Saturday, 21 April 2012

Saigon Skydeck, Bitexco Financial Tower

The Bitexco Financial Tower is probably the most iconic building in Saigon.  It is currently the tallest (though that is likely to change before too long) and is instantly recognisable by the helipad protruding from one of the upper storeys.  Interestingly, one of the snippets of information we discovered on our visit was that the helipad was not an essential part of the design, but rather, an afterthought for its aesthetic value, seeing as the designer wanted to evoke the idea of Vietnam's national symbol - the lotus flower.  We were inspired to visit the Tower and, more specifically, the 49th floor Skydeck offering 360 degree views of the city, after reading TJ Vargas's (@herdailydigest) blogpost.  We were not disappointed!  We felt it was well worth the 200,000VND entrance fee.

After leaving our bags in the free lockers provided at the entrance, we were whisked up to floor 49 in record time, our ears popping en route!  When we emerged on to the Skydeck, we were blown away by the view laid out before us.  We were greeted by a guide who spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable.  When she realised that we were residents and could recognise the city's landmarks for ourselves, she switched her commentary to more details about the construction of the Tower and the plans for the further development of certain areas of Saigon.  It was all very informative and interesting. 

We spent a long time making the complete circuit and taking in the views before going upstairs to the 50th floor where we had probably the most expensive drinks in Saigon, but, after all, the view was amazing!!

The plan is to open a restaurant and bar on the 52nd floor (the same level as the helipad) within the next few months.  It is likely to be very pricey, but we will probably pay it a visit because I would love to see the city by night from such an incredible vantage point!

Address and opening times:

Saigon Skydeck
36 Ho Tung Mau
Ben Nghe Ward
District 1

Sunday to Thursday: 9.30am - 11.30pm
Friday & Saturday:    10am - 10pm

See more of my photos here.

1 comment:

  1. I have totally loved the view for the first time visited here.

    However, the price for one person personally is quite expensive (200.000vnd/one). Jz heard that Saigon Skydeck will release a pack of Go Skydeck, Eat Buffet 3rd floor with only 333k. You can check at Reception Bitexco Financial Tower.