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Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting, fast paced metropolis that continues to forge ahead at dizzying speed. The city is a major cultural and commercial centre in Vietnam and attracts many visitors each year because of its history, art and culture.
The core of the city is adorned with historic French buildings and elegant boulevards left over from the colonial days. District 1 is where most of the attractions are located. Some of the prominent structures here include the Reunification Palace, City Hall, Municipal Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Ho Chi Minh also has many elegant historic hotels that date back to the colonial era such as Hotel Majestic, Caravelle and Rex Hotels. Throughout the city there are many museums worth visiting like the Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, War Remnants Museum and the Museum of Fine Art. The famous Cu Chi Tunnels, Botanical Gardens and the Saigon Zoo also attract a lot of visitors.
Recreational sites in Ho Chi Minh City include the eco beach resort of C?n Gi?, Su?i TiÍn Amusement and Culture Park and the –?m Sen Tourist and Cultural Park.
For shopping, the Ben Thanh Market is a popular choice. This old style, large market is located in the central district and has hundreds of stalls selling a variety of colourful local items.
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|1. War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3
|What is it? The disturbing War Remnants Museum highlights
the horrors of modern combat, and especially portrays the suffering
inflicted on the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War.
Previously called the Museum of American War Crimes, the name was
altered so as not to cause offence to American visitors, but its
displays do tell the story from an anti-American perspective. The
museum houses a collection of weapons, machinery, artefacts and
horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of
napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. One
room is dedicated to biological warfare, including the effects of
the defoliant sprays that were dumped over the country. Another
room looks at worldwide demonstrations for peace and international
opposition to the war. In the courtyard there are tanks,
helicopters, planes and bombs on display.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 7.30am to 11.45am and 1.30pm to
Phone:(08) 829 5587
||What is it? Cholon is the thriving warren of streets
comprising the Chinese district of Saigon, first settled by the
Chinese Hoa merchants at the end of the 18th century, and now home
to the biggest ethnic minority community in the country. The
difference in environment is immediately noticeable. The cluster of
Chinese-signed streets is a fascinating labyrinth of temples,
restaurants, exotic stores, medicine shops and markets. The best
place to experience the bustle of trade is at the crowded Binh Tay
Market where the corridors are filled with stalls offering a
variety of exotic produce, from live tethered ducks to nuts and
seeds, as well as other household items. There are several temples
of interest in Cholon, including the colourful Emperor of Jade
Temple, the Quan Am Pagoda with its ornate exterior, Phuoc An Hoi
Quan Temple, its roof exquisitely ornamented with dragons and sea
monsters, and the Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the goddess of the
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|3. Cu Chi Tunnels
19 miles (30km) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City at Tay
|What is it? The Cu Chi Tunnels system is an underground
network of tunnels dug in the 1940s by the Vietnamese as a place to
hide during the fight against the French. The network was later
expanded and used in the American War. The system consists of more
than 150 miles (250km) of tunnels and unlit offshoots, secret trap
doors connecting narrow routes to hidden shelters, local rivers and
tunnels to the Cambodian border. It was a sprawling city of
improvised hospitals, living quarters, kitchens and fresh water
wells, with some tunnels barely large enough to wriggle through.
The plan was to launch surprise assaults on the enemy, and then
disappear; so successful a hiding place were the tunnels that first
the French and then the Americans struggled against these sudden
attacks in which the assailants seemed to vanish into fresh air.
Today many of the tunnels have been enlarged to allow visitors the
dirty and claustrophobic experience of crawling through a portion
of the underground network, past secret trapdoors and booby traps
laid against invasion. Unfortunately their popularity with visitors
has turned the area into a vicious tourist trap, with hard-sell
vendors a constant hassle among the touring
Hours of Operation: Daily 7.30am to 4.30pm
Phone:(08) 794 8820
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