For a local perspective on Ho Chi Minh City’s rich heritage and way of life, our PARKROYAL people will gladly assist you with tips and recommendations on some of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, and the tourist spots that are located within the hotel vicinity.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Commonly referred to as Ho Chi Minh Airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport is Vietnam's largest, providing travellers with an international and a domestic terminal, two runways and more than 40 flight operators
Formerly known as Tan Son Nhut Air Base at the height of the Vietnam War, Tan Son Nhat International Airport was once one of the world's busiest military aviation sites. Today, Tan Son Nhat Airport is still full of activity, catering to civilian clientele and cargo with nearly 400 international and domestic flights daily.
Long-stay and short-stay travellers looking for a Ho Chi Minh City airport hotel can stay at PARKROYAL Saigon, where elegantly furnished rooms and suites are just a 5 minute drive from the Tan Son Nhat Airport's main entrance.
War Remnants Museum
Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the Ho Chi Minh City's most popular war museums. Focusing first and foremost on the revolutionary Vietnam War, which heavily involved the American military, the museum's eight themed exhibitions are aptly displayed in the same building that once housed the United States Information Agency.
War Remnants Museum Exhibits
Open daily from 7:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm, the War Remnants Museum's many spectacles provide a window into the past from a distinctly Vietnamese perspective. Beyond the complex, the exhibits continue with military helicopters, fighter jets and an arsenal of undetonated explosives dispersed throughout the grounds, as well replicas of the "tiger cages" – infamous enclosures used to contain prisoners of war on Con Son Island.
After an afternoon on the front lines retreat back to the modern style and comfort of PARKROYAL Saigon, an ideally located hotel near the War Remnants Museum, conveniently located just 15 minutes away.
Binh Tay Market / Cho Lon
Often overshadowed by the much-praised Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay Market brings a special charm to Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown, better known to the locals as Cho Lon.
Visitors can expect to find freshly-caught seafood and just-picked produce creating a colourful perimeter around the market's outer edge, while the space behind the market walls bursts with the bright hues of bulk-goods, from herbs and spices to dried fruits and nuts. Nestled at the back, a cluster of vendors serving traditional Vietnamese are ready to refuel weary shoppers with delicious dishes.
Though typical tourist trinkets are inevitably interspersed throughout, Binh Tay Market's allure lies in its authenticity, making it a must-see attraction for travellers wanting to experience the "real" Vietnam.
Despite being a pivotal point of command in World War I and World War II, the Independence Palace is best known as a vestige of the Vietnam War and the official site of the Fall of Saigon. With a history as colourful as its opulent corridors, the Independence Palace, otherwise known as the Reunification Palace, is a marvel of mid-century architecture and an inspiring attraction for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Independence Palace Opening Hours
Open to the public daily from 7:30am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 5:00pm, visitors to the Reunification Palace can explore each room at their own pace or in the company of an experienced tour guide.
Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center
Not to be confused with Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Centre (TBECC), another of the area's principal business facilities located near Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) is a spectacular venue set just beyond the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.