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SAIGON OVERVIEW

Used to be dearly called Diamond of the Far East which was much more bustling than Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City (the formerly Saigon) became the economic center of Vietnam. It is a dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. It is a study in contrasts between traditional and modern, young and old, rich and poor.This nine million people city is situated by the river and has a tropical climate specifically a tropical wet and dry climate with an average humidity of 76%. The climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season lasts from May and to late November and the dry season lasts from December to April.

Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influences with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits and as much historical as it is modern.

Exploring Attractions:

Ben Thanh Market

Built in 1870 by the French, the market was called Les Halles Centrales before being renamed Ben Thanh in 1912. This is a real shopping paradise for tourists in Saigon. From late afternoon until late night, the shops inside the market are closed, but night market is open outside on the surrounding streets. Ben Thanh market is also the best place to check your bargaining skill.

Saigon Central Post Office

Built from 1886 and till 1891 it was completed according to the design drawing of the architect Ville Dieu. This building was established by a French architect and has the original constructing style of Gothic. Said by many tourists, Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most beautiful P.O. of the world.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is a huge traffic circle located in the heart of the Saigon. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. This imported red- brick structure with its twin towers has been a well-known feature of the nation’s economic capital. Nowadays, this is a very popular place for pre-wedding photo shooting, painting and café…

Saigon Central Mosque (Dong Du Mosque)

Located in the heart of the city, the blue Saigon Central Mosque is a pure pear in a busy business district of Saigon. Built in 1935 by South Indian Muslims, but now Muslims from all over the world would come here to worship. This a peaceful place to understand the Muslim culture in Saigon. Just across the street are several halal restaurants, such as: Halal Saigon, D’Nyonya Penang…

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum is at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Saigon. The pictures, films, and other items on display here document atrocities committed by Chinese, American and French soldiers in grim detail. Beside the inside museum, the tiger cage outside - a sample of Con Dao jail is a place to help tourists understand more about South Vietnam history.

Thien Hau Temple

Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese style temple located in the heart of Chinatown of Saigon. The Lady of the Sea is worshipped in the seafaring Chinese communities and Southeast Asia. The roof of pagoda is decorated with small porcelain figurines expressing themes from Chinese religion and legends. Lanterns and wooden models of Chinese theaters hang over the entrance. The interior of the temple is actually a partially covered courtyard, at the end of which is the altar to Thien Hau. The exposed portions of the courtyard contain incense burners, and open the view to the remarkable porcelain dioramas that decorate the roof.

Reunification Palace (the formerly Independence Royal Palace)

It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during Vietnam War and the site of the official handover of power during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

Reunification Palace covered on a 12 hectares area, including a palace with the facade of 80 meters in width, a guest-chamber capable to accommodate 800 persons, with a surroundings gardens covered by green trees and grasses.

City Hall(Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee)

Built in 1908 by the French, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee is a working government place. The public is not allowed inside. However, it a very nice place to shoot from outside the building. On the roof of the building is a bell tower placed on a pyramid-shaped podium. Pose outside the building and snap some memorable shots of one of Saigon's most famous landmarks. In Tet holiday (the most important holiday in Vietnam or New Year holiday), this place is a start walking point of flower street to wander to Saigon river. Come here on that occasion, this place will be sure to bring you to your wonderful Saigon dreams.