Ho Chi Minh City or commonly called as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam nearto the Mekong and Saigon River or approximately 60 kilometers of the South China Sea. Just like Indonesia, the city also has a tropical climate. The city offers many fascinating sights object usually visited by tourists.
Ho Chi Minh City History
Ho Chi Minh City was formerly a fishing village called Prey Nokor that means Forest City or State Forests. In 1623 in Vietnam there was Trinh-Nguyen civil war that King Chey Chettha II originating from Cambodia invited Prey Nokor to be used as a place of settlement for refugees from Vietnam. But as the refugees overflew to Prey Nokor, there was finally a Vietnamization in the city. Prey Nokor then was known as Saigon. On May 1st, 1975, the name of Saigon was changed by the local communist government to Ho Chi Minh City. There are still many Vietnamese use the name Saigon to refer this full of history city.
Things to see
One of the interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City is the Reunification Palace, which is a historic palace building that was once used in war time. Inside the palace you can see a collection of historic collection of old books. While at the War Remnants Museum you can see a collection of historical heritage objects of Vietnam War. In the midst of this city you can find Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, a 58 meters cathedral building built in 1863-1880. This place is one of the places usually visited by foreign tourists.
Things to do
There is a park situated around Pham Ngu Lao. The park is often used by local people for merely exercising in the park because it provides exercise equipment that can be accessed by anyone. At night, you can visit the Ben Thanh Night Market located in the city center. In this market you can also buy souvenir items that you want. In this city there are also night entertainment centers located around the Pham Ngu Lao Ward. You can also go down underground tunnels known as the Chu Chi Tunnel. This tunnel previous function was as a shelter for residents during the Vietnam War.
Things to eat
Pho is a popular enough food in this city. This food is a kind of noodle soup that contains sliced beef or chicken with bean sprouts and basil leaves. In this town you can also find Cha Gio, one of the most demanding foods. Cha Gio is kind of typical Vietnamese fried spring rolls usually served with sweet and sour sauce. Unlike the Goi Cuon, a kind of traditional spring rolls salad in which all the materials used are not fried. The materials used in this salad spring roll are fresh vegetables such as lettuce, leaf menthol, vermicelli and sliced scallions. To Goi Cuon is usually eaten with peanut sauce or extra spicy sour sauce.
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City
Flying to Ho Chi Minh City: Ho Chi Minh City is served by Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located about km from Ho Chi Minh City. A taxi into the city from Tan Son Nhat International Airport would cost VND 150.000. Read more about Tan Son Nhat International Airport or look for flights to Ho Chi Minh City