This past weekend I finally got to do something I've been wanting to do for years: spend two nights in a nice hotel and pretend to be a tourist. I can't afford four-star hotels back in the US, but they are definitely in reach here when the timing is right. Natasha's birthday provided an appropriate occasion, so I surprised her with a stay at the Liberty Central Riverside on Ton Duc Thang. It was a nice break from daily life and having to drive around - we were able to walk almost everywhere, as central District 1 actually has usable sidewalks. The rooftop pool wasn't bad either, with its cool water and expansive views of Binh Thanh and across the river into District 2.
We also had a bird's-eye view of the Vietcombank Tower, Saigon's newest skyscraper, which just happened to have its grand opening on Saturday. It's a fantastic addition to the skyline and is thankfully free of the garish colored LED lighting that so many developers drape over their high-rises here.