Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable—from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you.
The port of Phu My (pronounced Foo Me) is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. Explore the National History Museum and Reunification Hall. Browse the shops on Dong Khoi Street and immerse yourself in myriad colors, aromas and sights that make up this energetic and enterprising city.
This former Presidential Palace is now a museum and exhibition center.
Sea Goddess Temple
This colorful and unusual temple, adorned in incense coils, houses a treasure of wood carvings and ceramic figurines.
Cu Chi Tunnels
This subterranean complex of 124 tunnels was built in the Cu Chi district for use during the Vietnam War.
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