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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975 in honour of the nationalist leader, most people still call Vietnam's largest city Saigon. Saigon buzzes with energy; everyone is up to something, buying, selling, building, moving, this is a city that doesn't have time to sleep. The estimated 3 million motorbikes clog streets passing beautiful French colonial buildings standing beside newly-built skyscrapers, whilst women dressed in Vietnam's traditional ao dai tunics cycle past Gucci and Louis Vuitton boutiques and crowded western cafes. If you feel like escaping the fast pace of the city, we would recommend a leisurely stroll in the centrally located Tao Dan Park. The best times to watch the locals practice Tai Chi are early in the morning are at dusk.

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