Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city, business and financial hub of Vietnam. Also known as Saigon, it has a prominent history going back hundreds of years. There are plenty of museums showcasing the country's dark wartime history and classic colonial architecture built by former French rulers.

    Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, sleek skyscrapers, ornate temples and Chinese pagodas. The city has plenty of rooftop bars overlooking Saigon and beyond, plus fantastic restaurants offering a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine. You will find many prominent landmarks spread out among Districts 1 and 3 in central Saigon, while Pham Ngu Lao Street – set on the western edge of District 1 – is an iconic backpacker’s district divided into numerous lanes and back alleys that are ripe for exploration.

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    • Getting Around Ho Chi Minh City

      Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is a fairly easy task despite its notorious traffic. It becomes more straightforward once you’ve done a bit of research before making your way to this lively city. Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly known as Saigon, is made up of 24 districts. District 1 to 5 hosts the highest number of attractions, restaurants...

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