The Observatory, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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The Observatory, Saigon

| 06 May 2016
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The Observatory, Saigon
10th floor, 85 Cách Mạng Tháng 8 St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Thurs to Saturday from 8pm till late

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06 May 2016

THE OBSERVATORY HAS REOPENED IN A NEW SPACE IN SAIGON'S DISTRICT 1 AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018. WE HAVEN'T BEEN YET. WE ARE ASSURED THE FEEL AND MUSIC CONCEPT IS UNCHANGED.

The Observatory is a thriving underground DJ space with a devoted fan base of young expats, tourists and a smaller band of locals. In late 2014, it relocated to Saigon's port area. In September 2018, it moved again to Cach Mang Tam St in Saigon's District 1 (see map above).

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The Observatory, Saigon’s home of underground tunes, moved to a new location by Saigon port late in 2014.

The new digs are a darker and dingier affair than their handsome vintage predecessor. But they may well have lifted the The Observatory’s cred as an alternative venue.

Lovers of things indie and arty still flock here each weekend to hear local and visiting DJs.

The crowd’s a mix of young expats and tourists with a smaller turnout of locals.

There’s an outdoor balcony looking over the Saigon River that can be a good escape if the tunes and the cigarette smoke indoors get too much. The Observatory’s pretty well hidden but is only a short walk from Cargo.

The area outside and around The Observatory is a tad dodgy so take care when coming and going and choose your cabs carefully.


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