An eclectic city by day, Saigon develops an energetic energy and creates a certain intrigue once dusk falls. This evening tour will take you to one of the city’s most reputable restaurants for dinner, followed by a visit to one of the city’s bopping jazz clubs where Vietnamese and foreign musicians can regularly be seen jamming into the wee hours.
Hoa Tuc is a wonderful restaurant and an excellent place to experience fine Vietnamese cuisine. The building is a colonial era opium factory in a quiet square. The food’s good, the decor’s attractive with options of either indoor and outdoor seating and the location insulates it from the city hustle.
If there is a show on and we are able to secure tickets (two large if’s), after your meal you may be lucky enough to catch a performance at the Saigon Opera House. Its architecture was influenced by the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic, with the façade shaped like the Petit Palais which was built in the same year in France in 1911.
After dinner (and a show), its time to stroll down Dong Khoi street, past iconic landmarks such the former Hotel De Ville and the Rex Hotel, where the derogatorily named ‘five o clock follies’ took place each day during the ‘American War’.
You end the evening at one of the city’s happening jazz clubs. You guide will have accompanied you between the hotel, restaurant, Opera House and to the club…but you may wish to let him or her go home at this point. Most of the hotels we use are central and its only likely to be a short walk home and Saigon is a very safe city even in the late evening.