Nowhere in the world can you find people happily sit on the pavement for coffee every morning as many as in Ho Chi Minh, old and young, rich and poor, you are all welcomed to join and share that simple joy together. It is said that the city never refuses anyone who comes to her searching for a better life. More about Saigon
Nowhere in the world can you find people happily sit on the pavement for coffee every morning as many as in Ho Chi Minh, old and young, rich and poor, you are all welcomed to join and share that simple joy together. It is said that the city never refuses anyone who comes to her searching for a better life.
Ho Chi Minh City is a city mix of new and old cultures: dynamic skyscrapers, teaming revenues and sparkling shopping malls – all are countered by ancient temples, peaceful parks and narrow alleys. If you are in Ho Chi Minh, you will note that local folks love to call the city by her old name Sai Gon, while Sai Gon actually refers to the center part of the city (now is district 5 or Cho Lon). The name of Sai Gon was changed to Ho Chi Minh in 1976 as the city expanded to suburban areas near Sai Gon. The development of Sai Gon has close ties with absorbing new culture, Chinese people settled in Cho Lon, France left its mark on District 1.
It is not so strange in Sai Gon that some areas are called French quarter and China town. The District 1 as local people called it French quarter is where many colonial architectures located, and now turns into the business district of Ho Chi Minh City. The symbol of Saigon that you should not miss is Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral located at a very nice and picturesque corner of downtown French quarter; its design shows the influence of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. Some other attractions in district one can be listed: Independence Palace, the Sai Gon Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnants Museum for those who love to know about Vietnam war.
Just a short ride from District 1, laying one of the great historically and culturally important areas of Sai Gon: Cho Lon in District 5 known as Sai Gon’s China Town. Most Hoa Kieu or Vietnamese – Chinese people live in Cho Lon, they still speak variety of Chinese dialects, including Cantonese and Hainanese, and some of them speak Mandarin. The amazement for tourists of Cho Lon comes from Chinese old temples, tasty street food mix of Vietnam and Chinese flavor. The must-visited place in Chinatown is Binh Tay Market, which is bigger than the more famous Ben Thanh Market, offers everything that you want to buy from fresh local fruits, fish to clothes, herbs and snack. There are some nice places in Cho Lon area for you to visit such as: Thien Hau Temple, Phuoc An Hoi Quan, Quan Am Pagoda.
If you have more time is Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnel is an interesting place to stop by. Located about 40km from Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnel was a legendary, and a symbol of heroic fighting spirit of Vietnamese people. The complex tunnel system spreads an area of about 250km underground honeycomb network, from outskirt of SaiGon to the Cambodia Border. Some part of the Cu Chi system was destroyed in the war, the remain is now a place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese veterans and local students.