In the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is second the most important in Vietnam after Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial and tourist center. The city is bathed by many rivers, arroyos and canals, the biggest river being the Saigon River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862, is accessible to ships weighing up to 30, 000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river port.
Climate: The climate is generally hot and humid. There are two distinctive seasons: the rainy season, from May to November, and the dry season, from December to April. The annual average temperature is 270C. The hottest month is April and the lowest is December. It is warm all year.
Many centuries ago, Saigon was already a busy commercial center. Merchants from China, Japan and many European countries would sail upstream the Saigon River to reach the islet of Pho, a trading center. In the year of 1874, Cho Lon merged with Saigon, forming the largest city in the Indochina. It had been many times celebrated as the Pearl of the Far East. After the reunification of the country, the 6th National Assembly in its meeting of the 2nd of July, 1976, has officially rebaptized Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. The history of city relates closely with the struggle for the independence and freedom of Vietnam.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large of visitors to Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres, cultural houses... Recently, many tourist areas are invested such as Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park, Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa..., which draw numerous tourists.
Despite its quite recent past, Ho Chi Minh City nevertheless possesses various beautiful buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures. These include Nha Rong (Dragon House Wharf), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors Temple), Xa Tay (Municipal Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and churches (Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son pagodas...). After more than 300 years of development, Ho Chi Minh City presents many ancient architectural constructions, famous vestiges and renowned sights. It is remarkable for its harmonious blending of traditional national values with northern and western cultural features.
Ho Chi Minh City is the main junction for trains, roads, water, and air transportation systems for domestic trips and for foreign destination.
- Roads: Ho Chi Minh City is 1, 730km from Hanoi, 99km from Tay Ninh, 30km from Bien Hoa (Dong Nai), 70km from My Tho, 125km from Vung Tau, 168km from Can Tho, 308km from Dalat, and 375km from Buon Ma Thuot. The City has National Highway 13 which connects Vietnam with the rest of Indochina.
- Train: Thong Nhat express train connects Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, vie many provinces in Vietnam.
- Air: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 7km from center of city, is the biggest airport with many domestic and international routes. There are flights from Hanoi and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and between the City to many regions as well a lot of countries on over the world.
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A Glance at Vietnam 9 Days Tour from Saigon to Halong Bay
Saigon - My Tho - Ben Tre - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay
With this tour, you will discover the spirit of Vietnam from south to north. You will be surprised by the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City, the ancient Hoian city, the royal past of Hue and the elegant Hanoi Old Quarter.
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Cu Chi Tunnels
This tour will take you from North to South. You will start visit Hanoi city - the colonial charm of Vietnam’s capital, then to the natural wonderland of Halong Bay. Next destination of your trip is Hoi An. You will spend free time on the beach of Hoi An before visiting the ancient capital Hue.
Ho Chi Minh City - Xeo Quit - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
This cruise trip in Vietnam will bring you to explore a diversity of Vietnam Mekong, including fishermen life on the Mekong Delta, Sampan tour into Xeo Quit, colourful Cai Rang floating market, the way of life of the Cham minority with their colorful traditional woven textiles, the Can Tho’s pleasant countryside via biking.
Saigon - Phan Thiet - Mui Ne - Saigon
We will take you to Mui Ne - one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. You can visit the fishing village at the east end of the beach or walk along white sand to enjoy the air here.
Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Tonle Sap Lake
With this tour you will discover two magnificent countries in Southeast Asia. At the beginning you will discover Hanoi with its beautiful boulevards.
Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Vinh Long - Siem Reap - Tonle Sap
This is a great way for travel in Vietnam and Cambodia, from the dynamic Saigon, Mekong Delta River to Angkorian Temples with the main stop at Angkor Wat. This itinerary is perfect for days of sightseeing, brings you experience a thriving mix of people, cultural and historical.
Hanoi - Sapa - Hue - Hoi An - Buon Ma Thuot - Kon tum - Pleiku - Qui Nhon - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City
With Backroads of Vietnam Tour 24 Days, you really feel the beauty from north to south of Vietnam. You can see from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the modern chaos Ho Chi Minh City.
Bangkok - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Bangkok
Revealing the original beauty and uninterrupted life pace when you travel to Indochina and Thailand.
Bassac Cruise Tour to Cai Be, Can Tho, Cai Be 3 Days
Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh city
All three Bassac are built of wood according to the tradition of the rice barges of the Mekong delta, with amendments where safety standards require....
Address: 2 Tran Hung Dao B Street, Dist.5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Location: District 5
DONG KHANH hotel, 3- stars hotel with over 50 years reputation, is a member of Saigontourist Holding Company, is the perfect combination between Chinese elegant structure and Vietnamese traditional hospitality.
Address: 92 - 94 Ly Tu Trong, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Location: District 1
Enjoy our convenient location right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant business and entertainment district. Just a few steps from GK Central Hotel, you are able to approach most of Ho Chi Minh’s city celebrated sites
Address: 133 Nguyen Hue Ave, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Location: Dong Khoi Area
Perfectly located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, Kimdo - Royal City Hotel offers easy access to government offices, major business buildings, tourist attractions, shopping and entertainment areas
Can Tho City is located in the center of the Mekong Delta. It is contiguous to 5 provinces: An Giang on the north, Dong Thap on the north-east, Hau Giang on the south, Kien Giang on the west, and Vinh Long on the east. Cantho has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau, and Can Tho rivers, Thot Not, O Mon canals.
Danang City is located in middle of Central Vietnam, between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, separated from Laos by the western Truong Son Mountains. It is surrounded by Thua Thien-Hue along the northern border and Quang Nam on the southern border.
Dalat, capital of Lam Dong Province, is located approximately 308km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1, 500m, Dalat bears the look of an Old French city. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that the area be developed as a resort town..
Halong City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha to the east, the Yen Hung District to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Halong Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.
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