Discover Ho Chi Minh City, the economic centre of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest and most dynamic city. More than 7.4 inhabitants live in the city that also has the status of province in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is located in the south of the country, near the Mekong delta.

Originally, Ho Chi Minh City was a Khmer fishing village called "Prey Nokor". During the 17th century, Viets and Chinese settled there. It was during this period that the city was named "Saigon". For nearly 100 years, the territory of Vietnam was occupied by the French. Saigon became the capital of French Indochina until 1901. When the country gained independence in 1954, Saigon became the capital once again. Due to the presence of many American soldiers during the Vietnam War, the city was greatly developed. At the end of the war in 1975, the city of Saigon changed its name again and became Ho Chi Minh City, in reference to the communist leader who had died a few years before.

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In Ho Chi Minh City, the monsoon season begins in the month of May and ends in early September. The period has heavy precipitation, like most tropical countries. We recommend that you inform yourself to prepare your trip to Vietnam keeping in mind that the mildest period is between the months of November and April.

Your trip to Ho Chi Minh City: things to see and do

Ho Chi Minh City is the first tourist destination in Vietnam. It attracts nearly 70% of all visitors to the country every year. The city has an effective and diverse policy for preservation that enables tourists to discover splendid historical buildings as well as traditional Vietnamese festivals and rituals. Because of the various architectural influences (Chinese, Vietnamese and French), Ho Chi Minh City has many sites that are worth visiting.

During your stay in Ho Chi Minh City, after having discovered the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum, head for the Notre Dame Cathedral (built with the famous red bricks from Toulouse) then to Saigon's Central Post Office. Located in the city centre, the building dates back to the end of the 19th century and was designed by French architect, Auguste Henri Vildieu, and his assistant, Alfred Foulhoux. The metallic structure was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Be sure to enter the building to admire the beautiful interior architecture. It is one of the most visited sites in the city. The Saigon Opera House is also a building where the French influence is very apparent. The resemblance with the Petit Palais in Paris is obvious.
Take advantage of your stay in Asia to visit buildings that were built according to traditional architecture, such as the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, the Jade Emperor's Pagoda, dedicated to Ngoc Hoang, and the Giac Lam Pagoda. Take a stroll through Cholon, the Chinese district in Ho Chi Minh City, and visit the city's oldest pagodas: Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda, Thien de Hau Temple, Nghia An Hoi Quan Temple, the Quan Am Pagoda, etc.
Go up to the 49th floor of the Bitexco Tower to admire a 360° view of the city. The building is the symbol of modern Ho Chi Minh City.

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