City of Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City – former name Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city. A fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples.

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The Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate you at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. The city tour unravels Saigon’s raging past and provides a glimpse into the captivating variety the city has to offer.

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Morning Highlight.

The War Remnant Museum – the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city. For me, the museum isn’t for everyone; some of the pictures and displays are explicit and shocking.

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The brutality of war is on full effect. What is displayed there may not be suitable for the faint of heart. But if you’re interested in war history, this is definitely your place.

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Headed to Thien Hau Pagoda located inside China Town, it’s a place of great historical and cultural importance.

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Then shopping at Ben Thanh Market in city center. It offers extensive range of souvenirs and mementos. But this market is not just for the purpose to serve the tourist and travellers’ need, it’s also where the locals get their daily necessities such as fresh foods, groceries, household items and more.

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Afternoon Highlight.

The Reunification palace served as the South Vietnamese president’s home and office during the Vietnam War.

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It’s immense significance to the Vietnamese was when a Vietnamese military tank crashed the gates marking the end of America’s failed mission in Vietnam thus ending the war in April 30, 1975.

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The Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office – 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago.

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The cathedral was built by the French late in the 19th century. Its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. At the time it was built, the Basilica was the most beautiful cathedral of this kind amongst all French colonies. IMG-20160127-WA0519-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0553-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0546-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0509-02-01IMG-20160127-WA0521-01IMG-20160127-WA0544-01

All the materials were directly imported from France like red bricks of the outside walls, which retain their bright and lively red color until today.

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The beautiful colonial General Post Office facing the cathedral square was completed at about the same time as the cathedral. With its huge clock and cavernous interior, the post office has the air of an old-fashioned railway station.

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The lacquerware shop, handicrafts from handicaps. The paintings and other handicrafts were assembled by handicapped people, mostly war victims who were no longer eligible to work in offices or farms but who still wanted to earn a living.

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“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.

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