Forget New York: if there’s a city that never sleeps, Ho Chi Minh City is it. The southern Vietnamese city previously known as Saigon is hot, noisy, mysterious, romantic and dynamic. You’re never far from luxury in this popular city – here are five experiences you won’t want to miss on a trip to this fabulous city.
Take a private guided tour around the sights
A fascinating history of French and Vietnamese rule plays out in the architecture and culture of HCMC, and as such there are plenty of sights to see. Guided by your own personal interests, a private guide can take you to see the city’s highlights and show you the little-known sights that only locals know about. If you’re interested in history, the major sights include the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, History Museum, Notre Dame Basilica and Central Post Office. Art lovers will be keen to see the Fine Arts Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda (one of the most atmospheric temples in the city), plus the chance to explore artisan crafts created by locals. You can easily spend a few days exploring the major sights in HCMC so take your time exploring the city’s past.
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Rejuvenate body & mind at a luxury spa
A massage will be the perfect antidote to jetlag or to rejuvenate weary legs after days of sightseeing, and luckily HCMC is synonymous with spas. With plenty dotted around the city, one of the best spas is in one of the great luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, the Reverie Saigon. Choose from authentic Vietnamese treatments and pamper mind, body and soul.
See the city from up high at the Saigon Skydeck
By night HCMC dazzles in lights and looks spectacular. The best place to appreciate the city’s sprawling urban landscape is from the tallest tower in HCMC, the Bitexco Financial Tower, also known as the Saigon Skydeck. Here you can take in the fantastic views from the Skydeck, dine at the fabulous restaurant EON 51, or drink cocktails from up high at the Heli Bar.
Discover culture at the Saigon Opera House
Culture lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch a show at the Saigon Opera House, also known as the Municipal Theatre. The theatre is home to the HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra and also hosts performances by visiting artists. Book a private box for the very best experience.
Unwind on a luxury Mekong Delta cruise
A cruise along the calm waterways of the famous Mekong Delta is a day well spent away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the end of your trip. A private guide can pick you up from your hotel and you’ll spend the day exploring the beautiful river as it winds its way past stilted houses, islands and local villages. You can choose to stop off and visit local markets to explore the provenance of Vietnam-cetric ingredients on your cruise, or just unwind and watch the world go by with a Champagne picnic hosted by your very own on-board butler. Life doesn’t get much better.
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