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Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City is an international 5-star hotel, located where the borders of the city’s four main district intersect, hence in the heart and true centre of Ho Chi Minh City.  Tan Son Nhat International Airport can be reached conveniently within a 35-minute drive, while the city’s major commercial and entertainment area is only a mere 8-minute drive. The hotel features 333 guestrooms and suites, beautifully and elegantly designed with attention to detail for the utmost comfort of leisure and business travellers alike.  Non-smoking floors are also available. Facilities include 6 food & beverage outlets with the signature restaurants Orientica Seafood Restaurant & Bar and Chit Chat at the Café.  State-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, which can accommodate up to 1,250 people.  The hotel also houses a world-class recreational centre with an open-air swimming pool (a swim-up bar), gym, spa and massage services are also available.

Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City with its world-class facilities and services is the ideal choice for business and leisure travellers while visiting Vietnam’s most vibrant and exciting city.

 

  • Check in is from 2.00 pm
  • Check out at 12.00 noon
  • Electrical supply is 220V with rectangular pin plug points
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  • Valet service and self-parking
  • Taxi and limousine service
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Pets are not allowed
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Foreign exchange service
  • All major credit cards are accepted

Approximate distances to places of interest from Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City:

To Distance
ThienHau Pagoda, a temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, built end of the 18th century 1.5km
Reunification Palace, former President Diem’s palace and War Museum 2km
Ben Thanh Market 2km
Notre Dame Cathedral 3km
Cholon (Chinatown) – BinhTay market and An Dong Market 11km
Cu Chi Tunnels 50km
Tan Son Nhat Airport 7km

Still fondly referred to as Saigon by the locals, Ho Chi Minh City was also known as “The Pearl of the Orient.” It retains a charm reminiscent of its French-European heritage in the midst of rapid commercialisation.  Described as a high-octane city of commerce and culture, its imagery is a fusion of timeless alleys and slick modern high streets; ramshackle wooden shops selling spices, silks and baskets as well as steel and glass skyscrapers, designer malls, gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. The city promises an endless fascination for travellers wanting to explore Vietnam’s rich 4,000-year history. With an approximate population of 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is increasingly popular as a tourist destination as well as a commercial, industrial, technological and scientific center.

Currency
Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and money changers. Master Card and Visa are accepted at Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City, major hotels and department stores. Check on the acceptance of your credit card before making your purchase as smaller establishments might not accept credit cards.  The US dollar is most favoured foreign currency. It is therefore advisable to carry US dollars.  British, Australian, Japanese, French, German, Belgian, Dutch, Singapore and Thai currency can usually be changed in larger cities (such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang, Hai Phong).

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Visa
All foreign nationals visiting Vietnam require a visa.  Visa to enter the country is obtainable at Vietnamese embassies, consulates or a travel agent.  The visa takes around five working days to process and once issued, you must enter the country within 90 days.  Tourist visas are available on a single or multiple entry basis and business visas can be applied for through a Vietnamese sponsoring agency, valid for up to six months and allowing multiple entries If the visa is issued as a loose piece of paper make photocopies and keep these separate from your passport.

Dress
Dressing in Vietnam is casual but modest dressing is recommended.  Dress even more respectably when visiting temples and churches ensuring that shoulders and legs are covered.

Health
There are reasonably good medical services in Ho Chi Minh City but away from these major cities, medical services may be poor.  Discuss with your doctor on health requirements prior to your trip.

Drinking Water
Tap water is best consumed after boiling.  Bottled drinking water and mineral water are also widely available.

Tipping Policy
Tipping is not expected but definitely appreciated. Some of the more expensive restaurants add 10%-15% service charge and VAT. About US$ 0.50 – US$1 is considered acceptable for a chambermaid or porter.

Public Transport 
Metered taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, where numerous taxi companies compete for passengers. A car with a driver is also an option in major cities and can be rented for between $25 and $100 per day.

Mobile Phones 
Network accepted in Vietnam is GSM.

Airports 
The International airports in Vietnam are:
Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) for Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang International Airport (DAD) for Danang City and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) for Hanoi.

Serving domestic flights only:
Buon Ma Thuot Airport (BMV) and Cam Ranh Airport (VVCR)

Airport Tax
International departure tax is US$14.00 and for domestic departures from VND15,000 to VND20,000 (about US$1.50).