Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is second the most important in Vietnam after
Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial and
tourist center. The history of city relates closely with the struggle for the independence and
freedom of Vietnam.
Reunification Palace is a well known cultural historical relic which is visited in large number
by foreign and domestic tourists.
Historical Museum was built in 1929 and was called "Musée Blanchard de la Bosse"
housing many historical artifacts, many of which dated back to the 6th and 7th century. A
statue of the Buddha with 1,000 eyes and 1,000 arms is also part of the museum's
Notre Dame Cathedral stands in the center of Hochiminh city built during 1877-1880. Its
Neo-Romanesque architecture with two - 40m square bell towers crowns the Paris
Commune Square where it is located.
Ben Thanh Market is one of the earliest surviving structures and today is considered one of
symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, "ao dai",
and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
Mekong Delta: Visit the Mekong Delta to understand why it's called the rice stock of Vietnam,
why a sampan tied to a coconut tree can evoke nostalgia. There you will find the simplest
people, who would not care much about the luxury life of the city.
Cu Chi Tunnels are definitely worth the day trip out of Hochiminh city. Just 70 kilometers North
West from Hochiminh city, it is a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution.
As a distinctive architecture, this cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground
dug-outs of over 200 kilometers long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting,
living and fighting quarters