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Why Visit Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Commonly known as Saigon, the vivid city of Ho Chi Minh is situated in the southern part of the country and is famous for playing a significant role in the Vietnam War. Today Ho Chi Minh is not only a place of historical significance but also a unique town that somehow combines in itself two opposites: bright Vietnamese spirit and rich French elegance.

One of the iconic Saigon landmarks is the spectacular Notre-Dame Cathedral. Situated right in the heart of the city, this outstanding architectural masterpiece is embellished with stained glass windows and crowned with two 58-meter bell towers. Surprised that the name of the cathedral sounds French? There is a reason for that. The church was constructed by the French architect Jules Bourard whose plan was to create a smaller version of Notre-Dame de Paris. What is more, all materials used in the building process were transported directly from France!

If you are a history enthusiast, enrich your Saigon travel and pop in the War Remnants Museum. During your visit, you delve into the eventful past of the city and learn more about the wars in which Vietnam was involved. What is more, outside the complex, you can find several vehicles like jets and tanks which were used during the hostilities.

Continuing the topic of Vietnam history, paying a visit to the Reunification Palace is a must while in Ho Chi Minh. Being one of the most legendary attractions in the city, the Saigon Palace is the place where the Vietnam War finally came to an end. Although many years have passed since then, it seems like in 1975 time stopped here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the five-story museum boasts numerous hidden rooms, antique furniture, telecommunication center, and even a casino on the fourth floor.

One of the greatest things to do in Ho Chi Minh is discovering the local food scene. Seeking for Vietnamese delicacies? Then head to the lively Ben Thanh Market, one of the most famous Ho Chi Minh sights. Offering a great selection of clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs, the Saigon market gathers thousands of visitors every day. If you decide to buy something, don't forget to use your bargaining skills to get the best price!

Best Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh

  • Explore Saigon history in the War Remnants Museum
  • Haggle at the Ben Thanh Market
  • Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral
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