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When you’re travelling through Vietnam, no doubt Ho Chi Minh City will be somewhere on your list. There are plenty of things to do in the area from cultural buildings and museums to the very popular Cu Chi Tunnels. If you enjoy beer and views overlooking a busy city then you shouldn’t miss the World of Heineken and the Saigon Skydeck.

Visiting the World of Heineken and Saigon Skydeck in Ho Chi Minh City…

Bitexco Financial Tower

The World of Heineken and Saigon Skydeck can be found near the top of the Bitexco Financial Tower. The tower was the tallest building in Vietnam when it opened in 2010 but it has been beaten several times since then. Vietnam’s tallest building is currently Landmark 81 which is the 17th tallest in the world and can be seen from the Saigon Skydeck.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Saigon Skydeck is on the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower while the World of Heineken is higher up on the 58th to 60th floors. The Saigon Skydeck is suitable for all ages but the World of Heineken is only for those aged over 18 since there is free beer!

Buying Tickets

World of Heineken & Saigon Skydeck Combo: 250,000 VND (180,000 VND – Senior)
Saigon Skydeck Only: 200,000 VND (130,000 VND – Child/Senior)

Combination tickets for both the World of Heineken and the Saigon Skydeck can either be bought directly at the entrance counter or by using the link below. Considering the Saigon Skydeck on its own costs 200,000 VND, the World of Heineken only costs an extra 50,000 VND (less than $2.50 USD). With the combo ticket you get:

  • Saigon Skydeck ticket
  • World of Heineken ticket
  • Guided beer tour
  • 4D VR Experience
  • Pour (& drink!) Your Own Heineken
  • Two Heinekens in the bar
  • One personalised bottle of Heineken

Considering you end up getting four Heinekens included in the price, that’s not bad for an extra 50,000 VND!

Book your tickets to the World of Heineken and Saigon Skydeck here.

The World of Heineken

Opening Times: 15:00-21:30 every day

When you arrive at the ground floor entrance, you’ll be given a ticket with a scheduled time for the World of Heineken. This will be your first activity before heading down to the Saigon Skydeck. When you get to the entrance on the higher floors, you’ll be asked for your name. This is for your souvenir Heineken bottle at the end of the tour.

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Guided Beer Tour

First up, it’s a quick guided tour of the history of Heineken throughout the world and Vietnam. By ‘quick’ I mean the guide will talk so fast it may be difficult to keep up with the overflow of information. Or perhaps that was just our tour guide.

In all honesty, this part of the tour is reasonably interesting but not necessary. It’s also not the reason to buy a ticket and more a tick-box exercise to get to the good stuff. This section is over quite quickly as you walk past Heineken adverts, posters and former bottle designs.

4D VR Experience

The guided tour ends with a 4D virtual reality experience. Everyone in the group jumps on board one of the carriages and dons a VR headset. What follows is a virtual tour of the brewing method where you’re the one being brewed into Heineken.

The video features an onscreen British man speaking in English but dubbed in Vietnamese then subtitled in English. Confusing? It’s hard to slate the experience since the price of the whole World of Heineken is so cheap. However, you’d be forgiven for thinking the VR is just a bit rubbish. But again, this isn’t what you came for.

Pour Your Own

Once the guided tour section is over, you’ll be taken into a bar area and taught how to pour your own Heineken properly. Everyone gets to have a go and there are plenty of taps. Be quick to pour and drink though, you don’t get loads of time here and you’ll want to enjoy the beer you’ve poured before moving on.

Game Stop

Before heading into the final bar, there are a few games you can play on. This includes a little football game and some PlayStations with racing games. If you’ve got time to kill, this is a good way to spend a few minutes before heading into the main bar. You shouldn’t have to wait too long to have a go on any of the games since most people will want to get to the bar.

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Bar With A View

Finally, you’ll get to the main bar and this is really what you came for. Now you can relax for as long as you like. You’ll have already been given a wristband which has tokens for two free Heinekens, water and a bowl of crisps. There’s plenty of tables to stand at alongside the floor to ceiling windows which overlook the city.

Take your time, enjoy your beers and snacks and relax before heading down to the Saigon Skydeck. After visiting both experiences, you can collect your personalised bottle of Heineken at the desk on the ground floor opposite the ticket counter. Unfortunately, if you travel with only hand luggage, you’ll need to drink it before heading home given the size.

Saigon Skydeck

Opening Times: 09:30-21:30 every day

Since the World of Heineken is on the higher floors, visiting the Saigon Skydeck can seem a little unnecessary. However, the Skydeck does have 360º views of the Ho Chi Minh City skyline and free telescopes to use. There is also lots of information about the surrounding areas and the buildings you can see below you.

In all honesty, the views from the World of Heineken are better so if you’ve visited both attractions you may not feel the need to spend much time down on the Saigon Skydeck. However, it’s worth stopping by just to see the city from every angle.

Tips For Visiting

When To Visit

To get the best all-round experience, I recommend starting your visit in the late afternoon or early evening. That way, you can experience the views from the World of Heineken in the daylight then head down to the Saigon Skydeck to see the sunset over Ho Chi Minh City before seeing it lit up at night.

Although both attractions are open every day, times may vary around Vietnamese holidays especially Tet which takes place around the end of January or early February. Be sure to check for any potential closures in advance.

Alternatives

If you want to head up the Bitexco Financial Tower but don’t want to pay the 250,000 VND entrance fee, you can always go to EON51. They have a restaurant, cafe and bar on the 50th to 52nd floors which are free to enter providing you buy something there. However, these are not cheap places to eat or drink so you may end up paying more.

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Alternatively, if you’d like to get even higher up in the city you can visit Landmark 81’s observation deck. This is considerably more expensive though costing up to 810,000 VND per person for standard entry. And you don’t even get any beer!

If you’re travelling from south to north, you may also be interested in the Lotte Observation Deck in Hanoi. This viewing deck is on the 65th floor of the Lotte Center and has a glass-floored section.

Verdict on the World of Heineken and Saigon Skydeck

Although the guided tour around the World of Heineken feels a little dated, especially the VR experience, you’re really paying for the beers you get. Having the personalised bottle to take away is a nice touch as well. The additional 50,000 VND to do both activities is well worth it.

If you are only interested in the Saigon Skydeck, paying 200,000 VND isn’t a bad price and is less than $10 USD. Given the location of the Bitexco Financial Tower, it’s perfect for looking out over Vietnam’s largest city.

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