Ho Chi Minh City - the largest city in the country, located in the south of Vietnam. Until 1975, the city was called Saigon because the same river, which runs through the city center.
The architecture of Ho Chi Minh mixed multitudestyles and traditions - here comfortably coexist old, narrow streets and modern area, skyscrapers and houses in a traditional style, huge parks and small public gardens with live music.
Like the city itself and in the surrounding area you will find a lot of decent places that deserve your attention.
Museum of war crimes
War Crimes Museum and the most shockingvery popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also known as the "War Remnants Museum" and "Museum of the United States of crimes and their puppets." Inside the museum is an exposition with photographs and documents showing the atrocities and crimes against Americans, as soldiers of the Vietnamese army and the civilian population. In a separate building are exhibited instruments of torture, and around the museum you can see some samples of military equipment and weapons of the Americans. It is unlikely that you will get a lot of positive emotions after visiting, but once in the museum, you can better understand the tragedy that has experienced Vietnam.
Notre Dame de Saigon
Notre Dame de Saigon - is an active CatholicCathedral built by the French in the XIX century. The architecture of the cathedral reflects the classic colonial style. Notre Dame de Saigon is a miniature copy of the French Notre Dame de Paris. The height of the temple more than 60 meters. Visit Cathedral freely at any time and for free, most importantly to respect the rules of visiting such places.
Zoo and Botanical Garden
The area is green and the zoo is huge. Most of the residents are under the open sky. Ho Chi Minh City Zoo is recognized as one of the best zoos in the Southeast Asian city, here you will find elephants, hippos, crocodiles, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, reptiles, birds, and many other exotic animals. Part of the Zoo is the Botanical Garden - more than 20 hectares, on which trees, shrubs, flowers and an infinite number of cacti. Some of the species of more than 100 years.
Water Puppet Theatre
Resting in Vietnam, be sure to visitWater Puppet Theatre. This art form originated in the X century and is a national pride. Colourful and exotic, no matter what do not like theater. For each show are made by hand special doll. During one performance, you can see up to 18 short scenes, which are based on a Vietnamese folk tales. Submission takes place in the evening, lasts about an hour and is a wonderful and memorable spectacle.
Ben Thanh Market
Even if you are not going to buy anything, youjust visit this place. This is one of the major markets of Ho Chi Minh City, not the cheapest, because it is always full of tourists, but it can not be called expensive. At the Ben Thanh market, you will find everything that you are going to buy or to try in this country. The market opens in the afternoon and work till the night for those who can not sleep.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels are located about 70 km from Ho Chi MinhThey represent a complex and intricate system of underground tunnels stretching more than 250 km. Tunnels were widely used by Vietnamese guerrillas during the war, to secretly strike by the US Army. Initially, tunnels were quite narrow (width moves from 0.5 to 1 meter), which allowed them to move only a brisk Vietnamese. Now that part of the tunnel, which is open to the public, cleared and widened. Outdoor tourist tunnel Ben Dean in width and 0.8 meters in height - 1.2 meters. Here you will pass by a multi-level system of moves, you'll see the secret traps, warehouses, premises, hospital, and even weapons factory. The depth of the Cu Chi tunnels could reach 4 meters, which made it possible to withstand a 50-ton tank.
Very popular excursion trip from Ho Chi Minh CityMekong Delta. During this little trip you will visit the floating market and see the floating villages, will be able to learn how to make rice paper and see the life of ordinary Vietnamese farmers will be able to hit the road on a small boat along the muddy waters of the Mekong, sailing through the jungle thickets. The route, places to visit and the duration may vary depending on the excursion program you choose. Going on a trip to the Mekong Delta, you will see the real Vietnam unvarnished and tourist gloss.