Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Saigon and was one considered as the “Pearl of the Far East.” This title gives it a very peculiar hidden charm that you cant see in other cities in Vietnam. Although Ho Chi Minh city is not as romantic as the city of Hanoi, it has its own characteristic features and points of attractions that puts it on equal footing which other travel destinations all over the world. When it comes to tourists or visitors from all over the world, HO Chi Minh city is not behind the great tourist attractions in the world since their tour packages attracts a lot of these visitors. Here are some of the attractions and activities that you can do in this place which also proves why this place is worth visiting.
The Mekong Delta which is a sprawling 39.000 square kilometers is famous for its rich biodiversity supporting over 10,000 newly discovered biological species. It is also known for its unique cultural tradition of its inhabitants. A visit to the Mekong Delta introduces you to the Floating Markets, something that you should not miss when you visit the place. You should experience the morning market in this place using a small sampan and bringing along a local guide who will introduce you to the market’s colorful and relaxed ambiance. Seller’s boats contain fruits and vegetables from local producers that they sell to market goers. And there are also sampans that serve as mobile cafes offering soft drinks, iced tea, and strong noodle soup.
In the Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi district there is a large network of interconnecting tunnels called the Cu Chi tunnels. This is also connected to other tunnels traversing Vietnam’s underground. When the Vietnam war was raging, the Viet Congs used these tunnels for their military purposes. Communication and supply route, a food and weapon cache, a hiding spot, a hospital and living quarters are the multi function of these tunnels during the war.
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Since there are many immigrant inhabitants in Ho Chi Minh City, a look around the local community would reveal a local culture which is a product of various cultures existing in the city. If you want to have an unforgettable cultural tour of the city, your should visit Chinese markets as well as the Thien Hau pagoda. If you want to really experience local community life, you should check out their lantern making activity.
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Ho Chi Minh has much more to offer to its visitors in beautiful and satisfying attractions and activities. These attractions and activities mentioned are only a few of the many things that make a visit to Ho Chi Minh City an experience to treasure.