Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

DemographicsThe population of Ho Chi Minh City, as of the October 1, 2004 Census, was 6,117,251 (of which 19 inner districts had 5,140,412 residents and 5 suburban districts had 976,839 inhabitants).. In the middle of 2006 the city's population was estimated to be 6,424,519 (of which 19 inner districts had 5,387,338 residents and 5 suburban districts had 1,037,181 inhabitants), or about 7.4% of the total population of Vietnam; making it the highest population-concentrated city in the country. As an administrative unit, its population is also the largest at the provincial level. As the larges

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Shrimpboat :

Is there a shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City besides those markets? I've been trying to Google this information but have come up empty? Also, any adventurous types of excursions we can do there while we're there either in HCM or around that vacinity?

"You can probably go to those large malls by the name of Maximark, since that is the only name i can remember since i visited there 2 years ago. For excursions you might want to try the Cu Chi tunnels where they will show you where the communists hid during the war."
Walter B :
"I have not been to Ho Chi Minh City for a long time, so I do not know about shopping malls. I like the markets. The tunnels are a good excursion, but NGY is wrong to say that is where the "communists" hid. It is where the members of the National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam (NLF) hid. The NLF were a group of many different groups with communists comprising about 15% of the force. Many were Nationalists, others were ordinary peasants who disliked the dictatorial Diem regieme, others were Buddhist Monks, trade union officials and others. Bien Hoa airbase, Vung Tau (Cape St. Jacques) which was a R & R area for everyone and within the Australian Task Force area. Within HCM itself, visit the famous "Continental Hotel" for coffee & croissaints or drinks. Also the Chinese twin city to HCM, CHOLON. While in Vietnam, will you be visiting other areas? I loved Hanoi when I was there in 1988 and would love to go back there, especially staying at the hotel on the large lake."
junbao2004 :
"For shopping malls you might wanna search for Diamond Plaza or Pacson (not sure if this is how it spell)."
Ng A :
"Depend on what you are looking for. Diamond Plaza in front of the old Presidential palace have mainly clothing. An Dong Market in 10th ward is for fabrics. Saigon Super Bowl near the airport would have more electronic goods. As for the Cuchi Tunnels It is a claustrophobic tourist trap."
KeSiTinh :
"diamond plaza"
trancelover :
"yeah theres plenty around. all i remember is Diamond Plaza and Saigon Centre but mostly every one of them are the same; i dont think they are any different so maybe that was why i dont remember the names. i just walked to all the places that seems nice and Diamond Plaza was the nicest but the most expensive place to shop. Theres a bowling alley there too. Oh and I remember walking by the Louis Vuiton store (the official and real store; its real nice!) and i think one shopping mall is around that area and many other shops as well, mostly all brand name stores. It felt like walking in New York city or something. But stores like this will cost you more money than those markets where you cant really bargain as much as u want as in markets. Those places are just nice to look at and take pictures. I recommend shopping the night life; theres more to bargain for and its worth the money and besides its cheap! Hope this helps and have fun shopping! i wish i was still there shopping..."
henryhuyhoang :
"#1 shopping place for the $$ is An Dong.. others are Diamond Plaza behind the famous church Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha Tho Duc Ba) Zen Plaza on Nguyen Trai street..(good food on 5th floor) Parkson Plaza"
Tristar :

I will be in Ho Chi Minh City this coming Monday (30th April), which also happens to be a public holiday (Liberation Day). Will museums like the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Museum of Ho Chi Minh City as well as the History Museum be closed on that day?

rick m :
"I would be 99% sure (though not positive) that they are closed. 30 April is a very important day. I think only Tet and Bac Ho's birthday are more celebrated. There will be some huge celebrations in Saigon though, so you'll have plenty to do. Enjoy !"
Annie T :
"All the museums and offices will be close that day since it's a really important holiday for the Vietnamese government."
seeweelee99 :

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Cambodia then to Ho Chi Minh City. I have some enquiries and need your help and advises. I'm departing from Singapore. I appreciates for all helps and travel advises. =) First: 1. is 6 days sufficient to visit & travel within Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City? pls advises. 2. Travelers from Asean countries need to apply any visa(s) before entering the two countries?? 3. hmm.. what are the key attractions which cannot be miss out while visiting Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City? 4. what should i look out for or beware of in both countries? 5. when crossing border via cambodia to Vietnam, do travelers from need to pay any charges or fees? 6. what are the local things which i can buy for my friends back in Singapore? 7. any travel experiences of the two countries to share?? 8. any recommendation on the accommodations(budget)? Lastly, many thanks and appreciations for the advises contributed. =) Best Regards, See Wee Lee

HK gal :
"1. 6 days may not be enough, I will list an itinerary, feel free to edit what you like and you don't. 2. Check the respective Embassy / Consulate and check the visa requirements. 3. Check out the list below. 4. As in any foreign country, best to have a tour guide. Take care of your belongings. Be safe. I prefer not to travel alone. Keep your valuables secure. 5. Yes there are charges and fees, depends on your way of entry. 6-8 Check out the list. DAY 1 Enjoy a visit to the fortified royal city of Angkor Thom, built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. Inside this beautiful walled city, you'll visit important monuments including the Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Phimenakas (Celestial Palace), the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to visit the city's architectural jewel, Angkor Wat, the temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. DAY 2 Spend a day sightseeing in the royal city of Angkor Thom. Visit the Thommanon Temple, Chau Say Tevoda, Ta Keo, and Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor, as much of the structure is encapsulated by jungle. Continue to the Buddhist Banteay Kdei Temple, Srah Srang, the five towers of Prasat Kravan, and Preah Khan. Enjoy a boat ride on Tonle Sap (Great Lake) to explore the lake's floating fishermen's village of Chong Kneas. DAY 3 Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Tour Ho Chi Minh - the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office, City Hall, the Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda, the former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum, which has a collection featuring weapons and photographs from two Indochina wars, as well as the original French "Guillotine." From here, visit Ben Thanh Market, the central market of Saigon where the surrounding streets make for one of the city's liveliest areas. Continue to the Giac Lam Pagoda, Saigon's oldest pagoda, built at the end of the 17th century. Unlike other religious complexes in Vietnam, the Giac Lam Pagoda has sustained very little modernist renovations, making its architecture, layout and ornamentation completely unique. Visit Cholon, a large Chinese neighborhood located in District 5 (Chinatown), and the Thien Hau Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century, and is one of the most active in Cholon. DAY 4 Tour to the Cu Chi province. Discover more than 125 miles of underground tunnels, originally built in the time of the French colonial occupation, and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels, which were used as an underground base of operations during the Vietnam War, comprise a main axis system with many branches connecting to secret underground hideouts, shelters, and other tunnels. Continue to visit Tay Ninh, headquarters of the Caodism religion and home of the 19th century Caodai Great Temple. DAY 5 Transfer to airport for your flight to Hue, the former royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Enjoy an exciting tour of the Old Imperial City, located in the Citadel. Erected in the early 19th century, the Old Imperial City was modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, and is home to a wealth of palaces and temples, as well as a library and a museum. Your tour includes visits to the Ngo Mon Gate (principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and the central passageway reserved for use by the Emperor), the Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns (cast in 1835), and the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City. Your tour ends with a visit to the Dong Ba Market, a local market near the Imperial City. DAY 6 Full day boat ride on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, the most impressive of Hue's pagodas and tombs. Continue to visit the royal Tu Duc Tomb, set among forested hills and lakes, and then on to Khai Dinh, the last remaining monument of the Nguyen dynasty DAY 7 Journey over the Hai Van Pass, a mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views of the bowl-shaped Danang Bay, via Lang Co and Danang to the charming historic city of Hoi An. DAY 8 Enjoy a full day tour of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship, and famous bridges of Hoi An, by cyclo. Visit the 17th century Quan Cong Temple, the Quang Dong Pagoda, the Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the Japanese Covered Bridge (constructed in 1593), the Tran Family Chapel, the Sa Huynh Museum, and the Phung Hung House. DAY 9 Transfer to the Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. Hanoi, a city known for its lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks. Your tour includes visits to the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Old Quarter. View Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the magnificent 900-seat Opera House, built in 1911. Continue to visit St. Joseph Cathedral, a 19th century neo-Gothic cathedral, famous for its square towers, elaborate altar and stained-glass windows; the Museum of Ethnology, which is the centre for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam; and the Bao Tang Lich History Museum, whose exhibits feature artifacts from Vietnamese culture, the Dong Son culture, the Oc-Eo culture, and the Khmer Kingdoms. In the evening, enjoy a Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera), on Hoan Kiem Lake. The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales which are acted out by puppeteers over a pool of water. DAY 10 Spend a full day excursion. Drive to Halong and discover Halong Bay, a site of outstanding natural beauty. "Dragon descending to the sea," as the Bay is known in Vietnamese, features more than 1,000 limestone islets (small islands), many of which contain beautiful grottoes. Enjoy a relaxing four-hour boat ride through Halong Bay, including a visit to one of the caves at Hang Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave), Bo Nau or Thien Cung. The caves, which are said to have direct ties to the ancient war history of Vietnam, are "must see," known for the many colorful stalagmite and stalactite deposits adorning their inner and outer chambers."


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Date: 2008-02-05 02:04:41

More than 600 overseas Vietnamese from 20 countries and territories gathered at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on January 29 on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet).

Date: 2008-02-05 02:04:41

ll flights to Vietnam have been so far fully booked by overseas Vietnamese returning the fatherland for the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, according to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport border gate police.

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Bernie "Doc" Duff, a Vietnam War veteran and artist, visits families who live and work in a garbage dump in Tra Vinh, Vietnam. Duff and his girlfriend visit the children at the dump once a month, driving several hours south of Ho Chi Minh City, to drop off clothes and toiletries.

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