THE TOURNAMENT: VIETNAM OPEN
Date: From 10/10 to 16/10
Money prize: $ 50,000
Category: ATP challenger
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Past Winners: 2015 Saketh Myneni
Top Seeded Players: Malek Jaziri (Tun) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Saketh Myneni (Ind) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Stefan Kozlov (Usa) – Go Soeda (Jpn).
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam with a metropolitan area populated by more than 10 million people. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. The french domination is visible in many part of the city and in particular in the District 1 (city’s core) which is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings (Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, State Bank Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and so on). For Lonely Planet “Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.”
TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN HO CHI MINH CITY:
- Bitexco Finanacial Tower
- Nguyen Hue Street
- Reunification Palace
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- LaLuna Saigon. Excellent *** hotel is set in the District 1 district in Ho Chi Minh City, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A wonderful premier deluxe king room of 25 mq2 costs just 56€ per night with breakfast and free wifi. Incredible value for money!
- Alagon D’Antique Hotel & Spa. Delicious **** hotel which is located at just 300 mt from Tao Dan Park and 600 mt from Reunification Palace .Rated 8.9 on booking, it offers deluxe double room at 91€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included. Fantastic is the panoramic outdoor pool on the roof.
- Park Hyatt SaigonPark Hyatt Saigon. Luxurious ***** hotel situated at 100 mt from Dong Khoi shopping street. This hotel includes an outdoor pool, the relaxing Xuan Spa and the delicious italian restaurant Opera. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers luxury Camera Park double rooms (34 mq2) at 213€ with free wi-fi and parking. Breakfast costs 29€ more.