Ho Chi Minh City (former name was Saigon) is the far-east pearl of Vietnam in particular and of Asia in general. It is the second of the most important cities in Vietnam, only after Hanoi. Its current name is an expression of great commemoration of Ho Chi Minh Uncle, who led his nation to resist against foreign aggression to regain independence. For the time being, Ho Chi Minh City is considered to be one of the most dynamic areas of the country, also a center of society, culture and economy which is situated to the South of Vietnam.
Arriving in this sleepless city, you will feel like it never stops for a moment, yet keeps moving forward busily. Streets are always lid up by colorful lights and people going through many directions. Time make things fade away and disappear, but pay back a great romance and historic value as an offset for Ho Chi Minh City’s constructions.
When presenting in Ho Chi Minh City, you may enjoy staying in luxurious hotels, buying things for souvenirs at shopping centers. Window-shopping is kind of fun but you just remember to strike some bargains.
Ho Chi Minh City has two separate seasons in a year: rainy season and dry season. However, the climate is enjoyable.
For centuries, Ho Chi Minh City already has become a busy commercial center. Merchants from China, Japan and many countries of Europe sailed upstream along the Saigon River to reach the trading center – the Pho islet. In 1874, Cho Lon merged with Saigon, forming the largest city in the Indochina. After the reunification of the country, Saigon has officially renamed to be Ho Chi Minh City. The history of city relates closely with the struggle for the independence and freedom of the country during the Vietnam War.
Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh City presents to be a big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large number of travellers. Ho Chi Minh City has various attractive sites such as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres, cultural houses, etc. Recently, many tourism sites are paid attention by investors such as Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park, Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa, etc which appeal numerous tourists every year.
The city owns a lot of imposing constructions which reflect a perfect blend of culture of Vietnam, China and Europe. The typical ones include public constructions, religious constructions, civil constructions, etc such as Dragon House Wharf, National Ancestors Temple, Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, Vinh Nghiem pagoda, Giac Vien pagoda, Giac Lam pagoda, Phung Son pagoda, etc. Along with the development of the city over 300 years, many Ho Chi Minh City’s buildings are covered with the color of time and moss that now become ancient sites and famous relics. They are remarkable for their harmonious mixing of traditional national values with northern and western cultural features.