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SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA

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Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it still known to many, is Vietnam's largest and most dynamic city. In 1862, the French declared the city, then known as Saigon, as the capital of colonial Cochin china.
Being a thriving metropolis, Saigon is a shopper's paradise, with trendy new boutiques and modern shopping centres. A stroll along Dong Khoi Street will take you past colonial-era landmarks and dozens of interesting new boutiques. Then plunge into the covered Ben Thanh Market, where vendors offer everything from fruit and fresh-cut flowers to traditional handicrafts or imported electronics and cosmetics. Heading for Cholon, the city's ancient China Town, you will find a fascinating maze of narrow lanes, bustling markets and flamboyantly colorful Chinese pagodas...
The Mekong Delta lies immediately to the west of Saigon. Considered as Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River. Its inhabitants – stereotyped as friendly and easygoing – have long toiled on the life-sustaining river.  
The uniquely southern charm with its welcoming introduction to life along the river is the real draw, and visitors can explore quaint riverside towns, sample fruits bartered in the colourful floating markets or dine on home-cooked delicacies before overnighting as a homestay guest. There are also bird sanctuaries, rustic beach getaways impressive Khmer pagodas…


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