The Bitexco Financial Tower is a relatively recent addition to the Ho Chi Minh city tourist scene, having a 49th floor viewing panoramic window also known as the Saigon Skydeck. It’s the tallest building in the city, and the third tallest in Vietnam at the moment (5/16). It’s meant to look like a lotus bud, though I don’t see it, really. Anyway, you can’t go up to its highest, 68th, floor but the 49th has some pretty good views. You can see in every direction using the free binoculars provided, including watching aeroplanes land, enjoying the tourist sights from height, and a spectacular look at the life on the Saigon river.

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City hall from Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City

The main entrance to the tower holds a mall and offices, so you have to go around one side to the dedicated door. Right now that’s marked by X-Men Apocalypse posters, but that’ll change. It costs 200k VND per person, and that includes free entrance to the Ao Dai museum of women’s traditional dress and some bottles of water.

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River from Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City

It’s well worth the money. Not busy, not full of concession stands trying to flog you something overpriced, just a nice place to spend time and stare out at the old, new and to be developed Saigon.

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Development area from Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City

Address: 36 Ho Tung Mao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Phone: 0084 8 3915 6156

Website: http://www.bitexcofinancialtower.com/?page_id=1420

Directions: We found it by walking along the river until we were nearby – you really can’t miss this as it’s the tallest building within 1000km (at which point the Petronas Towers beat it)!

(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)

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