Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) otherwise known as Saigon - is youthful, yet sophisticated, holding a charming air of modern philosophy in a post-colonial Vietnamese setting.

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Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly aka Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling metropolis that is home to more than 9 million people. Vibrant and alluring, this city offers something for everyone. It is a study in contrasts: traditional and modern, young and old, rich and poor.

 

Numerous worthwhile sites within Ho Chi Minh City itself include the Historical Museum, Reunification Hall and the War Remnants Museum (formerly the War Crimes Museum). Within a day's drive there are also several attractions well worth the trip. Apart from the city center, HCM City is also a hub to visit various attractions.

 

About 3 hours drive from HCMC, Cat Tien National Park is one of Vietnam's most important national parks. It protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests left in Vietnam. About 50% of Cat Tien National Park is evergreen forest, dominated by Dipterocarpaceae, 40% of the park comprises of bamboo woodland, the remaining 10% is farmland, wetlands and grassland. The park fauna is impressive, comprising of such impressive megafauna as Asian Elephants, Gaur, Sun Bears and, possibly, Banteng and wild Water Buffalo (and prior to their extinction in Vietnam, the Java Rhinoceros). Some accounts also list tigers, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Dholes and Asiatic black bears, however a recent series of surveys did not confirm this. The park also holds hosts of smaller mammal species, including Yellow-cheeked Gibbons, Silvered Langurs, Crab-eating Macaques, Lesser Slow Loris, as well as civets, mouse deer, and tree shrews. The park also has impressive bird species including White-winged Ducks, Siamese Firebacks, Great Hornbills and lack Eagles.

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highlights

  • A city tour browsing through major attractions in HCM City is a pleasant experience of understanding the historical development of the city as well as observing the present dynamic lifestyle of the Saigonese.
  • HCM City is best unfolded at night. Do not miss a chance of breathing the living air of HCM City by night.
  • Crawling under the tight tunnel of Cu Chi to discover the complex system that was built here back in time of war.
  • Check off the list of thousands of fauna and flora available as you enter at one of Vietnam’s most important parks, Cat Tien National Park.