Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon by night   Leave a comment


Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon by night
I had taken a few photographs (maybe a few hundreds to be honest) of City of Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, from the bus while travelling to and from our restaurant where we had our dinner. In general, food was good with practically every dinner served with bitter gourd soup. I had actually refrain myself from eating the raw vegetables served as it might upset my stomach. Better to be safe than sorry.

SP Lim


Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh); formerly named Saigon (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn; About this sound listen, French: Saïgon), is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port 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 Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still unofficially widely used).

The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một, Dĩ An, Biên Hòa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area[3] in Vietnam. The city’s population is expected to grow to 13.9 million in 2025.

The Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area, a metropolitan area covering most parts of the Southeast region plus Tiền Giang Province and Long An Province under planning, will have an area of 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) with a population of 20 million inhabitants by 2020. According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Economist Intelligence Unit and ECA International, Ho Chi Minh City is ranked 132 on the list of world’s most expensive cities for expatriate employees.

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia

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