Destination: Ho Chi MInh City
Introducing Ho Chi MInh City
Fasten your seatbelts: Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis on the move – and we’re not just talking about the motorbikes thronging the streets. Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that drives the whole country forward with its limitless energy. It is a living organism that breathes life and vitality into all who settle here; visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
Saigon is a name so evocative that it conjures up a thousand jumbled images. Wander through timeless alleys to ancient pagodas or teeming markets, past ramshackle wooden shops selling silk, spices and baskets, before fast-forwarding into the future beneath sleek skyscrapers or at designer malls, gourmet restaurants and minimalist bars. The ghosts of the tumultuous recent past live on in the churches, temples, former GI hotels and government buildings, but the real beauty of Saigon is that these two worlds blend so seamlessly into one.