Ho Chi Minh City Tour – 1 Day

Saigon, as the city is still frequently referred to, is Vietnam ‘s largest city with a population in excess of 9 million.. Saigon’s history is only 300 years old, less than a third that of the capital, Hanoi . In 1859, the city was captured by the French and became the capital of Cochinchina. From 1956 until its dramatic demise in April 1975, Saigon was the capital of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam .

Today Ho Chi Minh City is very much the heart of Vietnamese business and entrepreneurs. The city’s skyline is rapidly changing, reflecting the sharp influx of foreign trade within the last decade. And yet the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly in Cholon, the city’s Chinatown . Here dozens of elegant temples and pagodas can be seen. The French left their mark here – as the city has many street cafes and patisseries where fresh croissants can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee.