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Ho Chi Minh City

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About Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon. It is one of Vietnam's liveliest cities and a hub for commerce and culture. This place has all kinds of classically elegant French buildings that were left behind from the colonial period. You will feel almost as if you are in Paris. Apart from the sightseeing tours of places like the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the Ho Chi Minh City City Hall and the Municipal Theatre, you can witness more grand French-style architecture off the beaten path by visiting the Central Post Office and mail a post card. At the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum you can learn about Vietnam's more recent history, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, or enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee in an old French-style café. Phạm Ngũ Lão Street is very quiet and peaceful during daylight hours. Once night falls, however, this place comes alive. Not only an excellent place to enjoy the city's nightlife, it is also a favorite place for backpackers to stay.

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Pham Ngu Lao Street
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Featured Neighborhood
Pham Ngu Lao Street is a place that appeals to backpackers. There are various grades of hotels and budget hotels all over the street, roadside shops, travel agency agents, foreign currency exchange points, restaurants of various flavors, western restaurants, bars, coffee houses and local specialties. Commodity stores are row upon row. The night at Pham Ngu Lao Street is very charming, the streets become lively, some quiet coffee shops during the day turn into lively bars.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
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The Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is one of the landmark buildings of Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the heart of the city, it was built in the late 19th century. Featuring typical Gothic architecture, the front has two bell towers measuring 40 meters, which are modeled after the design of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. On the garden square in front of the church, there stands a 4-ton Virgin Mary statue which was given as a gift from the Church in Rome in 1945. If, by chance, you happen to visit while Mass is going on, you can quietly enter the church to feel the pious religious atmosphere.
Central Post Office
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Historical Architecture
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is a French colonial post office built in the 19th century. The exterior of the Post Office resembles an elaborate train station. Wherever you look, everything is intricately designed and decorated. The dates of the Post Office's construction (1886-1891) are inscribed beneath the large clock over the main entrance. Walk into the Post Office and you'll find a spacious lobby with a classically arching ceiling, round windows, hanging chandeliers, and stunningly gorgeous wall lamps, among other decorative features. Beneath the old map on the wall, there are classic phone booths from which you can make international calls. While visiting the Central Post Office, consider mailing a postcard home.
Reunification Palace
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Historical Architecture
Reunification Palace was once the office of the French Governor in Vietnam. It is now a venue for government meetings and heads of state receptions. It is also an open historical site for both domestic and foreign visitors. The Palace is 3 stories high with two side buildings and a basement. There is a luxurious meeting room on the first floor; a credential submission room, a presidential VIP room, a banquet hall, and a presidential office on the second floor; and a movie room and entertainment room on the third floor. Reunification Palace is surrounded by trees, with a large lawn in front of the main entrance and a fountain.

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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon: say a prayer Just like Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon is dubbed “the red church” because of it being built with red stones. Compared to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris it is not adorned with so many intricate sculptures, but it has an extra charm. If you are here during mass, watch how the pious come and sing hymns. If you are lucky you may even walk into a wedding at the church. Hear how the hymns are sung and partake in the new couple’s joy. 13423
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Commonly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city in South Vietnam, eponymous for the pivotal role it played in the great Vietnam War. It is also widely known for the French colonial landmarks, which include the Notre-Dame cathedral. The cathedral is made of materials entirely imported from France. There is a 19th century Central Post Office that still stands tall, and the city is bustling with food streets around the Ben Thanh market. Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its most dizzying avatar.
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Here are the absolute best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City: La Villa French Restaurant, Pho Hoa Pasteur, Pho 2000, San Fu Lou Cantonese Restaurant, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa.
Here are the best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City, including: Saigon Opera House, Bitexco Financial Tower, Saigon River, Fine Arts Museum, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater.