Concierge | Caravelle Saigon

Concierge

Located in the main lobby of the hotel, our Concierge team are available and ready to assist you with your needs and provide local expertise and knowledge to ensure your time in Ho Chi Minh City is enjoyable and fulfilling. Details of some options are below, however we will personalise your itinerary as best we can to suit your schedule and wishes.

Please contact Concierge at concierge@caravellehotel.com in advance of your stay to assist in arranging your time and plans.

Hole in One at the West Course, 7th Hole VGCC

Available until 1st February 2016 – Caravelle Saigon is proud to be partnering with Vietnam Golf & Country Club as a Hole-in-One sponsor in 2015. The 7th hole on the West Course will have the following prize for a hole-in-one until 1st February 2016 – open to both members and non-members.

• One night’s accommodation in Heritage Two-Bedroom Suite.
• Three course dinner for four persons at Reflections Fine Dining with welcome martini at Martini Bar.
• Nineteen Buffet Lunch for four persons.
• 60-minute spa treatment for four persons at Kara Spa.

For Hotel Guests and Caravelle Classique Club Members: 
25% off on published green fees (1st February 2015 – 1st February 2016)

For Guests of Hotel guests and Guests of Caravelle Classique Club Members
20% off on published green fees (1st February 2015 – 1st February 2016)

Saigon and Cholon Heritage Tours

Keen to learn in more detail about the history and development of Ho Chi Minh City? Why not take a step back in time with writer and local historian Tim Doling on one of his two brand new four-hour Historic Ho Chi Minh City Heritage Tours, which introduce a wealth of lesser-known attractions alongside the city’s better-known historic vestiges.

The Saigon tour is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and the Cholon tour on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Both tours commence at 8:00am sharp in the lobby of the Caravelle Hotel and cost VND 1,000,000 per person. 

Both tours involve moderate walking plus minibus transportation. Guests are offered a welcome tea or coffee and supplied with a souvenir folder of historic maps and old photographs, which make it easier to imagine how the city once looked.

Tracing the city's development from a Khmer fishing village to a modern economic powerhouse, the Saigon Heritage Tour points out the locations of the two citadels of 1790 and 1837, the canals which once criss-crossed the CBD and the railways and tramways which once ran along its streets. It introduces the development of the naval, river and maritime port areas, the history of the wealthy banking district and the locations of the city's opium refinery, the first and second Ben Thanh Markets and the first wooden cathedral and French governor’s palace. The tour takes in the French colonial “Triangle of Power” and provides new insight into more familiar vestiges like the Unification Palace, the Cathedral and the Post Office, as well as pointing out some locations used by Graham Greene in The Quiet American and several intriguing vestiges of the American era.

The Cholon Heritage Tour examines the city’s origins in the 1680s as a tiny Minh Huong settlement, explaining the history of its seven distinct Chinese communities and their assembly halls, as well as the rivers, canals, creeks, tramways and railways which once passed through it. Touring the city, it points out the house used as the “bachelor pad” in Jean-Jacques Annaux's 1992 film of Marguerite Duras’ The Lover and the site of the first Central Market and visits the current Binh Tay Market and the house where Nguyen Tat Thanh (later Ho Chi Minh) lived for nine months before leaving for France in 1911, as well as numerous temples, assembly halls and churches. On the way, guests also learn about several wealthy Cholon residents who played an important part in the city’s development.

Pre-booking is essential. Please contact Tim Doling on 0128 579 4800 or email: tim.doling@historicvietnam.com

Vietnamese History in Full Colour, Sophie's Art Tour

This tour is delivered by Sophie who has worked in the HCMC arts scene since 2009 as Manager of Galerie Quynh and Southeast Asia Director for independent film festival Future Shorts. Sophie’s Art tour takes a closer look at the major shifts in Vietnam’s modern history through the eyes and personal experience of artists and is not just for art lovers but also for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam.

The tour begins at a café where guests are given an introduction to modern Vietnamese history. The first stop on the tour is a private collection including works by students of the French founded School of Fine Arts which show the European styles fused with traditional Vietnamese materials and techniques. 

Guests are then driven in an air‐conditioned vehicle to the next gallery, a space connected to the largest private collection of propaganda art in Vietnam. Here they will learn about how propaganda was produced and distributed during and after the war and how it was influences by China and Russia.

The tour continues to HCMC Fine Arts Museum, an impressive example of Sino ‐French architecture, where guests will look at the work of wartime artists. These sketches demonstrate how artists have been essential tools of government, in resistance, revolution and reconstruction of a nation. 

The last stop is one of the cities leading contemporary art galleries which houses changing exhibitions of works by Vietnamese and international artists. Guests will learn how these spaces are nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. 

The tour runs from Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm. Bookings on Sunday and afternoons can be arranged.

Cu Chi Tunnels half-day tour

Extremely popular, this famous network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960's when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City. This functioning underground labyrinth consisted of secret trapdoors, weapon factories, command centers, hospitals, kitchens and sleeping quarters.

CAO DAI TEMPLE

Cao Dai Temple - Indigenous to Vietnam, Cao Dai religion is a fusion of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, with elements of Christianity and Islam. Explore this fascinating site and attend the colorful noon-day mass held by Cao Dai
followers. It is an experience not to be missed. 

Please contact our Concierge via ext. 27008.

Mekong Delta full-day boat tour

Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta yields enough rice to feed the country with a sizable surplus. Although the Mekong is primarily rural, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Vietnam and nearly every hectare is intensively farmed. With lush rice paddies and fish farms, this delta plain also nourishes the cultivation of sugarcane, fruit, coconut and shrimp…

Please contact our Concierge via ext. 27008.

Ho Chi Minh City half-day tour

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, has long been considered the cultural and commerce Heart of Vietnam. Saigon is a fast-paced city with charming colonial architecture and wide boulevards boasting an endless flow of motorcycles. Today Ho Chi Minh City has something to offer everyone, from market vendors selling local arts and crafts to luxury boutiques, street stalls serving local culinary dishes to high-end restaurants… 

Please contact our Concierge via ext. 27008.

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