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Ho Chi Minh City is a city in southern Vietnam, known for its pivotal role in the Vietnam War.
Still often referred to by its former name, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a boisterous, chaotic sensory feast.
Motorcycles honk in a tidal wave at clogged intersections, locals crouch on street corners drinking steaming bowls of Pho (noodle soup).
The stuffy city air is thick with exhaust fumes and exotic spices.
Ho Chi Minh City is the commercial center and largest city in Vietnam, and is a place where the old meets the new in stark contrast.
Not far from the city, the famous Cu Chi tunnels are a must-see.
About 60 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a must-see half-day tour and one of the top tours for anyone visiting the city.
This vast network of tunnels spanning over 250 kilometers served as a base for Viet Cong military operations during the Vietnam War.
Soldiers used the terribly tight tunnels as hiding places, hospitals, communication bases, supply routes, and even barracks.
The lush waterscapes and small villages of the Mekong Delta provide a fascinating glimpse into rural life.
Temples huddle amid skyscrapers and designer stores; villagers toss bamboo fishing poles into the languid Saigon River.
But in places, the city feels almost European, with its elegant French colonial architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
In addition to the fascinating culture shock, there are a number of intriguing tourist attractions, from the poignant War Remnants Museum and captivating water puppet shows to colorful markets and the Reunification Palace time tunnel.
The city is also known for its French colonial-era landmarks such as the Notre Dame Basilica.
Made entirely of materials imported from France, and the main post office of the 19th century. Food stalls line the city streets, especially around the bustling Bến Thành market.
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