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Ho Chi Minh City (usually referred to as Saigon) is a city in the southern part of Vietnam.  The city is best known for the central role it took in the Vietnam War.  It’s also renowned for its French colonial architects, including the 19th-century Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Cathedral, which is built on materials shipped from France.  Food stalls can be readily found in the city’s alleys, especially in the vibrant Bến Thành Market.

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM – JUNE 17, 2016: Walking street (Pho Di Bo) in Sai Gon, Viet Nam. You can see the river from here  (Long Bao / Shutterstock)

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SAIGON, VIETNAM – APRIL 011, 2016 – Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral (Vietnamese: Nha Tho Duc Ba) in a daylife, build in 1883 by French colonists  (tulc / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – 21 Jan, 2016. Notre Dame Cathedral (Vietnamese: Nha Tho Duc Ba) in sunny day. Build in 1883 in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. HO CHI MINH CITY (SAI GON)  (Tran Ngoc Dung / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – APR 24, 2016 : Notre Dame Cathedral, Nha Tho Duc Ba, build in 1883 in Hochiminh city, Vietnam.  (Pham Duy Thien / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – April 5 , 2014:Interior of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  (Kanokratnok / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – August 13, 2015: Saigon Notre Dame Basilica is the central Roman Catholic cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, completed in 1880.  (Nils Versemann / Shutterstock)

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Reunification Palace  (Copyright: noguchi hiroshi)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MAY 19, 2016: A military band plays at the ceremony of bringing flowers to the Ho Chi Minhs monument on his birthday, an official public holiday.  (withGod / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 24 February, 2016. The Central Post Office was built in 1891 during the French colonial period and remains as a working post office as well as a tourist attraction.  (David Harmantas / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – APRIL 28, 2014: Customers and tourists at the General Post Office. It was built by the French in 1880s and is now a popular tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh city  (Kushch Dmitry / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – MAY 7, 2015: Interior of Saigon Central Post Office. Steel structure of building was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Ho Chi Minh is a popular tourist destination of Asia.  (Efired / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – JAN 21, 2014: “Hard Rock Cafe” restaurant and souvenir shop in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Popular tourist attraction  (Perfect Lazybones / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM- NOV 24: Crowd of Vietnamese student in traditional dress, ao dai, shooting for yearbook at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Vietnam, Nov 24, 2015  (xuanhuongho / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM- NOV 24: Crowd of Vietnamese student in traditional dress, ao dai, shooting for yearbook at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Vietnam, Nov 24, 2015  (xuanhuongho / Shutterstock)

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HOCHIMINH CITY, VIETNAM, FEBRUARY 16 : unidentified Vietnamese girls wearing white Ao dai on the street on February 16, 2014. Ao dai is famous traditional Custume for women in Vietnam.  (Quang nguyen vinh / Shutterstock)

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Vietnamese girl praying in Buddhist temple, holding lotus flowers, Saigon, Vietnam  (Copyright: Stephane Bidouze)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM- FEB 7: Atmosphere of springtime with colorful scene on Saigon street, Vietnamese woman in ao dai, posing beside flower to take photo on Tet holiday, Vietnam, Feb 7, 2015  (xuanhuongho / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – JANUARY 22 : Thai woman buy french loaf or baguette sandwich with restaurant on street near Ben Thanh Market on January 22, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam  (Anirut Thailand / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – APRIL 28, 2014: “Halal Cafe” restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Popular tourist attraction  (Fitri Mohamad / Shutterstock)

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SAIGON, VIETNAM – MAY 30, 2016 – Inside a coffee shop at Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam at weekend  (tulc / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – DECEMBER 8, 2015: Unidentified sellers work at the Ben Thanh Market. It is one of the most famous and popular landmarks of Saigon.  (withGod / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – June 15, 2014.Saigon Square pictured on June 15, 2014 is among popular market and attraction for bargain apparel buyer in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  (Lano Lan / Shutterstock)

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HOCHIMINH, VIETNAM – MARCH 28, 2015: A new restaurant (opened on Feb. 6) of the McDonalds Corporation, the worlds largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving 68 million customers daily.  (withGod / Shutterstock)

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The slums in Ho Chi Minh City beside Saigon River. The government try to improve people life around this area by moving them to a better place.  (Copyright: TonyNg)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – JAN 15, 2016: Life of the Vietnamese people on the Mekong River in Hochiminh (Saigon). Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam  (DenisShumov / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH CITY , MAR 12 2016 – Chua Ba Thien Hau Temple, Saigon, Vietnam  (Tran Ngoc Dung / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH – MARCH 7: US Air Force airplane used in the Vietnamese War exposed in the War Remnants Museum in Saigon. On March 7, 2013 in Saigon, Vietnam  (salajean / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH CITY – JAN 22: The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on January 22, 2015. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam.  (Takashi Images / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 23, 2014, a man are preparing for the show of elephants at the zoo.  (CuuPhotography / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH; VIETNAM – JANUARY 28; 2014: An unidentified woman selling fruit on the streets of Ho Chi Minh city.  (Fitri Mohamad / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – OCT 5, 2014: Architecture and motorbikes traffic on the street in Hochiminh (Saigon). Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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HO CHI MINH – FEB15: Chaotic road traffic in Saigon, Vietnam. In the biggest city in Southern Vietnam are more than 4 mil. motorbikes, the traffic is often congested. Feb 15, 2013, Saigon, Vietnam  (salajean / Shutterstock)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – circa Nov. 2013 – Street young female vendor selling roasted sweet corns and yam on her push cart along a small lane near local market at night  (Pete Burana / Shutterstock)

Useful Reference

Ho Chi Minh Tour Package: Top Attractions and Activities
By Billy Woods

Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, was once considered as the “Pearl of the Far East”. This says something about the hidden charm that is only akin to this particular Vietnamese city. For although it is not as romantic as other travel destinations in Vietnam like Hanoi, for instance, this place nevertheless has its own set of characteristic features and point of attractions that places it on equal footing with other travel destinations around the world. In fact, Ho Chi Minh tour package, featuring any of the following top attractions and activities around the area, draw hordes of visitors from around the world, and taking a look at the listed attractions and activities below can help to establish why this is so.

Floating Markets in Mekong Delta
A sprawl of about 39,000 square kilometers, Mekong Delta is not only famous for its rich biodiversity that supports over 10,000 newly discovered biological species, but it is also known for the unique cultural tradition of the human community that inhabits it. A must see in the Mekong Delta are the Floating Markets. Especially in the morning, visiting the markets through a small sampan together with a local guide will give visitors a firsthand experience of the markets’ colorful and relaxed ambiance. Fruits and vegetables from local producers are directly available from the sellers boats, while sampans also serve as mobile cafes offering soft drinks, iced tea, and strong noodle soup.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Located in Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi district, the Cu Chi tunnels is a large network of interconnecting tunnels. This, in turn, is also connected to other tunnels traversing the underground of Vietnam. The Cu Chi Tunnels wa used by the Viet Cong’s for military purposes during the Vietnam War. It served as a communication and supply route, food and weapon cache, a hiding spot, a hospital, and living quarters.

Ho Chi Minh Cultural City Tour
Ho Chi Minh is widely noted for its immigrant inhabitants, so a tour around will give visitors an insight into the unique local culture that is a product of various cultures existing in the city. An unforgettable cultural tour of the city includes a visit to several Chinese Markets as well as the magnificent Thien Hau pagoda. Taking an extra step further towards experiencing the local community life, lantern making activity is also offered to visitors.

Ho Chi Minh of course has other equally beautiful and satisfying attractions and activities. The three listed above are just some of the attractions and activities that make traveling in this city a rewarding activity.

Billy Woods is a travel enthusiast who have explored different tourist destinations across Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The attractions discussed above are taken from his Ho Chi Minh tour package experience. For more details and information about Ho Chi Minh and its unique features as a travel destination, go to Lokopoko Travel.

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