Where To Catch The Best Views Of Ho Chi Minh City'S Skyline

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Romantically referred lớn by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minc City today is a supercharged thành phố of sensory overload. Motorbikes zoom day và night along the wide boulevards, through narrow bachồng alleys, and past vendors pushing handcarts hawking goods of all descriptions. Still called Saigon by most residents, this is Vietnam"s largest city & the engine driving the country"s current economic resurgence, but despite its frenetic pace, it"s a friendlier place than Hanoi, & locals will tell you the food—simple, tasty, & incorporating many fresh herbs—is infinitely better than in the capital.

This is a city full of surprises. The madness of the traffic—witness the oddball things that are transported on the backs of motorcycles—is countered by tranquil pagodas, p... Read More
Romantically referred khổng lồ by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minh City today is a supercharged thành phố of sensory overload. Motorbikes zoom day & night along the wide boulevards, through narrow bachồng alleys, and past vendors pushing handcarts hawking goods of all descriptions. Still called Saigon by most residents, this is Vietnam"s largest thành phố và the engine driving the country"s current economic resurgence, but despite its frenetic pace, it"s a friendlier place than Hanoi, và locals will tell you the food—simple, tasty, & incorporating many fresh herbs—is infinitely better than in the capital.

This is a đô thị full of surprises. The madness of the traffic—witness the oddball things that are transported on the backs of motorcycles—is countered by tranquil pagodas, peaceful parks, quirky coffee shops, & whole neighborhoods hidden down tiny alleyways, although some of these quiet spots can be difficult khổng lồ traông xã down. Life in Ho Chi Minc City is lived in public: on motorcycles, sidewalks, and in the parks. Even when its residents are at trang chính, they"re still on display, with many living rooms opening onlớn the street; grandmothers napping, babies being rocked, and food being prepared, are all in full view of passersby.

Icons of the past endure in the midst of the city’s headlong rush inkhổng lồ capitalism. The Hotel Continental, immortalized in Grayêu thích Greene"s The Quiet American, continues to stand on the corner of old Indochina"s most famous thoroughfare, the Rue Catinat, known to lớn American G.I.s during the Vietnam giới War as Tu Do (Freedom) Street & renamed Dong Khoi (Uprising) Street by the Communists. The đô thị still has its ornate opera house và its old French city hall, the Hôtel de Ville. The broad colonial boulevards leading to lớn the Saigon River & the gracious stucco villas are other remnants of the French-colonial presence. Grisly reminders of the more recent past can be seen at the city"s war-related museums. Residents, however, prefer to lớn look forward rather than bachồng and are often perplexed by tourists" fascination with a war that ended more than 40 years ago.

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The Chinese influence on the country is still very much in evidence in the Cholon district, the city"s Chinatown, but the modern office towers và international hotels that mark the skyline symbolize Vietnam"s fixation on the future.

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Fodor's Essential VietnamWritten by locals, Fodor's Essential Vietphái mạnh travel guidebook offers expert advice và...