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Ho Chi Minh City

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About Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon. It is one of Vietnam's liveliest cities and a hub for commerce and culture. This place has all kinds of classically elegant French buildings that were left behind from the colonial period. You will feel almost as if you are in Paris. Apart from the sightseeing tours of places like the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the Ho Chi Minh City City Hall and the Municipal Theatre, you can witness more grand French-style architecture off the beaten path by visiting the Central Post Office and mail a post card. At the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum you can learn about Vietnam's more recent history, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, or enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee in an old French-style café. Phạm Ngũ Lão Street is very quiet and peaceful during daylight hours. Once night falls, however, this place comes alive. Not only an excellent place to enjoy the city's nightlife, it is also a favorite place for backpackers to stay.

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Pham Ngu Lao Street
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Pham Ngu Lao Street is a place that appeals to backpackers. There are various grades of hotels and budget hotels all over the street, roadside shops, travel agency agents, foreign currency exchange points, restaurants of various flavors, western restaurants, bars, coffee houses and local specialties. Commodity stores are row upon row. The night at Pham Ngu Lao Street is very charming, the streets become lively, some quiet coffee shops during the day turn into lively bars.
Central Post Office
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Historical Architecture
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is a French colonial post office built in the 19th century. The exterior of the Post Office resembles an elaborate train station. Wherever you look, everything is intricately designed and decorated. The dates of the Post Office's construction (1886-1891) are inscribed beneath the large clock over the main entrance. Walk into the Post Office and you'll find a spacious lobby with a classically arching ceiling, round windows, hanging chandeliers, and stunningly gorgeous wall lamps, among other decorative features. Beneath the old map on the wall, there are classic phone booths from which you can make international calls. While visiting the Central Post Office, consider mailing a postcard home.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
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The Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is one of the landmark buildings of Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the heart of the city, it was built in the late 19th century. Featuring typical Gothic architecture, the front has two bell towers measuring 40 meters, which are modeled after the design of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. On the garden square in front of the church, there stands a 4-ton Virgin Mary statue which was given as a gift from the Church in Rome in 1945. If, by chance, you happen to visit while Mass is going on, you can quietly enter the church to feel the pious religious atmosphere.
Reunification Palace
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Historical Architecture
Reunification Palace was once the office of the French Governor in Vietnam. It is now a venue for government meetings and heads of state receptions. It is also an open historical site for both domestic and foreign visitors. The Palace is 3 stories high with two side buildings and a basement. There is a luxurious meeting room on the first floor; a credential submission room, a presidential VIP room, a banquet hall, and a presidential office on the second floor; and a movie room and entertainment room on the third floor. Reunification Palace is surrounded by trees, with a large lawn in front of the main entrance and a fountain.

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The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater Ticket
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Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour


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The southern city of Vietnam may very well be known for its colonial influences found particularly in its renowned architectural landmarks like the famous Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. Yet, the locals have retained their distinct cultures and traditions in this cosmopolitan metropolis at every corner.   27 Apr 2020

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Saigon City Hall.  Saigon City Hall is another old French-style building in Ho Chi Minh City. The pale-yellow walls, columns, door frames, eaves and other parts are engraved with many Western mythological figures and French heroes. They are very beautiful. Designed and built by French designers at the end of the 19th century, this building has a gorgeous Rococo style with a white and red ceiling that looks like a palace from afar. The square in front of the palace is carefully designed. The rectangular city square stands with the statue of Ho Chi Minh. Many tourists take photos here.
Posted: 15 Dec 2018
The Ho Chi Minh City Art Museum is a bright yellow building built during the French colonial period in the early 20th century. The museum is a three-storey building designed by Vietnamese and French designers, so the style is both Vietnamese and French. After the liberation of Vietnam in 1975, it was nationalized and then established as an art museum in 1987. It was officially opened to the public in 1991 and is currently one of Vietnam’s national museums. The museum is like a small haven. It even has a coffee shop where you can order a latte and enjoy it in the beautiful environment. 
Posted: 24 Dec 2018
The first post office of the French colonial period in Ho Chi Minh City was built at the end of the 19th century. It is completely made up in the French style. The post office has more than 100 years of history and is one of the most widely known buildings in the area. The post office has been operating for more than 100 years. It seems as though the government has not taken any special measures to protect the building. Other than being used as a post office, it is a good place for sightseeing. Today, it is a famous landmark in Ho Chi Minh City and it is frequented by many people every day. Almost everyone who visits will make a stop here to post postcards. At first glance, it looks like a station, the hall is gorgeously decorated, and a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh is hung in the most prominent position on the wall.
Posted: 10 Dec 2018