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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 4.15pm Phone:(08) 829 5587



2. Cholon

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 sea. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Cu Chi Tunnels
19 miles (30km) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City at Tay Ninh
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 throngs. Hours of Operation: Daily 7.30am to 4.30pm Phone:(08) 794 8820



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