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Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide  

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With a population of about seven million, Ho chi Minh city is the largest city in Vietnam. It is situated on the western bank of the Saigon River. While Hanoi is the centre of government, Ho Chi Minh City is the nation’s economic and commercial heart.
The city was known by its original Khmer inhabitants as Prey Nokor, which means "forest city", or "forest land" in Khmer. In this first period it was Canbodian’s main port.
In the 17th century, Prey Nokor was settled by Vietnamese refugees from the north and in time it became known as Saigon. During the French occupation, Saigon was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and from 1954 to 1976 the capital of the independent state of South Vietnam.
On May 1st, 1975, after the fall of South Vietnam, the now ruling communist government named the city after the pseudonym of their beloved leader Ho Chi Minh.
Today Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by almost everyone who lives there, is a modern and busy city. The city's character remains essentially French (with wide boulevards, colonial villas, and a lively café society) but also resolutely Asian and this particular mixture gives to Saigon a great charm.

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Reviews Ho Chi Minh City

Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Ho Chi Minh City surely doesn’t lack beautiful places to visit and admire. Starting with the Central Market or Ben Thanh Market, the largest of the markets scattered throughout the city. A kind of place where you can... more buy practically everything. The History Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artefacts from Vietnam’s two thousand years of recorded history. Notre Dame Cathedral, built during the late 1870s-1880s by the French (hence the name), stands tall in the heart of Saigon and is open to visitors. There are many pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City. The Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda on Nguyen Trai, the Xa Loi Pagoda, the Ong Bon Pagoda and the Emperor Jade Pagoda are only some of the most interesting and famous. You cant miss a visit to Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown, one of the oldest and most mysterious parts of Saigon. Other attractions include the General Post Office, the Cong Vien Van Hoa Park, the Central Mosque, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the War Remnants Museum.
William
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : I have been in Ho Chi Minh City and Enjoy amazing HCM Cooking class program with Cu Chi Tunnels tour. The Fantasic cooking class with Organic farn where they grow up everything for themselves and provide for hygiene supermarket. We... more had great time to see pick up and cooking with master Chef Tan and Then enjoy all the food of our Labour then moving to discover amazing history in vietnam where 60000 people surving inside the tunnels for 20 years. So amazing, A lot of experience on this day. I will get back again in soonest time. Highly recommend.
Not to be missed HCM Cooking class , Cu Chi Tunnels , Mekong delta
roel luz
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : District 7 a place not to miss, extend at least additional day or two on your plan visit. Try the pho noodles at 24. Communication is still a problem. The guided tour are okay but time consuming and mostly out... more of the city. When shopping cloth be wary of the price very expensive. Have a great stay:-)
Hassan
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : I am still in HCM City and i was very impersonated with Vietnam people behalf, who girls & boys are really good. I will Hanoi also, i had good time last 3 days here, shopping mall is really good and... more l like food specially. I don't go any night club and spa.
Not to be missed The Tunnels of Cu Chi , Vietnam Bike Tours®
LyLy Bui
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Ho Chi Minh city is such a great place to enjoy your life and discover all the new things in one place. I know that discovery consists not in seeking new land but seeing with new eyes. That the reson... more why I found that each steeet of this city themselves are fill with history and story.
Not to be missed War Remnants Museum , Reunification Palace
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