Arnett, who filed more than 3,000 dispatches from Vietnam for the Associated Press, was named by fellow war correspondent and historian David Halberstam as the ‘best reporter of the war’ in his book The Best and the Brightest.
Arnett arrived in Saigon on Jun. 26 1962 and checked into the Caravelle, then open two years, on his first evening in the country. The Caravelle’s centrality to war reporting and its close association with the Foreign Press Corps lead to Arnett’s close affinity with the hotel covering a story that would last over 13 years.
A native New-Zealander, Arnett now teaches journalism after a successful career as a CNN reporter covering conflicts in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
The Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square, Q1.