Ho Chi Minh City, Bitexco financial tower

This magnificent city with its spectacular lighting of buildings and french architecture with both traditional and contemporary Vietnamese formation is what makes it somewhat different in comparison to other Asian cities. Previously named Saigon of past fame, was originally part of the kingdom of Cambodia. Saigon is not a place for relaxation.

HCMC is divided into 19 urban districts and 5 rural districts. The new developments of the city were located in district 1. I visited HCMC in late January where the weather was very humid at 40 degrees which meant it was too hot to walk around the city throughout the day time.

In the evening I wanted to check out the Bitexco financial tower. At 262 meters, this is the highest building in Saigon.

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It is inside a financial banking complex/shopping mall. Opposite the escalators  is a desk which says financial tower. If you ask a member of staff about having a drink at the bar they will guide you in the right direction. The elevator takes you up to the 60th floor. From there you take a diferent lift to the 62nd floor. The Eon Hail Bar is quite small and less trendy in comparison to Paramount, Centrepoint in London Tottenham Ct Road. There isn’t a dress code to attend such as, the Sky Bar in Bangkok. FYI: During the week if you turn up before 9 p.m. the beers and the wine are half price.

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Expect to pay local London prices at this bar. They provide you with a menu as you sit down. I opted for a beer as it was the cheapest at £4.50.

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On the menu they say they serve smoothies but they only serve this from 1pm-6pm. Cocktails vary from £8+.

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Menu:

  • Heli signature cocktails (VND 290,000+) £8.70
  • Heli Classic cocktails (VND 250,000+) £7.50+, these include mojito, Cairpirnha, Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary, Mai Tai, Long Island Iced Tea, Pina Colada, Bourbon ot Biston sour.

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The view was incredible. I wouldn’t have called it a bar per say as there were red flashing disco lights and the music was too loud to have a conversation. If you are interested in seeing an incredible view and happy to pay high prices for a drink definitely come here!

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