InSITE 2017: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences: Vietnam

Jul 31 - Aug 5 2017, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam 


Delegates need to make their own reservations and pay for their accommodations.  The conference fee does not include the cost of the accommodations and the conference organizers do not book hotels.  Instead, we scout out preferred hotels in various price ranges and arrange for discounted rates for our delegates.  If you prefer to stay on your own, be sure that your hotel is in District 7 or you will spend hours in traffic.

The preferred InSITE 2017 Conference Hotels are the Crystal Palace and the Vien Dong South Saigon Hotel (see below).

See map showing both hotels and RMIT

MerPerle Crystal Palace

See for more info on rooms.  This fancy hotel is popular among Vietnamese and is not the typical tourist hotel.  It is elegant and a great value, and not far from the university!


Room Type

Room rate
before 5% service charge & 10% VAT (per room night)

Room rate NET
(what you pay)

Room rate NET (in USD approximate)

DELUXE - 46 rooms

VND 1,300,000

VND 1,501,500


EXECUTIVE - 18 rooms

VND 1,700,000

VND 1,963,500


JUNIOR SUITE  - 12 rooms

VND 2,000,000

VND 2,310,000


SUITE - 4 rooms

VND 2,800,000

VND 3,234,000



VND 500,000

VND 577,500


Applied from 22 – 26 June 2017 to RMIT conference


  • The prices above are for an offer with the following condition: To eliminate "no shows", your card will be charged for your entire reserved stay unless you cancel a full seven days before check in.  To retain your reservation, payment in full (by credit card or bank wire) is required at least by seven days before arrival. The hotel accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express cards
  • This room rate is special offer to reservation book under code “RMIT – AUG2017”
  • Single and double room are the same price
  • Daily Breakfast:  mix of Western and Vietnamese (can order eggs)
  • Welcome drink & cold towels upon check-in
  • Welcome fruit in room on check-in date
  • Daily mineral water in room
  • Daily tea/coffee making facilities in room
  • Wireless internet
  • Fitness Centre & pool on rooftop

Email your booking to and and mention code “RMIT – AUG2017”

Photos: Deluxe Single,   ~$69                                       Deluxe Double ~$69

Deluxe TwinDeluxe Double

Executive RoomJunior Suite

Photo: Executive Room   ~$89                               Photo : Junior Suite ~$105   


SuiteThe Suite is Huge! A bargain at about $150


  Or try a less impressive, more affordable hotel ...

Vien Dong Hotel (South Saigon); ;

R3-37 Hung Phuoc 4, Phu My Hung, W. Tan Phong, District 7 Phone: (28) 54105977
See location on street
Airport Pickup 500.000vnd/Day/Way – 550.000vnd/Night/Way (~$25USD per taxi)

The Vien Dong Hotel (South Saigon, District 7) is an authentic, small Vietnamese hotel.  The front desk receptionist speaks non-fluent English; expect the breakfast to be more limited than the Crystal Palace.  And since this is a small hotel with only 17 rooms at this location, service may be slow at times.  So why are we recommending it?  Betty and I stayed here and were very, very happy.  The hotel is authentic, with very nice rooms, and very friendly and helpful staff.  And the price is right.  We negotiated a fair price for our delegates, as shown below.   If you do not need a "red receipt", this price includes all fees, breakfast, and washing one set of clothes each day.  If you do need an official "red receipt", add 10% VAT.

Vien Dong Hotel #6 (called the South Saigon hotel) is one a number of hotels nearby that are part of the Vien Dong group.  They will book your room at a nearby (one block away) sister hotel if they are fully booked.  There are 110 rooms among all the District 7 Vien Dong group.  The photos below are typical of these.

If you search on the web, you need to know that there is another set of hotels, also called Vien Dong hotels,  that belong to a different  hotel group.  Those hotels are in District 1 (D1, a half-hour away by taxi).  Don’t book this hotel unless you enjoy sitting in traffic in a taxi.

To book at this special rate, contact the hotel directly at and mention RMIT-Aug2017 conference.  Indicate your arrival and departure dates and the room type.  If you require a "Red Invoice", add 10% for VAT.

Triple (has vieTRIPLE - 104_resize w, balcony, is large) 920.000 VND (2 pax) // 1.035.000 VND ( 3 pax) ~$47 USD for all three)

Deluxe  (has either park view or with bathtub)  690.000 VND (1 pax) ~$31USD // 805.000 VND ( 2 pax)DELUXE - 306_resize


Standard (small room)  575.000 VND (1 pax) ~$26 USD // 609.000 VND ( 2 pax)




  • All room types include Breakfast (From 6:00 am to 10:00 am),
  • Daily pack of coffee & tea free,
  • Safety box,
  • ADSL internet (Line & Wifi) free,
  • TV LCD cable (32'' LCD),
  • 24 hours security guard,
  • Elevator,
  • Hot & cold water system,
  • Daily room service,
  • Meals served in rooms at customers request,
  • In-room IDD telephone (but you need to pay for the calls),
  • 2 complimentary bottles of mineral water each day -- do not drink tap water in Vietnam, and
  • Free laundry service for 3 pieces (shirt, pants, underwear) each day and reasonable rate for larger loads.

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