Ho Chi Minh City, often called Saigon, is also known as “Paris of the Orient” – or the largest metropolitan in Vietnam. This bustling city is made up of 16 urban and 5 rural districts, with the heart in Dong Khoi and Pham Ngu Lao neighborhood.
Being a historical evidence of many eras, it is now the economic center of Vietnam, adorned with wide elegant boulevards and charming French colonial buildings, located mainly in District 1.
The most prominent structures in the city center are the Reunification Palace – where the first communist tanks crashed on the day Saigon surrendered; City Hall, Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, State Bank Office, City People's Court and Notre-Dame Cathedral which is dated back to the French colonial era.
Ho Chi Minh City is also home to many famous museums, typically including the War Remnants Museum – a unique site that is listed among 25 best museums in Asia; the History Museum which displays artifacts from 3300 years of human activity in Vietnam; and the Fine Arts Museum which covers art from Vietnam’s earliest civilizations.
To the southwest of the center lies Cho Lon – the city’s China Town with many Chinese-influenced architectures such as Quan Am Pagoda, Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda, and Jade Emperor Pagoda.
Paying a trip to Ho Chi Minh City in the dry season (from December to April) is a great option, when the weather is quite hot with a little rainfall. There are two things you should concern: prepare an umbrella for the unpredictable climate, and beware of pickpockets.