Bitexco Financial Tower

Inaugurated in October 2010, the 262.5 metre high Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Vietnam. Located in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City's business and entertainment core, the tower has 68 floors, a 50th floor helipad, and 3 basements. And on the 49th floor, Saigon Skydeck has full, breathtaking panoramas of the city available for VND200,000. The skyscraper also contains restaurants and a lounge that opened in late 2011.

The design inspiration for Bitexco Financial Tower was drawn from Vietnam's national flower, the Lotus. The lotus is a symbol of optimism and commitment. If you can't indulge in a helicopter ride up to the 50th floor, you can probably at least check out the Saigon Skydeck one floor below or unwind with a drink on the 52nd floor in the lounge. Enjoy superb views of HCMC below.

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The Archbishop's Palace

With its imposing exterior, replete with wooden shutters and balconies, the Archbishop's Palace was originally built in 1790 for the French Bishop of Adran, it was relocated in 1946 to its current site. This colonial wonder is one of the best maintained examples of French architecture in Saigon.

If you want to visit a fine example of HCMC colonial architecture, look no further than The Archbishop's Palace. The property is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu in District 3, Saigon. Its original appearance and shape have not been altered for over 200 years. 

On the same site, you will also be able to view a smaller wooden house, which is regarded to be the oldest building in Saigon. In 1980, workmen replaced the insides of the insect-eaten pillar wood with reinforced concrete. They managed to keep the outer wood shell though, so the appearance is one of antiquity.

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