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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA


The Rev­erie Saigon, 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boule­vard, Dis­trict 1, Ho Chi Minh City; + 84 8 3823 6688; therever­ie­


Pub­lished tar­iff is from $US450 ($576) a night, with break­fast, Wi-Fi and mini­bar; check site for spe­cials and sea­sonal rates. Ex­pe­ has been sell­ing rooms from $429. Abercrombie & Kent tai­lors Viet­nam hol­i­days with ac­com­mo­da­tion at The Rev­erie. More: aber­crom­


Viet­nam Air­lines flies di­rect from Mel­bourne and Syd­ney to Ho Chi Minh City. More: viet­na­mair­


Mix of cou­ples and well-heeled fam­i­lies; lots of stick­y­beaks check­ing the restau­rants.


The Quiet Amer­i­can by Gra­ham Greene; surely Fowler and Pyle couldn’t have con­ceived of a ho­tel of this op­u­lence ris­ing in old Saigon.


Lifts from en­try level up to re­cep­tion and guest floors; wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble gue­strooms.


Don’t miss a peep in­side the neo-clas­si­cal Cen­tral Post Of­fice, with in­te­ri­ors by Gus­tav Eif­fel; pop into The Long@Times Square, part of The Rev­erie’s street-level ar­cade, where there’s a bar stretch­ing 48m, the lat­est in nifty cock­tails and piz­zas from a wood-fired oven. Take an evening Vespa tour of the city cen­tre as a pil­lion pas­sen­ger. More: ves­paad­ven­


The gar­ish decor will not be to many peo­ple’s taste (but it is some­how rather fun). The sixth-floor pool be­yond the huge win­dows of Cafe Cardinal is not as dis­creetly placed as it should be. Who wants an au­di­ence of din­ers while they swim?


The down­town Dis­trict 1 lo­ca­tion, with en­trances on Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boule­vard, is per­fect for in­stant ac­cess to shops, bars and restau­rants. Fab­u­lous Can­tonese cui­sine (fin­ish with a mango, sago and pomelo pud­ding) is served at the ho­tel’s Royal Pav­il­ion amid a jade-laden set­ting wor­thy of an im­pe­rial court.

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