Ho Chi Minh the melting pot

Also called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a major hub of activity, drawing on Asian and Western traditions alike to create its own unique culture. The metropolis is a great place to visit during your trip to Vietnam.

A great way to get to know the culture of Vietnam is to visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Housed in a building originally erected by French colonists, the place satisfies visitors with numerous of exhibits varies through every era of Vietnam history.

National museum of Vietnam History

National museum of Vietnam History

Being the trading center of the country, one of popular attractions is the market. Ben Thanh Market, a cluster of busy shops and narrow aisles is the place where visitors can find everything as local people usually say “from gold to rice bran”. If you want to shop in a more Western atmosphere, Dong Khoi Street is worth dropping by, shops are open everywhere here with jewelry, ceramics, antiques, silks and even furniture. This destination also has plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, making it a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh market

To experience the blend of cultures that make Ho Chi Minh City one of Southeast Asia’s biggest melting pots, you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral, a soaring basilica built by the French in the 19th century. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. Here, you can taste ethnic cuisine, pray at a temple or buy jade and medicine at a traditional shop.

Cho Lon

Cho Lon

Vietnam is well-known around the world for the conflict that occurred there in the 1960s and 70s, and you can see one of the most important sites related to the war at the Reunification Palace. This building was the seat of power for the president of South Vietnam, and the war officially drew to a close when North Vietnamese soldiers drove a tank through its front gate. Meanwhile, you can also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of wartime passageways that have been converted into a museum.

Cu Chi tunnel

Cu Chi tunnel

Don’t hesitate to pack your luggage, come and discover the amazing land. For more information please visit our family website:

For Vietnam online visa Govietnamvisa.com

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For exploring more parts of Vietnam:

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http://hanoi-online.net/

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