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Independence Palace
Holiday Travel Guide

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Stand in front of the imposing Reunification Palace and imagine the scenes at this very spot when the Viet Cong recaptured Saigon in 1975. Explore the lavishly decorated president’s quarters and view old wartime equipment in the basement command center.

Walk across the large green park and you will arrive at the white façade of Reunification Palace. Topped with a giant national flag, the building was constructed on the exact site of the old Norodom Palace, home of the governor of Indochina. Despite the efforts of President Ngo Dinh Diem to make the palace his own following the French evacuation in 1954, it was torn down following an assassination attempt against him by two pilots. The new structure was named Independence Palace after its completion in 1966 but this was changed when the American occupation ended 9 years later.

As you approach the main entrance, notice a tank on a raised platform outside. This is a tribute to the moment when soldiers smashed through the palace gates to claim back Saigon and end the Vietnam War.

Once inside, watch a short film that tells the story of the war and the role of the palace within it. This lasts about 15 minutes and is repeated every 30 minutes. Continue through the network of corridors and chambers on the ground floor to the former president’s quarters at the back of the palace. Along the cabinets, admire a collection of model boats as well as some more bizarre decorative features including horses’ tails and elephants’ feet.

Be sure to check out the room for playing cards upstairs. Fitted with a bar, cinema and round leather sofa, this spot would not look out of place in a James Bond movie.

Notice that there are fewer luxury appliances in the command center, hidden away in the basement. Dark wooden paneling lines the walls while the small working stations are filled with radio equipment and detailed maps once used to launch brutal offensives.

Reunification Palace is located about half an hour away from the city center by car. It is open daily and there is a small admission fee.

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Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$57 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)
Cute hotel

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Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$23 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, Bui Vien Walking Street and Ben Thanh Market. Takashimaya Vietnam ...

4.1/5Very Good! (78 reviews)
great for budget travelers

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Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free cancellation
The price is SG$42 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is steps away from Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within ...

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Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$57 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$23 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
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Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$42 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
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Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
15/1A-15A/57A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$58 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
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Rex Hotel
Rex Hotel
5 out of 5
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$135 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$112 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Cochin Zen Hotel
Cochin Zen Hotel
4 out of 5
46 Thu Khoa Huan St, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$44 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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InterContinental Saigon
5 out of 5
Corner of Hai Ba Trung St & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$156 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$108 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
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