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Popularly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam is the largest city and the financial and cultural capital of the country. Ho Chi Minh City is a fast-paced city deeply rooted in its cultural roots whilst quickly having adapted to the demands of urbanisation. Here you will find ornate temples and olden shrines of various faiths standing side by side alongside towering skyscrapers and shopping malls. Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the country services Ho Chi Minh City.
Overcoming a turbulent period in its past with its peak at the Vietnam war, Ho Chi Minh City has since grown leaps and bounds to become arguably the most iconic tourist destination in the country. There are several historical attractions such as the Cu Chi and Ben Dinh Tunnels which are remnants of its war-torn past. Other places of interest include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House and Central Post Office which were built during the rule of the French and brilliantly showcase classical French architecture. These prominent tourist spots are located in District 1 of the city, all close to each other.
Local markets such as Ben Thanh and Binh Tay offer visitors a wide range of handicrafts, textiles, electronics and bric-a-brac souvenirs. Catering to more modern and lavish tastes, Ho Chi Minh City is home to many eccentric shopping malls, fine dining restaurants and glitzy nightclubs as well.
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Ho Chi Minh City is the country's largest city with people of various ethnic groups. With dong with its local currency, the city is suitable for all kinds of travellers, be it backpackers, economy or luxury travellers.
Following is the per-day budget (rough estimate) in the country's local currency excluding the accommodation cost (cost includes food, water, local transport, entertainment, communication, tips, souvenirs and alcohol) -
Vietnamese culture is a fusion of Confucianism and communist ideology. Thus the customs in Ho Chi Minh City, like the rest of the country, are primarily influenced by these two factors.
The city of Ho Chi Minh has a dazzling nightlife lined with an array of pubs and bars ranging from dingy ones to murky dark places and posh and premium properties.
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From traditional markets to high-end malls, the city of Ho Chi Minh is a haven for shopaholics. No matter your budget, there is plenty to shop for in the city. Products and handicrafts come to this place from all over the country to be sold at various department stores, shops, stalls and stands. In addition, one can go souvenir shopping for local crafts such as textile, metalwork, and distinct baskets.
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