Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is a largest City in Viet Nam located in the Southern. It was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City in 1975.
However, the informal name of Saigon remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally. Saigon nowadays is on strong developing with many international commercial buildings and many industrial Zones around the outskirt areas.
There are 12 districts from number 1 to 12 inside the city and 11 districts in outskirt area they are Tân Bình, Bình Thạnh, Phú Nhuận, Thủ Đức, Gò Vấp, Bình Tân, Tân Phú, Nhà Bè, Cần Giờ, Hóc Môn, Củ Chi, Bình Chánh.
Ho Chi Minh City is the most crowded city in Viet Nam with the estimated population around 10 million in this present time. A big part of them is from other cities and provinces throughout the country specially from the North.
There are millions of motorbikes in this city due to the population density.
Ho Chi Minh geography:
Ho Chi Minh City located in the southeastern region of Viet Nam, around 1750 km from the South from Ha Noi Capital.
The average elevation is 19 metres above sea level. It borders Tay Ninh and Binh Duong provinces to the north, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces to the east, Long An Province to the west and the South China Sea to the south with a coast 15 km long. The city covers an area of 2,095 km2
- By Air: - Tan Son Nhat International Airport: Ho Chi Minh City is served by Tan Son Nhat International Airport, located in Tan Binh District. Tan Son Nhat Airport is currently the largest airport in Vietnam in terms of passengers handled (with an estimated number of over 15.5 million passengers per year in 2010, accounting for more than half of Vietnam's air passenger traffic ; it will soon be superseded by Long Thanh International Airport, scheduled to begin operation in 2025. Based in Long Thanh, Dong Nai Province, about 40 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Long Thanh Airport will serve international flights, with a maximum traffic capacity of 100 million passengers per year when fully completed; Tan Son Nhat Airport will serve domestic flights.
- By Rail: - Ho Chi Minh City is also a terminal for many Vietnam Railways train routes in the country. The Reunification Express (tàu Thống Nhất) runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi from Saigon Railway Station in District 3, with stops at cities and provinces along the line.
- By Water: - The city's location on the Saigon River makes it a bustling commercial and passenger port; besides a constant stream of cargo ships, passenger boats operate regularly between Ho Chi Minh City and various destinations in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia, including Vung Tau, Can Tho and the Mekong Delta, and Phnom Penh. Traffic between Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam's southern provinces has steadily increased over the years; the Doi and Te Canals, the main routes to the Mekong Delta, receive 100,000 waterway vehicles every year, representing around 13 million tons of cargo. A project to dredge these routes has been approved to facilitate transport, to be implemented in 2011–2014.