Friday, June 8, 2012

About Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market

In the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is second the most important in Vietnam after Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial and tourist center. The city is bathed by many rivers, arroyos and canals, the biggest river being the Saigon River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862, is accessible to ships weighing up to 30,000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river port.

Climate:The climate is generally hot and humid. There are two distinctive seasons: the rainy season, from May to November, and the dry season, from December to April. The annual average temperature is 270C. The hottest month is April and the lowest is December. It is warm all year.

Many centuries ago, Saigon was already a busy commercial center. Merchants from China, Japan and many European countries would sail upstream the Saigon River to reach the islet of Pho, a trading center. In the year of 1874, Cho Lon merged with Saigon, forming the largest city in the Indochina. It had been many times celebrated as the Pearl of the Far East. After the reunification of the country, the 6th National Assembly in its meeting of the 2nd of July, 1976, has officially rebaptized Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. The history of city relates closely with the struggle for the independence and freedom of Vietnam.

Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large of visitors to Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres, cultural houses... Recently, many tourist areas are invested such as Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park, Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa..., which draw numerous tourists.
Despite its quite recent past, Ho Chi Minh City nevertheless possesses various beautiful buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures. These include Nha Rong (Dragon House Wharf), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors Temple), Xa Tay (Municipal Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and churches (Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son pagodas...). After more than 300 years of development, Ho Chi Minh City presents many ancient architectural constructions, famous vestiges and renowned sights. It is remarkable for its harmonious blending of traditional national values with northern and western cultural features.

Ho Chi Minh City is the main junction for trains, roads, water, and air transportation systems for domestic trips and for foreign destination.
- Roads: Ho Chi Minh City is 1,730km from Hanoi, 99km from Tay Ninh, 30km from Bien Hoa (Dong Nai), 70km from My Tho, 125km from Vung Tau, 168km from Can Tho, 308km from Dalat, and 375km from Buon Ma Thuot. The City has National Highway 13 which connects Vietnam with the rest of Indochina.
- Train: Thong Nhat express train connects Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, vie many provinces in Vietnam.
- Air: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 7km from center of city, is the biggest airport with many domestic and international routes. There are flights from Hanoi and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and between the City to many regions as well a lot of countries on over the world.

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Nana Aris said...

next location nak holiday ke ni sudah dibeli tiketnya..hehe best shopping kain kat bentan market ni!

::EIDA:: said...

ehem ehem... hihi

Anonymous said...

oit nk p vietnam pulak? meh tmpt aku duluuu..

yannie bunny said...

Kekda, shopping sini adalah heaven! Ohhhh bestnya. Sy nk pegi bln puasa nnt. Tiket dh beli dr tahun lepas. Haha. Beli baju raya. So kt kl x tempah. Hehehe.

JembalCastle said...

salam perkenalan....wah best nyeee jalan2 shopping.

eKa said...

nak ke sini ke kekda...kawan2 eka ckpgi sini mmgheaven la tuk shopping.

cikbedahlaser said...

ade bau2 ho chi min meh???

kekucingkatz said...

tak jadi famili aku nak ke sini...kena bercuti dalam malaysia je dolu...huhuhu!!!


Hihi. Soping.soping.soping

Uhuk.Uhuk. Eh..batuk plak.


Tpt ko takpe.. lama lagi ko kat sana. Hihi. Kena tgk jadual dulu kalo aku dpt smbg blaja. Kalo tak.. oke, bila ko dah abis riki seme tpt, aku dtg. Insyallah... :)

Mana heaven? Bandung or here??


Salam kenal. terima kasih sudi singgah sini.

Kain pasang banyak la sini. FO cam kat Bandung tu takde kot. Entah. Tak berapa nak tau lak akak kan.


Hahaha. Well..well.. well...

Mau kemana? Nak ikut. Haha (T____T)