Ho Chi Minted: Luxury Lovers’ Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minted: Luxury Lovers’ Guide to Ho Chi Minh City


Forget the capital Hanoi: luxury travel in Vietnam doesn’t get more impressive than in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you’ll find some of the most opulent hotels, finest restaurants and most cosmopolitan shopping outlets in southeast Asia, perfect for a honeymoon, blow-out holiday or to treat someone special. Here are five decadent activities to put on your to-do list.

Take a private guided tour around the city’s sights

A personal guided tour with a knowledgeable local expert is the best way to see the city’s key landmarks and trace its tumultuous past. HCMC has a fascinating history of French and Vietnamese rule, which is still evident in the contrasting architectural styles around the city. The must-see sights include the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, History Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Central Post Office and Jade Emperor Pagoda. You can also book private art tours to visit the city’s fantastic art galleries.


Take a cruise along the Mekong Delta

Cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private longtail boat with your own butler is an experience not to be missed. The buzz of the city will soon be forgotten as you sail the sleepy, tranquil waterways of the delta, passing fishing villages, small islands and jungle-canopied canals on the way. Your on-board butler can even serve up a delicious Champagne picnic of local specialties during the day.


Find the five star touch

You’re never far from luxury here, and in the heart of the city in District 1 you’ll find the Reverie Saigon, one of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, which also houses one of the city’s most luxurious spas. The city is renowned for its shopping too, with cutting edge fashion, art and homeware from international and local talent. The high-end Union One and Saigon Centre shopping areas feature luxury fashion labels such as Yves Saint Lauren, Versace, Dior and more, and there’s also plenty of homegrown talent to discover. Vietnam Fashion Week regular Thuy is one label not to miss while you’re in the city – find the Thuy Design House on Dong Khoi Street in District 1.


Explore the city by night on a vintage Vespa

If you’re the adventurous types, feeling the breeze run through your hair on the back of a vintage Vespa is a fantastic way to see the sights and get an authentic experience of life in HCMC. There are a number of companies which run tours in city and you can choose to see the city come to life in lights on a night tour, or see the sights of your choosing by day – ask the concierge at the hotel you’re staying at for their local recommendations.


Book a private box at the Saigon Opera House

Evenings don’t get more romantic than watching a show in a private box at the Municipal Theatre (often called the Saigon Opera House). Home to the HCMC Ballet and the Ballet and Symphony Orchestra, the venue also hosts performances by visiting artists and popular shows sell out early. The building itself is also a fantastic example of French colonial architecture in the city. If you’re keen for a cocktail after the show, the Heli Bar on the 52nd floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower has some of the best views in HCMC – and they’re even more spectacular at night.

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Naomi Isted
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