Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, also referred to as Sai Gon, is Vietnam’s biggest and most energetic city. It’s a city where old and new worlds collide to fascinating effect. The graceful old architecture of the shops, businesses, residences, pagodas and palaces of yesteryear intertwine effortlessly with ultra-modern malls and skyscrapers.
Historical must-sees include the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels for a walk through Vietnam’s eventful, tumultuous and war-torn past; the iconic Reunification Palace; Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office for examples of classical French-colonial architecture; and Cholon, HCMC’s atmospheric China Town, full of intricate temples and pagodas and its historical market.
Foodies can’t fail to be impressed by the huge variety of cuisine offered; from regional and national snacks and dishes sold super cheap on street stalls, to street food favourites served up in stylish surroundings; and a generous selection of international offerings. Those who like to let their hair down at night can do so in true Saigonese-style at a vast selection of bars and clubs, ranging from casual side-street beer clubs, to uber classy rooftop bars and lively late-night clubs.