Although still has quite a way to go before being a world-renowned destination, Vietnam has something for everyone from nature lovers to those who are fascinated by city life and culture. There are major cities that cannot be missed if you come to Vietnam, such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These cities possess unique charms and amazing attractions that cannot be found anywhere else.
The port of Phu My (pronounced "Foo Me") is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. From Phu My, you can discover the fascinating tunnel network at Cu Chi, used by the Viet Cong during the war. At their height, they stretched from the South Vietnamese capital to the Cambodian border. The port of Phu My also leads to the vibrant and exciting Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, where you can immerse yourself in unique colors, aromas, and sights.
Ho Chi Minh City, suited in the core of the Mekong Delta, formerly known as Saigon, is second the most important in Vietnam after Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial, and tourist center. Many rivers, arroyos, and canals bathe the city, the biggest river being the Saigon River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862, is accessible to ships weighing up to 30,000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river port.
One factor that makes Ho Chi Minh City exceptional is the contrast between the old and the new. This is the country’s business center, and there are many areas under development, but there are also many places and buildings from earlier eras that are well preserved and well worth visiting to see the French colonial influences as well as ancient Buddhist sites.