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Commonly referred as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is all about dynamism, crowded streets, skyscrapers and urbanization fusing well with culture side including Oriental style pagodas, ancient temples and traditional markets. With a sudden bout of economic uprising, the city offers something for everyone and thus serving as a destination worth visiting.
The largest city of Vietnam and a former capital of the Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is a city buzzing with frantic energy all the time. Once tagged as the Pearl of the Orient by French, today it is a great blend of little chaos and peace, crowded streets and tiny hidden alleyways, sky touching office buildings and ancient structures. Nestled on the banks of Saigon River, the place is thriving as to-be metropolis serving as countyês major commerce hub. One can witness the success story of the city through its posh restaurants, luxury hotels, numerous bars and clubs and showrooms selling premium goods. The lifestyle of Ho Chi Minh is on open display all the time with most of the living rooms opening on to the street, people zooming around on motorcycles, and chatting and napping in the parks. The cosmopolitan city is vibrant, rich in food, fast paced and with a dash of romance displayed in French architecture. The city also offers a wide range of tourist attraction from historic buildings such as war-related museums and elegant pagodas defining their history to beautiful shopping malls.
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The greatest thing about this city is how "walkable" it is. I roamed around the city and explored many great places. I was living in District 1, which is a busy place. The first night, I went to Bui Vien street. It is packed with young people because of its great nightlife. I discovered many Vietnamese restaurants.I had pho (a type of noodle) and Saigon Special beer (a must try!) in a restaurant called Propaganda. However, later I discovered there are cheaper places to experience their local food. Vietnam has a high inflation rate, so try finding cheaper places to eat (small restaurants) and buy your souvenirs from local night markets like Ben Thanh market where you can bargain. Transportation is quite convenient as well. To go to faraway places, I took the bus (tip: carry your student ID all the time, you might get some discounts) for 2000 VND (Around INR 6). I also downloaded an app called Grab which works like Uber. This is also a cheap mode of transportation because you get promo codes everyday. Places I went to in HCMC are War Museum, Independence Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels, Pink Church, Ben Thanh Market, and many more!