Southern Vietnam is a region with a hot, tropical climate, consisting of the Mekong delta to the south and mountainous regions to the north. The central region was ruled by the Champa empire between the 7th and 19th centuries, while the Mekong delta region was originally part of the Khmer empire and later was annexed by Vietnam.
Near the Mekong delta lies Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh city (HCM), the largest and most important city of Vietnam with over 6 million inhabitants. 80km to the northwest of Saigon is the town of Tay Ninh, the centre of the Cao Dai faith.

01 Opera House 02 Opera House 03 Opera House front view 04 Opera House front view 05 Opera House front view
06 Hotel Continental 07 Hotel Continental 08 City hall 09 City hall clock tower 10 City hall
11 City hall 12 Notre Dame cathedral 13 Notre Dame cathedral 14 Notre Dame cathedral 15 Notre Dame cathedral 16 Notre Dame cathedral
17 Notre Dame cathedral 18 Notre Dame cathedral 19 General Post Office 20 General Post Office facade 21 General Post Office
22 General Post Office interior with vaulted ceiling 23 General Post Office interior with vaulted ceiling 24 Phone booths in General Post Office 25 Phone booths in General Post Office 26 Counters in General Post Office 27 Counters in General Post Office
28 Facade of colonial era building 29 Archbishop palace facade 30 Archbishop palace facade 31 Archbishop palace facade 32 Nhac Vien building 33 Detail of yellow colonial style building
34 Detail of yellow colonial style building 01 Souvenir sellers near Sheraton hotel 02 Hotel Sheraton 03 Hotel Sheraton entrance 04 Milano optician shop 05 Caravelle hotel skyscraper 06 Armed forces memorial poster
07 Creperie Cafe tables and chairs 08 Gate of Reunification Hall 09 Reunification hall 10 White building and street 11 Hotel Rex
12 Hotel Rex 13 Shopping mall interior 14 Square and skyscraper 15 Furniture shop 16 Man repairing chair
17 Cong Vien Van Hoa park 18 Cong Vien Van Hoa park 19 Motorbike repair shop 20 Motorbikes parked 21 Statue of general Tran Hung Dao
22 Me Linh square 23 Statue of general Tran Hung Dao 24 Me Linh square and statue of general Tran Hung Dao 01 Illuminated building at sunset 02 4WD car parked in front of hotel 03 Skyscraper at dawn
04 Restored colonial era building 05 Vietnam House restaurant at night 06 Opera house at night 07 Opera house facade at night 08 Clarins mall at night
09 Me Lin square and Saigon river 10 Saigon river at night 11 Saigon river at night 12 Hotel Rex at night
13 Hotel Rex at night 14 Statue of Bac Ho at night 15 Statue of Bac Ho and City Hall at night 16 City Hall at night 17 City Hall clock tower at night
01 Flowers and fruits shops 02 Flowers and fruits shops 03 Durian fruits 04 Fruits stall 05 Fruits stall 06 Vegetables stall
07 Vegetables stall 08 Open air grocery 09 Vegetables stall 10 Vegetables stall 11 Vegetables stall 12 Shirts seller
01 Mariamman Hindu temple 02 Mariamman Hindu temple 03 Main gate of Giac Lam pagoda 04 Giac Lam pagoda tower 05 Cemetery - Giac Lam pagoda 06 Inner court - Giac Lam pagoda
07 White Buddha statue in Giac Lam pagoda 08 Inner court - Giac Lam pagoda 09 Cemetery - Giac Vien pagoda 10 Goddess statue - Giac Vien pagoda 11 Altar - Giac Vien pagoda
12 Altar - Giac Vien pagoda 13 Altar - Giac Vien pagoda 14 Altar - Giac Vien pagoda 15 Altar - Giac Vien pagoda 16 Giac Vien pagoda interior
17 Giac Vien pagoda 18 Monk in yellow robe - Giac Vien pagoda 19 Giac Vien pagoda 20 Roof detail - Giac Vien pagoda
21 Mosque 01 Street traffic with motorbikes and cars 02 Tree lined street 03 Street traffic with motorbikes and cars 04 Street traffic with motorbikes and cars
05 Pavement and shops 06 Pavement and shops 07 Alley near Giac Vien pagoda 08 Bicycle rickshaw 09 Motorbikes parked next to temple 10 Motorbikes on avenue
11 Street traffic with motorbikes and cars 12 Street traffic with motorbikes and cars 01 Ship and billboards 02 Riverfront and billboards
03 Riverfront and Saigon harbour 04 Riverfront and billboards 05 Riverfront and billboards 06 Saigon skyline 07 Saigon harbour at sunset
08 Panorama view at sunset 09 Panorama view 01 Cao Dai great temple facade 02 Cao Dai great temple
03 Cao Dai great temple 04 Temple towers 05 Cao Dai great temple 06 Cao Dai great temple 07 Central tower - Cao Dai temple
08 Rear tower - Cao Dai temple 09 Temple towers 01 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple 02 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple 03 Ornate columns and worshippers 04 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple
05 Interior of Cao Dai Great Temple 06 Interior of Cao Dai Great Temple 07 Interior of Cao Dai Great Temple 08 Ornate columns and worshippers 09 Frontal part of Cao Dai temple with priests and sphere 10 Frontal part of Cao Dai temple with priests and sphere
11 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple 12 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple 13 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple 14 Ornate columns 15 Cao Dai worshippers and ornamental columns 16 Cao Dai priests and ornamental columns 17 Worshippers in Cao Dai Great Temple
18 Cao Dai priests 19 Cao Dai priests 20 Cao Dai priests 21 Cao Dai high priests during function 22 Cao Dai high priests during function
23 Female worshippers 24 Worshippers and priests 25 Interior of Cao Dai Great Temple and worshippers 26 Statues of Cao Dai saints 27 Female worshippers
28 Female worshippers 01 Fields near Saigon 02 Rice fields during dry season 03 Rice fields during dry season
04 Rubber tree harvest 05 Canal and palm trees 06 Huts on canal near Saigon 07 Water hyacinth floating in canal 08 Canal waterfront and trees
09 Canal waterfront and trees 10 Water hyacinth floating in canal 11 Canal and Saigon skyline 12 White heron in meadow
13 Water hyacinth floating in canal 14 Tree leaves hut on canal 15 Long tail boat in canal 16 Canal and palm trees
17 Canal waterfront and trees 18 Canal and palm trees 19 Corrugated metal huts on canal near Saigon 01 Models of Vietcong fighters
02 Rocket launcher tubes 03 Tunnel 04 Staircase 05 Air intake camouflaged as rock 06 Hidden door to tunnels
07 Tree leaves roof 08 Bunker entrance with roof 09 Staircase 10 Tunnel 11 Tunnel 12 Commanding headquarter meeting bunker
13 Trap 14 Bunker entrance with roof 15 Sleeping room 16 Roof of dining room 17 Dining room
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