Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam's center for business, culture, and cuisine
Sheraton Saigon Towers
A special discounted rate is available to summit attendees wishing to stay at the venue.
Welcome to the Heart of Vietnam
EdTech Asia Summit 2017 will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a regional hub for innovation and transformative change. Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) was recently ranked #2 globally on the city momentum index by the World Economic Forum for its rapidly evolving ability to adapt, support, and nurture technology and innovation. Aside from serving as the business capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is also establishing a strong reputation as an ASEAN hub for regional business opportunities and entrepreneurial talent. With one of the fastest growing economies in the region and substantial youth population Vietnam is bursting with vibrancy and and excitement, particularly within the realm of entrepreneurship. In 2016, the municipality of Ho Chi Minh City announced a $45 million fund to support tech startups and boost growth of the local tech ecosystem. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the hardworking Vietnamese people, motorbikes, and street food stands, Ho Chi Minh City will provide the quintessential backdrop for EdTech Asia Summit 2017 Emerging Asia – Strategic Growth and Sustainable Impact. The guide below offers useful information that will help you to enjoy your stay while visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
EdTech Asia Summit 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel in the heart of the city in the business and entertainment area known as District 1. Within just a short walk from the hotel you will be able to find French architecture and historic buildings mixed with bustling markets, street vendors and coffee shops. In District 1, you’ll find everything from modern skyscrapers, exclusive restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, chic bars to sidewalk cafes and local street food fare. Located at 88 Dong Khoi Street, the Sheraton Saigon Hotel is a short walk or transport away from the city’s popular sites such as the historic Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, and Reunification Palace. There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the area and the hotel itself features several dining venues that provide authentic Vietnamese food mixed in with international favorites.
Helpful Tips for your Visit
Vietnamese Culture and Cuisine
Although rapidly developing and influenced by Western culture, Vietnam still holds on considerably to its traditional roots. The main religion of Buddhism has been mixed with traits of Confucianism and Taoism which has resulted in widely adopted characteristics of the Vietnamese people to express gentleness, tolerance, and hospitality. Tips on both general and business etiquette and customs can be found here. Vietnamese cuisine is built primarily on the base foods of noodles, noodle soups, and rice. One of the country’s most famous foods is pho (pronounced “fuh”), a type of noodle soup with rice noodles and beef (or sometimes chicken), bean sprouts, scallions, and herbs. It can be found and eaten for any meal of the day. Other recommended Vietnamese cuisine include banh mi, bun thit nuong, banh xeo, and ca phe (Vietnamese coffee).
Transportation from the Airport
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport terminal, you may enter the city via public taxi, Uber, Grab or airport bus. Taxis are located on the left side of the terminal arrival exit doors and will cost about 150,000 to 170,000 VND to get to District 1 and the area in close proximity to the summit venue. Both ride hailing apps Grab and Uber are typically considerably cheaper options (80,000 to 100,000 VND) than traditional public taxis, make sure that the license plate of the car matches the one as shown on the Grab or Uber app as some taxi touts may claim to be the car that you called. If you decide to take public taxi we recommend that you only take a taxi from Mai Linh or Vinasun, two of the more reliable taxi companies. Taxis are metered and are based on distance and time waiting while en route. There is an additional airport exit toll fee of 10,000 VND (equivalent .50 cents USD) that will be added to your cost.
Things to Do
The following list provides an introductory suggestion of places to visit within short distance from the summit venue location.
• Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre (Opera House) 0.3km
• Notre Dame Cathedral 0.8km
• Harbour View Tower 0.8km
• Central Post Office 0.8km
• Reunification Palace 1.0km
• Ben Thanh Markets 1.0km
• Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Gardens 1.0km
Health and Safety
Ho Chi Minh city is as safe as any other large cosmopolitan city within Southeast Asia. Besides the general traffic and petty theft, being alert and aware of your surroundings will ensure that you have a pleasant stay. If you find yourself in need of medical attention in Ho Chi Minh City, there are several international clinics with internationally trained staff and modern medical technology. Recommended facilities include FV Clinic in District 1, FV Hospital in District 7, or City Hospital in District 1