I lived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) from 1992-4, although I had also spent a large part of the previous year visiting the country from Hong Kong. Hanoi was on my itinerary two or three times a month for much of my time there and I made visits to various other cities.
The photographs on this page are all taken in Ho Chi Minh City, but there are links at the bottom of the page for pictures of other areas of the country.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

This is the largest and most prosperous city in the country; until 1975 it was the capital of the former South Vietnam.

Thong Nhat ('Reunification') Palace - formerly the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. During my time there this building was used for receptions, often by the Peoples' Committee (like a city council) of HCMC - it was also available to rent by outside bodies, such as foreign companies.
Notre Dame de Saigon ('Our Lady of Saigon') Cathedral.
The Central Market. Here one could buy almost anything, from food to hardware. An interesting experience, if somewhat unnerving for those not used to enormous crowds of bustling people. Not recommended if wearing a valuable watch or other jewellery - pickpockets are rife!

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