Former U.S. Embassy

Former U.S. Embassy, Ho Chi Minh City: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Former U.S. Embassy Reviews: 3.5/5

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TrentJamesPetersen
New York City, NY2 contributions
Notary Service
Jan 2020
Thank you to everyone working at the U.S. Consulate of Ho Chi Minh City. I came in on January 30th, 2020 to get an; invitation letter, income statement, and copy of passport & copy of Drivers License Notarized for a friend who I invited to visit me in New York City. Thank you to Mr. Cullop for your notary, kindness, and direction in getting notary to be valid in Vietnam. Thank you for everyone else who helped me at the Consulate. I was in a rush because I had to catch a flight to South Korea two days later, and the Consulate was so helpful and made things easy. My friend who I invited visited me in New York City March 4th-13th and returned to Vietnam on March 15th, 2020 We were able to do all tourist attractions before COVID19 put the world on pause. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I have seen many reviews that are not as kind as mine and my advice to anyone applying for visa. BE PREPARED, follow the guidelines and processes laid out by the Consulate because they are fair and professional. Thank you to everyone, including Security. Please stay safe and I wish you all the best of health and prosperity. -Trent Petersen
Written May 12, 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,289 contributions
A time capsule of note!
Aug 2019
We loved visiting the former Embassy. It is one of the most fascinating buildings on the planet, largely due to its history. Built in 1963 after the coup d'etat and torching of its predecessor, its architecture reflects the exigencies Cold War paranoia and that particular historical moment nad time of confusion for the american Imperium. The elevators seemed to be straight out of "Get Smart"; thick, lead-lined reinforced doors et al. I kept looking around for Max, 99, the Chief and Larrabee! The shop here was also excellent and reasonably-priced with very friendly and pleasant staff.
Written March 31, 2020
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Jerome B
Columbia, MD953 contributions
Now the Consulate
Feb 2020
Not much to see here - just a wall like with other US embassies and consulates around the world. Not all that much history here either as the real action was elsewhere during the war and as Saigon fell.
Written February 22, 2020
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Trevor
7 contributions
Please be aware that only south Vietnamese left from the top of the lift shaft.
Feb 2020 • Couples
"It’s one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. Hubert van Es’ snapshot shows a military helicopter perched atop the US Embassy in Saigon as Americans stream up a stairway, desperately boarding the last flight out.

Except that isn’t a military helicopter, that’s not the US Embassy, those aren’t Americans and that wasn’t the last flight out.

And, perhaps most surprising of all, the photo is not about defeat.

“As I was researching it, I found that almost everything I had assumed about that photo was wrong,” historian and author Thurston Clarke tells The Post."
Written February 11, 2020
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,069 contributions
Been to Saigon...
Jan 2020 • Solo
...about a dozen times and always thought about visiting this place. Finally made it. Never realized it was so close to the center of everything for tourists: cathedral, post office, Vincom. Good piece of history to see up close and personal to think about. I had to pay ₫100000 (about $4) to go upstairs. Now I see in other reviews people paid less. The place is ignored by everyone except tourists and the old security guard who took the money. The roof 's tore-up, and the security guard didn't come with me so I could climb around and fall and almost kill myself on slippery loose tiles. One can't take that same picture from the same angle again unless you go upstairs in the Vincom building and do it from a window. Good luck with that. Vincom security guards were on me when I tried.
Written January 6, 2020
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Steve
6 contributions
A must see if you are interested in history
Jan 2020
For me this was fascinating to visit as I am very much interested in history. To be able to stand at the same spot of that famous photograph and imagine the scene as it was with all the emotion of the people involved was very evocative.

It was easy to find per the pictures and instructions in this thread and a tip to the guard secured entry.

I was surprised the building is still standing and would recommend a visit soon as I'm sure, given development in Ho Chi Minh, that it is only a matter of time before the site is redeveloped and will be lost forever.
Written January 4, 2020
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jack M
New York City, NY1,165 contributions
ONLY FOR HISTORICAL VALUE
Dec 2019
This is not the former US embassy building. It is the building used by the CIA and from whose roof top US helicopters flew out as the city was falling to the North Vietnamese.
I just saw it from the square of the Cathedral (a short distance away) and images came to my mind of the photos showing US personnel and civilians scrambling up the roof to the helicopters.
History was being made here!
Written January 4, 2020
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Dan Welsh
21 contributions
Former US embassy
Nov 2019 • Solo
Not the actual former US Embassy but the location for the Iconic photo taken of the helicopter taking the final Americans away during the fall of Saigon. Easy to find if you want to go up and see it, was here last week just give the security guard a little tip to let you up (50,000 VD, about £1.67). Directly opposite the H&M side of the Vincom Centre, there’s a pathway inbetween the shops (highlighted in pictures) etc, not far from the cathedral and Ho Chi Minh city hall.
Written December 1, 2019
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK1,721 contributions
If you are looking for the iconic building used for the helicopter lifts during the fall of Saigon this is not it.
Nov 2019 • Couples
There is no longer an American Embassy in Saigon. It was knocked down in the 90’s. The building this current trip advisor map point refers to is the American Consulate where the locals go to to get travel visas to the US which was built on the site of the old embassy
The building people refer to below which was used for the final air lift out of Saigon by helicopter was actually a building used by the CIA and is still around.
It is located at 22 Ly Time Trong which is a short walk from the Post office building and cathedral
If you stand in front of the Post office and look right you can see the back of the building in front of a new glass tower. The photos show the front and back of the building.
Written November 7, 2019
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whereonearthnext
St. Albans, UK6 contributions
The CIA building in that 1975 evacuation photo
Oct 2019
Most definitely not the Embassy...but a powerful redminder of the 1975 evacuation and that iconic photograph.

Easy to get to - opposite the Vincom centre - a ramshackled, fading building. To get to the roof go through the garage entrance and left in to the elevator lobby. Security guard will expect 100,000 VND. Take lift to the 9th floor.
Written October 26, 2019
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