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Fasten your seatbelt as Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is a metropolis on the move, according to the Lonely Planet travel guide. And they are not just talking about the motorbikes that throng the streets. Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high – octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its limitless energy.

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Once occupied by the French in 1859, Saigon was then the capital of Cochinchina. On April 1975, the Northern Vietnamese liberated/ occupied the south and the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh. Saigon is divided into 16 districts with Dis. #1 being the most populated and most visited by travelers. If all you have was one day in Vietnam, this is where you would want to spend your time. Other popular area includes district 3 known for its historic French villa homes, the 5th district for its largest Chinese population and great local food. The saying goes "party in district one, eat in district 5 and live in three." However, most backpacker congregates around district one next to Le Lai park in the Pham Ngu Lao area. Other visitors to Saigon stay at the upscale area of Dong Khoi street, known to have the best assortment of restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. And the savvy Viet Kieu that speaks the language and have friends and family in Viet Nam are disperse throughout district 1 in low cost and budget hotels.

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Other visitors to Saigon stay at the upscale area of Dong Khoi street, known to have the best assortment of restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. And the savvy Viet Kieu that speaks the language and have friends and family in Viet Nam are disperse throughout district 1 in low cost and budget hotels.