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  • Ho Chi Minh City Museums & Attractions

    Ho Chi Minh City Museums & Attractions

    Reunification Palace 106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hours: 7:30-11:00 am, 1:00-4:00 pm This was formerly the Presidential Palace of the Republic of South Vietnam, the site where South Vietnam finally capitulated to the North on April 30, 1975. Having underwent extensive renovations and only re-opened this June, the palace is preserved […]

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  • Ho Chi Minh City: Neighborhoods

    Ho Chi Minh City: Neighborhoods

    Ho Chi Minh City is divided into 24 districts: 7 named urban districts, 7 numbered districts, and 5 outlying named suburban districts. Most of the things to do in the heart of the city occur in District 1 and District 3: this is where you’ll find most of your sights, museums, best eateries, bars, etc. […]

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  • Ben Thanh Market

    Ben Thanh Market

    Ben Thanh Market (from Vietnamese Ben meaning “wharf”, and Quy Thanh meaning “turtle citadel”) is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular […]

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  • Ho Chi Minh City Weather & When to Go

    Ho Chi Minh City Weather & When to Go

    The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with an average humidity of 75%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season, usually begins in May and ends in late November. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F), […]

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  • Ho Chi Minh City History

    Ho Chi Minh City History

    Early history Ho Chi Minh City began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. The area that the city now occupies was originally swampland, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese. It should be noted that in Khmer folklore southern Vietnam was given to the Vietnamese […]

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  • Ho Chi Minh City Architecture

    Ho Chi Minh City Architecture

    Unexpected architectural delights found in Ho Chi Minh City are the Post Office with its arched high ceilings (look up!), and the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is supposed to be a smaller replica of the original. As in other big cities in Viet nam, Ho Chi Minh City has a mixture of architectural styles between […]

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