Ho Chi Minh City is traditionally known as Saigon. This is the largest city in Vietnam, and is also referred to by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM. Ho Chi Minh City was the former capital of South Vietnam, when the city fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975 it was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Many foreigners and locals still use the name Saigon. The centre of the city is specifically referred to as the Saigon district. Situated on the banks of the Saigon River, the city is 60 km (37 miles) from the South China Sea. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is 1,760 km (1,090 miles) north of Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City is the economic centre of Vietnam. The important industries include mining, seafood processing, agriculture, construction, tourism, finance and trade. There area several world leading high-tech companies that have locations in Ho Chi Minh City, including Japanese Nidec, - hard disk drive motors, US Intel - largest chip assembly in the world, French Air Liquide - gases for industry, health and the environment, Danish Sonion - miniature hearing components, and US Jabil - major electronic supplier. Saigon offers several technology parts and many other places for office space.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Spend a few hours at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This facility dates back to 1865. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world and offers visitors a glimpse of many rare orchids, ornamental plants and over a hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Ho Chi Minh City offers may restaurants serving local and international cuisine. One choice is La Villa French Restaurant. The dishes are French, the fabulous views are Vietnamese.
The closest major airport to Ho Chi Minh City is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. This airport is 13 km (8 miles) from the city centre. Ho Chi Minh City serves as a terminal for many Vietnam Railways train routes in the country. The Saigon railway station is where you catch the Reunification Express which runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi with stops at cities and provinces along the line. Located on the Saigon River, the city also serves as an active passenger and commercial port. There are a number of buses to other areas in Vietnam.