By Mario Ng
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is known as the more developed cousin, compared to the laid-back city of Hanoi. Hence, the pace in Saigon is relatively faster, and could be a good thing for those who wish to cover more in a shorter time.
Ho Chi Minh City has grown a lot, especially after it was reunified after the Vietnam War. Since then, it has become Vietnam’s financial centre, with many MNCs choosing to set up shop in Saigon. This allows the city to have a good mix of cultural and modern sights, with many heading to HCMC not just to enjoy the museums, but also to enjoy the relatively modern city, compared to its more laid-back cousins in other cities. Yet, Ho Chi Minh City is still continuing to grow, and this can only be good news for travellers, who are enjoying top-quality restaurants and sights in the city.
Below lies our version of a 4-day itinerary of Ho Chi Minh City, which is perfect for first-timers, as well as those who love to cover as much as possible!
To find out more about each attraction, be sure to click on them to find out more within straitstravellers!
By Mario Ng
When it comes to hotel room service, we generally have a couple of things to look out for in determining if that particular hotel’s room service is worth it. First, we do expect the prices to be quite high, as with most five-star (or otherwise similarly-ranked) hotels. Correspondingly, in terms of taste, the food should be similar to what one can find in good restaurants in the country. Based on the above, we rate Sofitel Saigon Plaza’s room service!
We attempted to order a set of dishes that we thought best represent a starter, main, and dessert. Hence, we ordered three local dishes that we thought would represent Vietnam well!
By Mario Ng
Réhahn's pictures greet you at Sofitel Saigon Plaza
When we headed down to Ho Chi Minh City, we stayed at Sofitel Saigon Plaza for three nights. We previously stayed at Sofitel Sentosa Singapore & Spa and enjoyed our time there. We thought that Ho Chi Minh City’s version should provide us with a similar experience, if not better! Moreover, there is a club lounge available here, something Sofitel Sentosa Singapore & Spa does not have. This makes perfect sense for us to check this hotel out. We managed to secure three nights at the Prestige Suite, translating to 65 square metres of space!