The first stop on my solo, ” Around the World ”, journey was the Spring Hotel, HCMC, Vietnam and an excellent choice it turned out to be. Not only was the staff friendly and helpful, they noted from my passport that my birthday fell during my stay. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with flowers and birthday greetings so far from home.
The hotel, in District 1, is very reasonably priced and well cared for. My room was clean and comfortable and there is a roof-top sitting area/garden not to be missed, especially the night view. Breakfast is included in the room charge and was more than enough food to get one started for a day of seeing the city. Computers are handy to the dining area with free internet access.
The reception desk provides a HCMC map and much of what I wanted to see was within walking distance of the Spring. Walk 1 1/2 blocks to Dong Khoi, turn left and you find a pleasant street, full of shops, that leads to the Saigon River. Go right and shortly the Cathedral is before you with the beautiful old post office to your right. There you can send post cards home and find treasures in the gift shops just inside the door. The Ben Thanh Market is walkable from the hotel but , finding HCMC traffic daunting, I usually took a cab. The market has everything...just go and enjoy the adventure.
Leaving HCMC, I took an all day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple . The arrangements for the trip were taken care of by the Spring Hotel staff. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a window into the Vietnam War experience. The Cao Dai Temple is a remarkable piece of architecture with highly decorated columns, beautiful tile floors and , if timed right, you can enjoy a singing service accompanied by traditional Vietnamese instruments.
For those of you who are curious, the rest of my journey included Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Chennai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Bolzano, Italy then home.
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- Also Known As:
- Spring Hotel Saigon
- Spring Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
- Spring Ho Chi Minh City