Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) is the major city in Vietnam, situated in the southern part of country, alongside the Saigon River towards the East Sea in the south. It is a very populated metropolis with a status equivalent of a province, in Vietnam.
The city centre features wide avenues, and significant historic French colonial buildings, as well as a few hotels of the same style. There are important museums in Ho Chi Minh City, namely the War Remnants Museum, related to the Vietnam War. This lively city is very attractive to tourists with recreational areas such as the Cần Giờ's Eco beach resort, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Suối Tiên Amusement Park, where you can learn about Vietnamese culture while enjoying the many activities available.
Population: approximately 9 million (city), 13 million (metropolitan area)
Main attractions: War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Giác Lâm Pagoda - historic Buddhist pagoda, Jade Emperor Pagoda and Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda - Taoist temples, Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Vietnamese History, Bến Thành Market - marketplace, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City
Major Airports: Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN - Cảng hàng không quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất)
Ho Chi Minh City is widely known by its former name of Saigon. Due to its economic importance, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network classify it as a Beta+ World City!
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