Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, more commonly known to Americans as Saigon due to the Vietnam War was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. In 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Hồ Chí Minh City. The city of 9 million people is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 37 miles from the South China Sea and 1,094 miles south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is also the economic capital of Vietnam accounting for more than 20% of the country’s GDP. We were impressed with the city considering just 35 years ago it was the center of a war-torn country.

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