Originating from Red River Delta during the 11th century, this style of theatre uses a shallow pool of water as a stage. Accompanied by a traditional orchestra, singers tell ancient Vietnamese story about the daily life of the locals, national history and folklore tales while the puppets made from lacquered wood glide, float, fly and swin aross the stage.
Set inside an exquisite colonial villa, this museum is home to art from the 7th to 17th centuries along with rotating exhibits of contemporory art by local and international artists. The second floor features a permanent collection of sketches, paintings and statues, many of which focus on the resistance to colonial rule. The third floor exhibits older works from Vietnam's history.
The Central Post Office, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in around Saigon, was designed at the end of the 19th century by renowned French architect. The post office has in its interior a spectacular dome of gilded capitals that rests on metal pill painted green. The facade outside of the post office made from choral tone whitish with violet in cream color. Besides being a tourist attraction, it is important to remember that it is, in fact, a working post office.
War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it house harrowing displays from the American War. Established in 1975, it is home to US armoured vehicles, bombs, infantry weapons and controversial images detailing the brutality of war. Not to be missed is Requiem, a homeage to the photojournalists who lost their lives covering both sides of the conflict.
Reunification Palace, also know as Independence Palace is a famous historical construction of Viet Nam during the wars. The official handover of power took place here in 1975 and the palace becomes a monument to that historic date. Nowadays, although it is occasionally used for official government functions, the Reunification Palace is primarily a tourist destination in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Saigon Opera House is one of the top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. Great photo opportunities await travelers who seek out the Saigon Opera House, as the building is a fine example of French colonical architecture. The currently most famous show you can watch is the A O Show, a blend of Cirque du Soleil and traditional Vietnamese elements.
Notre Dame Catheral is a twin towered catheral which is one of the most prominent architectual marvels. It was built in 1877 with materials imported from France. Sitting between two busy streams of traffic, the street outside are always bustling with tourists, locals and street vendors. Inside, although the decor is austere, the church comes alive during services.
Ben Thanh is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese produces. In the market, you can find clothes (the famous Vietnamese Ao Dai Costume and also Vietnamese hat), footwear, accessories, jewelry, hardware, souvenirs, crafts, flowers, nuts, food and restaurant. The highlight of the main facade of Ben Thanh Market is the huge block housed in the middle of the turret from the front door.
The bed is to die for. There are many street food around the area within walking distance, although cabbing is also quite cheap. The hotel provides ree bathtub in room, and also free sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and afternoon tea.
Stayed here for 8 nights, it's a great property. Very central like walking distance to coffee, food, great little story just a couple of minutes (Anam Market)......they even had Kusmi tea from Paris. The hotel spa was rather good & they had 40% off some treatments