Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is the largest metropolis in Indochina, and perhaps will be a central transit of Southeast Asia with a new larger airport and worthwhile attractions. The city has a peculiar harmony of charming French architectures, shaded streets, enthralling local markets and modern skyscrapers. Saigon has more religions than any cities in Indochina, from Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Hindu to local religions such as "Cao Dai" and "Hoa Hao", thus the city is split into different quarters with distinctive colors and attractions in correspondent with these religions. Within a short time, visitors can choose to discover charming District 1 with theatres, leafy streets and leisurely sidewalk cafés, lose themselves in the fascinating Chinatown, or go climbing up Bitexco Tower for a city panorama and taste flavors from numerous cuisines.
Connected with Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia by short airway, river or land way, Saigon has become the first place for innovation, creativeness and new tour experiments in Vietnam, despite its modern style. Moreover, the city is also becoming a good transit for the best beaches in Asia, including Con Dao and Phu Quoc islands and plages across the Southern coastline. During the last ten years, trips connecting Saigon with East Cambodia by both riverway and landway has positioned Saigon as a center of deluxe Mekong cruise tours, as well as a stopover for many sea cruiser ships. Saigon is establishing itself as a growing destination not only in Vietnam but also in Asia.