Retracing the Past
Visit what were some of the most important places in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Retracing the Past, Vietnam
Commence this morning’s tour with a visit the shrine outside of the US Consulate before continuing to the former CIA building (outside visit only), where helicopters evacuated the remaining US citizens in 1975. Head to the rooftop café of the Rex hotel, a familiar landmark for Americans during the Vietnam War. Sit down for a drink, enjoy the view and this piece of history, which your guide will help to explain. Then visit the Reunification Palace for a guided tour of the former headquarters of the South Vietnamese Government and residence of the presidents. Drive to the former residence of the US Ambassador of South Vietnam in the early 1960s, Mr Henry Cabbot Lodge, who conducted a mission to overthrow the South Vietnamese Government. Here you can watch an exclusive ten minute documentary film about Saigon during that time while enjoying a cold drink. You will then be driven to a historic venue for a simple lunch of “pho” (noodle soup). The house number 07 on Ly Chinh Thang street is now known as Pho Binh restaurant, which used to be the headquarters of Viet Cong Commanders and is where they gathered to plan for the 1968 Tet Offensive. Take a walk upstairs to learn more about the history through the family’s photo collection. You can then sit down and enjoy the traditional taste of pho downstairs before being driven back to your hotel.
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.