The city of Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country, located in the south of Vietnam. Until 1975, the city was called Saigon because of the river of the same name, which runs through the city center.
In the architecture of Ho Chi MinhStyles and traditions - old and narrow streets and modern squares, skyscrapers and houses in traditional style, huge amusement parks and small public gardens with live music cozily adjoin here.
As in the city itself and in its surroundings you will find many worthy places deserving your attention.
Museum of War Crimes
The Museum of War Crimes is the most shocking andVery popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also known as the Museum of Victims of War or the Museum of Crimes of the United States and their puppets. Inside the museum there is an exposition with photographs and documents that testify to the atrocities and crimes of Americans in relation to both Vietnamese army soldiers and the civilian population. In a separate building there are instruments of torture, and around the museum you can see some examples of military equipment and weapons of Americans. It's unlikely that you will get a lot of positive emotions after a visit, but once you get to the museum, you can better understand the tragedy that Vietnam has endured.
Notre Dame de Saigon
Notre Dame de Saigon is an acting CatholicA cathedral built by the French in the 19th century. The cathedral's architecture displays a classic colonial style. Notre Dame de Saigon is a small copy of the French Notre-Dame de Paris. The height of the temple is more than 60 meters. You can visit the Cathedral freely at any time and completely free of charge, the main thing is to follow the rules of visiting such places.
Zoo and Botanical Garden
The territory of the zoo is green and huge. Most of the inhabitants are in the open air. Ho Chi Minh City Zoo is recognized as one of the best urban zoos in Southeast Asia, here you will meet elephants, hippos, crocodiles, tigers, giraffes, rhinoceroses, reptiles, birds and many other exotic animals. Part of the zoo is the Botanical Garden - more than 20 hectares, on which grow trees, bushes, flowers and an infinite number of cacti. Some of the species are more than 100 years old.
Puppet theater on the water
Lazing in Vietnam, be sure to visitPuppet theater on the water. This kind of art emerged in the X century and is a national pride. Colorful and exotic, nothing like a theater. For each show, special dolls are made by hand. For one performance you can see up to 18 short scenes, which are based on Vietnamese folk tales. The performance takes place in the evening, lasts about an hour and is an amazing and memorable sight.
Ben Thanh Market
Even if you are not going to buy anything, thenJust visit this place. This is one of the major markets of Ho Chi Minh City, not the cheapest, as it is always filled with tourists, but it can not be called expensive. In the market of Ben Thanh you will find absolutely everything that you were going to buy or try in this country. The market opens in the afternoon and works until the night for those who can not sleep.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City andRepresent a complex and intricate system of underground tunnels, stretching more than 250 km. Tunnels were actively used by Vietnamese partisans during the war to covertly attack the US army. Initially, the tunnels were narrow enough (widths of moves from 0.5 to 1 meter), which allowed them to move only to the brisk Vietnamese. Now that part of the tunnels that is open to visitors has been cleared and expanded. The tunnel of Ben Din open for tourists is 0.8 meters wide and 1.2 meters high. Here you will go through a multi-level system of moves, see secret traps, warehouses, living quarters, a hospital and even a weapons factory. The depth of the Cu Chi tunnels could reach 4 meters, which made it possible to withstand a 50-ton tank.
The Mekong River Delta
A very popular trip-excursion from Ho Chi Minh City toThe Mekong Delta. During this little trip you will visit the floating market and you will see floating villages, you will be able to learn how to produce rice paper and see the everyday life of the Vietnamese farmers, you can start on a small boat on the troubled waters of the Mekong, sailing through the thickets of the jungle. The itinerary, the places to visit and the duration may differ depending on the excursion program that you choose. Going on a trip to the Mekong Delta, you will see a real Vietnam without embellishments and tourist gloss.