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Ho Chi Minh City:

Ho Chi Minh Overview:

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

Transports:

- 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million passengers per year in 2010, accounting for more than half of Vietnam's air passenger traffic ; it will soon be superseded by Long Thanh International Airport, scheduled to begin operation in 2025.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;[35] 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.




Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh

Cu chi tunnels

Cu chi tunnels

The system of Cu Chi Tunnels is around 75 km far from the North –West of Ho Chi Minh city. Those are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.
The Cu Chi Tunnels were made by the Cu Chi’s guerillas and local people and were used during 30 years of Viet Nam War. The complex tunnels about 200km were serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, foods …for numerous guerilla fighters.
Cu Chi tunnels were opened to public for local and international tourists to visit. A small part of them was made wider and taller that tourist can easier to go down and feel how hard the guerillas were living in during Vietnamese – American War. They were face with many difficulty such as air, foods, water scarce and the tunnels were infested with ants, poisonous centipedes, scorpions, spiders and vermin.There are many gates to get into the tunnels but two official gates were opened for tourists they are at Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. Not too far from each other.
At Cu Chi, Tourists can fire a variety of Vietnam War era weapons at the shooting range.



Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple

Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh situated in a large area where is a nice place with full of big trees, around 100km from Ho Chi Minh City to the West.
Cao Dai is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. Đạo Cao Đài is the religion's shortened name, the full name is Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (Great Religion [of The] Third Period [of] Revelation [and] Salvation). Concerning the term Cao Đài, literally, Cao means "high" and Đài means "dais, as in a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it." Figuratively, it means that highest spiritual place where God reigns. Caodaiists often use the term Đức Cao Đài (Venerable Cao Dai) as the abbreviated name for God, the creator of the universe, whose full title is Cao Đài Tiên Ông Đại Bồ Tát Ma-ha-tát (translation: Cao Dai [the] Ancient Sage [and] Great Bodhisattva Mahasattva). According to Caodaiists, the full title was purposefully chosen by God because within it are representations of the Three Teachings: Saint, Sage and Buddha.
Tourists often go to Cao Dai Temple at the noon time for seeing the noon- mass. Members of Cao Dai religion will gather at the Temple every noon for praying.



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