Ho Chi Minh City – A fine mix of tradition and modernity
By Carlton Leisure -
One of the major tourism destinations in Asia, Ho Chi Minh City leaves travellers awestruck with its interesting offerings. The city remains abuzz with activities for most parts of the day. And while visiting the market you have to elbow your away to move ahead. This largest city in Vietnam is business hub of the country and thus attracting a large number of locals as well as foreigners. With great food, laidback life style and friendly locals the city makes tourists feel at home from the moment the arrive here. if you are also someone visiting HCMC a lowdown on its major tourists attractions would be great help for you.
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum is a beautiful museum which gives a reflection on the 30 year long war between America and Vietnam. A peep into the past can be had with preserved tanks, planes and other war machines left in the grounds. Enter inside and see Photographs, exhibits and written documentation that gives gory details of the war.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The tourists should see this tunnel to know how soldiers used an extensive network of tunnels to move around undetected by their enemies. There are movies that can be watched to get a view in the daily life for the Viet Cong hiding in the jungle.
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple is an important destination for the Cao Dai faith, a religion that is considered borrowed from Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism. The temples welcomes tourists and allow them to learn more about this faith that has few followers. Each Cao Dai practitioner dons a white robe to enter the temple with an additional sash to signify their previous religion. The temple is bright that instantly catches attention.
Bitexco Tower and Sky Deck
Bitexco Tower is a contemporary office space in Ho Chi Minh, with a oval with space for a helicopter landing. This 262 metres tall, 68 storey structure is the highest in Vietnam with a sky deck offering panoramic views of the city and surroundings. There is a sky bar here where you can see all of Ho Chi Minh while enjoying a cocktail and gorging on international dishes.
Jade Emperor Pagoda
Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh commands great historical significance. The pagoda built by Chinese immigrants in 1909 welcomes Buddhist worshipping and is incredibly atmospheric with incense smoke. Impressive architecture, carvings, statues of Gods and Goddesses and Chinese characters are other beautiful draw cards of the city.
Mariamman Hindu Temple
Mariamman Hindu Temple represent the cultural diversity of the city. This Hindu places of worship vibrant architecture is a popular landmark and the only active Hindu temple in Ho Chi Minh. The temples caters to the needs of small Hindu community in Ho Chi Minh city. The temple also welcomes non Hindus as well but they should dress conservatively.