Sai Gon - Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions 

Sai Gon - Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which is also called as Saigon by local people, is the biggest city of Vietnam in terms of the population and the economy as well as the most important educational, cultural, economic and politic center of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City covers an area of more than 800 square miles, stretching westward from the East sea to the Cambodian border. Its land is overwhelmingly rural, dotted with villages and clusters of houses set amidst rice paddies. The downtown section of Ho Chi Minh City is still known as Saigon, and it is here the economic changes sweeping Vietnam and their social implications are most evident. The level of activity and energy of this city will amaze you, and make it clear that this country does not intend to stand still. 

The city is a place of different cultures and architecture lines, and will provide you with numerous destination to visit.

Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, which has an official name of Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception in English and Vuong cung thanh duong Chinh toa Duc Me Vo Nhiem Nguyen toi in Vietnamese, and is one of unique architectures in the city as original building materials were imported from France, and many tiles were carved with the words of Guichard Carvin, Marseille St Andre France (perhaps indicating the place where they were produced)

Old Saigon Post Office: A post office in the downtown of HCMC, near Saigon Notre Dame Basilica and was constructed when Vietnam was a part of French Indochina in the late 19th century, is a symbol with the combination of architecture from The West and decoration style from the Orient

Ben Thanh Market, which was built from 1912 to late March of 1914, is the most popular market in HCMC, and its clock image of the south side has been picked as an unofficial symbol of the city. It is also a suitable place for shopping and enjoying drinking and eating cultures of Vietnamese people from the north to the south

War Museum, located at 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, HCMC, contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. It is a place of many old military equipment used during wars in Vietnam such as UH 1 Huey helicopter, F5A fighter, BLU 82 bomb, M48 Patton tank, etc. Especially, tourists will have chance to see “tiger cages” in which the South Vietnamese Government kept political prisoners.

Thien Hau Pagoda is one of the most ancient pagodas in the city. Aside from the values of architecture, carving, ancient valuable items, the pagoda is also a place meeting local people’s faith demand. On the 23rd day of the third month of the Vietnamese lunar calendar, the main idol of Mazu is removed from its altar and paraded through District 5’s Chinatown. 

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