AGM 2018 – HO CHI MING CITY

Ho Chi Minh 2018

Welcome to Hochiminh (Also known as SaiGon) – Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city.

Brief Introduction : HO CHI MING CITY

Its former name was Sai Gon. Long time ago many tourists viewed it as “a pearl of the far East”, which may reveals its splendid beauty. Its current name is an expression of great commemoration of Ho Chi Minh Uncle, who was the leader of the nation.

For the time being, HCMC is considered to be one of the most dynamic areas of the country – a social, cultural and economic center of the South. Normally, when tourists come to HCMC, they may enjoy staying in luxurious hotels, buying things as gifts and souvenirs at shopping centers, especially in districts 1 and 3. Window-shopping is sort of fun but bargaining is necessary.

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History

It was known as Prey Nokor prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75.

On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after revolutionary leader Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still widely used).

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Climate

There are two seasons in a year: rainy and dry season.

However, the climate is agreable. While it is warm throughout the year, the city is more susceptible to rainfall from May to October, and the months from December to April are a lot more arid.

The average daily temperature hovers around 28℃, so remember to dress lightly.

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Airport Location

Tan Son Nhat International airport is Vietnam’s largest, and located approximately 8 kilometres from the city centre. It consists of two terminals, the newer international half and the more run-down domestic half. On your way out of HCMC, remember to denote which terminal you are headed to, as it is a good 600 metres away from each other.

It is advisable to take either a bus or a taxi from the airport to the city. Buses take approximately 45 minutes or up to get to Pham Ngu Lao Street, while taxis can take either 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.

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Vietnamese cuisine and Language

Vietnamese cuisine is well-known for its tasty diversity. There is a wide range of choice for tourists: from luxurious restaurants to popular ones.

Vietnamese is the main language in this town, but a smattering of Chinese dialects, such as Cantonese and Hainanese, may be heard. But fear not, many locals are able to speak English, as a result of tourism and commerce.

People in HCMC are flexible, enthusiastic, helpful, especially very friendly and hospitable.

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