The city of Ho Chi Minh, or what was popularly known as Saigon, is considered as the Pearl of the Far East. With this title, we can see that this city has a hidden charm that is peculiar to this Vietnamese city. Ho Chi Minh though is not as romantic as Hanoi yet it has its own set of characteristic features and point of attractions that makes it equal with other travel destinations around 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. In the morning you should visit the markets through a small sampan together with a local guide who will give you firsthand experience of the market’s colorful and relaxed ambiance. Fruits and vegetables from local producers are being sold by locals in seller’s boats which they sell to market goers. There are also sampans that are like mobile cafes where they offer soft drinks, iced tea, and strong noodle soup to market goers.
The Cu Chi a tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi district is a large network of interconnecting 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. Lantern making activity is also offered to visitors as a step further towards experiencing the local community life.
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Ho Chi Minh city has much more beautiful and satisfying attractions and activities. If you want a really rewarding travel vacation, a trip to Ho Chi Minh city will give you this kind of experience.