Why Saigon Should Be Your Next City Break

Saigon was officially renamed in 1976, so technically speaking this article ought to be about Ho Chi Minh City, but the locals say no to the Ho, and you know you’re on to a good city when the residents so blatantly ignore directives from on high.

So, say hi to Saigon, the energetic, frenetic locomotive hurtling Vietnam headlong into the 21st century. Sure, last year’s economic slowdown has shaken confidence a touch, but nowhere feels as vibrant as a city shedding an outdated communist skin.

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In Saigon’s case, you can add a former French colonial veneer (complete with a miniature Notre Dame) and a Vietnam War legacy and you’ve got one of the most eclectic and exciting city vibes on earth.

Miss Saigon? You will when you leave.

Tom Barber is a founder of award-winning travel company originaltravel.co.uk.

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