Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. I have always been very interested in visiting Vietnam, not just because the Vietnam War (American War to the Vietnamese) but because of its climate, as well as its rich and complicated history.
Conquered by France in 1859, Saigon was heavily influenced by the French during their colonization of Vietnam. Saigon features many Western style buildings, including the famous, French built, Notre Dame Cathedral. All of this French influence contributed to Saigon once being called “the Pearl of the Far East” Continue reading