Tran Thanh Nguyen
Welcome To Ho Chi Minh
Saigon, the city has a rich and colourful culture. It's time to put you in touch with the pulse of contemporary Saigon, to bundle you up in enriching, authentic experiences, and start writing the stories that you will be telling for years.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon's Concierge team is respected for “In The Know” service that connects our guests and residents to the pulse of contemporary Saigon by providing them access to authentic and enriching experiences
Begin your perfect day with a short, 5 minute walk from Intercontinental Asiana Saigon to one of Saigon’s “hidden charms”. L’usine Café and Restaurant is tucked away down a small, artist lined alley at 151 Dong Khoi Street and it is here that you will find an impressive French style breakfast menu where attention to detail and perfection is the order of the day. Taking a short walk along Dong Khoi Street will lead you to the picturesque, Saigon Opera House or Nha Hat Thanh Pho in Vietnamese - "nha" means house, "hat" means singing and "thanh pho" means city. The Opera House holds frequent performances of local language operas as well as international concerts. See our Concierge for more details. A short stroll from the hotel brings you to the 130 year old Notre Dame Cathedral, an essential photo for all who visit the city. Interestingly, the Mary statue in front of the church brought tourists from all over the world with it’s apparent “weeping” in 2005. Glance to the right of the Cathedral to see the Saigon Post Office, similarly dating to the early 20th Century while Vietnam was part of French Indochina, the building remains a fully functioning post office to this day.
It is hard to research Vietnam without being overwhelmed with war information. Known to most of the world as the Vietnam War, and known locally as the American War, the War Remnant Museum on the corner of Le Quy Don and Vo Van Tan Street is a confronting, impressive, and often disturbing display of photographs, weaponry and tributes to those who lost their lives. Worthy of special note is the Requiem Exhibit. Recently reprinted and refurbished, Requiem is a tribute to the photographers and journalists on both sides of the war, who lost their lives in search of the perfect shot or the perfect story. Return to Dong Khoi Street once again, where numerous touts will offer you various massage options - foot, body, and an assortment of pampering packages. It is also worth wandering into one of the various tailor shops and having one of the local designers create any garment you can dream of for a fraction of the price of back home. Vietnamese tailors offer good quality, great value and impressive turnaround times for tourists.
Let your evening commence at our stylish Purple Jade bar with one of our signature martinis, while considering the many culinary options the city has to offer. A Saigon favorite, located just a few minutes from the hotel is the gorgeous Mandarin Restaurant, with its central Vietnamese cuisine, traditional decor and charming ambiance.
Dress discreetly while entering temples and other religious places. Always take your shoes off when entering local houses.
It is not usual practice to tip but you can do so when the service is exceptional.
Bring as much change as posible for taxi fare. There are only few reliable taxi companies in town including Vinasun (always park in front of the hotel) and Mai Linh taxi (green color).
Bus is the only form of public transportation in the city, but it is not recommended if you are travelling for the first time to Ho Chi Minh city.
Ho Chi Minh City's weather is mainly warm and humid throughout the year. Bring an umbrella is recommended, as the rain comes unpredictedly from June until October.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Don'ts when travelling within Vietnam
Don’t carry more money than you need when walking around the streets. Don’t wear large amounts of jewelry. There are two reasons for not doing this: (1) It is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public; (2) It is more likely that you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher. Don’t take a ride by motorbike taxi (xe om) if you're not familiar with the city. Don't wear singlet, shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to temples and pagodas. To do this is considered unrespected and offensive. Never sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the family altar when in someone’s house. Do not try to take photographs of military installations or anything to do with the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security. Never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by the local people. Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon.
Do's when travelling within Vietnam
Store your passport, cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place (in-room safes or hotels deposit facility). Take care of all your valuables. Bring as much as change for taxi fare and other public transportation. Bargain 50% when shopping at local markets. Ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone. Use waterproof sun cream if you plan to spend a good amount of time in the water when you travel to Vietnam. Travel with recommend tour agencies. Dress discreetly while entering temples and other religious places. Always remove your shoes at the front door when entering local’s houses.
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Climate & Clothing
Southern Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular has the tropical climate humid and sunny. To enjoy the trip in Ho Chi Minh City the most, don't forget the list of essential items including loose fitting clothes made from light materials such as linen and cotton; comfortable athletic shoes; a light jacket for any special meeting or dinner; a baseball cap and sun cream.
- Corner Hai Ba Trung
- Ho Chi Minh
- Front Desk +84-8-35209999
Distance 7 KM / 4.35 MI EAST to Hotel
From the airport turn right to Truong Son Street Left on Hoang Van Thu Street then turn right to Nguyen Van Troi straight till Reunification Palace turn left to Le Duan Street Hotel is on corner of Hai Ba Trung Street and Le Duan Boulevard.
Station Name: Saigon Train Station
Distance 4.0 KM / 2.49 MI NORTH to Hotel
Taxi Fee From Train Station: $10.00 (USD)
From the train station, turn left to Nguyen Thong St. Continue on the left on Dien Bien Phu St. Straight till Le Van Tam Park, then turn right to Hai Ba Trung St. Straight till you reach corner of Hai Ba Trung St & Le Duan Blvd. The hotel is on the left.
- Car Parking Available
- Controlled Access Gates to Parking
From the airport turn right to Truong Son street, after that turn left on Hoang Van Thu street then turn right to Nguyen Van Troi, go straight till Reunification Palace. Turn left to Le Duan street., InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel is on corner of Hai Ba Trung Street and Le Duan Boulevard shortly after Notre Dame Cathedral.
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