Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam*

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About Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam known for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial monuments, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of imported materials from France, and the 19th-century central post office. Food stalls line the city streets, especially around the bustling Bến Thành market.


Activities

Củ Chi Tour

Photographer: Lars Meijer

The Củ Chi Tunnels are an immense network of interconnected tunnels in the Củ Chi District, Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as shelters during battles with American soldiers.


Mekong Delta Tour

The Mekong Delta is a floating world in southern Vietnam, a maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas, and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main mode of transport, and tours of the region often start in nearby Ho Chi Minh City.


Phạm Ngũ Lão street

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Known as the “backpacker district” or the “budget travel district”, Phạm Ngũ Lão is a convenient place in Saigon to find cheap accommodation. Phạm Ngũ Lão’s nightlife is also one of Ho Chi Minh’s best, with a multitude of street vendors, bia hoi stalls, lively downtown bars and clubs filling the vibrant scene.


Bitexco Tower

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The Bitexco Tower is a skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At its completion in 2010, it became the tallest building in Vietnam with a height of 258 meters and retained this status until January 2011, when it was surpassed by the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower.


War Remnants Museum

Photographer: Nikki Hatten

The War Remnants Museum is a war museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It contains exhibits related to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina war involving the French colonialists. The War Remnants Museum is always popular with Western tourists.


Chinatown

One of the nicest areas in the city is Cholon (also called Cho Lon) or simply Chinatown. This is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam. The happiness of the Chinese, the red, is everywhere here in the many temples, shops and restaurants of this bustling area. You can spend a day here without getting bored. And besides, the food is delicious.


Notre Dame

Photographer: Nikki Hatten

Notre Dame Cathedral is located in the Commune Square of Paris. After their conquest of Saigon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City), the French colonists wanted to build their own church. It is one of the main attractions of the city that attracts both Vietnam and foreign tourists. More than a century after its construction, Ho Chi Minh City’s Notre Dame Cathedral has retained its incredible beauty.


Ben Thanh Market

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Bến Thành Market is a large market in the center of Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The market is large and an important symbol. Definitely best avoided during the hottest part of the day, but still worth checking out. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors, creating a vibrant street scene that fills the air with the scents of stir-fried noodles, grilled fish and meat.



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