Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is located in the Mekong River Delta. It is both the largest city in Vietnam and one of the five special municipalities under the direct control of the central government. It was the capital city of the independent state of South Vietnam. Due to the different style of Ho Chi Minh City from the capital Hanoi, it is called the “Oriental Pearl” by Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh City is a symbolic city that Vietnamese people are proud of. Ho Chi Minh City also abounds with beautiful scenery. The lovely Saigon River runs through the city, contributing to creating the attractive scenery. Taking a boat and taking a view of the scenery on both banks, tourists can find that there are some different features in Ho Chi Minh City. There are many places of interest in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum,Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Southeastern Armed Forces, the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of Southern Women, the Museum of Fine Art, the Nha Rong Memorial House, the Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels, the Củ Chi tunnels, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Lan Anh Music Stage, the Đầm Sen Tourist and Cultural Park, Suoi Tien Amusement and Culture Park, and the Can Gio Eco beach resort, Cây Mai temple and Notre-Dame Cathedral (Nhà thờ Đức Bà). The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens are the most beautiful parks. Notre-Dame Cathedral (Nhà thờ Đức Bà) is situated in District 1, built by the French people. With unique design, its architectural style is like Notre Dame de Paris in France. Being the largest Cathedral in Vietnam, Notre-Dame Cathedral can accommodate hundreds of people to attend Mass. There is even a choir in Notre-Dame Cathedral.
When travelling in Ho Chi Minh City, tourists can pay a visit to those buildings with French style, US style or with great historic significance. In recent years, many US people have been to Vietnam for pleasure. One of the most important reasons is that they were deeply impressed with the Vietnam War. Today, the city's core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. The most prominent structures in the city center are Reunification Palace (Dinh Thống Nhất), City Hall (Ủy ban nhân dân Thành phố), the Municipal Theatre (Nhà hát thành phố, also known as the Opera House), City Post Office (Bưu điện thành phố), State Bank Office (Ngân hàng nhà nước), City People's Court (Tòa án nhân dân thành phố) and Notre-Dame Cathedral (Nhà thờ Đức Bà).
In Ho Chi Minh City, tourists can get to know how a political power gradually goes on decline. The Revolutionary Museum, on No. 65, Li Zichong Road, Distric 1, was built in 1890. It is where the Cochinchina governor-general’s office was situated. The Committee Building of the people of Ho Chi Minh City, which was built in 1908, was the governor-general’s office during the Colonial French era. It is situated on Shengzong Road, District 1. The Viet-sov Petrol Building, standing on Lisun Road, District 1, worked as the US’s embassy in South Vietnam from the year 1965 to 1975.
Da Lat is located on Lam Dong Plateau, 100 kilometers (about 62.14 miles) northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Due to its high altitude and the intermountain basins surrounding it, the weather in Da Lat is always cool (with an annual average temperature of 18℃). That is why Da Lat is the famous summer resort in Vietnam. In Da Lat Summer Resort, flowers are in full bloom and colorful, the waterfalls are thundering in the mountains and many French-style mansions are scattered in the mountains and trees, attracting a number of tourists from home and abroad.