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Ho Chi Minh City epitomizes the excitement and vibrant energy that permeates Vietnam. It is a city that can seem chaotic to the newcomer, but to those who explore its many attractions, it is a destination that combines modernity with a sense of history and cultural roots. Street stalls offer foods that will tantalize the palette while five star, Michelin style restaurants are located in the shadow of skyscrapers. Also, boutiques and markets beckon to those who want to engage in a spot of retail therapy. All are then bathed in the wafting swirl of incense from the numerous Buddhist temples that are spread across the sprawling skyscraper skyline of this fascinating destination.
The city, formerly known as Saigon has been ravaged by war. First at the hands of the French and its allies during the First Indochina War which lasted until 1954 and then the horrors of the Vietnam War - but it has emerged as one of the most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia.
Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
It is difficult to choose from the many attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. It is a city filled to overflowing with cultural, and historical wonders, as well as a culinary hotspot and a destination with a myriad of choices when it comes to entertainment. however, there are some attractions which simply should not be missed.
The War Remnants Museum offers visitors an insight into the impact of the Vietnam War on the daily lives of ordinary Vietnamese citizens. For visitors, it can be a deeply moving experience. Stories from those who were on the ground and subject to atrocities committed by American soldiers - although many of the exhibits may seem one-sided it is worth noting that much of the archival footage is from American sources. The display of military hardware in use during the war is in itself fascinating. It also has sections devoted to the French-colonial period and the Vietnamese conflicts with neighbouring China.
Another attraction that should not be missed is the Cu Chi Tunnels where visitors are given the opportunity to experience what living in the vast network of tunnels that shielded Viet Cong soldiers (and support personnel) from American eyes. Visitors are invited to crawl through a widened and concrete reinforced portion of the tunnels and are offered a fascinating insight into life during the devastating period of the Vietnam War. For a more calming experience visitors to Ho Chi Minh City should set aside some time to visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda (also known as Tortoise Pagoda). This is one of the five most revered shrines in the city. Built in 1909 by Cantonese who migrated from Southwest China, it is a wonderful example of the architecture and beauty that characterizes the shrines established by the Mahayanist branch of Buddhism.
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Events in Ho Chi Minh City
If there is one unmissable event in Ho Chi Minh City in Asia it must be the annual tet celebrations. During this celebration, families gather to usher in the new year and pay respects to their ancestors. Venturing out into the city during the Tet celebrations is a delight. Visit Nguyen Hue Walking Street for the amazing flower festival, at midnight an incredible fireworks display will light up the skies over the city - this is an event not to be missed. September 2nd is National Day and ho Chi Minh City celebrates in style. Hit the streets and enjoy the parades and colourful flag-waving festivities.
For anyone interested in the culture and history of Southeast Asia a visit to Ho Chi Minh City is highly recommended. For those who will be flying in from other destinations in Southeast Asia, there are budget airlines that offer incredible deals on air travel. Make your booking today - it will be an experience you will never forget.
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Practical information about Ho Chi Minh City
The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is between the months of November to March. During this time the often torrential rains that soak the country tend to subside and the temperature is more bearable, although it can still remain hot. The Vietnamese currency is the Vietnamese Dồng (VND). Money can be exchanged at airports and at banks (which usually offer very competitive rates). An insider's hint - Gold Shops offer excellent rates for those who want to exchange dollars for Vietnamese Dồng. Those visiting Ho Chi Minh City should visit their doctors before departing their home countries. Vaccinations against hepatitis A and B and typhoid are recommended. The city does have several world-class hospitals and medical practitioners.
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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City
The city appeals to all age groups; parks and public spaces are superb and the French colonial architecture is a spectacular glimpse into the past that is both interesting and accessible. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated boutique hotel in the French section or a family-friendly hotel near major attractions, there are some wonderful options to suit every budget.
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Flights to Ho Chi Minh City
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