District 1

District 1 Travel Guide

Hotels in District 1

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009, this slightly corporate feeling but exceedingly comfortable hotel on Lam Son Square is the runner-up to the Park Hyatt for the title of the city’s top hotel.

Restaurants in District 1

In Vietnam, restaurants with incandescent lighting generally serve dull food, while fluorescent-lit joints with toilet-paper dispensers for napkins turn out the tastiest cooking.

Things to do in District 1

The delirious pastiche of the former presidential palace, completed in 1966, calls to mind the lair of a Bond villain crossed with Austin Powers’s pad. Yes, this is where the National North Vietnamese Army crashed its tanks through the fence in April 1975 and effectively ended the war.