Historic Ho Chi Minh Square offers tranquility and elegance amid the teeming, traffic-filled streets of South Vietnam’s dynamic capital.
The square is a snapshot of 19th- and 20th-century South Vietnamese history. Explore the country’s colonial past through the French architecture, which surrounds the square. Reflect on more recent history beneath the billowing national red flags and statue of communist revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh. Indulge in trappings of modern consumerism in the high-end boutiques and big brand stores that dot the surrounding streets.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall takes up an entire block on the north side of the square. Completed by the French in 1908, the city hall is based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The building contains government offices, so is off-limits to the public. You can, however, get close enough to admire the details in the white-and-yellow façade and well-preserved pillars and arches.
Follow the path through the park in front of the city hall and enjoy perfectly manicured hedges and the blooms of hibiscus and poinsettia. At the center of the park, admire a statue of the father of the reunified Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, who sits cradling a small child.
On the east side of the square admire the Rex Hotel. This was also built by the French, in 1927, although its main significance lies in the role it played during the Vietnam War. During the conflict the hotel’s rooftop bar was a popular haunt for military officials, diplomats and war correspondents. Enjoy a cocktail or dinner in the refurbished bar, widely considered to be one of the world’s best. The views over the downtown area at sunset are spectacular.
Walk a block east to see the Saigon Opera House, built by the French at the end of the 19th century. During the Vietnam War it served as a shelter for refugees. Today the flamboyant theater is home to the city’s symphony orchestra and opera company.
Ho Chi Minh Square is located in the city’s downtown area, known as District 1, just 5 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of the airport.
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Old world charm and top notch service in a great location. The breakfast buffet is spectacular.
Nice room. Walking distance to shopping areas & food.
Great hotel location and facing the Ben Bach Dang riverside. Witihin walking distance to restaurants and stores. Nice hotel with super clean and spacious rooms with the beautiful view of Ben Bach Dang. Modern and very clean bathrooms. Have not had a chance to try the restaurants inside the hotel ...
Cleanliness, safe ,quiet, excellence service, connect to small shopping mall with food court.
Roof pool was fantastic after a hot day sight seeing. Breakfast buffet is good. Room was OK but shower/bath a bit sad.
They have a rooftop bar. They have a casino. They offer umbrellas. They have a lot of great amenities. Some drawbacks are that the breakfast in the morning is extremely busy and the staff is overworked so service is a bit poor. The rooms are nice but there is too much noise from outside and in from ...