Ghostly Ho Chi Minh City

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The southern hub offers a devilish Halloween chock full o' tricks and treats aplenty


Many restaurants and hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are rolling up their sleeves to prepare ghostly dishes for Halloween night

October means Halloween season in Western countries. It is a time for howling faces carved into pumpkins and children in spookish gowns haunting every house, knocking on doors, shouting "trick or treat!" The festival is so popular that it has spread to Asian countries including Vietnam.

In Vietnam, locals now expect to see the same things in Vietnam as the smiling children pour into the streets with their ghoulish costumes.

Knowing that, many restaurants and hotels have rolled up their sleeves to prepare ghostly dishes alongside lively and terrifying games for a spooky night not to forget.

Devil's night

Hotel Majestic Saigon in District 1 will host Halloween Night at M Bar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 30.

Halloween Night customers will be impressed with not only the morbid decorations but also the buffet with all kinds of delicacies, canapés, finger foods and snacks.

In addition, Halloween Night also promises make-up and face painting programs, as well as other games, to turn customers and their children lovely characters or devils, ready to join in the Halloween dance and fashion.

M Bar
8th floor, Hotel Majestic Saigon
1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 829 5517

Atrium Café
Legend Hotel Saigon
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 3333

Saigon Saigon Bar
9th floor, Caravelle Hotel
19 Lam Son Square, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 4999

America Discotheque
3rd floor, Windsor Plaza Hotel
18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5
Tel: (08) 3 833 6688

New World Saigon Hotel
76 Le Lai Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 822 8888

Saigon Restaurant Boat  
Bach Dang Quay, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 0393

Renaissance Hotel
8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 822 0033

M Bar is an ideal venue for guests to relax and chat with friends and enjoy the Filipino band and beautiful views of the Saigon River and the busy city below.

The buffet includes free flowing cocktails, Tiger draught, soft drinks and mineral water.

Tickets cost VND549,000 net per adult and half that for children shorter than 1.4 meters.

Spooktacular Halloween      

The Legend Hotel Saigon is looking to attract the best costumes with its spooktacular Halloween party.

The hotel in District 1 will host the horrifying night at its renowned Atrium Café, where frightful foods and devilish drinks will be in abundance.

Stepping into the Atrium Café, customers will feel that the café is truly haunted as it will be decorated creatively in orange and black, with skeletons, spider webs and carved pumpkins.

Looking above into the towering atrium, spooky witches will be seen flying on their brooms.

The hair-rising menu features dishes that sound terrible and scary but taste delicious.

The menu will include Asian Witch Soup (crab meat and asparagus soup), Party's Ghost (stewed octopus tentacles), Dracula's First Bite (garlic prawns), Witch Doctor's Delight (crispy pork belly with liver sauce), Jack O' Lantern Meal (snapper cordon bleu), Black Magic Rice (squid ink risotto), Ghost Cow (beef tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce), Vampire's Favorite Meal (steamed garoupa), Ice-Cream Witches Hats (a selection of ice-cream), Dracula's Blood (chocolate fountain), and many more evil foods.

The buffet includes fruit punch and free flowing of wines, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

Atrium Café will open Halloween Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets cost VND840,000++ for adults and VND420,000++ for children from four to 12 years old.

Scary desserts

In District 1, the New World Saigon Hotel is confident that its Halloween Night will be the most horrifying in the city.

Sous-chef Nguyen Thanh Huy and his crew will design a Halloween-style buffet with seafood, sushi and sashimi, dim sum, pasta and other grilled specialties tailored especially for the festival.

Terrific desserts such as Witch's Finger, Spookish Cake and other sweets will be served.

The buffet costs VND840,000 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 30.

Night of Blood

Saigon Saigon Bar's theme for Halloween evening will be "Night of Blood."

Freaky decorations and shocking photos will adorn the bar, aiming to surprise customers into a fright on October 31.

In addition, bartenders will serve up special cocktails to customers who will drink the terrible concoctions in horror: Vampire's Kiss, Fluid from Eyeball, or Blood and Sand.

Halloween discotheque

America Discothèque will host a Halloween dance night themed "Hell's Shadow."

The discotheque will be decorated to look like hell. Customers can wear their own scary make up and costumes and mix amongst themselves while dancing "hell's dances," such as "touch soul" and "the devil's spirit."

Oh ghostly river

Saigon Restaurant Boat is among ideal places to enjoy Halloween dinner buffet on the nights of October 29 and 30.

Customers can dine with a horrible Dracula, and enjoy a Halloween buffet including over 40 impressive delicacies served by lovely and funny ghosts. Drinks include Australian wine, Russian Fifth Ocean beer and cocktails.

In addition, customers will be entertained by melodies from the Latin Eyes band, Filipino singers, and Hawaiian and Gypsy dancers.

Ticket costs VND600,000 for adults and VND300,000 for children.

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