Saigon also known as Ho Chi Minh City by the Vietnamese and often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is a vibrant city where you will find modern high rise buildings sitting between crumbling remains of classic French colonial architecture and brightly coloured temples. Wander down wide boulevards past gentle reminders of the French colonial days the Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral to huge undercover markets, barter for lacquer ware and beautiful silks. Vietnam’s sad history is never too far from the surface, with fascinating museums dedicated to the 1960’s conflict with the USA, reminders of the Viet Gong’s resourcefulness evident in the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore the vast network of caves used by the Viet Gong as their communication, transport network, hospitals, living quarters and of course concealment from the US troops. At the end of your day exploring Saigon, there is a lively nightlife with great restaurants, eclectic street food and excellent bars.