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Saigon Travel

Ho Chi Minh City is known as Saigon which is the major city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century.

Today, the city’s core is still festooned with wide stylish boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. The most famous structures in the city center are Reunification Palace, City Hall, the Municipal Theatre, also known as the Opera House, City Post Office, State Bank Office , City People’s Court and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Some of the historic hotels are the Hotel Majestic, dating from the French colonial era, and the Rex Hotel, Caravelle hotel some former hangouts for American officers and war journalists in the 1960s and 1970s.

The city has various museums, such as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Museum of Vietnamese History, the Revolutionary Museum, the Museum of Southeastern Armed Forces, the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of Southern Women, the Museum of Fine Art, the Nha Rong Memorial House, and the Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels. The Củ Chi tunnels are northwest of the city in Củ Chi district. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens are also nice place to travel.

Besides the Municipal Theatre, there are other places of entertainment such as: the Bến Thành and Hòa Bình Theaters and the Lan Anh Music Stage. The Đầm Sen Tourist and Cultural Park, Suoi Tien Amusement and Culture Park and the Can Gio Eco beach resort are three recreational sites inside the city which are admired with tourists. Ho Chi Minh City is home to hundreds of cinemas and theatres, with cinema and dramatic ticketing revenue accounting for 60–70% of Vietnam’s total revenue in this industry.

The city is home to most of the private movie companies in Vietnam. Like many of Vietnam’s smaller cities, the city boasts a multitude of restaurants serving typical Vietnamese dishes such as phở or rice vermicelli. Backpacking travelers most often frequent the “Western Quarter” on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1.

Some Hotel Names of Chi Minh City:

Bong Sen Hotel Saigon (from US$ 50 per night),
Equatorial Hotel (from US$ 111 per night),
May Hotel Ho Chi Minh (from US$ 67 per night),
First Hotel Ho Chi Minh (from US$ 66 per night)

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