Ho Chi Minh City bears different names. The French figuratively put it “Pearl of the Far East”. During Vietnam-American war, locals named it “Saigon” while Chinese immigrants called it “Cho Lon” (meaning “Big market”). After national unification in 1975, Vietnam Communist government officially renamed it “Ho Chi Minh City”, but “Saigon” is still commonly used.
Unlike the old dame Hanoi with its slow and reserved lifestyle, Ho Chi Minh City is a modern, dynamic and open city. Within its bustle, however, its vivid history and brilliant tradition are still shining. Saigon celebrated its 300th-year-old anniversary in 1998. With a myriad of historical monuments, stunning colonial architecture and amazing nightlife, Ho Chi Minh City promises you a fantastic time.