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Ho Chi Minh City - ongoing dynamic & enchanting

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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. 

 If you have visited a number of cities in Vietnam but forgot Ho Chi Minh City, you have not known much about Vietnam for real. It is considered the capital of the Southern area of Vietnam. 

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam. One  of  the  most important  commercial  and tourist centres in Vietnam. 
All the accoutrements of economic success – fine restaurants, flash hotels, glitzy bars and clubs, and shops selling imported luxury goods – are here, adding a glossy veneer to the city’s hotchpotch landscape of French stones of empire, venerable pagodas and austere, Soviet-style housing blocks.

These are some tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City:
Ben Thanh Market 
Saigon Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral
Reunification  Conference Hall
Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum

History Museum & Zoo
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda)
Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cu Chi Tunnel


Ho Chi Minh City ongoing dynamic, enchanting
Saigon from above. Photo by John Harper


Ho Chi Minh City ongoing dynamic, enchanting
Ho Chi Minh City - ongoing dynamic & enchanting. Photo by Nguyễn Thế DƯƠNG
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Vietnam
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

Situated right in the heart of Hochiminh City is the most famous landmark as well as core Cathedral of the city, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral or Notre-Dame Basilica to be exact, is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam. It is a magnificient building located at the paris Square in Hochiminh City downtown, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere.


Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Head office
Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Head office


Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office

Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, the Central Post Office is one of the city’s oldest buildings, an attractive destination for local and foreign visitors.


Independence Palace or Reunification Palace
Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace

Like Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Independence Palace has stayed in the mind of many generations of not only Vietnamese but also foreigners. It is known as the famous historical witness which passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonists.


Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House

If you have a chance to go to Ho Chi Minh City, you certainly can’t take your eyes off the elegant architecture of the Saigon Opera House. Saigon Opera House, lying charmingly in the heart of the city's District 1 area, becomes a theater for a variety of traditional and classical performances such as plays, concerts, ballet, opera, and Vietnamese traditional dance.

Saigon Opera House
Photo by Tran Minh Phong
Saigon by night
Saigon by night. Photo by Tonten photography

Saigon beautiful at night
Photo by  Tonten photography
Saigon beautiful at night
Saigon beautiful at night. Photo by Tonten photography


South East Boulevard, Vietnam
South East Boulevard. Photo by Tonten photography
Ho Chi Minh city with its dynamic nightlife
Ho Chi Minh city with its dynamic nightlife. Photo by Tonten photography
Dragon House Wharf
Dragon House Wharf

The Dragon House Wharf, originally called Nha Rong, is located at the junction of the Ben Nghe Channel and the Saigon River. It was built in 1863 and served as the office of a French shipping company. From there, Nguyen Tat Thanh, later President Ho Chi Minh, set sail on a French ship named Admiral Latouche Treville in June 1911.

Phu My Hung new urban
Phu My Hung new urban. Photo by  Tonten photography

Anh Sao or Starlight Bridge in Phu My Hung
Anh Sao or Starlight Bridge in Phu My Hung urban zone in HCMC's District 7


Christmas in Saigon
Christmas in Saigon


New Year's Eve in Saigon
New Year's Eve in Saigon
New Year's Eve in Saigon


Nguyen Van Cu Bridge
Nguyen Van Cu Bridge. Photo by  Tonten photography

Mong Bridge, Ho Chi Minh City
Blue Hour at Mong Bridge. Photo by  Tonten photography

Ong Lon Bridge, Ho Chi Minh City
Ong Lon Bridge. Photo by  Tonten photography


Phu My Bridge, Ho Chi Minh City
Phu My Bridge. Photo by  Tonten photography

Tan Thuan Bridge, Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Thuan Bridge. Photo by Tonten photography

Sai Gon early morning
Sai Gon early morning. Photo by Tonten photography

Sai Gon early morning
Photo by Adde Adesokan
Street of Saigon In the morning.
Street of Saigon - In the morning. Photo by Mio Cade
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnel. A great evidence and memorial site of southern Vietnam’s heroic and heart-breaking war against foreign invaders is found in Cu Chi Tunnel, northwest of Saigon.  Photo by Sam Antonio Photography


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  1. Yep - If you enjoyed visiting, you'd also really enjoy living here. My 5 years have whizzed by, and I still find this place exciting after all that time here. :)

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