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Holidays to Ho Chi Minh: An Overview

Step onto the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and you can't help but be swept up into the electric atmosphere. Ho Chi Minh City is a city of juxtapositions; skyscrapers tower over ramshackle markets, canals and rivers criss-cross labyrinthine streets and the wide Song Sai Gon River curves around its edge.

Anyone embarking on a trip to Vietnam should have Ho Chi Minh City high on their hit list - and expect to leave dizzy with love for this vibrant and varied city.

Formerly Saigon, the city was renamed in honour of the revolutionary Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in 1976 following the reunification of the country and the end of the Vietnam War, though the city had been a busy commercial centre long before that. Due to its turbulent history, Ho Chi Minh is also a blend of the various cultures and architectural styles - Vietnamese, Chinese and European - that have influenced the area over time.

While in Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you do a guided tour to take in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city's bustling Chinatown.

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A Note on Price

Vietnam is pretty good value – a good 10-day itinerary (staying in four star accommodation) costs around £2,600 per person including guides and domestic transport. Those with a bigger budget should expect to easily spend around £5,000 per person.

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