Downtown Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog

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New World Hotel in the Background with HCMC's famed Motorcyles.
Our Plane (PAL) Arrived On Time. After disembarking we proceeded to the Immigration Counter (HCMC's Airport is very impressive, Very Clean and Modern, Better than NAIA 1 and 2 and 3). There were a lot of Immigration Counters, all were with long lines, but a Uniformed Man pointed us to Counter 34 which had only 2 People Lined up. In front of us was a Filipino who was working in HCMC. He gave us some tips about HCMC. After clearing Immigration we proceeded to the customs area where bags were XRayed. After clearing XRAY we then proceeded to the Currency Exchange. The Filipino we met at the Immigration Counter was also there and we asked him where the Bus to Downtown is. He told us to follow him and we proceeded to a Bus Parked just outside the airport. The Bus was almost empty.
Front of New World Hotel
We chose our seats and we were on our way to Downtown HCMC.

The Airport Bus proceeded to the Domestic Terminal where it picked up some passengers. The Lady Conductor approaced us and showed the Ticker. Fare was 3,000 VND or just 8 PESOS!!! The Bus stopped at several Stops before we arrived at District 1. We were unsure of where to go down until we saw our Hotel from a Distance (New World). We pushed the red button but it seemed not to work, so we just stood up since another Vietnamese stood up and looked like he was getting ready to go down. The Bus went farther until it stopped at De Tham Street. The Street was located near HCMC's Main Roads so we were met by a LOT of Motorcycles and Scooters. Crossing Roads was a real challenge, you will get scared at the sight of rampaging Motorcyles.
Lobby of New World Saigon
We consulted the Map that the Immigration Officer gave us, we went to Le Lai Park and soon we were in front of New World Hotel.

The New World Hotel is very Big, The Lobby is very Impressive with High Ceilings. We were met by a bespectacled Vietnamese Girl at the Reception. She was very gracious and greeted us. We showed her our Reservations from AsiaRooms. She then asked us for our Passports and asked us to Fill Up some forms and also asked for the Credit Card used for the Booking. After checking her computer she asked us if we wanted 1 Big Bed plus an Extra Bed or 2 Singled Beds plus an Extra Bed. We chose the 2 Singled Beds Option. She then told us that since we were checking in Early (it was 11am, Check In time is 2PM) she would have to check Room Availability. In a Minute or Two she gave us the key to our room (Room 823).

The Room of New World Saigon seemed small to me, but it had a very Large LCD TV, a Big Bathroom with very nice Toiletries. The bed was very nice with matching super soft pillows.
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New World Hotel in the Background …
New World Hotel in the Background…
Front of New World Hotel
Front of New World Hotel
Lobby of New World Saigon
Lobby of New World Saigon
Room 823
Room 823
13,330 km (8,283 miles) traveled
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