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Ho Chi Minh City
In the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigo
n, is second the most important in
Vietnam after Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a
scientific, technological, industrial and tourist center. The city is
bathed by many rivers, arroyos and canals, the biggest river being the
Saigon River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862, is accessible to
ships weighing up to 30,000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river
is April and the lowest is December. It is warm all year.
Many centuries ago, Saigon was already a busy commercial center. Merchants from China, Japan and many European countries would sail upstream the Saigon River to reach the islet of Pho, a trading center. In the year of 1874, Cho Lon merged with Saigon, forming the largest city in the Indochina. It had been many times celebrated as the Pearl of the Far East. After the reunification of the country, the 6th National Assembly in its meeting of the 2nd of July, 1976, has officially rebaptized Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. The history of city relates closely with the struggle for the independence and freedom of Vietnam.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting
a large of visitors to Vietnam. Ho Chi
Minh City has various attractions as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known
as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres,
cultural houses... Recently, many tourist areas are invested such as
Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park, Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien,
Ky Hoa..., which draw numerous tourists.
Ho Chi Minh City is the main junction
for trains, roads, water, and air transportation systems for domestic
trips and for foreign destination.