Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, it was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City. However, the old Saigon name is still used by both Vietnamese and tourists, especially when referring to the most central part of the city where most travellers visit.
Whilst in Ho Chi Minh, wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers.
We suggest visiting the Cu Chi tunnels. Never discovered by American forces, these were an important Vietcong base during the Vietnam-American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the Viet Cong, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
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