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Tây Ninh

Tay Ninh is the capital city of Tay Ninh Province, in Southern Vietnam.

86km

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Phnom Penh

capital of Cambodia

214km

11.56522104.92124

Dalat

city of Vietnam

233km

11.941667108.438333

Phu Quoc

Phú Quốc (pronounced fú-wóg) is a large tropical Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia. It is only accessible from Vietnam.

307km

10.2167103.9667

Nha Trang

city of Vietnam

321km

12.25109.1833
Sights

War Remnants Museum

The museum was opened in a hurry, less than five months after the fall of the South Vietnamese regime. It has moved to new premises with 3 storeys of exhibits and various US military hardware (tanks, jets, helicopters, howitzers) on display outside the building. This disturbing display of man's cruelty during the Vietnam (American) War includes halls full of gruesome photographs, a simulated "tiger cage" prison and jars of deformed foetuses attributed to contamination by Agent Orange. An exhibit on the 3rd floor tells the story of the war journalists from all over the world who documented, and often disappeared or died in the war. Watch out for the amputees who will try and sell you their wares. It's a short walk from Reunification Palace — see the museum pamphlet for a map.

1.6km

10.779475106.692132

Independence Palace

This is a restored 4-floor time warp to the 1960s left largely untouched from the day Saigon fell to the North; construction started in 1962 and finished in 1966. Formerly South Vietnam's presidential palace, the war ended on 30 Apr 1975 when Tank 843 crashed through the gate. A replica of that tank is now parked on the lawn outside. Be sure to check out the impressively kitschy recreation room, featuring a circular sofa, and the eerie basement, full of vintage 1960s phones, radios and office equipment, supposedly left exactly as it was found when the North took over. There is also a photo gallery and a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese supporters and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces, at which point the South Vietnamese supporters were forgiven and everyone lived happily ever after. Tours are available and are free, but not necessary. There is a nice outdoor café on the grounds outside the palace.

1.7km

10.77694444106.69527778

Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

2.0km

10.76944444106.7

Gia Long Palace

The museum, housed in a French colonial-era building, relates the life of the modern day father of Vietnam. The exhibits include various personal possessions of Ho Chi Minh, but are mainly photographs. It's not overly informative, the interior is shabby and the staff are disinterested. While some may find the theme a little jingoistic, like most things it depends upon your point of view. The onsite shop stocks the usual souvenirs along with some books related to Ho Chi Minh.

2.1km

10.77611111106.69972222

Quan Âm Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh City)

The oldest pagoda in town, home of a lot of incense and a cheerful puppy.

3.0km

10.7541106.6596

Chợ Lớn, Ho Chi Minh City

quarter of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, known as Chinatown

4.2km

10.749106.65

Mekong Delta

region in southwestern Vietnam

126km

10.009105.824

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Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam.

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Our travel journal

The buildings of Ho Chi Minh City

We were highly intoxicated bythe juxtapositions of different cultures, the textured and weathered surfaces,the untold stories of unexpected spacesand the never-ending randomness… At the end of our trip, we were so energised – mostly powered by our own imaginations – and even when our flight got delayed, we found some last-minute amusement at the airport. […]

Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

32°C21
Precipitation: 14 mm

Feb

33°C23
Precipitation: 4.1 mm

Mar

34°C24
Precipitation: 11 mm

Apr

35°C26
Precipitation: 50 mm

May

34°C25
Precipitation: 218 mm

Jun

32°C25
Precipitation: 312 mm

Jul

32°C24
Precipitation: 294 mm

Aug

32°C24
Precipitation: 270 mm

Sep

31°C24
Precipitation: 327 mm

Oct

31°C24
Precipitation: 267 mm

Nov

31°C23
Precipitation: 117 mm

Dec

31°C21
Precipitation: 48 mm