"Former Saigon" Top 5 Page for this destination Ho Chi Minh City by SirRichard
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Saigon was kind of a magical name to me. After seeing so many movies and books about old Saigon, Saigon at the colonialist period, french Saigon... I admit I had an idealised concept of the city. I expected to find old colonial chalets in quiet streets lined up with trees and a busy harbour zone where the underground guys lived...
and though I admit U can find some corners like this (see pic), HCMC (official name of the city, though locally is still called Saigon) is a 5-8 million people city, industrial and commercial heart of the country and human magnet for thousands of peasants that come here to try to improve their lives...
This makes Saigon a modern, chaotic, noisy & bustling city!
As a tourist you will wander around the District 1, between Pham Ngu Lao (backpackers area) and the Continental Hotel, and maybe U make a visit to Cholon District, the Chinatown, at the west.
And U must visit the Mekong Delta area too, 2-3 days tour is the ideal!
After visiting several internet cafes in central Saigon, I found this convenient bar with several screens and an... more travel advice
This recently open vietnamese restaurant is nicely decorarated in a modern asiatic style. They have some fixed menus... more travel advice
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