Buon Ma Thuot Can Tho Da Lat Da Nang Dien Bien Phu Ha Long Ha Noi Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An Hue Nha Trang Phan Thiet Phong Nha Phu Quoc Sapa Vung Tau
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About Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh is the bustling and vibrating economic center of the south. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading center for the Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who traveled up the Saigon River.

HCM City is only 300 years old but there are many human and historical values created by the exchange of different cultures. The culture of the former Saigon and present-day HCM City shows an original characteristic of the Vietnamese culture and nation in the historical and geographical context of the country’s southern region. It is possible to say that Saigon-HCM City is a convergence of many cultural flows during its process of establishment and development.

Among of its famous beauty spots and cultural-historical places in the city, these sites are worth a visit during your time in Sai Gon: Saigon Zoo, Dam Sen, Suoi Tien, Museum of History, Museum of Revolutions, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ben Duoc Temple, An Phu Dong Resistance Base, 18 betel-growing hamlets, Historical Sites of Lang Le Bau Co, and Can Gio Ecotourist Resort.
Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeings
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL: Notre Dame Cathedral is situated in Paris Square, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
A French priest laid the first brick in October 1877 and the last one in April 1880. Arrangements made with France required the construction to be managed by a French engineer by the name of Baurad. The total cost was 2.5 million francs. With the approval of the Vatican, the cathedral was named Notre Dame during ceremonies held in December 1959.

DRAGON HOUSE WHARF: Dragon House Wharf, a tribute to a piece of Ho chi Minh's personal history, is located at the junction of the Ben Nghe Canal and the Saigon River. The museum mostly holds pictures and objects related to the former president.
It is from this area that the 21-year-old "Uncle Ho" set sail on a French ship in June 1911. The Dragon House Wharf, originally called Nha Rong, was a French shipping company, built in 1863.

CU CHI TUNNELS: Cu Chi was an "underground village" with its labyrinth of interlaced tunnels having a combined length of more than 200km. The main tunnel is 60cm-70cm wide and 80cm-90cm high. The structure has either a delta-shaped or vaulted ceiling. Above the tunnel is a layer of earth about 3m-4m thick, enough to sustain the weight of 50-tonne tanks or heavy artillery as well as the destruction of bombs up to 100kg. Although it is an underground communication network, the runnel is enlarged here and there into rooms large enough to hold large meetings, a medical station or art performances.

THONG NHAT CONFERENCE HALL: Thong Nhat Conference Hall is situated at 106 Nguyen Du street in Ho chi Minh City. Originally Norodom Palace and the Palace of Indochina's Governor General, it was built in 1868. Until 1954, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnam's President, lived and worked in Norodom Palace.
It included a basement, three main floors, two mezzanines, one terrace and one upper floor. There are a total of hundreds of rooms in the palace, each decorated according to its function. It also features two exhibition rooms, a 33-room guest-house and numerous entertainment services such as tennis courts.
After reunification, Independence Palace became the headquarters of the city's Military Administration Committee. The political consultation for national unification was held in this palace, which was renamed the Thong Nhat Conference Hall. Nowadays, the site has become a historic, cultural relic attracting domestic as well as international visitors.
Transportation
Airport code: SGN (Tan Son Nhat International Airport).
Tan Son Nhat airport is 7km from the city. Domestic connections with Buon Me Thuot, Dalat, Hue, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Danang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Qui Nhon, Rach Gia and Vinh. There are taxis to the city centre.
Saigon Railway Station 1 Nguyen Thong St., Dist. 3. The express train takes 29 hours to reach to Hanoi.
Mien Dong Bus Station: 292 Dinh Bo Linh St., BInh Thanh Dist. Buses leave for Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc , Dong Nai, Dalat, Phan Thiet and other province.
Mien Tay Bus Station: 137 Hung Vuong Blvd., Binh Chanh Dist. On the western edge of the city, where several buses a day leave for all the major towns of the Mekong Delta, except Ha Tien.
The hydrofoil leaves Saigon to Vung Tau depart from Bach Dang port at Ham Nghi Blvd.
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