Ho Chi Minh City, also known with its former name Saigon, is a frenetic Asian city of markets, streets clogged with scooters, street-side food stalls, as well as foreign restaurants, office blocks and shopping malls. It is Vietnam’s business and finance hub, and also the most developed city in the country. Saigon is an exotic city with a prominent history. Life never seems to slow down in this city and the rate of progress over the last few years has been just as remarkable.
Today, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. The most astonishing structures in the city centre are the Reunification Palace, the City Hall, the Municipal Theatre (or the Opera House), the City Post Office, the City People’s Court, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.