Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest city. One of the area’s top attractions is Ben Thanh Market, initially called Les Halles Centrales when it was built by the French in 1870. It is the oldest market in the city, and a historical symbol of the region. With its narrow one-way aisles, the market is often a scene of hustle and bustle, with vendors peddling a range of goods.
Located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica stands out for its Gothic and Neo-Romanesque style of architecture. Built entirely of French materials, the cathedral draws numerous tourists, many of whom come to take photos and marvel at its architecture.
Located opposite the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, the Saigon Central Post Office is another one of Ho Chi Minh City’s popular attractions. Designed in the late 1800s by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows of the post office resemble the architectural style of early European railway stations. Inside the post office hangs a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh. You will also be able to buy stamps, books, souvenirs, and collector coin sets at the post office.
Getting Around Ho Chi Minh City
There are a number of ways to get around the city.These include the bus, tram, boat and taxi. You could also rent a bicycle, car, or motorcycle. The bus is quite a cheap and reliable way of getting around, though few bus drivers speak English. Additionally, be careful when walking on the streets as the roads of Saigon can get notoriously busy and congested. Snatch thefts are not unheard of.
Getting To Ho Chi Minh City
Flights from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh City are available, with the likes of Malaysia Airlines flying the route. Ho Chi Minh City Airport, also known as Tan Son Nhat International Airport, is Vietnam’s largest airport, and situated north of the city centre.
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