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Sai Gon and south western delta
Established at the
confluence of the Saigon River and Canal Kinh Te, Ho Chi Minh City
is currently the largest city in Vietnam in terms of population with
7,000,000 inhabitants in 2005 and economic standard of living 2
times the rest of the country.
It was also the seat of government of Cochin name given to the south
of the country during the colonial era and the capital of South
Vietnam from 1956 to 1975.
And, originally, the city was called Saigon. and renamed Ho Chi Minh
city in 1975, that is to say at the end of the Vietnam War, the city
remains in the eyes of many non Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City, its
official name. Besides "Saigon" still appears on some brands.
The tourist attractions of the city lies in its colonial district
its cathedral and central position between his and other Chinese
district of Cholon. The Saigon's Chinatown, is truly a city within a
city, a sort of nest in total contradiction with other
neighborhoods, which is its charm. More like Vietnamese in any
locality, we find the religious monuments including pagodas.
Similarly, near the city harbor Tay Ninh temple religious building
monumental and outrageous.
The city was occupied by the Americans during the Vietnam War. Also,
it still shows the scars of this heavy past. Similarly, near the
city are visible witnesses of resistance perpetrated by communist
North Vietnam and South (Viet Minh and Viet Cong). These are the Cu
South Vietnam but not limited to its capital. Instead, the region is
more his fame and tourist attraction of its natural major Mekong
Delta. It is made of two major river arms interconnected by a
network of secondary rivers that flow into the South China Sea at
the southern tip of the country.
The ideal is to navigate the Mekong, to go to meet the established
villages on its shores and to make stops in its floating markets,
including that of Phung Hiep. The Mekong Delta, majestic and
singular fact unanimously tourists.
Finally, two destinations "nature", less touristic worth visiting:
Can Dao islands and island Phuo Quoc.
Can Dao is characterized by its natural park while Phuo Quoc Island
has somehow condensed as a paradise of Vietnam, with its white sand
beaches and verdant hills.
History of Ho Chi Minh City
The first settlers on the present territory of Ho Chi Minh City were
the Khmer majority people of Cambodia. The city is then summarized
in a small fishing port, named Prey Kor.
The arrival of the Annamite people in central Vietnam in the
seventeenth century, the site became known as Saigon.
Then, in 1859, the city was conquered by France and will be part of
Conchinchine French colony. Saigon will become the "Paris of the Far
East", and until 1954 the date of the signing of the Geneva Accords
that marked the withdrawal of the French colonists and the division
of the country into two independent states.
The Vietnam War was declared in 1964, following the failure of the
unification of "two Vitenam" in 1956, strongly mark Saigon. The city
was occupied by the Americans in particular, allies South Vietnamese
At the end of the conflict in 1975, the town was renamed Ho Chi Minh
City in honor of the Vietnamese Communist Party chief eponymous.
Currently, even though the city has not regained its former glory,
it remains less austere than its rival North, Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh
City has also become the country's economic capital.
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