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WE KNOW: Conferences, Incentives & Events in Vietnam

Events & Travel Manager, Jackelyn Barbuto of The Events Authority, was recently invited to visit Vietnam and take a look at the events offerings in a range of destinations.

Jackelyn flew with Vietnam Airlines from Sydney, and visited Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hoi An.

IN THE AIR: A SNAPSHOT

Airline: Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft and business class.

OUTBOUND

  • VN772 Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City
    Business Class: Fantastic Product and great service
  • VN128 Ho Chi Minh City to Danang
    Economy Class: Delays

INBOUND

  • VN133 Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
    Business Class: Major Delays
  • VN773 Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney
    Business Class: Fantastic Product and great service

HO CHI MINH CITY

In Ho Chi Minh City, Jackelyn stayed at the luxurious Park Hyatt Saigon.

“Park Hyatt Saigon is right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City or, as I call it, the beauty among the chaos. Staying here for two nights gave me an insight into the high level of luxury and personal service offered to guests.

“What I loved most was stepping off the fast, noisy city streets and straight into a world of calm and luxury, and feeling right at home”, said Jackelyn.

PARK HYATT SAIGON
Fast Facts

  • 245 hotel rooms including 23 suites.
  • 1,098 sq m (11,815 sq ft) of versatile meeting and event space, the largest being 549 sq m (5,920 sq. ft).
  • 20 metre outdoor swimming pool.
  • Xuan Spa with four private single treatment rooms.

F&B

  • The hotel’s signature restaurant, Square One, features Vietnamese and French cuisine.
  • Opera offers traditional Italian dishes served in a trattoria setting.
  • Park Lounge serves afternoon tea and coffee.
  • The Pastry Boutique strikingly displays cakes, sweets and pastries like jewels in a glass case.
  • After 5 on the terrace of Square One restaurant offers craft beers, light bites and cocktails.
  • 2 Lam Son is the hotel’s lively nightspot.

The Pastry Boutique.

Meetings & Events
Park Hyatt Saigon offers an impressive selection of ten function spaces for everything from intimate meetings to conferences for up to 450 guests.

The ballroom measures 550 square meters (5,920 sq ft) and can be divided into three rooms, with separate entrances from a pre-function area.  The pillar-less ballroom is suitable for all types of seating, and can comfortably accommodate groups from 40 to 450 in a range of configurations.

Address & Surrounds
2 Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel overlooks the city’s elegant Opera House on Lam Son Square, and is within walking distance of famous landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace, as well as boutiques on Dong Khoi street.

Activities
Jackelyn’s time in Ho Chin Minh City brimmed with activities including:

  • Dining at local restaurants and street food stalls.
  • Ho Chi Min City tour that visited the War Reunification Building and War Museum.
  • Onsite Lunch at Park Hyatt Saigon – Square One Restaurant.
  • Night time scooter city tour with stops at Chill Bar, street food stalls, and local hang out spots looking back over the city & Saigon river.
  • Speed boat ride from Ho Chi Min to Chu Chi Tunnels.

Out and about exploring Ho Chi Minh City.

The city tour was a real highlight for Jackelyn.

“This great tour provided a snapshot of the city where we learned about the lives of the locals and how the city was impacted by the Vietnam war. Our guide was 3 years old at the end of the war, and shared his touching story with us. The city is filled with local markets and fascinating culture”, she says.


DANANG

Danang is one of Vietnam’s most important port cities, and an emerging holiday destination in its own right. It’s also the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Hoi An.

In Danang, Jackelyn stayed at the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa.

“This beautiful beachside resort offers sea breezes and stunning views of the South China Sea at the mouth of the Han River in Central Vietnam”, she says.

“I just loved the Hyatt Regency’s fantastic event space. From the seemingly endless restaurant choices, Lovely beachside function set-ups, ballrooms decorated like jungle resorts, and the pool side cabanas—you couldn’t go wrong with a group of any size here”, adds Jackelyn.

Group dinner set-up at the resort’s Beach House.

HYATT REGENCY DANANG RESORT & SPA
Fast Facts

  • 198 guestrooms and suites.
  • 160 one-to-three bedroom residences.
  • 22 three-bedroom villas.
  • 900 sq m (7,500 sq ft) of event and meeting facilities, the largest space being 450 sq m (3567 sq ft).
  • Five pools including a water slide at the main pool.
  • Fitness centre.
  • Three restaurants, one lobby lounge, one bakery and deli shop.
  • VIE Spa.

F&B

  • Green House is the resort’s all-day dining Mediterranean restaurant.
  • Pool House has views of Non Nuoc Beach, and serves authentic local Vietnamese dishes, Western food and desserts.
  • Beach House specialises in seafood and Western favourites from the grill.
  • Baguette is a European-style eatery, perfect for a quick breakfast or a light lunch.
  • Beverages and snacks are available throughout the day at Terrasse on the lobby level.

Pool House.

Meetings & Events
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa features 900 sq m (7,500 sq ft) of event and meeting facilities. Hold conferences or receptions for up to 250 guests in the Regency Ballroom, or entertain up to 700 guests in picturesque beachfront venues.

Meeting rooms are fully equipped with communication technologies, high-speed Internet access, audio-visual systems, and modern translation equipment.

Address & Surrounds
5 Truong Sa Street, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang.
The resort is just minutes from the heritage town of Hoi An and a few hours to the former capital of Hue. Nearby attractions include the Marble Mountains, Cham Museum and the theme park, Asia Park.

Activities
Danang’s proximity to Hoi An makes exploring both destinations a breeze.

Riverside Hoi An.

Highlights from Jackelyn’s stay here included:

  • Dinner at the Hyatt Regency’s Beach House
  • Day trip / Walk tour of Hoi An
  • Local Vietnamese lunch at Morning Glory Signature
  • Basket boat ride down Hoi An River
  • Group dinner at The Field Restaurant & Bar, Hoi An

Jackelyn really enjoyed the Hoi An River basket ride experience.

“This was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Being paddled down the calm river by an elderly local woman in a little basket boat with the sun setting and not a breath of wind in the air was divine”, she notes.

Floating bar set-up.

The experience was enhanced by having some fisherman demonstrating their time-honoured techniques, floating cocktail and canape bars, and a local boy playing a traditional flute.

“This was such a special experience”, she says.

The Field Restaurant & Bar.

The final stop on this outing was The Field Restaurant & Bar where the group enjoyed a local BBQ dinner and music—a brilliant experience for small incentive groups.

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