Graceful Saigon Hotel
Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
... Han Ngon for our last Vietnamese lunch. Next stop was the hotel pool for a swim before heading off to the 'prison' just around the corner in the botanical gardens. This was the site of the Ho Chi Min zoo. It was a disgusting example of how animals should not be kept with small, filthy enclosures and little protection for the animals from the masses of locals who taunted them and threw food and rubbish into their inadequate pens. It really did feel like ...
... English and seemed to be a little 'too kool for skool' with his reversed baseball cap and his Nike air trainers! The first thing to hit us when leaving the airport was the heat...wow...we were definitely in the South of the country now and boy did we know it! The humidity felt more dense and heavy than the North and that was difficult enough to cope with! Nevertheless we made our introductions to the new guide and continued on in our pimped up four wheel drive ...
... Linda and Clare on their manicures and Judy and I went up to have our massages. It was lovely, with hots rocks, and very relaxing. We heard the other girls come up giggling, apparently they had been surprised by a man standing in his undies when they were shown into the changing room.
The manicure was not great, but it was nice to sit and be pampered a bit longer, enjoying the after effects of the massage. Once the other girls ...
... stop of the day was the War Remnants museum, which I remember from 2000 as being extremely haunting, but they have definitely toned it down a lot, removing most of the foetuses harmed by Agent Orange that were in jars from wall displays, and focusing more on photo displays instead. They even changed the name from War Crimes Museum. It is still a very one sided portrayal of the 'American War' but gives a good insight into the history of Vietnam and the various ...
... scrounge around for part-time work, such as teaching English, or working as an interpreter.
According to our guide, the Vietnamese government has taken a hands-off approach to the economy. Anything goes. And we certainly saw lots of evidence of the free enterprise system along the streets of Saigon. Political dissent seems possible, but only one political party is permitted.
The government provides a lot of infrastructure: electricity and water are provided, roads ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Kids activities or Babysitting
TravelPod Member ReviewsGraceful Saigon Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
The hotel is quite nice, thou a bit expensive for the 32 USD/night. Breakfast is good. Nice and friendly stuff. But the noise outside during the night is unbearable even with the earplugs, so never stay in the room facing the main street, since the simple glass in the windows do not protect from the outside noise at all.
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