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  • Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

    Everything you Need to Know about Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh City is the business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The Khmers originally settled the region, with the Vietnamese taking over in the 17th century.

    The French conquered Saigon, as it was then known, in 1859, and made it the capital of Cochin China in 1862. They extended and embellished the city with broad boulevards and elegant architecture. At the peak of the Vietnam War in 1969 the city had 4.5 million inhabitants. They were all evacuated when Saigon and the rest of the South fell to North Vietnam in 1975.

    The city has recovered in the 30 years since then; the current population is over 7 million. It was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the spiritual leader of Vietnamese Communism, but the inhabitants were so reluctant to adopt the new name that the authorities compromised; the official name is Ho Chi Minh City but the city centre is still called Saigon. The Vietnamese government may be Communist, but it understands well the importance of the tourism industry to the economy, and has promoted the country vigorously.

  • Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife

    Ho Chi Minh Nightlife

    Ho Chi Minh City’s entertainment industry is growing fast, though it’s still not a city for round-the-clock entertainment – most places close soon after Read More...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Activities

    Ho Chi Minh Activities

    Many repeat visitors to Vietnam are astonished by the expanding choice of activities found in Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re a golfer, you are well catered for. Read More...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Shopping

    Ho Chi Minh Shopping

    Ho Chi Minh City is a fun place to shop for bargains. Some goods can be unique and fascinating – old propaganda posters, for example. Clothing includes silks and Read More...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Districts

    Ho Chi Minh Districts

    Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is one of the fastest developing cities in Southeast Asia, yet it still retains its own historical charm. Read More...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Information

    Ho Chi Minh Information

    The government may be Communist, but it understands well the importance of the tourism industry to the economy, and has vigorously promoted the country. Read More...

  • Ho Chi Minh City Map

    Ho Chi Minh Map

    Our interactive map displays all available hotels with photos, facilities, attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...

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