Explore the Heritage staycation in the Heart of Saigon

Rate from VND 7,090,000++ per room per night

Valid until 31st March 2016

One of the interesting aspects when travelling to a city is learning about its history and development. While you are in the Heart of Saigon, Caravelle invites you to take a step back in time with Tim Doling, a writer and local historian on one of his Ho Chi Minh City Heritage Tours.

• Minimum 2 nights in one of our Suites with full Signature Privileges.
• Rate is valid for 2 pax joining a group tour
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in the room and throughout the hotel.
• Saigon Tour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings – subject to change (prior reservation essential)
• Cho Lon (Chinatown)Tour on Wednesday and Friday mornings – subject to change (prior reservation essential)
• Non-refundable prepayment once the tour is confirmed.
• Rate is subject to 5% service charge and 10% VAT


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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.


19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,
Tel: (84-8) 3823 4999, Email: hotel@caravellehotel.com
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