Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and busiest city of Vietnam. That used to be called the Pearl of the Far East. Many Vietnamese residents and foreign friends may also remember this city in its former name “Saigon”. The city has played the role of commercial center in Vietnam for many years. Nowadays, it is also the main tourism center offering a wide range of tourism categories such as cultural and classic tours, adventure tours. Like other Southern provinces of Vietnam, the city is surrounded by a lot of rivers and canals. Saigon River is the biggest one. Coming to Ho Chi Minh City, visitors have chance to enjoy the two distinctive seasons: The rainy season from May to November, and the dry one from December to April. The weather is warm all year round.
Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Thanh market
The name Ho Chi Minh City is very evocative place name. It reminds us of Uncle Ho, who is one of the greatest leaders in the world. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit Dragon House Wharf, where Uncle Ho started his great journey to the Western World in order to find the ways to liberate Vietnamese people from many invaders. Ho Chi Minh City has unlimited energy which is always bustling, booming and crowded. The city’s architectural style is the harmonious combination of both western and eastern features. Around the city, there are numerous elegant colonial French buildings such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, Ben Thanh Market, Post Office, War Remnants Museum. Simultaneously, the city has an old taste. Visitors can find ancient pagodas, historic temples, traditional local street markets, and vociferous cyclo drivers everywhere in the city. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can either join the busy and entertaining atmosphere in some places like Dam Sen Park, luxurious hotels or visit old pagodas and churches namely Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son, Quoc To Temple.
Ho Chi Minh City – Notre Dame Cathedral
Some other must-do activities in this city are tasting various kinds of fresh fruit from many surrounding provinces in the Mekong Delta, chatting with pleasant girls with a very soft Southern voice, buying local handicrafts or goods in Cho Lon or Ben Thanh market and drinking coffee in the rainy afternoons. You can further explore many other distinctive lands surrounding Ho Chi Minh City such as the Mekong Delta, Cu Chi underground tunnel. Let’s Journeymekong plan a trip for you and your companions to visit this must-see city.