The Reverie Saigon launches new ‘Pearls of Saigon’ art history tour

Images © 2016 Matthew Shaw

This month, The Reverie Saigon launches its new ‘Pearls of Saigon’ art history tour, a full day exploration shedding light on the lesser known art, museums, galleries and artists’ studios to be found in one of Asia’s most intriguing destinations.

Pearls of Saigon’ tells the story of Vietnam from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day using art to unveil the story of a nation subdued under colonial rule, striving for independence, paralysed by war and, finally, in bloom once again.



Leading the tours for The Reverie Saigon are two savvy and studious expatriates – Sophie Hughes and Stu Palmer – who have each called Vietnam home since 2009 and who have explored the country’s art scene as, collectively, a gallery manager and a film festival director as well as artistic collaborators. In 2011, Sophie founded Sophie’s Art Tour, which is widely hailed as the country’s foremost bridge between international visitors and Vietnamese art.

Each eight-hour exploration is custom-curated for its audience and ranges from an in-depth, general overview for the casual enthusiast to more esoteric targets for aficionados.


Saigon Landscape No 1 (2010) – Painting by Ha Manh Thang. Image © Salon Saigon


Highlights include a walkabout of the Duc Minh private gallery, as well as a visit to Salon Saigon, which houses a fine arts library and salon dedicated to presenting contemporary works and showcasing Vietnamese heritage as well as other Asian cultures through performances, screenings and educational programmes.

Salon Saigon is also the setting for a private, five-course lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and a tour-within-a-tour introduction to the Salon’s private collection and library by its director (or programme coordinator), an experience exclusive to ‘Pearls of Saigon’ guests. Guests can also request live piano accompaniment for the duration of their prix-fixe meal or an approximate 15-minute live performance of traditional Vietnamese dance by a troupe of 4-6 dancers (at additional charge).



As a complement to the day-long excursion about the city, the ‘Pearls of Saigon’ experience exposes guests to an array of remarkable design pieces at The Reverie Saigon, itself – a hotel that is at once a collaboration of 17 of Italy’s leading design houses and a manifestation of contemporary Vietnamese taste. Guests have the option to request a private tour of the hotel that touches upon a selection of its most talked-about pieces.



Beyond the tour itself, the ‘Pearls of Saigon’ package includes:

  • Two nights of accommodation
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private car & chauffeur service in guests’ choice of the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series (or Mercedes-Benz van, depending on the size of the group)
  • Selection of sweets, savories & non-alcoholic beverages in-car throughout the tour
  • Private, five-course lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Salon Saigon


Package rates start from USD 1,122 for rooms and USD 1,482 for suites based on a two-night stay (prices correct at time of publication). All guestroom categories are bookable for single or double occupancy.

For more information, and to book your stay, please Click Here.

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