two others that are also open to the public,the Jade Emperor Pagoda and PhuocAn Hoi Quan Pagoda. The food and the marketplaces of Ben Thanh and Cho Binh Tay are also must-visits.
The city weaves such a rich tapestry of scents, flavors, and experiences. From large to boutique hotels in Saigon, from war museums to temples, and from palaces to markets, thisis one city any tourist will enjoy.