Because of the city’s history as a French colony and the assortment of structures built by the French colonists, Ho Chi Minh was nicknamed as the Pearl of the Orient. It is also called Saigon by both locals and tourists in reference to its old name under the French rule. There are various historical and religious attractions as well as other interesting things to do in Ho Chi Minh when you spend a holiday here.
Ho Chi Minh is the old capital and the largest city in Vietnam.
One of the most popular things to do in Ho Chi Minh is to visit the War Remnants Museum. It is actually not for the faint of heart but if you’re interested to learn more about the Vietnam War, you should check it out. Different war photos, military hardware, and other war-related exhibits can be seen here.
Saigon Square and Ben Thanh Market are two of the biggest shopping areas in Ho Chi Minh. Ben Thanh is a traditional market where you can observe and immerse in the rich culture of Vietnam while Saigon Square is an air-conditioned shopping complex just a short walk from Ben Thanh.
There isn’t a particular nightlife spot in the city but you can find plenty of places to drink and dance away your night. If you want to go to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, you can either take a plane or ride a train.
The city features a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, plus high temperatures and high humidity all year round. The dry season runs from December through April while the wet season lasts from May through November. The city’s average annual temperature is 28 °C (82 °F), with the lowest January temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) and the highest April high of 39 °C (102 °F).
There are various festivals and sporting events held throughout the year so better check the city’s calendar of events before going to Ho Chi Minh.
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