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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Saigon is the former name of Ho Chi Minh City which was once also called "the Pearl of the Far East". Still the largest city and the industrial and trading centre of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is now on the way to regain its heyday. This can be seen through its development velocity and changes taking place almost everyday. The modern life of the city shows in the many hotels of international standards, restaurants, cafés and night-life. However, Ho Chi Minh City is still much more with pagodas, temples, museums and markets which give visitors knowledge of the city's history and evolution as well as local people's daily life. Tourists, of course, should not miss a visit to Ho Chi Minh City's bustling Chinatown (or "Cholon" in Vietnamese) where the city's Chinese community mostly live in. From Ho Chi Minh City, one-day excursions are easily arranged for tourists to the famous system of underground tunnels of Cu Chi and/or to Tay Ninh Province to the magnificent Great Temple of Caodaism - a religion uniquely found in Vietnam, or for a boat trip on Mekong river in the Mekong Delta.

Mekong Delta
On the map this vast area encircles the downstream of the Mekong river which is to Vietnamese people the "Nine Dragon river". The nine dragons here correspond to the river's nine estuaries through which the river flows into the East Sea. Being called the "rice basket" of Vietnam, the delta boasts large rice paddies with beautiful landscapes. Tourists can also take small boats into small canals to visit local farmers' houses hidden in large orchards of longan, rambuttan, sapodilla, etc. A trip to know thoroughly the farmers' daily life and to enjoy the seasonal tropical fruits the shady gardens is truthfully an unforgettable and rewarding experience for those coming here to the Vietnamese countryside.

Cu Chi Underground Tunnels
Situated in a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City of the same name - Cu Chi, this renowned network of over 250km-long tunnels became famous around the world during the Vietnam war. This was also the site of years of fierce struggles and an example of Vietnamese people's bravery and endurance. Once coming here, tourists will comprehend the reason why Vietnam had won the war despite large amounts of modern weapons and money had been used. This network of tunnels which was dug out underground and used as the Vietnamese guerrillas' nearest base to Saigon during the Vietnam war is now an attraction for foreign tourists as well as for local people. A half-day trip is easily arranged from Ho Chi Minh City which is only about 75km from the tunnels.

Tay Ninh
The province of Tay Ninh has long been the headquarters of Caodaism, a religion that can only be found in Vietnam. This unique religion, which is a mixture of Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity, was once very popular among the people of the region and in the Mekong Delta. Tourists will be amazed by the magnificent Great Temple (also called the "Holy See") where four times a day masses will be held of which the noon service is most important. As for those who do not have much time in Vietnam, a visit from Ho Chi Minh City to the Great Temple of Caodaism in Tay Ninh can be combined with the trip to Cu Chi Underground Tunnels, and we can have a full day-trip to these both interesting places.




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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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Mekong Delta
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Cu Chi Underground Tunnels
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Tay Ninh
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