Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon

| 10 Feb 2015
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Saigon Saigon Bar, Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
Rooftop, Caravelle Hotel, Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City

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10 Feb 2015

During the Vietnam War, correspondents would sit at the Caravelle Hotel rooftop bar watching firefights and tracers across the the Saigon River while downing their gins. These days the Sheraton Hotel obstructs the view.The original bar was gutted along with the old Caravelle in renovations back in the 1990s. The original hotel housed the Australian Embassy during the Vietnam War and was home to journalists Peter Arnett and John Pilger. The remade Saigon Saigon has a touristy feel but the views alone make it a worthwhile stop for a quiet refreshment (it’s less quiet when the band kicks off at 9.30). Saigon Saigon looks along Dong Khoi St over the Opera House and Continental Hotel to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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