To most Americans, the city once known as Saigon conjures up images of Vietnamese refugees swarming helicopters and of tanks rolling through streets. Today, though, Ho Chi Minh City positively pulses with commerce, culture, and industry. You'll find ornate temples and old architecture, high-energy clubs and designer malls, and war-related museums and junk boats sluicing through waterways. Vacations in Ho Chi Minh City let you experience it all.
Once you've checked into one of the cheap hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, take some of the money you've saved and check out Ben Thanh Market, the biggest traditional market in the central district. Just be ready to haggle! Culture lovers should stop by the Jade Emperor Pagoda (built in honor of the Taoist King of Heaven) and the Cao Dai Holy See (a house of worship that also serves as an herbal hospital). Looking for a little history? Visit the exhibits on development of Vietnamese culture at the Société des Études Indochinoises History Museum, then slink through an enlarged section of the historic Cu Chi Tunnels that the Viet Cong once used.
Ho Chi Minh City hotels often have their own restaurants, but for real local flavor, venture out onto the streets. Once again, Ben Thanh Market has a wide selection of food stalls, but you can find vendors hawking banh mi thit (pork sandwich), com tam (rice, pork, and vegetables), and numerous riffs on pho (noodle soup) all over the area. Coffee is also ubiquitous and usually served strongly brewed with sweetened condensed milk. District 1 contains all sorts of high-end lounges and bars.
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