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Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon is a metropolis on the move where bustling commerce and culture activities has driven Vietnam forward with its unparalleled energy, as the geographic footprint of Ho Chi Minh continues to expand. Refreshing escapes of wild forests, spectacular beaches (Long Hai and Ho Tram) and fascinating cultural and historical sights, somehow taper the speeding transformation of Saigon to urban life.
Proud of its UNESCO-rated biosphere, Cat Tien National Park will give you a much needed respite with a spectacular variety of flora and fauna. A tropical island getaway is offered by Con Dao Islands, a former prison colony under the French and US regimes. Undiscovered beaches, a healthy ecosystem and empty coastal roads are what define Con Dao Islands today. If interested to get a glimpse of Viet Congs’ former abode, the dark and stifling Cu Chi tunnels will give you the feel. Cao Dai Temple offers a surreal chance to learn about Vietnam’s unique homegrown religion.
A seamless blending of the ancient (ramshackle wooden shops, ancient pagodas, and teeming markets) and the modern (designer malls, minimalist bars, gourmet restaurants), Ho Chi Minh city is taking its transformation seriously. Getting around HCM city is through the intercity buses departing from and arriving at a variety of bus stations around the city. Car and motorbike rental offer a better transportation option to get around the city.