" Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) " Ho Chi Minh City by NeverGrowOld
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Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), or Saigon, the “Pearl of Orient”, is the largest and most aggressive city in Vietnam. While Hanoi is political center, Ho Chi Minh City is the commercial and financial hub of Vietnam. Coming to HCMC, although you can hardly find the so-called purity Saigon’s LOCALS or TRADITIONS, like what you get from Hanoi or other city & provinces easily, there are some particular points anyhow (look at my Ho Chi Minh City page!)
“Companion-in-arms” (heheh), just ask me if you are still ambiguous about Saigon, and do not hesitate to contact me if you wanna meet for a drink when you are here, ok?! :-)
Ben Thanh market is the most famous one (of both locals and foreigners) in HCMC. It is in crowds all year long, especially before Tet. At a stall of "keo mut" - confections and preserved fruits, indispensible sweet foods for Tet, lots of buyers choose and bargain for their favourites while seller pick up and pack those in a flash.
This picture I took in Nov 2004, but you can look at it as a typical Vietnamese food festival in HCMC which has been taking place many times in year. It is usually decorated as a small village in the countryside of Vietnam, with thatched cottages, water jars, banana trees, ect. Food sellers wear traditional clothers, make & serve traditional Vietnamese foods in traditional way.
To have a general view about HCMC, just spend half day to go around Saigon. Let's start your tour from Nguyen Hue Square... more travel advice
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