Things to do
While the location of our hotels in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 ensures easy access to the most important local sites, our hotels themselves offer plenty of things to do. From a relaxing day at the spa, a delightful drink or meal in Lamenda Café, or a tranquil afternoon on the rooftop terrace with a pool, there is plenty to enjoy at A&EM Hotels.
Saigon Central Post Office
Built between 1886 and 1891, the fully operational post office is one of the city's most admired and photographed landmarks. Designed by Frenchman Alfred Foulhoux, he is the name behind some of the city's famous buildings.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Saigon was constructed by the French between 1863 and 1880 with all materials being shipped from France. The cathedral is located adjacent to the Saigon Post Office and is a recommended attraction during a visit to Saigon.
The Reunification or Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập) and it's location has a long history dating back to the mid-1800's. The palace has been occupied by France, Japan and later Vietnam. The current building was rebuilt in 1996 after incurring damage and continues to stand as we see it today.
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue walking street is a drawcard and is especially popular in the evenings, lined with cafes, restaurants and the occasional street entertainment. The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, formerly known as Hotel de Ville and City Hall lies at one end. One of Saigon's most photographed landmarks, it was built in 1902-1908. Across the road is a bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh. At the other end of the street is the Saigon River.
Saigon Opera House
The 500 seat Saigon Opera House was built in 1897 and most recently restored in 1995. With distinct French colonial architecture, the theatre continues to hold regular performing arts.
Ben Thanh Market
The most famous market in Saigon, this bustling market was built in 1912 and is on most people list of places to visit. Selling food, clothing, souvenirs, tailoring and almost everything you could possibly need. Open all day for the indoor market and the outdoor market is open every evening until late. The market is a short walk from the hotel. (* the night market is currently suspended until international travellers can return)
War Remnants Museum
One of the most visited museums in Vietnam, particularly among foreigners, the museum contains exhibits from past wars with the French and the US. First opened in 1975, the museum houses military equipment and aircraft, scene recreations and photo exhibits.
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum is another product of French architecture and was completed in 1890. The museum also houses several underground tunnels constructed when the building was occupied by the Presidential Office.
While visitors are free to explore the city themselves, a city tour can provide a more informative way to learn about famous sites in the city. A private guide is available for small groups. There is also the option to ride atop the city explorer double-decker bus which has an open air top.
Cu Chi Tunnels
One of the most popular half-day tours is to the historic site of Cu Chi Tunnels. Visitors will get to learn about the history of the area, see relics from the war including military equipment and experience entering the underground tunnels themselves.
No visit to southern Vietnam would be complete without a visit to the Mekong Delta. Sample local life, crafts and floating markets. Full day and overnight tours are available.
For those wary to cross the roads due to all the motorbike traffic, why not join them? Several renowned companies offer back of the bike motorbike experiences offering city tours with local dining and drinks included. Classic Vespa tours are also available. Available day or evenings.
Lamenda Café & Restaurant
Quality and convenience can be found at our very own Lamenda Café & Restaurant. Whether to enjoy a casual drink or a delicious meal, Lamenda Café offers local and international drinks and cuisine. From the indoor and outdoor seating, relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service, Lamenda is great for any occasion.
Local Specialities / Street Food
When in Vietnam it's important to try the local specialities of the region. Saigon is no exception and has many famous local dishes that can be found on the street or in small eateries. There's also an array of exotic fruits, all which can be found neaby.
Saigon River Dinner Cruise
For a different perspective of the city, experience a local dinner cruise along the Saigon River with the backdrop of downtown Saigon glistening in the background. Enjoy tasty Vietnamese food and a unique photo opportunity.
Ben Thanh Market
Built in 1912, Saigon's most famous market is open all day and sells a range of goods from local teas, coffee and food items, souvenir t-shirts, tailored clothes, handbags, watches and souvenirs. At night, stalls are set up outside where the market operates from around 7pm to midnight (subject to demand). A shoe street is located adjacent to the market.
A popular air-conditioned market located on Le Loi Street and adjacent to Saigon Centre, this is a popular tourist retreat for shoppers. Most items are clothing, bags.
Multi-story shopping malls are available with local and international branded stores. Malls have food courts and restaurants. The larger malls include Vincom mall and Saigon Centre which includes Takishimaya. Luxury brands are available at Union Square and nearby.
Dong Khoi Street and Lei Loi Street are popular for high end brands and souvenirs. Ho Chi Minh city also has streets for specific products like cameras and antiques.
Beyond the city's most famous central market, there are others that also attract shoppers. These include the Bình Tây market in Chinatown's District 6 which dates back to the 1880's and the Hồ Thị Kỷ flower market in District 10.