Ho Chi Minh City overview


Originally established as a Khmer trading post, more than 300 years ago, Ho Chi Minh City was destined for greater things. By the 18th century, the city, then named Saigon, had become the provincial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. However, in the second half of the 19th century, control over the city passed to the French, and Saigon became the capital of French Cochinchina. This was a period of much infrastructural and architectural development, during which Saigon earned the epithet, “Paris of the Orient.
Many buildings of this era are in good condition even today. In 1954, the city was proclaimed the capital of South Vietnam. The ensuing war with the US lasted until 1975, when North Vietnam took over Saigon and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City.
Today, under growing economic and cultural liberalization, the city has entered a period of modernization and is constantly evolving and reinventing itself. Populated by an estimated 8 million people, the city is rapidly becoming the hub of manufacturing, entertainment, and cuisine in Vietnam. Upscale restaurants and cafe offering a range of international delicacies are opening every day, while bars, clubs, and discos are at the center of a thriving nightlife. The best place to catch the action is Dong Khoi. Attracting many tourists, the area is home to historical buildings and museums, sophisticated shops, and roadside cafes, as well as people of all ages zipping around noisily on motorbikes that often cause gridlock on the streets.
 
  Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnel is located only 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City Center in the Northwest. It is miniature battle versatile of Cu Chi’s ...
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  Reunification Palace in Saigon
Designed as the home of former President Ngo Dinh Diem, the U.S.-backed leader of Vietnam until his assassination in 1962 ...
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  Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is an indispensable part in a Saigon City tour. The clock tower over the main entrance to what was formerly known ...
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  Saigon Central Post Office
Next to Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral sits the Saigon Central Post Office. Like the cathedral, located right in the heart of the city,...
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  Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Considered the economic and cutural center of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City attracts a large number of visitors annually...
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  War Remnants Museum in Saigon
The War Remnants Museum is one of the most impressive and popular monuments in Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon) ...
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  Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Ho Chi Minh City Museum is formerly known as the Revolutionary Museum, located right in the center of Ho Chi Minh City ...
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