"Former Saigon" Top 5 Page for this destination Ho Chi Minh City by SirRichard

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A street of Old Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City
A street of Old Saigon
A mythical name

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...

Old times are over
a 30s car - Ho Chi Minh City

a 30s car

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...

A busy & alive city
Cholon Market - Ho Chi Minh City

Cholon Market

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!

  • Last visit to Ho Chi Minh City: Aug 2003
  • Intro Written Oct 12, 2003
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  • Sep 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Having been a GI in Saigon in 1968 and 1969 I couldn't help but smile walking down most streets in District one after a 40 year absence. KFC, Pizza Hut, Sheraton, Starbucks, etc. The old hard line communists must feel they were sold out.

  • Jun 21, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Wonderful page. So how much was that Mekong Delta Tour? Just curiosity:)

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    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Nice page on HCM City. Vietnam is on my list.

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    Jul 13, 2006 at 11:27 PM

    Spanish restuarant in HCMC ? hehehehe .. ok ok a must try then ...

  • canadiantravelgirl's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 6:31 AM

    Great page with lots of good tips!!! It seems like a great place to explore!!!

  • Irine_29's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 12:02 AM

    Spain restaurant, Paloma cafe...couldn't escape, uh? ;-) very nice tour, it seems that the country is gradually being healed by the woonds of the war...nice hat btw..;-)

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    Oct 14, 2003 at 4:05 AM

    Another great page, Joaquin, but who can you like snakes??? arhhh lol I loved the pig hehehe

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    Oct 13, 2003 at 11:23 AM

    So the Continental is no longer what it was? :-(( Nice page, very informative, I liked the piggie pic, looks so cute... and delicious!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2003 at 3:02 PM

    The Cholon area looks so fun to get lost...explore and enjoy!! Wonderful page Joaquin!!

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