Vietnam's largest, fastest city – Ho Chi Minh City has charmed visitors for decades with its old school atmosphere. It's still got that, but it's also the biggest and fastest growing city in Vietnam, with much to offer visitors.
Highest vantage point – Opened in 2010, the 264-meter Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Skydeck, the observatory deck on the 49th floor, may have the best view in town.
Moving along ... quickly – What's the rush? From restaurants to nightclubs to attractions, there's an impressive array of answers to that question in HCMC.
Saigon's Notre Dame – Built during the French colonial period, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica has been standing since the 1880s. Huge crowds flocked to the church in 2005 after a statue of the Virgin Mary was rumored to have shed tears.
Anniversary festivities – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Decorative lighting in the forms of Vietnam's national flag and the blue-red flag of the Viet Cong, the pro-communist National Liberation Front, are displayed downtown.
Nostalgic billboards – Other decorations celebrating the 40th anniversary of the war's end include these vintage propaganda billboards, displayed around the city.
McViet – Vietnam has opened its doors to some international conglomerates. Vietnam's first McDonald's opened in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014, serving over 400,000 people in its first month, while the country's first Starbucks opened here in 2013.
Hop on – Cars are becoming more common in Ho Chi Minh City, but one of the best ways to dive into the city is on one of its six million motorcycles -- still the city's most popular mean of transport.
Touchstone – This statue of late president Ho Chi Minh, founder of today's communist Vietnam, is located at a public park in the southern city of Can Tho.