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Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture.

This is a city that churns, ferments, bubbles and fumes. The streets, where much of the city's life takes place, are a jumble of street markets, shops, pavement cafes, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling wares spread out on sidewalks. It's impossible not to be infected by its exhilarating vibe.

General information:

Area: 1000 km2

Population: 15 millions

District: numberred from 1 to 12, Tan Binh, Binh Thanh and Go Vap

 When to go

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 Health and safety
Importance to know about sercurity and decease
 Getting there and around
Find how to find your way to and around this city
 Banks and currency
Money issue and exchange rates
 Telephone
Instruction on telephone and network available
 History
Brief history of this 300 years old city
 Things to do
Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh city
 Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels are located approximately 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City centre in Cu Chi Rural District. Characteristic: Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels.
 Palace of Unification
1968 after completion of conquering “Six provinces of the South”, the French colonialists built here a palace. At first the palace was the residence of the Governor General of the South. From 1887 (Oct. 17, 1887), when the French President signed the decree to establish the federal of Indochina, the Palace became the French Governor General’s Residency called Norodom’s Palace.
 Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral is a huge architectural monument located in the heart of the Ho Chi Minh City. This redbrick structure with its twin towers has been a well-known feature of the nation’s economic capital.
 Diamond Superbowl
Bowling in Ho Chi Minh City has attained a definite height in popularity and expansion regarding recreational and enjoyment sources in the city. In the bowling plazas you can also enjoy with different other sources of enjoyment like music and fast food and beverages etc.
 War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng chứng tích chiến tranh) is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.
 Binh Quoi Tourist Village
The Binh Quoi Tourist Village (Làng Du Lịch Bình Quới in Vietnamese) is a tourist attraction in the Bình Thạnh district of Ho Chi Minh City, in southern Vietnam.
 Xa Loi Pagoda
The Xa Loi Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Xá Lợi; Hán tự: 舍利寺) is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was built in 1956 and was the headquarters of Buddhism in South Vietnam. The pagoda is located at 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City and lies on a plot of 2500 square metres. The name Xa Loi is the Vietnamese translation for sarira, a term used for relics of Buddhists. The pagoda is most well-known abroad for the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, in which the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, the brother of the Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem, raided and vandalised the pagodas on August 21, 1963.
 Cha Tam Church
Built at the beginning of the last century, Cha Tam Church has a pleasing pastel yellow and white paint job and a peculiar statue in the tower
 Giac Lam Pagoda
Giac Lam Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Giác Lâm; Hán tự: 覺林寺, Giác Lâm tự) is a historic Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. It was officially listed as a historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture on November 16, 1988 under Decision 1288 VH/QD.The pagoda is located at 118 Lạc Long Quân, in the 23rd ward of Tân Bình district, in the Phú Thọ Hòa region of the city. It stands on Cẩm Sơn, and is also known as
 Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market has long been one of Saigon's most famous landmark. The market has been in existence since the French occupation. The original market was located on the shores of Ben Nghe river by old fort Gia Dinh. Its proximity to the fort and the river where merchants and soldiers would land was reason for its name (Ben meaning pier or port and Thanh meaning fort). In 1859, when the French invaded Saigon and overtook fort Gia Dinh, Ben Thanh Market was destroyed. It was rebuilt shortly thereafter and remained standing until it was moved to its present location in 1899.
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