With over 6 million inhabitants the city of Saigon, whose official name is Ho Chi Minh City (abbreviated as HCM city or HCMC) is the largest city in Vietnam and is located in Southern Vietnam near the Mekong Delta. It was originally a Khmer city named Prey Nokor, before being annexed by the the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the French rule it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and its name was Saigon. After the reunification of Vietnam it was renamed as Ho Chi Minh City.
The city has a tropical climate, with an average humidity of 75%. Saigon is the most important economic centre in Vietnam, accounting for a large percentage of its economy. 300,000 companies are located in the area, including many large enterprises, high-tech, electronic, processing and light industries, and also construction, building materials and agro-products businesses.

Colonial centre photo gallery  - 34 pictures of Colonial centre
Modern Saigon photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Modern Saigon
Saigon by night photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Saigon by night
Markets photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Markets
Temples photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Temples
34 photos of the colonial centre of Saigon, which consists of several French colonial era buildings built in the second half of the 19th century
24 photos of the modern, dynamic centre of Saigon consisting of modern buildings and skyscrapers
17 photos of Saigon at night, including photos of the Saigon river, the Opera House, Hotel Rex and the City Hall
12 photos of open air markets in Saigon, where people sell locally produced vegetables, fruits and other fresh products
21 photos of the Hindu Mariamman temple and of the Chinese-style Giac Lam and Giac Vien pagodas in Saigon
Streets photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Streets
Saigon river photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Saigon river
12 photos of tree-lined avenues in downtown Saigon and other streets with chaotic traffic conditions
9 photos of the Saigon river, whcih forms the eastern border of Saigon
Gallery with all images
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