The amazing attractions of Saigon

06/30/2014
By ATA

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City to give it its newer, but for me, less exotic sounding name is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited. Living here now, as I do, is an extremely pleasant experience. I love most Asian cities, they somehow all seem to have a uniqueness about them, Saigon is no exception in tours of Vietnam.

The special features that make up the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City

I don’t know what quite gives Saigon its unique feel, the people, the buildings, the greenery, probably a combination of all of them. The people are delightful, always friendly always smiling and generally as honest as the day is long. Street vendors selling everything from food and cigarettes to toys and household goods, stand at every junction and street side space. Their customers mount the pavement on their motorbikes, such is the pace of life, seemingly they don’t even have time to park and dismount.

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Discover the beauty of Sai Gon

It is though, the buildings that catch your eye when first arriving in town. I knew in advance that Saigon was a nice place, but I was genuinely surprised at just how nice when I first arrived n the city. Huge broad sweeping boulevards are lined with trees and fringed with trendy shops, bars and restaurants. Ancient Asian structures rub shoulders with modern glass towers and iconic French colonial buildings at every turn. It all makes for a riot of visually stunning architecture.

French works in the heart of Sai Gon

It is probably the French colonial buildings that impress the most. The Notre Dame Basilica, The People’s Party Headquarters, The Opera House and the aptly named Majestic Hotel are truly superb examples of building design. Not many cities in the world can boast a Post Office designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, but Saigon can. Looking more like a Victorian Railway Station than a working post office, it shares the same square as Notre Dame. They are both hugely popular with local people and international tourists alike in Vietnam tours.

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Notre Dame Cathedral – Sai Gon

Admire the modern beauty of Sai Gon

Saigon changes dramatically at night, the huge skyscrapers turn on their lights to give Saigoners the best free light show imaginable. Buildings that look somewhat mundane in daylight become a riot of coloured when darkness falls. The epic Bitexco Financial Tower is no exception. Even though it looks dynamic and exciting by day, it improves into an extraordinary masterpiece of modern design by night. The skyscrapers are best viewed from the Thu Thiem Bridge that goes into district 2. The view from there across the Saigon River to District 1 is quite stunning.

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Bitexco Financial Tower at Night

Sai Gon – where the museums of special significance

The museums and art galleries in Saigon are all rather special as well. The War Remnants museum is very graphic and makes for a difficult hour or so. However, it is one of those things that everyone needs to see. The true nature of that most awful of wars is told through photographs and personal effects. Standing on the roof of The Reunification Palace, it is easy to imagine how frightening it must have been for its inhabitants when the tanks smashed through the gates on that Fateful day in 1975. And event that signalled the end of the war.

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War Remnants Museum

Saigon is quite simply, stunning. It has everything and more to make the most amazing city based holiday imaginable. Explore Vietnam tours, you have more experiences and memories.

To see more about some of the fantastic attractions in this Asian city, look at the video below.

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