By Dat Tien in HCMC
|A staff mem- ber prepares food at the Buffet Ganh Restaurant at the Palace Hotel Saigon in District 1 – Photo: Courtesy of Saigontourist|
The Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, is almost upon us and a number of hotels and restaurants of Saigontourist Holding Company in HCMC are rolling up their sleeves to prepare food and entertainment programs for guests to enjoy the second biggest festival of the year.
Hotel Continental Saigon, 132 Dong Khoi St., District 1, tel: 38257679
The Hotel Continental Saigon will hold a festival night for customers at its garden a week tomorrow, featuring a buffet with more than 40 typical Asian and European dishes, including vegetarian food. Soft drinks, mineral water and fruit juices at the buffet are free. The program, which lasts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, will feature folk games and enable kids to light lanterns.
Customers are given a mocktail as a welcome drink upon arrival. Entrance tickets cost VND450,000++ for adults and VND190,000++ for children.
Palace Hotel Saigon, 56 Nguyen Hue Blvd., District 1, tel: 38292860
Buffet Ganh Restaurant, based on the fifth floor of Palace Hotel Saigon, will entertain customers, especially children, with a special night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. also a week tomorrow. During the event, children will be given gifts and they can play with peral rabbit, the pet animal of the moon fair, and listen to interesting fairytales.
Admission is VND500,000 per adult and VND300,000 per child.
Van Thanh Tourist Park, 48/10 Dien Bien Phu St., Binh Thanh District, tel, 35123025
A buffet will take place at Van Thanh Tourist Park at 5 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday with more than 30 selected dishes being served.
Apart from the buffet, customers can play folk games to win prizes as well as enjoy a circus show. Children can take part in riddle and story-telling contests. They will each be given a lantern as a Mid-Autumn Festival gift and can also join in lighting lanterns and eating moon cakes and candy.
Tickets are priced at VND250,000 for adults and VND140,000 for children.
Tan Cang Tourist Park, A100 Ung Van Khiem St., Binh Thanh District, tel: 35128775
Tan Cang Tourist Park, situated by the Saigon River, will serve a buffet with more than 80 grilled dishes and hot pots. Diners are given a free drink and are entertained with a live concert and kids will be given colorful lanterns.
Buffet costs VND290,000 for adults and VND144,000 for kids and will be prepared from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday.
Customers who hold a Mid-Autumn party at the restaurant of the tourist park are offered a 10% discount.
A buffet of grilled dishes and hot pots are served at Tan Cang Tourist Park from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Binh Quoi 1 Tourist Area, 1147 Binh Quoi Street, Binh Thanh District, tel: 35565891
A buffet with more than 70 selected dishes in southern cuisine will be prepared for revelers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, accompanied with folk games, circus and juggling.
Admission is VND220,000 per adult and VND120,000 per child.
Hotel Star 39, Nguyen Van Ba, Thu Duc District, tel: 3722 8439
A Mid-Autumn Festival party will be served at the hotel’s garden area from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children will have a chance to join a drawing contest and enjoy music and water puppet shows.
Admission is VND220,000 per adult and VND150,000 per child.