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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 Chi Tunnels.

Mekong deltaSouth 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 army.

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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