10 Interesting Facts about Ho Chi Minh

If you’re looking for some places to visit for your travel destinations, then perhaps these following facts about Ho Chi Minh will give you much information about it. Ho Chi Mich City is the largest city in Vietnam. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Conchinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955-75. South Vietnam was a capitalist and anti-communist state which fought against the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, with the assistance of the United States and other countries. To get to know more about it, here are some other facts about Ho Chi Minh you may like.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 1: Center of the Country

Although Ho Chi Minh City, originally named as Saigon, is not the capital of Vietnam, it is the economic center of the country. Gradually there are more and more people migrating to HCMC in search of better jobs.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 2: Food Stalls

You can find “Com Tam” and “Banh Mi” food stalls at almost every corner of the city. Even in a small alley, there is at least one. Saigonites can have these two kinds of food any time during the day: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh - Ho ChiMinh

Facts about Ho Chi Minh – Ho ChiMinh

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 3: Foreign Language Centers

Recently, foreign language centers have mushroomed across the city. You can spot many on the street, especially on Ba Thang Hai where there are approximately 10, however, when people think about the reliable place to hone their skills, VUS and ILA seem to be the top choices.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 4: Coffee Shops

Coffee is one of the most common drinks here.  Coffee shops can range from Street Style to Romantic and Modern ones; prices can be between 5,000 VND and 70,000 VND. These days coffee shops are not only destinations for friends to chill out, but also for businessmen to sign deals.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh - City Hall

Facts about Ho Chi Minh – City Hall

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 5: Khu Pho Tay

De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao are also known as “Khu Pho Tay” (Western Town or Backpacker’s Area). Many foreigners coming to Vietnam stay and/or live in this part of Saigon. They have all kinds of leisure facilities here, such as bars, cafes, travel agencies etc.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 6: Districts

Districts 5, 10 and 11 are areas where the majority of the Chinese-Vietnamese live. These are also where you can buy goods in large quantity at wholesale prices.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh - Hi-tech Park

Facts about Ho Chi Minh – Hi-tech Park

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 7: Saigon Notre Dame

Being built in the 19th century by French colonists, Saigon Notre Dame is an icon of HCMC. Besides serving for religious purpose, this church is also one of the tourist attractions in HCMC and among the favorite sights for couples to take their wedding photos.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 8: Snacks

“Banh Trang Tron” va “Banh Trang Nuong”, which are believed to originate from Phan Thiet, are two irresistible snacks for the students, and also for the officers, as well as teachers.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh - Port

Facts about Ho Chi Minh – Port

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 9: HCMC Bus

If you want to take a tour around HCMC, a new bus route numbered 35 is already launched to help you. This bus passes by the downtown area. Understandably, many bus takers complain that bus 35 is not suitable for daily commuters since it takes longer time to travel, compared with other buses.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh 10: Photo Shoot

During Christmas and New Year, if you’re in the mood for some ‘photo shoot’, you can go downtown; from Le Duan St. to Le Loi St. These main streets are always well-decorated with flashy lights and festival symbols.

Facts about Ho Chi Minh - Traffic

Facts about Ho Chi Minh – Traffic

Those following facts about Ho Chi Minh would hopefully give much information about this city and make them as your best references to visit this city once. Hope you found those Ho Chi Minh facts interesting and useful.

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