Halloween, a Western festival, is coming in nearly two weeks. People taking part in special events held for the festival by many hotels, resorts and restaurants of Saigontourist Holding Company in HCMC will experience strange feelings and enjoy more of the chance.
Majestic Hotel Saigon (1 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38295517)
M-Bar, situated on the eighth and top floors of Majestic Hotel Saigon, will hold a special night for customers to welcome Halloween from 7-11 p.m. on October 31.
Cultural and artistic activities for the night include a bartender show, a buffet with typically decorated dishes and drinks for Halloween, and a beer-drinking competition. What features the event is a show in which people disguise themselves as ghosts and devils, sing and dance.
The event costs an adult VND549,000 (US$26) and a child a half price.
Palace Hotel Saigon (56 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38292860)
* Calibre Charner Restaurant at Palace Hotel Saigon will serve Halloween-welcoming special buffets on the nights of October 28-31.
The buffets have dishes such as aloe with seafood salad, smoked pig leg, spaghetti with seafood, and cakes. Free drinks for the buffets are wine, soft drinks and beer.
On this occasion, aside from the buffets, the restaurant also serves dishes for Halloween such as cow’s tail soup, tuna salad, grilled American beef and apple tart.
* Buffet Ganh Restaurant, located on the fifth floor of the hotel, will hold a “merry ghosts’ festival” on the nights of October 30 and October 31.
Participants will find themselves in an exceptionally decorated place, which would cause mixed feelings in them. Here, they enjoy daily southern dishes and dishes for Halloween such as Asian wizard soup (seafood soup), magician’s rice (Italian rice with octopus), mental eye sweet soup (lotus seeds with longan sweet soup). They are also served with wine, beer and soft drinks free.
Children will be given gifts. Entrance tickets are priced at VND500,000 (US$23.8) for an adult and VND250,000 for a child. The restaurant gives a 5% discount to customers booking tickets before October 25.
Can Gio Ecotourist Resort (Long Hoa Commune, Can Gio Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.38743150)
Can Gio Ecotourist Resort will hold a Halloween night for customers from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on October 27. The event comprises many cultural and artistic activities such as a bartender show, a wedding and parade of Dracula, and demons’ dances.
Two prizes worth VND1 million (US$47.6) each will be awarded to one man and one woman, who wear impressive Halloween costumes.
Participants will also enjoy a buffet with more than 25 selected dishes. People in Halloween clothes are given a glass of Bloody Mary wine or a glass of soft drink.
Entrance tickets are VND249,000 and VND179,000. The three-star ecotourist resort gives two tickets to customers buying 10 tickets before October 20 and one ticket for those buying 10 after October 20. It also offers 50% and 30% discounts to Halloween guests who book rooms before October 20 and October 24.
Van Thanh Tourist Park (48/10 Dien Bien Phu St., Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.35123025)
Dung Dinh Café at Van Thanh Tourist Park will hold a Halloween party for customers from 6-10 p.m. on October 30. In a space with the Halloween-style decoration, party-goers will enjoy a live performance of Philippin Balatkayo Band and a fire-dance show.
The price of entrance tickets is VND300,000 (US$14.3).
Saigon Restaurant Ship (Bach Dang Quay, Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38230393)
The Saigon Restaurant Ship will serve customers with Halloween buffets on the nights of October 30 and October 31. The buffet consists of more than 40 dishes together with wine and cocktails. Dishes include corn soup, grilled shrimp with lemon sauce, grilled sheep rib and roasted turkey.
At the buffets, diners will also enjoy a live music show with the performance of Philippine singers, a dance show, and pose for photos with Halloween’s Dracula.
The ship will receive patrons at 6 p.m. and make a one-hour cruise on the Saigon River from 8:30 p.m. Buffet tickets have prices of VND600,000 (US$18.6) for an adult and VND250,000 for a child.
Continental Hotel Saigon (132 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08. 38257679)
Halloween night ‘Evil world’ will take place at the hotel’s garden from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 31. It features a Western-Asian buffet dinner with a DJ, acoustic band, dancing, masquerade and magician performances. There’s a free flow of beer, soft drinks, mineral water and cocktails. Tickets are priced at VND550,000 per adult and VND350,000 per child.
Saigon-Dong Ha Hotel (1 Bui Thi Xuan St., Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province. Tel: 053. 3577888)
A buffet with a rock performance by Passion Band will take place from 6 p.m. on October 31. Tickets are priced at VND299,000 per adult and VND199,000 per child.