Sunday, November 1, 2015

Panoramic Ho Chi Minh

2009 was my first time to visit Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), at that time we visited the usual tourist attractions - Cu Chi tunnel, Mekong River, the historical structures in District 1 - Notre Dame, Post office building, Ben Thanh Market.

Fast forward to 2014, I had a chance to return to this city, and with only an afternoon to spend in the city center, I chose to see the Bitexco Financial Tower.  

As we approach the city, this skyscraper is prominently seen from the city skyline.

It is the highest building in Saigon, and 2nd in Vietnam. With 68 floors above ground and three basements, the building has a height of 262.5 meters (861 ft), making it the 124th tallest building in the world.

We had several choice for viewing deck, the usual 360 deg view is at the 49th flr - Saigon Skydeck, with entrance of 10 US$ or 200,000 VND per pax.

Instead of paying such amount, we decided to go in a coffee shop at the 50th level - Eon Cafe

It is where we decided to go since it has free entrance, and we only need to purchase their food/beverage which costs almost same for the entrance at the level 49th.

Another option for viewing deck is the 51st floor Eon Bar, while at 52nd is the Helipad Bar, which is were the fine dining version of Eon.

It was a good choice since we spend less and get to consume a drinks or dessert we like.  During that time, they also have CitiBank Credit Card promotion, giving 10% off from our total bill.

At the other side of the bar (towards the toilet side), you can also peek through the function room windows to see another unique sight, a vacant land mass yet to be develop!

In this trip I notice the physical changes to Saigon’s skyline over the past 5 year.  I could imagine this piece of land would also be develop to become another business city.

We spent time till early evening to see the city lights from the top -

It was inspiring to see how this nation blossomed into 21st century modern city.


Hope you enjoyed reading this article, and if you are not yet satisfied with the night shots, I highly recommend you to watch this video clip of Saigon using hyper-lapse photography.  I admit that it influence me to visit Bitexco.

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