Overview of Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is a perfect wonder of French Renaissance Gothic and colonial design fusion. It was designed by the French architect Alfred Foulhoux. Color of the building is bright yellow with white trim that makes it very eye catching. A big clock is the main feature of the entrance and curved windows with green shutters enhance the beauty of the architecture.
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The building has domed ceilings, metal arches, French interior and patterned tile floor. It is a very spacious hall. Office has two painted maps, telegraphic lines of southern Vietnam and Cambodia. These maps show the postal routes among the countries. Other one is a local map.
Things to do at Saigon Central Post Office
There are a lot of things to enjoy in this beautiful historical building. You can not only learn historical things about the post office whereas you can have a wonderful experience in using the services.
Interior and exterior of the building
Post office is an example of European nostalgia. Visitors feel like they are transported from Asia to a European train station in 20th century. There are original oil paintings, phone booths, wooden countertops and many more to see. It is a fully functioning post office so you can use postal service, buy stamps, postcards or exciting souvenirs. You can check many interesting vintage things in the post office.
Post office Icon
Mr. Duong Van Ngo is a famous personality of the post office. He sits at the end of the wooden table and write letters for those who cannot write. 87 years old writer is recognized in the Guinness book of world records for spending more than 27 years in writing letters. He is fluent in both English and French language. You can get a letter written from him as a memory. His fee is 50 cents per page and he offer his services daily from 8am to 3pm.
Use postal services to send a card or letter to you friends and family back home. Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh city provides all postal services. Post office sends and receives many letters and parcels every day. Send one nice post card or letter to your friends and family for memory. You can also do a very special thing for yourself; write a message to yourself and send it on your address to receive it when you reach back home.
There are different types of postcards, stamps and other things sold in the post office. You can buy cards with iconic buildings of Vietnam to keep as souvenir such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, Independence palace and more. There are 38 counters to provide efficient customer services. The services are very easy to use because the instructions are also written in English. Staff is very well trained in guiding locals and international visitors because it is visited by many tourists each day.
Accommodation budget moderate and expensive near Saigon Central Post Office
It is located near Ben Thanh Market in the Quarter 1. These rooms are equipped with all amenities and facilities such as TV, air conditioning, mini bar, tea and coffee makers, refrigerator and much more. Hotel also has a restaurant with garden view, gift shop, a bar and 24 hour information desk. They provide information about ticket booking and sightseeing. You can also take recommendations of the places to visit. It is the best option for budget travelers.
Cititel Ben Thanh Hotel
It is located near the commercial center of the city, providing views of the area. Cititel Ben Thanh hotel is very elegant and well decorated. Hotel has free Wi-Fi and private parking space. Rooms are very well equipped with satellite TV, minibar, Air conditioning, amenities and private bathroom with hot and cold shower. Hotel also offers vehicle rental, shuttle service, business center, currency exchange, restaurant and much more.
Fusion original Saigon Center
It is a very prestigious place to stay. Hotel is located near the Takashimaya shopping center in district 1. Ho Chi Minh city is the financial and business hub of Vietnam with a variety of tourist attractions and places of interest. Hotel rooms are filled with a variety of luxuries. There is a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool (6th floor) with the views of the city. It is a vibrant and stunning place to stay for a luxurious experience.
Places to eat
It is a restaurant that serves a huge variety of Mediterranean foods such as foods from Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and middle Eastern. Au Parc also has a café.
Trung Nguyen Legend Café
It is a best place to try Vietnamese coffee and foods. This is more like a community place where people gather to meet for start-up intellectual circles, cultural exchange and social community meetings.
Tan Son Nhat international airport is a military and civilian airport that operates for Ho Chi Minh city flight.
Post office is located in the city center due to that you do not need any transportation if you are staying in the area. However, local buses are available to and from Ben Thanh bus station.