Vietnam is home to approximately 90 million people, and the country stretches over 1400 kilometers along the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula. Ho Chi Minh City is a bold, dynamic canvas on which a vibrant image is rapidly emerging; an image that is unique in the world and full of contradictions and surprises.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
This metropolitan is one of the most happening spots in South East Asia. The rapid development in the past 5 years has made this city uniquely charming, with Modern skyscrapers contrasting with beautifully-preserved French colonial architecture.
Known as the economic capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has traded bicycles for motorbikes and roared its way into the 21st century, flags flying. Strolling – or if you're up for adventure, riding on a scooter - through the bustling streets, it's hard to imagine that only a generation earlier, this vivacious city was the scene of so much turmoil.
The people here welcome foreigners with a smile, in spite of their 4000-year struggle for autonomy. First the Chinese, then the French, and finally the Americans have all come and gone, leaving a cultural melting pot that steams with the spirit of progress.