introduction to Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. Once capital of South Vietnam, it was named after the communist leader after the city was captured by the Vietcong by the end of Vietnam War.

Today the city is no less than a vibrant Asian metropolis with thousands of motorbikes cramming its streets and a fascinating architectural fusion of ancient temples, traditional shops and shiny brand-new skyscrapers.

Ho Chi Minh is still developing, with dazzling malls, elegant restaurants and fancy bars popping here and there every other week. However, the authentic Vietnamese spirit keeps burning in the traditional markets, street-food stalls and scenic pagodas. The city is also a popular gateway for excursions to the surrounding area, including the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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