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.


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.


Saigon Central Post Office

One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam.

Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings.

Sightseeing & Shopping

Even if you don't have a bundle of postcards to send to the relatives back home, you should still drop into Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. Check the working phone booths, and the beautiful, handpainted maps on either side of the interior walls that depict Saigon and the surrounding area in 1892, and the former telegraph lines of Cochin China. Souvenirs stalls off either side of the entrance sell the usual memorabilia, including a large selection of fictional "Tintin in Vietnam" covers.

Posting a Letter

This is very much a working post office. You can send letters and parcels (don't wrap them up till you're at the counter), change money, buy stamps and books, and browse a good selection of collector coin and stamp sets. Across the street from Saigon Central Post Office lies Notre Dame Cathedral, so you can explore and photograph both sights in the one visit.

Opening Hours & Entrance Fees

Opening hours: From 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

These are the opening hours for the working post office if visitors plan to post letters and parcels. For sightseeing however, the building may be accessible until later in the day.

Entrance fee: Free

New Color of the Saigon Central Post Office

The Central Post Office got its new paint job at the end of 2014, but many people are unhappy about it. While the new color sets a nice contrast to the red Notre Dame Church, it is too overwhelming for most.


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