Concierge

We know that when our guests choose a holiday destination they want more than just a hotel – they seek the opportunity to embrace new and authentic experiences. With InterContinental Saigon Hotel & Residences and it's ‘In the Know’ Concierge Programme, members of our team can guide you on visits to Saigon local heritage and cultural sights, provide tips on the host of colourful festivals throughout the year, or arrange personalised trips around Ho Chi Minh City and its surroundings.

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Perfect Day

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Morning

Kick start a perfect day out with a steaming hot bowl of Pho Bo or Pho Ga (Vietnamese beef noodle or chicken noodle, respectively), then complement it with a strong dose of Café Sua Da (Vietnamese iced condensed milk coffee) at Market 39, located on the lobby level of the hotel. For the more adventurous types who would like to sample other breakfast options, head out and take a morning stroll to Dong Khoi Street. There you will find lots of street side Vietnamese baguette stalls, cafes and noodle stands on every corner. At the beginning of Dong Khoi Street, you can easily spot the historic 130-year- old Notre Dame Cathedral with the beautiful statue of Virgin Mary in front of the church. Now head right of the cathedral and you will come upon Saigon Post Office taking us back to the early 20th century when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina.

Today it remains a fully functioning post office with public telephone booths to make international phone calls, writing benches and tables and souvenir shops. Continuing on Dong Khoi Street, Saigon Opera House or Nha Hat Thanh Pho in Vietnamese will be on your left. Saigon Opera House frequently showcases Vietnamese opera performances. Interested in watching a show? No problem, our Concierge can help book tickets for you. Keep pace along the street and you will encounter numerous shops with special offers of massage and food deals. It is also worth wandering into some of the various tailoring shops along here to purchase one-of- a-kind pieces that can be customised to fit your body perfectly for a fraction of the price back home. Vietnamese tailors offer high quality workmanship at a great value, and with an impressive turnaround time to boot.

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Afternoon

After lunch, head to Ho Chi Minh City Museum (on the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia in District 1) for an evocative look into the history of the country, a timeline when the Vietnamese founded their first nation in the North of Vietnam until the present day. The space occasionally hosts exhibitions featuring antiques collectors with relics and antiques looking back as far as thousands of years. From here, take a 10-minute walk to the crowded Ben Thanh Market – erected in 1912, this is one of the city’s oldest historical landmarks. The market, a commercial symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, is where tourists can easily find lots of local items. On your way back to the hotel, don’t forget to stop by Reunification Palace - a must-see for anyone visiting Saigon. Formerly known as Independence Palace, Reunification Palace used to be both home and workplace of the Presidents of South Vietnam during the American War. From the palace to the hotel is a 10-minute walk. Now, it is time to relax after a day of walking and sightseeing at Spa InterContinental, located on the 3rd floor of the hotel, where your body and soul can relax and rejuvenate. Our spa brings local expertise to life with unique treatments that rely on traditional Vietnamese herbs and plants.

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Evening

Start off your evening at our stylish Purple Jade bar and enjoy its worldliness cocktails while deciding on the plethora of delicious dining choices this cosmopolitan city provides. Right next door, M Plaza Saigon offers an array of dining options, cafes, bars and supermarket, from Japanese and Chinese to Korean and Western, that’s sure to satiate any discerning palate. However, the gorgeously decorated Mandarin Restaurant is the perfect combination of authentic central Vietnamese food and ambiance, and with just a short taxi driving away, it definitely should not be missed.

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In the Know

Getting Around

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Bus Routes

Taking the bus is not recommended for first time visitors in Saigon. Please contact our Concierge team if you wish to take a tour around the city.

 

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Saigon Railway

The Saigon Railway Station is located in District 3. This station is the largest and most important railway transportation hub in Vietnam. Guests can take a train from Ho Chi Minh City to the central and northern parts of the country. Please contact our Concierge for schedules and timetables.

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Taxi / Limousine

Taxis are always available in front of our main entrance. The hotel also offer a limousine service upon request. Please contact our Concierge team for more details or to make an arrangement.

Local Culture

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Gratuities

Tipping is at your discretion. Please note that most of the hotel charges automatically include a certain percentage for service charge. While it is far from mandatory, most locals will typically leave a small amount of change behind as a gratuity.

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Weather

Ho Chi Minh City falls to subequatorial tropical monsoon. The common characteristic of Ho Chi Minh’s weather is high temperature and humidity throughout the year. There are two seasons in Ho Chi Minh City, with the wet season from May to November and the dry season from December to May. The average temperature is between 23oC and 35oC.

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What to Wear

Wear light, comfortable cotton clothing for everyday wear. Casual wear is acceptable anywhere but certain establishment and restaurants require “smart casual”(collared shirt, trousers and shoes, not sandals.)