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Overview of Ho Chi Minh city

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam named after the late communist leader Ho Chi Minh, who led the nation against both France and the U.S.A. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has been historically a political and administrative centre of Vietnam. Today Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a rapidly developing, dynamic, and the economic capital of Vietnam. It is perhaps the heart and soul of Vietnam.

The bustling industrious centre of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam also harbors the ancient traditions and culture of Vietnam and bears the influences of French colonial rule. Life in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam resides in the city streets, markets, shops, pavement cafés and vendors selling their goods on the sidewalks.

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Thien Hau Pagoda

Built by the Cantonese Congregation in the early 19th century, this gorgeous pagoda is dedicated to the deity Thien Hau and always has a mix of worshippers and visitors, who mingle beneath the large coils of incense suspended overhead.It is believed that Thien ...

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Giac Lam Pagoda

Believed to be the oldest pagoda in HCMC (1744), Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. The looming Bodhi tree in the front garden was the gift of a monk from Sri Lanka in 1953. Next to the tree is a gleaming white statue ...

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Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Built in 1909 by the Cantonese (Quang Dong) Congregation in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City, filled with statues of phantasmal divinities ...

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Learn About Vietnam’s Culture Over Dinner

We will begin the evening with the best Wontan soup in town and some fresh coconut. Watch how the chef makes the soup, a traditional recipe passed down the family for 4 generations.After the meal, we will energize ourselves before the walk with a local favourite ...

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Ben Thanh Market

Easy to find in the heart of District 1 where Le Loi, Tran Hung Dao and Le Lai converge at the central roundabout. Often crowded and bustling but makes for a great atmosphere. Be prepared to haggle hard for what you want - it's part of the experience! As is the ...

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City

Peaceful and somber, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is an easy place to escape the maniacal buzz of motorbikes for a few minutes. Constructed by the French in the 1800s, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City appears strangely out of place with ...

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Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup )

No matter what time day or night, a steaming bowl of pho noodle soup is never hard to find in Vietnam. Just as pad thai in Thailand, pho is Vietnam's unofficial national dish exported with pride all over the world.Pho consists of flat rice noodles in a light, meat-based ...

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Reunification Palace

Probably the most popular stop for tourists with a short time in Ho Chi Minh City, the Reunification Palace was the official ending point of the Vietnam War. On April 30, 1975 North Vietnamese forces smashed through the gate - with photographers waiting - and captured ...

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Vietnamese Water Puppet Show

Vietnamese water puppetry dates back to the 11th century and has changed very little since.  Bulky wooden puppets are actually controlled from beneath a pool of water; the performance is accompanied by traditional music.  How the puppeteers do their jobs underwater ...

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Xoi chien (Bloating fried sticky rice)

A round plate of Xoi chien phong, placed next to a plate of buttery roasted chicken, is always attractive to anyone. A lump of sticky rice will become a plate of Xoi chien phong as big as a grape-fruit by talent chefs. In the past, Xoi chien phong was offered only ...

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Sai Gon Opera House

At the turn of the 20th century, this magnificent building, designed by French architect Ferret Eugene, was built as a classical opera house with 800 seats to entertain French colonists. Anyone who has been to France can recognize many similarities between the ...

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War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. It houses many exhibits relating to Vietnam War, especially the American phase. Operated by the Vietnamese government, the museum was opened in September 1975. Since then, it ...

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