Vietnam – Kingdom of the South 越南

I recently made another trip to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam which is about 2 hrs away from Singapore. Incidentally I’ll be going again in October. If you book a flight now till end September and 90 days advance till August 2017, return flight is only Singapore$190 inclusive of all taxes, meals and 30kg luggage.

I booked on short notice, so my flight cost Singapore$560 but I prefer Singapore Airlines. I’ve taken Tiger Airways before, which is cheap and effecient. Some of the routes are operated by SIA anyway.  But I like bigger seats. If you plan your tickets in advance, SIA is having a promotion now.

I stayed at Sedona Suites, operated by Keppel, it’s quite old. But recently undergone a renovation. I noticed that most of their tenants are Asian. Breakfast spread for instance was prawn noodle, roti prata, wanton noodles etc on different mornings. Home away from home feeling. But if you’re used to continental style breakfast, this may not be your thing.

They’ve a recent partnership with Liberty Hotel 10F across Le Loi Boulevard. Advice of security guard : clasp your handbag tightly under armpits in case of moving motorcycles

Posh lobby of Liberty Hotel

This is a new hotel with roof top tiny pool (fabulous view) and gym. Including a movie theatre . Get a coupon from the receptionist at Sedona.


Pool view. Chill at night. In the afternoon after 9am, gets a bit warm.


Le Loi Boulevard where you cross to Liberty Hotel – grey taller building

Takashimaya department store just opened next door to Sedona. So even if you’re caught by the monsoon rains, no fear – all day dining of Western, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine around the corner.

Ben Tanh market where I bought fragrance, bags, fresh seafood, cut out greeting cards.

When I first went to Vietnam in 2007, you get a favourable rate with US$. Now you get a better rate paying with Vietnam dong.

Watch DVD such as House of Cards series in the hotel. They fixed a DVD player for me.

Miu Miu 4 spa is around the corner and walking distance. They speak English and take reservations. Rates inclusive of tax and tips. Good and clean. Rates on websites. Miu Miu is so popular among locals and expat that they’ve 4 outlets 1, 2, 3 and 4. So note the branch address.
Address: 4 Chu Mạnh Trinh, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam


After spa snacks and lotus tea with ginger and lotus seeds.


Want to try fruit juice , French bakery etc ? Just across the street. Same street as the photo showing Liberty Hotel. Le loi – pronounced the Vietnamese way not French.

Distance to the airport: 20 mins


Sedona Suites,
Saigon Centre Building
Le Loi Blvd,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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